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Updating the SC18 Technical Program to Inspire the Future

In this special guest feature, SC18 Technical Program Chair David Keyes from KAUST writes that important changes are coming to the world’s biggest HPC conference this November in Dallas.

Buying for Tomorrow: HPC Systems Procurement Matters

Ingrid Barcena from KU Leuven gave this talk at the HPC Knowledge Portal meeting in San Sebastián, Spain. “One of the biggest challenges when procuring High Performance Computing systems is to ensure that not only a faster machine than the previous one is bought but that the new system is well suited for the organization needs, fit within a limited budget and prove value for money. However, this is not a simple task and failing on buying the right HPC system can have tremendous consequences for an organization.”

Supercomputing Better Tools for Long-Term Crop Prediction

Researchers are using the Blue Waters supercomputer to create better tools for long-Term crop prediction. “We built this new tool to bridge these two types of crop models combining their strengths and eliminating the weaknesses. This work is an outstanding example of the convergence of simulation and data science that is a driving factor in the National Strategic Computing Initiative announced by the White House in 2015.”

Binary Packaging for HPC with Spack

Todd Gamblin from LLNL gave this talk at FOSDEM’18. “This talk will introduce binary packaging in Spack and some of the open infrastructure we have planned for distributing packages. We’ll talk about challenges to providing binaries for a combinatorially large package ecosystem, and what we’re doing in Spack to address these problems. We’ll also talk about challenges for implementing relocatable binaries with a multi-compiler system like Spack. “

MIT helps move Neural Nets back to Analog

MIT researchers have developed a special-purpose chip that increases the speed of neural-network computations by three to seven times over its predecessors, while reducing power consumption 94 to 95 percent. “The computation these algorithms do can be simplified to one specific operation, called the dot product. Our approach was, can we implement this dot-product functionality inside the memory so that you don’t need to transfer this data back and forth?”

Take our AI & HPC Survey to Win an Amazon Echo Show Device

AI and Machine Learning have been called the Next Big Thing in High Performance Computing, but what kinds of results are your peers already getting right now? There is one way to find out–by taking our HPC & AI Survey. “We invite you to take our insideHPC Survey on the intersection HPC & AI. In return, we’ll send you a free report with the results and enter your name in a drawing to win one of two Echo Show devices with Alexa technology. The Echo Show is a voice-activated smart screen device that Amazon unveiled back in 2017.”

State-Of-The-Art Machine Learning Algorithms and Near-Term Technology Trends

Rob Farber from TechEnablement gave this talk at the HPC Knowledge Portal 2017 meeting. “This talk will merge two state-of-the-art briefings: Massive scale and state-of-the art algorithm mappings for both machine learning and unstructured data analytics including how they are affected by current and forthcoming hardware and the technology trends at Intel, NVIDIA, IBM, ARM, and OpenPower that will affect algorithm developments.”

Gen-Z Consortium Announces the Public Release of Its Core Specification 1.0

Today the Gen-Z Consortium released the Gen-Z Core Specification 1.0 on its website. As an open systems interconnect, Gen-Z is designed to provide memory semantic access to data and devices via direct-attached, switched or fabric topologies. “The release of core specification 1.0 today is a significant step towards realization of new architectures and evolution of existing technologies to expand into new roles. Samsung is excited to be a member of the Gen-Z Consortium and is committed towards industry open standards.”

EasyBuild: Past, Present & Future

Kenneth Hoste from Ghent University this talk at the EasyBuild User Meeting in Amsterdam. “EasyBuild is a software build and installation framework that allows you to manage (scientific) software on HPC systems in an efficient way. The EasyBuild User Meeting is an open and highly interactive event that provides a great opportunity to meet fellow EasyBuild enthusiasts, discuss related topics and learn about new aspects of the tool.”

TACC and DOD to Co-Develop Novel Computational Approaches

Today the Texas Advanced Computing Center announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense to provide researchers with access to advanced computing resources as part of an effort to develop novel computational approaches for complex manufacturing and design problems. “TRADES, which stands for TRAnsformative DESign, is a program within the DOD Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The essence of the program is to synthesize components of complex mechanical platforms (e.g., ground vehicles, ships, or air and space craft), which leverage advanced materials and manufacturing methods such as direct digital manufacturing.