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September HPC User Forum to focus on Exascale, AI, Smart Manufacturing, and Clouds

Registration is now open for the next HPC User Forum. The meeting takes place September 4-6 in Dearborn, Michigan. Key topics include AI and other advanced analytics, automated driving systems a.k.a. self-driving vehicles, additive manufacturing and HPC in clouds (and outer space!). “Don’t miss the featured presentation by leading auto industry market research firm J.D. Power and Associates and the Miller Canfield law firm on their recent report on legal issues surrounding self-driving vehicles in the U.S. and around the world – or the talks on an important new HPC use: supporting massive urban sensor networks.”

Video Highlights from ISC 2018

In this video, Steve Conway from Hyperion Research provides a summary of the ISC High Performance Conference in Frankfurt, Germany. “The ISC High Performance conference attracted 3,505 attendees from over 60 countries, as well as 162 companies and research organizations to unveil their latest technologies and services at the event. With this feat, ISC High Performance has officially reached a new milestone in its 33-year conference history.”

Video: Whamcloud is Back – Lustre Today and Future

Robert Triendl from DDN gave this talk at ISC 2018. “With their new Whamcloud Business Unit, DDN has already brought key Lustre developers on board to accelerate their high performance computing solutions. The acquisition also enables DDN to expand Lustre’s leading position from HPC and Exascale into high growth markets such as analytics, AI and hybrid cloud.”

Mike Bernhardt Joins HPC User Forum Steering Committee

We are pleased to report that Mike Bernhardt has joined the membership of the HPC User Forum Steering Committee. Established in 1999, the HPC User Forum has a mission to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users. “As an industry veteran, Mike has the experience and connections to help move the HPC User Forum into the Exascale era,” said Rich Brueckner, President of insideHPC. “Mike is one of the nicest people in the business and I think this is a real step forward for the Steering Committee.”

Atos Announces New Quantum Simulator with 41 Qubits

Today Atos announced the latest version of its Atos Quantum Learning Machine, the “first commercially available and ready-to-use quantum system,” capable of simulating up to 41 quantum bits (Qubits). “It also incorporates world-firsts in terms of simulating ‘quantum noise’ in order to make the simulation even more realistic. These advances – combined with our work to develop a quantum accelerator within five years – place Atos and its customers in an ideal position to take advantage of future digital revolutions.”

How Microsoft is Moving Forward with HPC in the Cloud

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community Meeting, Tim Carroll from Microsoft describes how the company is working with Dell EMC to move AI and HPC workloads to the Cloud. “The Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform for delivering infrastructure and platform as a service (IaaS and PaaS) with a consistent Azure experience on-premises and in the public cloud. Organizations can access, create, and share application services securely across Azure and Azure Stack for both HPC & AI applications.”

Cray ClusterStor Powers Joliot-Curie Supercomputer in France

Last week at ISC 2018, Cray announced that the new GENCI supercomputer in France is powered by Cray ClusterStor storage systems integrated by Atos. Named after the Nobel Prize-winning French couple, the 9 Petaflop Joliot-Curie system is made up of a BullSequana X1000 system from Atos, which includes Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Xeon Phi processors, and the Cray ClusterStor storage system.”

PBS Professional V18 Steps Up with Support for ARM, Containers and more for HPC

“The best software tools are fast, reliable and secure, while delivering an open architecture that provides access to best-in-class technology across the whole ecosystem,” said Dr. Bill Nitzberg, CTO for Altair PBS Works. “Altair PBS Professional v18 truly delivers on this vision with a deep set of new features that improve performance, increase utilization, ease administration, and also supports the most promising new solutions in the HPC ecosystem – containers, cloud bursting, the ARM platform, etc. This is a great release.”

Aurora Early Science Program Selects Scientific Computing Projects for Exascale

Argonne has selected 10 data science and machine learning projects for its Aurora Early Science Program (ESP). Set to be the nation’s first exascale system upon its expected 2021 arrival, Aurora will be capable of performing a quintillion calculations per second. “The Aurora ESP continues the ALCF tradition of delivering science on day one while helping to lay the path for hundreds of future users,” says Tim Williams, Deputy Director of Argonne’s Computational Science Division. “It’s an exciting opportunity for researchers, who get to be among the first people in the world to run code on an exascale system.”

Announcing the next generation of Intel® Omni-Path fabric, Intel® OPA200

In this video from ISC 2018, Joe Yaworski from Intel describes how the newly announced Intel® Omni-Path fabric, Intel® OPA200 interconnect will speed up HPC and AI applications. “Intel shared at ISC its next-generation Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA200), coming in 2019, which will provide data rate speeds up to 200 Gb/s, doubling the performance of the previous generation. This next-generation fabric will be interoperable and compatible with the current generation of Intel® OPA.  Intel® OPA200’s high-performance capabilities and low-latency at scale will provide system architects the ability to scale to tens of thousands of nodes while benefiting from improved total cost of ownership.”