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Podcast: Why is HPE buying Cray?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team tackles the HPE-Cray acquisition as it reviews the companies’ recent moves, strengths, and market conditions. Hint: part of it has to do with the emergence of AI as a must-do enterprise app and the increasing commonality between supercomputers and enterprise servers.

NEC Steps up with SX-Aurora Vector Engine for HPC

In this video from ISC 2019, Shintaro Momose, Ph. D. from NEC describes the company’s SX-Aurora Vector Engine. “These days, vector functions are added to scalar supercomputers to improve performance in most cases. That means that improving vector performance is the most important way to achieve high effective performance, even with scalar processors. In that respect, it could be said that vector processors are ahead of the trend.”

ISC 2019 Recap from Glenn Lockwood

In this special guest feature, Glenn Lockwood from NERSC shares his impressions of ISC 2019 from an I/O perspective. “I was fortunate enough to attend the ISC HPC conference this year, and it was a delightful experience from which I learned quite a lot. For the benefit of anyone interested in what they have missed, I took the opportunity on the eleven-hour flight from Frankfurt to compile my notes and thoughts over the week.”

FPGAs and the Road to Reprogrammable HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that FPGAs provide an early insight into possibile architectural specialization options for HPC and machine learning. “Architectural specialization is one option to continue to improve performance beyond the limits imposed by the slow down in Moore’s Law. Using application-specific hardware to accelerate an application or part of one, allows the use of hardware that can be much more efficient, both in terms of power usage and performance.”

Summit Supercomputer Triples Performance Record on new HPL-AI Benchmark

“Using HPL-AI, a new approach to benchmarking AI supercomputers, ORNL’s Summit system has achieved unprecedented performance levels of 445 petaflops or nearly half an exaflops. That compares with the system’s official performance of 148 petaflops announced in the new TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.”

Supercomputing Asteroid Impacts for Planetary Defenses

In support of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, researchers are creating 3-D models and using one of NASA’s most powerful supercomputers to produce simulations of hypothetical asteroid impact scenarios. “Asteroid impacts are one of the only natural disasters we can actually predict and then take action to protect people,” said Michael Aftosmis, an aerospace engineer who leads the ATAP blast wave and ground damage modeling work at NAS.

NEC SX-Aurora Vector Supercomputer to Power Weather Forecasting at DWD in Germany

In this video from ISC 2019, Dr. Rudolf Fischer from NEC describes how the company’s recent win at DWD demonstrates the power and efficiency of the SX-Aurora supercomputer. “The new HPC system will enable the development of seamless prediction of severe weather events, including thunderstorms or heavy rain. The system combines forecasting based on observations with very demanding numerical weather prediction models in order for a more precise prediction of the development and the tracks of such small-scale weather events up to twelve hours into the future.”

Video: DDN Launches EXA 5 at ISC 2019

In this video from ISC 2019, James Coomer from DDN describes the company’s new EXA 5 advanced Lustre solution. “We’ve built EXA5 directly for the new era of HPC and AI in the context of Multicloud. We are introducing an entirely new set of features aimed at today’s most demanding AI and HPC end-to-end requirements, at any scale.” said James Coomer, senior vice president of products, DDN. “EXA5 leads on performance, on-prem and in the cloud, with unmatched capabilities in security, stability, user and data management.”

Video: Investigating Epistatic Genetic Architectures in Bioenergy and Human Health

Dan Jacobson from ORNL gave this talk at PASC19. “The new CoMet application consists of implementations of the 2-way and 3-way Proportional Similarity metric and Custom Correlation Coefficient using native or adapted GEMM kernels optimized for GPU architectures, and received the 2018 Gordon Bell Prize. We are using CoMet to investigate the genetic architectures underlying complex traits in applications from bioenergy to human clinical genomics.”

Video: HPC and AI Market Update from Intersect360 Research

Addison Snell from Intersect 360 Research gave this talk at the DDN User Group at ISC 2019. “Addison Snell will give a market overview presentation of developments and predictions for HPC, Hyperscale, and AI. Drawing on the library of Intersect360 Research reports and surveys, views will include a selection of market forecasts and end-user data. Topics will include: HPC market size and shares, Machine learning in HPC environments and Outlook for high-performance storage.”