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NSF Grant to help develop cyberinfrastructure across Midwest

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.4 million grant to a team of experts led by Timothy Middelkoop, assistant teaching professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering in the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering. The researchers said the grant will fill an emerging need by providing training and resources in high-performance computer systems. “There is a critical need for building cyberinfrastructure across the nation, including the Midwest region,” said Middelkoop, who also serves as the director of Research Computing Support Services in the Division of Information Technology at MU. “It is our job as cyberinfrastructure professionals to facilitate research and work with researchers as a team to identify the best practices.”

NVIDIA TensorRT 6 Breaks 10 millisecond barrier for BERT-Large

Today, NVIDIA released TensorRT 6, which includes new capabilities that dramatically accelerate conversational AI applications, speech recognition, 3D image segmentation for medical applications, as well as image-based applications in industrial automation. TensorRT is a high-performance deep learning inference optimizer and runtime that delivers low latency, high-throughput inference for AI applications. “With today’s release, TensorRT continues to expand its set of optimized layers, provides highly requested capabilities for conversational AI applications, delivering tighter integrations with frameworks to provide an easy path to deploy your applications on NVIDIA GPUs. In TensorRT 6, we’re also releasing new optimizations that deliver inference for BERT-Large in only 5.8 ms on T4 GPUs, making it practical for enterprises to deploy this model in production for the first time.”

Dell EMC steps up with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors

Dell EMC has launched new Ready Solutions for HPC with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, offer improved performance for workloads such as computational fluid dynamics, climate and weather modeling. In recent testing, the PowerEdge C6525 delivered weather modeling results in half the time as previous generation AMD EPYC processor-based servers for faster severe storm notification. “Engineered to unlock the full potential of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors, the new servers offer customers improved performance and an easier to manage and secure platform.”

Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory comes to Oracle Exadata X8M

Today Oracle announced that it is incorporating the high performance capabilities of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory into its next-generation Oracle Exadata X8M. “Oracle and Intel have integrated cutting-edge persistent memory technologies into the leading enterprise database machine to deliver real-time access to the most mission-critical data. This transcends the boundaries of conventional shared storage systems and servers that simply cannot keep pace with this level of innovation.”

Gadi – Australia’s Newest Supercomputer

Allan Williams from NCI gave this talk at the Perth HPC Conference. “With 3,200 nodes, Gadi will power some of Australia’s most crucial research, seeking to solve some of the most complex and pressing challenges facing the world currently. Researchers from organizations including the CSIRO, Geosciences Australia, and the Bureau of Meteorology will benefit from faster speeds and higher capacity compared to the existing supercomputer.”

Podcast: Extreme Power and Cooling Efficiency at DownUnder GeoSolutions

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at an interesting presentation on Power and Cooling by Stuart Midgley from DownUnder Geosolutions. Their 250 Petaflop “Bubba” supercomputer uses immersive cooling for extreme density and power efficiency.

Call for Submissions: ISC 2020 Contributed Program

ISC 2020 has issued it Call for Submissions for its Contributed Program. The conference takes place June 21-25, 2020, in Frankfurt, Germany and will be attended by over 3,700 attendees and 160 exhibitors. The event will continue its long-standing tradition as the largest networking platform for vendors and users involved in supercomputing, machine learning, big data, cloud computing, networking and storage.

ExaNeSt Project Successfully Builds Prototype for Exascale

In this video, researchers describe the results from the ExaNeSt project. “The prototype is now successfully built, demonstrating energy efficiency in a High-Performance Computing (HPC) testbed: the energy consumed for solving a given problem on this new platform is 3 to 10 times lower than what traditional HPC processors of the same time generation consume for solving the same problem. The substantial prototype has been validated through the execution of full HPC applications from materials science, climate forecasting, computational fluid dynamics, astrophysics, neuroscience, and a database.”

Video: The SX Aurora TSUBASA (Vector Engine)

Deepak Pathania from NEC gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “The NEC Vector Engine Processor was developed using 16 nm FinFET process technology for extreme high performance and low power consumption. The Vecor Engine Processor has the world’s first implementation of one processor with six HBM2 memory modules using Chip-on-Wafer-on-Substrate technology, leading to the world-record memory bandwidth of 1.2 TB/s.”

Deep Learning at scale for the construction of galaxy catalogs

A team of scientists is now applying the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance supercomputers to accelerate efforts to analyze the increasingly massive datasets produced by ongoing and future cosmological surveys. “Deep learning research has rapidly become a booming enterprise across multiple disciplines. Our findings show that the convergence of deep learning and HPC can address big-data challenges of large-scale electromagnetic surveys.”