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Cray XC50 Supercomputer coming to Institute for Basic Science in South Korea

Today Cray announced that the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) has awarded the Company a contract valued at $9 million for a Cray XC50 supercomputer and Cray ClusterStor L300F storage system. The new supercomputer, paired with the scale-out Lustre storage solution, will provide high-performance capabilities for IBS to expand research in climate physics and work toward its goal of improving decadal earth system forecasts and long-term future climate projections.

Can we use Machine Learning to Learn about Machines?

In this special guest feature, Ellexus CEO Rosemary Francis writes that the convergence of HPC and Ai is already changing the landscape in the world of supercomputing. “It is only as machines get faster that they are able to get cleverer. This means that more and more industries are becoming interested in making supercomputers even more powerful and investment in the exascale goal will increase.”

Video: Energy Efficient Acceleration of RNNs using CGRA

Prof. Aviral Shrivastava from Arizona State University gave this talk at the ARM Research Summit. “Prof. Aviral Shrivastava is Associate Professor in the School of Computing Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at the Arizona State University, where he has established and heads the Compiler and Microarchitecture Labs (CML).”

Cray Supercomputer Powers Japan’s Railway Technical Research Institute

Today Cray announced that it has delivered and installed a Cray XC50 supercomputer and a ClusterStor L300 storage system at Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI), the research and development arm for Japan Railways Group. The supercomputer will be used to perform railway research in the areas of applying new technologies and materials, enhancing simulation techniques, analyzing railway-specific phenomena and improving evaluation methods.

Versity Open Sources Next Generation Archiving Filesystem

Today Versity Software announced that it has open sourced ScoutFS, a new scale out archiving filesystem. “ScoutFS is the first GPL archiving file system ever released, creating an inherently safer and more user-friendly option for storing archival data where accessibility over very large time scales and the removal of vendor-specific risk is a key consideration.”

Survey Foretells Explosive Growth in Machine Learning Projects Over Next Two Years

Over at the Univa Blog, Gary Tyreman writes that the company sponsored an industry-wide survey to better understand what key challenges our HPC users are currently facing that are preventing them from moving their machine learning (ML) projects into production. “Our goal is to use this data to help guide our customers and recommend the right set of tools and migration options needed to accelerate value in machine learning.”

Video: Leading the charge for ARM in HPC

Andy Warner from HPE gave this talk at the ARM Research Summit. “The Arm HPC user Group hosted by going Arm workshop, will enable attendees to take in technical presentations by fellow applications programmers and tool authors who are currently using the Arm platform. This workshop is all about sharing experiences and knowledge. Attendees will gain from the first-hand knowledge of experienced scientific application programmers writing for the Arm platform, including topics such as: optimizing for 64-bit Arm, memory systems, scalability and vectorization.”

5 of 6 Gordon Bell Finalists use NVIDIA Volta Tensor Core GPUs

Over at the NVIDIA Blog, Geetika Gupta writes that the company’s powerful GPUs are being used by five of the six Gordon Bell Prize finalists. Just announced by ACM, these world-leading researchers did their work on the new NVIDIA GPU-accelerated Summit system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Sierra system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Agenda Posted: HPC User Forum in Stuttgart

Hyperion Research has posted the speaker agenda for their upcoming HPC User Forum in Stuttgart. The two-day event takes place October 1-2, 2018 (midday to midday) at the High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS). “The agenda will focus on HPC developments in Europe, including updates on quantum technologies, the European Processor Initiative and the Fortissimo Project for SMEs, along with perspectives from the Gauss Center for Supercomputing and the directors of Germany’s national supercomputing centers.”

Supermicro HGX-2 Cloud Server to Sport 2 Petaflops of Ai Horsepower

Today Supermicro announced that the company’s upcoming NVIDIA HGX-2 cloud server platform will be the world’s most powerful system for artificial intelligence and HPC capable of performing at 2 PetaFLOPS. “Our new HGX-2 system will enable efficient training of complex models. It combines sixteen Tesla V100 32GB SXM3 GPUs connected via NVLink and NVSwitch to work as a unified 2 PetaFlop accelerator with half a terabyte of aggregate GPU memory to deliver unmatched compute power.”