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ESCAPE-2 Project to develop algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale

Today ECMWF launched the ESCAPE-2 project on energy-efficient scalable algorithms for weather and climate prediction at exascale. “It brings together 12 partners, including national meteorological and hydrological services, HPC centers, hardware vendors and universities. The ESCAPE project aims to prepare NWP and climate models for new computing architectures towards exascale computing, with a focus on energy efficiency.”

Intel Powers New AI Research Center at Technion in Israel

Today the Technion technological institute in Israel announced that Intel is collaborating with the institute on its new artificial intelligence (AI) research center. “AI is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and Intel has been working closely with a range of industry leaders to deploy AI capabilities and create new experiences. Our collaboration with Technion not only reinforces Intel Israel’s AI operations, but we are also seeing advancements to the field of AI from the joint research that is under way and in the pipeline.”

New Paper Looks at Solidification of High-pressure Ice in newly discovered Ocean Worlds

A team of theorists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has solved a long-standing puzzle in the nucleation of a high-pressure phase of ice known as ice VII, which is believed to exist near the core of “ocean world” planets recently detected outside of the solar system, and has recently been discovered to exist within the Earth’s mantle. “By dissecting the thermodynamics and kinetics of interfaces, there are entirely new classes of problems that can be studied and, ultimately, controlled. A holy grail is to design self-regulating dynamic systems and machines that can utilize far-from-equilibrium dissipative dynamics to perform complex tasks, as in biological systems — control of nucleation is a step on this path.”

DownUnder GeoSolutions Moves to Skybox Datacenters for Oil & Gas Exploration

Today Australia-based DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) announced a move to Skybox Datacenters in Houston for its global expansion of a revolutionary oil and gas exploration technology. “This was an exhaustive world-wide search for a data center location,” said Dr. Matthew Lamont, co-founder of DUG. “Houston was a natural choice given the low cost of power and the fact that Skybox had the available infrastructure ready to go. This facility will allow us to install the fastest supercomputer in the world at this time to meet the ever-increasing demand for energy. We are excited to expand our presence in Houston and expect to be operational by February 2019.”

Video: Bridging the Automated Vehicle Gap: Consumer Trust, Technology and Liability

Kristin Kolodge from J.D. Power and Associates gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “With the rapid emergence of new technology in the automotive industry, understanding driver behavior and preferences within the vehicle is more crucial than ever for automakers. For 50 years, J.D. Power has been providing rich automotive consumer insights. Now, J.D. Power will work with HARMAN to go beyond measuring consumer insights to help automakers around the world better measure and understand how their evolving products are satisfying customer needs.”

Supercomputing to Feed the World

Sharan Kalwani writes that that supercomputers a critical tool for predicting severe weather that could threaten entire regions with famine. “Models have been improved – although at too slow a pace for the general public at large – that now this HPC approach is taking root in more than just the monsoon predictions. Tropical storms are also important and cyclones are also quite rampant. Recently two Petaflop-capable machines have been installed in a special tropical weather department in the central part of the country.”

Enter Your Team Now in the ISC 2019 Student Cluster Competition

Today the HPC-AI Advisory Council Call for Team Entries for the 2019 Student Cluster Competition in Frankfurt. To be held at ISC 2019, the competition seeks student teams currently enrolled in four-year higher education and undergraduate-degree programs. “Students come away from competitions steeped in experience gained from deploying tools and technologies they’ve developed to launch, troubleshoot and run live applications, to solve complex problems and achieve very real-world results.”

Hurry! Register Now for SC18 to Enjoy Early-Bird Rates

Are you coming to SC18 in Dallas next month? Now is your last chance to enjoy Early-Bird registration discount rates. “Are you an ACM, IEEE, or SIGHPC member? If not, it is something that you should consider. With a membership in any of these societies you will receive a substantial discount on your SC conference registration. For example, members can save up to $400 over non-members by registering on or before October 14, 2018 for the Technical Program.”

Atos Launches Open Edge and HPC Initiative for the coming 5G World

Today Atos announced a joint effort with E4, the Jülich Supecomputing Centre, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Huawei, Mellanox, and SUSE to help shorten time-to-market for HPC and Edge deployments. “Collaborative and grassroots initiatives focused on solving real world problems are the hallmark of a vibrant ecosystem,” said Jean-Marc Denis, Head of Strategy, BigData and Security at Atos. “Addressing the challenge of supporting one trillion connected devices requires today’s infrastructure to evolve. Only the Arm ecosystem has the flexibility, scalability, and technical breadth to bring best-in-class solutions to market in areas as diverse as edge and high-performance compute.”

Ampere Augments ARM Servers with New Developer Platform

Today ARM server vendor Ampere introduced a new developer platform and program to facilitate the open development of next-generation cloud applications. Available through Lenovo, the new server platform with Ampere’s eMAG processors is available now for purchase and developers can order by visiting Ampere’s new developer web site. “By providing access to a development environment with open standards and full open documentation, we can expand the ecosystem and optimize the developer experience to innovate on cloud applications not yet imagined.”