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Supercomputing More Fuel-Efficient Engines at GM

Ronald Grover from GM gave this talk at the HPC User Conference. “Ronald Grover his colleagues at GM are using the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to improve combustion models for diesel passenger car engines with an ultimate goal of accelerating innovative engine designs while meeting strict emissions standards.”

5 of 6 Gordon Bell Finalists use NVIDIA Volta Tensor Core GPUs

Over at the NVIDIA Blog, Geetika Gupta writes that the company’s powerful GPUs are being used by five of the six Gordon Bell Prize finalists. Just announced by ACM, these world-leading researchers did their work on the new NVIDIA GPU-accelerated Summit system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Sierra system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Video: 1 Year Later, the HPE Spaceborne Supercomputer Keeps on Trucking

Mark Fernandez from HPE gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “It’s been almost 12 months since HPE and NASA sent the first ever commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) computer system — the Spaceborne Computer — to the International Space Station (ISS). As part of an experiment to operate seamlessly in the harsh conditions of space for one year – about the amount of time it will take to travel to Mars — Spaceborne is literally going faster and further than any other COTS supercomputer has been before.”

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Engineer at R-Systems

R-Systems is seeking an HPC Systems Engineer in our Job of the Week. “R Systems is a service provider of high performance computing resources. The company empowers research by providing leading edge technology with an accessible and knowledgeable tech team, delivering the best performing result in a user friendly environment. Offerings include lease-time for bursting as well as for short-term and long-term projects, available at industry-leading prices.”

Video: HPC Market Update from Hyperion Research

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Detroit, Earl Joseph from Hyperion Research presents an HPC Market Update. The company helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. “Our industry experts are the former IDC high performance computing (HPC) analyst team, which remains intact and continues all of its global activities. The group is comprised of the world’s most respected HPC industry analysts who have worked together for more than 25 years.”

Intel® Compilers Overview: Scalable Performance for Intel® Processors

Intel Compilers for C/C++ and Fortran empower developers to derive the greatest performance from applications and hardware. In this video, Igor Vorobtsov discusses nuances of Intel compiler features which enable high-level optimization, auto-parallelization, auto-vectorization, dynamic profile guided optimization, detailed optimization reports, inter-procedural optimization (IPO), and much more.

Interview: Brent Gorda on his New Role as Head of ARM HPC

Former Whamcloud CEO Brent Gorda has a new role as Senior Director for the HPC business at Arm. We caught up with Brent to learn more about the company’s plans to grow their business in the Datacenter, HPC space, and on to Exascale. “Arm partners ship over 20 billion cores a year(!) and our company is well-known for being the core IP in many designs at the edge. The trend toward the datacenter with Arm is clear, it’s an opportunity for the HPC market to take advantage of the considerable boost in performance via SVE and the Arm roadmap.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at IDC Server Market Numbers Reflecting Remarkable Growth from Cloud

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest server watch numbers from IDC. The takeaway? The Server industry up 43 percent year over year. Component prices have gone up, so there may be multiple contributing factors implying richer configurations are being deployed. Dan thinks IDC might be adjusting their model, but we can’t be sure from here. He doesn’t see how a company like Inspur can jack their business by 112 percent in a single year. This is simply unprecedented growth. Welcome to the Server Business in the Age of Cloud.

Video: Suitability of Commercial Clouds for NASA’s HPC Applications

Bob Hood from InuTeq gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “NASA’s High-End Computing Capability Project is periodically asked if it could be more cost effective through the use of commercial cloud resources. To answer the question, HECC’s Application Performance and Productivity team undertook a performance and cost evaluation comparing three domains: two commercial cloud providers, Amazon and Penguin, and HECC’s in-house resources—the Pleiades and Electra systems.”

Leadership Computing and NSF’s Computational Ecosystem

Irene Qualters gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “For over three decades, NSF has been a leader in providing the computing resources our nation’s researchers need to accelerate innovation,” said NSF Director France Córdova. “Keeping the U.S. at the forefront of advanced computing capabilities and providing researchers across the country access to those resources are key elements in maintaining our status as a global leader in research and education. This award is an investment in the entire U.S. research ecosystem that will enable leap-ahead discoveries.”