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Using the Titan Supercomputer to Accelerate Deep Learning Networks

A team of researchers from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has married artificial intelligence and high-performance computing to achieve a peak speed of 20 petaflops in the generation and training of deep learning networks on the laboratory’s Titan supercomputer.

Intel’s Al Gara Presents: Technology Opportunities Like Never Before

Al Gara from gave this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference in Denver. “Technology visionaries architecting the future of HPC and AI will share the key challenges as well as Intel’s direction. The talk will cover the adaptation of AI into HPC workflows, along their perspective architectural developments, upcoming transitions and range of solutions, technology opportunities, and the driving forces behind them.”

European Commission to invest EUR 1 Billion in Exascale

Today the European Commission unveiled today its plans to invest jointly with the Member States in building a world-class European supercomputers infrastructure. “While Europe already had a number of exascale initiatives under way, this is a major step forward in that it puts up the money. Under a new legal and funding structure, the Commission’s contribution will be $486 million, or roughly half of the projected EUR 1 Billion total. Before the new structure was put in place, the Commission was effectively limited to contributing only 20 percent of HPC initiatives undertaken with member states. 

ECP Launches “Let’s Talk Exascale” Podcast

The DOE’s Exascale Computing Project has launched a new podcast channel. In this episode, Danny Perez from Los Alamos National Laboratory discusses The Exascale Atomistic Capability for Accuracy, Length, and Time (EXAALT) project. EXAALT specializes in molecular dynamics simulations of materials. “We hope you enjoy the podcast, and we welcome your ideas for future episodes.”

NVIDIA races to patch GPU Drivers for Spectre and Meltdown

A new security bulletin from NVIDIA reveals that its GPU drivers are not immune to the Spectre and Meltdown exploits that affect nearly every modern CPU. This is bad news for HPC, where the company’s Tesla GPUs are widely deployed to accelerate applications. “Most of the updates are available now, although Tesla and GRID users will have to wait until late January.”

Survey shows how AI Could Revolutionize Life Sciences

Some 44 per cent of life science professionals are using or experimenting with AI and deep learning, while 94 per cent expect an increase in use of machine learning within two years. These are findings from a survey carried out by the Pistoia Alliance, a global, not for profit alliance that works to lower barriers to innovation in life sciences R&D. “Our survey data shows that while life science professionals are already exploring how AI, ML and NLP can be used – there are clear gaps in the knowledge, data, and skills, which will enable more pharma and biotech companies to achieve tangible results from AI.”

How AI is Reshaping HPC

Karl Freund from Moor Insights gave this talk at SC17. “Researchers have begun putting Machine Learning to work solving problems that do not lend themselves well to traditional numerical analysis, or that require unaffordable computational capacity. This talk with discuss three primary approaches being used today, and will share some case studies that show significant promise of lower latency, improved accuracy, and lower cost.”

Berkeley Lab-led Collaborations win HPC Innovation Awards

Two Berkeley Lab-led projects—Celeste and Galactos—were honored with Hyperion Research’s 2017 HPC Innovation Excellence Awards for “the outstanding application of HPC for business and scientific achievements.” The HPC Innovation Excellence awards are designed to showcase return on investment and success stories involving HPC; to help other users better understand the benefits of adopting HPC; and to help justify HPC investments, including for small and medium-size enterprises.

PEARC18 Conference Announces lineup of Keynote Speakers

The PEARC18 Conference has announced its lineup of Keynote Speakers. The event takes place July 22-27 in Pittsburgh. “PEARC18 is for everyone who works to realize the promise of advanced computing as the enabler of seamless creativity. Scientists and engineers, scholars and planners, artists and makers, students and teachers all depend on the efficiency, security, reliability and sustainability of increasingly complex and powerful digital infrastructure systems. If your work addresses these challenges in any way, PEARC18 is the forum to share, learn and inspire progress.”

NOAA Looks to Dell for Massive Supercomputing Upgrade

Today NOAA announced to plans for a major upgrade to its supercomputing capabilities. The upgrade adds 2.8 petaflops of computational power, enabling NOAA’s National Weather Service to implement the next generation Global Forecast System, known as the “American Model,” next year. “Having more computing speed and capacity positions us to collect and process even more data from our newest satellites — GOES-East, NOAA-20 and GOES-S — to meet the growing information and decision-support needs of our emergency management partners, the weather industry and the public.”