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Designing Convergent HPC and Big Data Software Stacks: An Overview of the HiBD Project

DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the 2019 Stanford HPC Conference. “This talk will provide an overview of challenges in designing convergent HPC and BigData software stacks on modern HPC clusters. An overview of RDMA-based designs for Hadoop (HDFS, MapReduce, RPC and HBase), Spark, Memcached, Swift, and Kafka using native RDMA support for InfiniBand and RoCE will be presented. Enhanced designs for these components to exploit HPC scheduler (SLURM), parallel file systems (Lustre) and NVM-based in-memory technology will also be presented. Benefits of these designs on various cluster configurations using the publicly available RDMA-enabled packages from the OSU HiBD project will be shown.”

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Administrator at the University of Chicago Center for Research Informatics

The University of Chicago Center for Research Informatics is seeking an HPC Systems Administrator in our Job of the Week. “This position will work with the Lead HPC Systems Administrator to build and maintain the BSD High Performance Computing environment, assist life-sciences researchers to utilize the HPC resources, work with stakeholders and research partners to successfully troubleshoot computational applications, handle customer requests, and respond to suggestions for improvements and enhancements from end-users.”

EuroHPC Takes First Steps Towards Exascale

The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has launched its first calls for expressions of interest, to select the sites that will host the Joint Undertaking’s first supercomputers (petascale and precursor to exascale machines) in 2020. “Deciding where Europe will host its most powerful petascale and precursor to exascale machines is only the first step in this great European initiative on high performance computing,” said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. “Regardless of where users are located in Europe, these supercomputers will be used in more than 800 scientific and industrial application fields for the benefit of European citizens.”

Podcast: Modernizing the Electric Grid with HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at how Lawrence Livermore National Lab is working to simulate and help modernize the electric grid. They discuss how the ‘new grid’ will need to be two-way, both delivering and accepting electricity. The new grid will also have to communicate with smart homes and other buildings in order to predict demand and adjust real time pricing.

HPC Boosts Art and Design at Virginia Tech

Students at Virginia Tech are using HPC for their creative work to build robust project portfolios. “The School of Visual Arts in Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies offers an advanced rendering class for students in design-based programs, including architecture, industrial design, and interior design. Students in the school’s graduate and undergraduate creative technologies programs also take the course. Rendering involves converting 3D wireframe models into still or animated 2D images that can be displayed on a screen. It is in this class where students hone their skills learning advanced techniques to create complex animations.”

XTREME-Stargate: The New Era of HPC Cloud Platforms

In this video from the 2019 Stanford HPC Conference, Naoki Shibata from XTREME-D presents: XTREME-Stargate: The New Era of HPC Cloud Platforms. “XTREME-D is an award-winning, funded Japanese startup whose mission is to make HPC cloud computing access easy, fast, efficient, and economical for every customer. The company recently introduced XTREME-Stargate, which was developed as a cloud-based bare-metal appliance specifically for high-performance computations, optimized for AI data analysis and conventional supercomputer usage.”

Interview: Why HPC is the Right Tool for Physics

Over at the SC19 Blog, Charity Plata continues the HPC is Now series of interviews with Enrico Rinaldi, a physicist and special postdoctoral fellow with the Riken BNL Research Center. This month, Rinaldi discusses why HPC is the right tool for physics and shares the best formula for garnering a Gordon Bell Award nomination. “Sierra and Summit are incredible machines, and we were lucky to be among the first teams to use them to produce new scientific results. The impact on my lattice QCD research was tremendous, as demonstrated by the Gordon Bell paper submission.”

Custom Atos Supercomputer to Speed Genome Analysis at CNAG-CRG in Barcelona

Atos will soon deploy a Bull supercomputer at the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) in Barcelona for large-scale DNA sequencing and analysis. To support the vast process and calculation demands needed for this analysis, CNAG-CRG worked with Atos to build this custom-made analytics platform, which helps drive new insights ten times faster than its previous HPC system. “Atos helped us to set up a robust platform to conduct in-depth high-performance data analytics on genome sequences, which is the perfect complement to our outstanding sequencing platform”, stated Ivo Gut, CNAG-CRG Director.

GigaIO Technology Boosts Performance at the SC18 Student Cluster Competition

Today GigaIO, announced that that the company’s new FabreX product was successfully used in the Student Cluster Competition at SC18. Students from the University of Warsaw incorporated GigaIO’s alpha product into their self-designed supercomputing cluster, marking the team’s fourth cluster competition event. “GigaIO offers cutting-edge high-performance computing technology, so it was a privilege to be among the first group to experiment with their newest product, FabreX.”

Quantum Computing: From Qubits to Quantum Accelerators

Koen Bertels from Delft University of Technology gave this talk at HiPEAC 2019. “In my talk, I will introduce what quantum computers are but also how they can be used as a quantum accelerator. I will discuss why a quantum computer can be more powerful than any classical computer and what the components are of its system architecture. In this context, I will talk about our current research topics on quantum computing, what the main challenges are and what is available to our community.”