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Decoupling EDA Toolchains from the OS with Singularity Containers

Singularity containers introduce a compelling means for unlocking the implied dependency between application toolchains and operating system. By encapsulating everything but the kernel in a single file, Singularity containers decouple the runtime and allow it to be highly portable in a trusted way. 

Altair HyperWorks 2019 product development platform Speeds Time-to-Market

Today Altair released HyperWorks 2019, the latest version of its simulation- and AI-driven product development platform. “Our development focus for HyperWorks 2019 was to increase solve speed and functionality across our solutions for every stage of product development with optimization and multi-physics workflows for all manufacturing methods.”

EPI delivers first design for high-performance processor

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) has delivered its first architectural design to the European Commission and is welcoming new partners. “Energy efficient high-performance families of EPI processors will include most advanced general-purpose and accelerator cores that will deliver unprecedented processing capabilities, enabling EU researchers from academia and industry to most efficiently address global challenges. The business sustainability of the initiative is supported by carefully balanced target markets, with primary focus on exascale HPC/AI and automotive markets.”

AMD Verifies Vega20 GPU in Record Time on Azure

AMD engineers executed a physical verification pass of the Radeon Instinct Vega20 – its largest 7nm chip design – in ~10 hours on Microsoft Azure. The job used the TSMC-certified Calibre nmDRC software platform from Mentor, running on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform using HB-series virtual machines, powered by AMD EPYC processors.

New Paper: Nanophotonic Neural Networks coming Closer to Reality

Over at the Intel AI blog, Casimir Wierzynski writes that Optical Neural Networks have exciting potential for power-efficiency in AI computation. “At last week’s CLEO conference, we and our collaborators at UC Berkeley presented new findings around ONNs, including a proposal for how that original work could be extended in the face of real-world manufacturing constraints to bring nanophotonic neural network circuits one step closer to a practical reality.”

Agenda Posted for PASC19 in Zurich

PASC19 has posted its Full Conference Program. The event takes place June 12-14 in Zurich, Switzerland. “PASC19 is the sixth edition of the PASC Conference series, an international platform for the exchange of competences in scientific computing and computational science, with a strong focus on methods, tools, algorithms, application challenges, and novel techniques and usage of high performance computing.”

Quadric.io to Build “Supercomputer for Edge Devices”

Today chip startup Quadric.io announced plans to build the world’s first “supercomputer” specifically designed for the real-time needs of autonomous systems. “Instead of building a heterogeneous system with CPUs/GPUs/FPGAs & AI chips and dealing with that complexity of software and hardware integration, Quadric has the technology to handle most of the application in a single unified hardware architecture and software model.”

Univa Powers ASIC Designs at eSilicon

Today Univa announced that eSilicon has selected Univa’s Grid Engine to help manage its complex FinFET ASIC and IP designs and scale its environment, as well as better manage its ever-increasing workload and demand for capacity. “We ultimately chose Univa Grid Engine, since it was able to better help our team optimize our shared resources and provide enterprise-grade dependability to help us improve ROI and deliver better results. As we look to extend our workloads to the cloud, we look forward to working with Univa to start the cloud migration process along with Google Cloud’s service-on-demand model.”

Aerospace Moving Forward with Modeling and Simulation

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Gemma Church writes that the aerospace industry is stuck in the past – but it isn’t due to a lack of new simulation and modeling techniques. “While there have been incremental improvements, in terms of creating quieter and more fuel-efficient aeroplanes, there is not a lot of innovation coming in, compared to the last century when we created aeroplanes moving at the speed of sound and made air travel available to the masses.”

Job of the Week: HPC Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is seeking an HPC Software Engineer in our Job of the Week. “We are seeking an Application Engineers for our Technical User Support group on our Centralized SuperComputing Facility (CSCF) High Performance Computing contract. Lockheed Martin provides HPC services throughout the lifecycle for computational requirements, architecture, acquisition, and operations to federal government customers. This work involves working on cutting edge technologies to ensure that scientists and engineers will be able to fully utilize modern systems.”