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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.”

Video: Cray Steps up with Shasta Platform for Exascale Supercomputing

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Per Nyberg from Cray describes the company’s new Shasta supercomputing architecture for exascale. “Shasta is an entirely new design and is set to be the technology that underpins the next era of supercomputing, characterized by exascale performance capability, new data-centric workloads, and an explosion of processor architectures. With sweeping hardware and software innovations, Shasta incorporates next-generation Cray system software to enable modularity and extensibility, a new Cray-designed system interconnect, unparalleled flexibility in processing choice within a system, and a software environment that provides for seamless scalability.”

UberCloud Wins Three Prestigious Awards for HPC in the Cloud

We are please to announce that our friends at the UberCloud won a number of prestigious awards for HPC in the Cloud. “At Hyperion Research’s HPC Market Update Breakfast Briefing, UberCloud and partners received the Innovation Excellence Award for its UberCloud Experiment and case study #200 based on “Computer simulations of non-invasive transcranial electro-stimulation of the human brain in schizophrenia.”

New CPC QD Solution Optimizes HPC Liquid Cooling

In this video from SC18, Kristin Anderson from CPC describes the company’s innovative connector couplings for liquid cooling. “PLQ Series QDs are among the highest-performing engineered polymer connectors for liquid cooling applications available. They vastly reduce concerns around plastic QD durability and performance,” said Elizabeth Langer, Senior Design Engineer, Thermal Management. “HPC and data center specifiers and operators can use these plastic QDs with confidence.”

One Stop Systems Steps up GPU Servers for Ai and World’s First PCIe Gen 4 Cable Adapter

In this video from SC18, Jaan Mannik from One Stop Systems describes how the company’s high performance GPU system power HPC and Ai applications. At the show, the company also introduced HIB616-x16, the world’s first PCIe Gen 4 cable adapter. “The OSS booth will also feature a partner pavilion where several OSS partners will be represented, including NVIDIA, SkyScale, Western Digital, Liqid, One Convergence, Intel and Lenovo. OSS and its partners will showcase new products, services and solutions for high-performance computing, including GPU and flash storage expansion, composable infrastructure solutions, the latest EOS server, cloud computing, and the company’s recently introduced Thunderbolt eGPU product.”

Deconstructing the Complexities of the Data Pipeline for Connected Cars

A connected car can generate up to a gigabyte of data per day, and perhaps even more. Impressively, it is estimated that there are approximately 2 million connected cars on our roadways at this very moment. This means the storage demands can be up to 200 exabytes per day. IBM walks readers through the complexities of the data pipeline for connected cars, and how to address these challenges and storage questions. 

OpenMP API Specification 5.0 is Major Upgrade of OpenMP Language

The OpenMP Architecture Review Board (ARB) announced Version 5.0 of the OpenMP API Specification, a major upgrade of the OpenMP language. OpenMP 5.0 adds many new features that will be useful for highly parallel and complex applications and now covers the entire hardware spectrum from embedded and accelerator devices to multicore systems with shared-memory. Vendors have made reference implementations of parts of the standard, and user courses will soon be given at OpenMP workshops and major conferences.

AMD Speeds HPC and Ai with EPYC Processors and Radeon GPUs

In this video from SC18, Derek Bouius from AMD describes how the company’s new EPYC processors and Radeon GPUs can speed HPC and Ai applications. “It’s been a fantastic year in the supercomputing space as we further expanded the ecosystem for AMD EPYC processors while securing multiple wins that leverage the benefits AMD EPYC processors have on HPC workloads,’ said Mark Papermaster, senior vice president and chief technology officer, AMD. ‘As the HPC industry approaches exascale systems, we’re at the beginning of a new era of heterogeneous compute that requires a combination of CPU, GPU and software that only AMD can deliver. We’re excited to have fantastic customers leading the charge with our Radeon Instinct accelerators, AMD EPYC processors and the ROCm open software platform.”