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Video: Arm + Lustre in HPC

In this video from DDN booth at SC18, Brent Gorda from ARM presents: Arm + Lustre in HPC. At the show, DDN announced that its Whamcloud division is delivering professional support for Lustre clients on Arm architectures. With this support offering, organizations can confidently use Lustre in production environments, introduce new clients into existing Lustre infrastructures, and deploy Arm-based clusters of any size within test, development or production environments. As the use of Lustre continues to expand across HPC, artificial intelligence and data-intensive, performance-driven applications, the deployment of alternative architectures is on the rise.

Job of the Week: HPC Software Developer at the HDF Group

The good folks at the Hierarchical Data Format (HDF) Group in Champaign, Illinois is seeking an HPC Software Developer in our Job of the Week. “The HDF Group provides a unique suite of technologies and supporting services that facilitate the management of large and complex data collections. Its mission is to develop, advance and support HD technologies and ensure long-term access to HDF data. HDF technologies are used in virtually every industry and scientific domain to meet mission critical data management needs.”

Podcast Looks at Exascale Computing for Forefront Scientific Problems

In this edition of Let’s Talk Exascale, Fred Streitz of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory describes his team’s efforts to develop supercomputer applications that address forefront scientific problems by pushing the limits of leadership-class computing. “At SC18, Fred Streitz gave a talk in the US Department of Energy booth on the topic “Machine Learning and Predictive Simulation: HPC and the US Cancer Moonshot on Sierra.” As a guest on the ECP podcast, he provides an overview and some insights from his booth talk.”

Beyond Semiconductors: New Quantum Materials could Pave the Way

Researchers from Intel and UC Berkeley are looking beyond current transistor technology and preparing the way for a new type of memory and logic circuit that could someday be in every computer on the planet. In a new paper published in the journal Nature, the researchers propose a way to turn relatively new types of materials, multiferroics and topological materials, into logic and memory devices that will be 10 to 100 times more energy-efficient than foreseeable improvements to current microprocessors, which are based on CMOS (complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor).

A Look inside the new HPE Adaptive Rack Cooling System for HPC

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Larry Keller from HPE describes the company’s innovative new Adaptive Rack Cooling System for HPC. “Efficient high-performance computing is a key to success in any business. But it can be daunting to design, deploy, and manage. Make sure that you get the best for your needs. Work with a partner with proven technology and a track record of delivering and supporting successful HPC deployments. HPE has decades of experience in HPC systems, and the proven products and expertise you need.”

How FPGAs Provide Versatile Acceleration for HPE Servers

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Osama Sarfaraz from HPE describes how the company is using Intel FPGA’s to deliver Programmability, Flexibility, and Upgradability for HPC users. “The FPGA is designed to actually be configured by a customer or designer after manufacturing; hence it is “field-programmable.” An FPGA offers high I/O bandwidth plus a fine-grained, flexible and custom parallelism, allowing it to be programmed for many different types of workloads, including Big Data analytics, financial services and deep learning.”

Video: Oracle Steps Up with Bare Metal for HPC Cloud Infrastructure

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Taylor Newill from Oracle describes the company’s new Bare Metal for HPC Cloud Infrastructure. “Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services (BMCS) public cloud infrastructure. Oracle BMCS is a new generation of scalable, inexpensive and performant compute, network and storage infrastructure that combines internet cloud scale architecture with enterprise scale-up bare metal capabilities, providing the ideal platform for demanding High Performance Computing workloads.”

New Paper: A First Step towards Quantum-Powered Machine Learning

“Given the remarkable performance improvements over many generations of classical microprocessors [7] and the impressive algorithmic improvements in mixed-integer programming tools like Gurobi [29] over the past several decades, it is surprising that D-Wave’s third generation hardware and our straightforward algorithm can be competitive at all. In the series of four chips that D-Wave has released, the number of qubits has approximately doubled from one generation to the next while the number of couplers per qubit has remained essentially unchanged. D-Wave’s fifth generation chip is expected to at least double the number of couplers per qubit [30, 3]. If this comes to fruition, it would likely have a significant, positive impact on the performance of the DWave for the problems we consider here.”

Video: Speeding HPC Administration with HPE Performance Cluster Manager

In this video from SC18, Leslie Tung describes the advantages of HPE Performance Cluster Manager. HPE Performance Cluster Manager is HPE’s first fully integrated system management software for all Linux-based HPE HPC systems offering all functionalities customers need to manage their clusters on everyday basis.

NVIDIA Unveils TITAN RTX GPU for Accelerated Ai

Today NVIDIA introduced the TITAN RTX as what the company calls “the world’s most powerful desktop GPU” for AI research, data science and creative applications. “Driven by the new NVIDIA Turing architecture, TITAN RTX — dubbed T-Rex — delivers 130 teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance. Turing is NVIDIA’s biggest advance in a decade – fusing shaders, ray tracing, and deep learning to reinvent the GPU,” said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA. “The introduction of T-Rex puts Turing within reach of millions of the most demanding PC users — developers, scientists and content creators.”