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Full Roundup: SC19 Booth Tour Videos from insideHPC

Now that SC19 is behind us, it’s time to gather our booth tour videos in one place. Throughout the course of the show, insideHPC talked to dozens of HPC innovators showcasing the very latest in hardware, software, and cooling technologies.

Developing Better Vaccines with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Researchers from the University of Bristol and the French National Centre for Scientific Research, teamed up with computer technology giant Oracle and vaccine innovator startup Imophoron to find a way to make vaccines that are thermostable, can be designed quickly, and are easily produced. “The research resulted in a new type of vaccine that can be stored at warmer temperatures, removing the need for refrigeration, in a major advance in vaccine technology.”

HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand Sees Major Growth on Latest TOP500 List

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) reported the latest TOP500 List results show that HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates 31 percent of new InfiniBand-based systems on the List, including the fastest TOP500 supercomputer built this year. The results also highlight InfiniBand’s continued position in the top three supercomputers in the world and acceleration of six of the top 10 systems. Since the TOP500 List release in June 2019, InfiniBand’s presence has increased by 12 percent, now accelerating 141 supercomputers on the List.

NEC SX-Aurora Tops Energy Efficiency on HPCG Benchmark

In this video from SC19, Erich Focht from NEC describes how the company’s SX-Aurora vector architecture achieves extreme energy efficiency on the HPCG benchmark. After that, Shintaro Momose from NEC describes recent enhancements to the SX-Aurora vector computing platform and how extreme energy efficiency helped the company win major contracts with DWD in Germany and the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) in Japan.

Intel Powers HPE Apollo 20 for HPC Workloads

In this video from SC19, Larry Keller from HPE and Taha Mughi from Intel describe how the two companies collaborated on the innovative new Apollo 20 server for HPC workloads. “Are you searching for greater performance and more memory bandwidth? The HPE Apollo 20 System is built on the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon 9200 family of processors which offer unmatched 2- socket performance leadership across popular workloads. Built to support both liquid-cooled and air-cooled options, the HPE Apollo 20 System takes advantage of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise experience in HPC cooling technologies as workloads continue to push power and density.”

Call for Papers: HPML2020 High Performance Machine Learning Workshop

The third High Performance Machine Learning Workshop has issued its Call for Papers. HPML2020 takes place May 11, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia in conjunction with CCGrid 2020. “This workshop is intended to bring together the Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and High Performance Computing (HPC) communities. In recent years, much progress has been made in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in general. This progress required heavy use of high performance computers and accelerators. Moreover, ML and AI have become a “killer application” for HPC and, consequently, driven much research in this area as well. These facts point to an important cross-fertilization that this workshop intends to nourish.”

GIGABYTE Steps up with a Broad Array of Server Offerings for AI & HPC

In this video from SC19, Peter Hanley from GIGABYTE describes how the company delivers a full range of server solutions for HPC, AI, and the Edge. “GIGABYTE is an industry leader in HPC, delivering systems with the highest GPU density combined with excellent cooling performance, power efficiency and superior networking flexibility. These systems can provide massive parallel computing capabilities to power your next AI breakthrough.”

Intel Horse Ridge Chip to Cryogenically Control Quantum Computers

Today Intel Labs unveiled what is believed a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip — code-named “Horse Ridge” — that will speed up development of full-stack quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge will enable control of multiple quantum bits (qubits) and set a clear path toward scaling larger systems – a major milestone on the path to quantum practicality. “Intel recognized that quantum controls were an essential piece of the puzzle we needed to solve in order to develop a large-scale commercial quantum system.”

AMD Readies EPYC for Exascale with ROCm at SC19

In this video from SC19, Derek Bouius from AMD describes how the company’s new EPYC processors and Radeon GPUs can speed HPC and Ai applications. With its EPYC processors, Radeon Instinct accelerators, Infinity Fabric technologies, and ROCm open software, AMD is building an Exascale ecosystem for heterogeneous compute. “Community support for the pre-exascale software ecosystem continues to grow. This ecosystem is built on ROCm, the foundational open source components for GPU compute provided by AMD.”

Podcast: SCR Scalable Checkpoint/Restart Paves the Way for Exascale

A software product called the Scalable Checkpoint/Restart (SCR) Framework 2.0 recently won an R&D 100 Award. In this episode, Elsa Gonsiorowski and Kathryn Mohror of LLNL discuss what SCR does, the challenges involved in creating it, and the impact it is expected to have in HPC. “SCR enables HPC simulations to take advantage of hierarchical storage systems, without complex code modifications. With SCR, the input/output (I/O) performance of scientific simulations can be improved by orders of magnitude.”