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The State of HPC Storage – Requirements & Challenges

Steve Conway from Hyperion Research gave this talk at the Panasas User Group. “Hyperion Research conducted an industry survey to better understand TCO vs. initial costs/other purchase criteria, the benefits of greater simplicity, and buyer/user perceptions of major vendors of HPC storage systems.”

Podcast: AI4Good Lab Empowers Women in Computer Science

In this AI Podcast, Doina Precup describes why their doesn’t need to be a gender gap in computer science education. An associate professor at McGill University and research team lead at DeepMind, Precup shares her personal experiences, along with the AI4Good Lab she co-founded to give women more access to machine learning training.

Appentra Releases Parallelware Trainer 1.4

Today Appentra released Parallelware Trainer 1.4, an interactive, real-time code editor with features that facilitate the learning, usage, and implementation of parallel programming by understanding how and why sections of code can be parallelized. “As Appentra strives to make parallel programming easier, enabling everyone to make the best use of parallel computing hardware from the multi-cores in a laptop to the fastest supercomputers. With this new release, we push Parallelware Trainer further towards that goal.”

Video: Data Driven Ocean & Atmosphere Sciences at MoES in India

Dr. Suryachandra Rao from MoES gave this talk at the DDN User Group. “The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is mandated to provide services for weather, climate, ocean and coastal state, hydrology, seismology, and natural hazards; to explore and harness marine living and non-living resources in a sustainable way and to explore the three poles (Arctic, Antarctic and Himalayas). MoES recently inaugurated a new supercomputer at the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) in Pune, dedicated to improving weather and climate forecasts across the country.”

ORNL Tests Arm-based Wombat Platform with NVIDIA GPUs

Researchers at ORNL are trying out their HPC codes on Wombat, a test bed cluster based on production Marvell ThunderX2 CPUs and NVIDIA V100 GPUs. The small cluster provides a platform for testing NVIDIA’s new CUDA software stack purpose-built for Arm CPU systems. “Eight teams successfully ported their codes to the new system in the days leading up to SC19. In less than 2 weeks, eight codes in a variety of scientific domains were running smoothly on Wombat.”

HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand for HPC & AI

In this video from the DDN booth at SC19, Scot Schultz from Mellanox presents: Connecting Visions: HDR 200GB/sec InfiniBand. “HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates 31 percent of new InfiniBand-based systems on the current TOP500, 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.”

Job of the Week: Head of Research Computing at the Norwich Biosciences Institute

The Norwich Biosciences Institute Partnership (NBIP) is seeking a new Head of Research Computing in our Job of the Week. “We have an exciting opportunity for a strategic High-Performance Computing (HPC) leader to take accountability for the future development of research computing across one of the UK’s foremost research organisations. The Head of Research Computing will set the future technology strategy and service model for mission-critical research IT services at NBI.”

Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

In this Sciencetown podcast, we follow experts from around the world to the epicenter of supercomputing – the annual, North American supercomputing conference or SC19. We ask them to weigh in on how the future of computers, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more are coming together to shape the way we explore and understand our world.

Meet the Future at the Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 Conference

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe 2020 is a platform for the thought leaders from both academia and industry to interact and discuss the visionary ideas, the most important global trends and substantial innovations in supercomputing. This year the SCEF 2020 will take place March 23-26, 2020 in Warsaw, Poland.

Supercomputing the Mysteries of Boron Carbide

Researchers at the University of Florida are using XSEDE supercomputers to unlock the mysteries of boron carbide, one of the hardest materials on earth. The material is also very lightweight, which explains why it has been used in making vehicle armor and body protection for soldiers. The research, which primarily used the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center along with the Stampede and Stampede2 systems at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, may provide insight into better protective mechanisms for vehicle and soldier armor after further testing and development.