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Altair offers free training tools and software licensing in response to COVID-19

Over at the Altair Blog, CEO James Scapa writes that the company is offering free training tools and software licensing in response to COVID-19. “Altair can provide temporary software licenses for clients working from home without access to their enterprise Altair software solutions with no additional fees or charges. If customers wish to move their HyperWorks Units from on-premises to Altair hosted servers or require temporary software licenses, they should contact their account representative.”

Manufacturing Engineers can turn to Cloud HPC for Work from Home

In this special guest feature, Wolfgang Gentzsch from the UberCloud describes how engineers can perform work from home in the same way they do at their offices, while maintaining or even increasing productivity. “In our short post, here, we are looking at how product development engineers – e.g. in manufacturing – are able to perform the same work they are used to perform at their office, maintaining (or even increasing) their productivity while working from home.”

OnScale Offering Free Cloud Core-Hours to Engineers Working from Home

Today OnScale announced that it will provide free cloud core-hours to customers to promote customer safety and mitigate any productivity loss due to office shutdowns. “OnScale will offer free cloud core-hours to our customers who are currently working from home because of the coronavirus outbreak and don’t have access to their hardware and the OnScale engineering simulation platform.”

Intel’s Neuromorphic Chip Can Sniff Out Hazardous Chemicals

Researchers have demonstrated how neuromorphic chips can mimic olfactory senses for use in industrial and medical applications. “In a joint paper published in Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers from Intel Labs and Cornell University demonstrated the ability of Intel’s neuromorphic research chip, Loihi, to learn and recognize hazardous chemicals in the presence of significant noise and occlusion. Loihi learned each odor with just a single sample without disrupting its memory of the previously learned scents. It demonstrated superior recognition accuracy compared to conventional state-of-the-art methods, including a deep learning solution that required 3000x more training samples per class to reach the same level of classification accuracy.”

How Supersonic Commercial Flight is Possible with Big Compute

In this video from Big Compute 2020, Blake Scholl from Boom Supersonic describes how high performance computing in the cloud has opened a new era of high-speed flight. “We’ve done about 66 million core hours of computing, mainly through Rescale since we started the design effort on XB-1. And if you asked yourself what that would look like and wind tunnel testing, it would be financially and timewise just absolutely impractical.”

Adding Ultra Low Latency to PanFS for AI and HPC

Curtis Anderson from Panasas gave this talk at SC19. “Panasas PanFS, the operating environment for the Panasas ActiveStor architecture, delivers superior performance for today’s demanding workloads. A scale-out object back-end supports limitless scaling, while optimal data placement and an internally balanced architecture boost efficiency. All with frustration-free deployment, operation, and maintenance.”

How We Can Achieve Applied Science Innovation Through Big Compute?

Joris Poort from Rescale gave this talk at the Big Compute 2020 conference. “Now the challenge of big compute comes down to three major areas. The first is specialized hardware. Because of the nature of these problems, we have to be able to leverage the specialized nature of the hardware advances that we have to be able to solve these tightly coupled problems. The second is need to think differently about how we actually compute in the stack, how we align the algorithm to the infrastructure. And finally the third, perhaps the most important, we have to make this usable and democratize this capability to the world’s brightest minds and innovators.”

Podcast: Tracking the Coronavirus with HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at how supercomputing can help predict and track the progress of the Covid-19 virus. “Shahin also wonders about the economic effect on the tech business as inventories dry up while producers are sidelined by the virus.”

GE Research Leverages World’s Top Supercomputer to Boost Jet Engine Efficiency

GE Research has been awarded access to the world’s #1-ranked supercomputer to discover new ways to optimize the efficiency of jet engines and power generation equipment. Michal Osusky, the project’s leader from GE Research’s Thermosciences group, says access to the supercomputer and support team at OLCF will greatly accelerate learning insights for turbomachinery design improvements that lead to more efficient jet engines and power generation assets, stating, “We’re able to conduct experiments at unprecedented levels of speed, depth and specificity that allow us to perceive previously unobservable phenomena in how complex industrial systems operate. Through these studies, we hope to innovate new designs that enable us to propel the state of the art in turbomachinery efficiency and performance.”

AMD Powers CARA Supercomputer from NEC in Dresden

The DLR German Aerospace Center dedicated its new CARA supercomputer in Dresden on February 5, 2020. With 1.746 Petaflops of performance on the Linpack benchmark, the AMD-powered system from NEC is currently rated #221 on the TOP500.  “With its almost 150,000 computing cores, CARA is one of the most powerful supercomputers available internationally for aerospace research,” said Prof. Markus Henke from TU Dresden.