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Podcast: How AI is Helping Astronomers Scour the Skies for Habitable Planets

In this AI Podcast, astronomers Olivier Guyon and Damien Gratadour how they’re using GPU-powered extreme adaptive optics in very large telescopes to image nearby habitable planets. “Imagine staring into the high-beams of an oncoming car. Now imagine trying to pick out a speck of dust in the glare of the headlights. That’s the challenge Olivier Guyon and Damien Gratadour face as they try to find the dull glint of an exoplanet — a planet orbiting a star outside our solar system — beside the bright light of its star.”

Zenotech launches Aerospace Cloud Services

Zenotech is launching a new two-year project, Aerospace Cloud Services, to provide technology to enable the UK aerospace sector to add competitiveness to simulation-based design by accessing cloud HPC cost-effectively and securely. “Aerospace Cloud Services will use Zenotech’s HPC product, EPIC, as its delivery framework, extending it to include specific requirements from the aerospace companies involved. Available online, EPIC has been successfully used commercially for five years and provides secure access to a large volume of HPC resources including cloud and specialist HPC.”

The Eco-System of AI and How to Use It

Glyn Bowden from HPE gave this talk at the UK HPC Conference. “This presentation walks through HPE’s current view on AI applications, where it is driving outcomes and innovation, and where the challenges lay. We look at the eco-system that sits around an AI project and look at ways this can impact the success of the endeavor.”

Altair Acquires PollEx Electronic Design Automation Software

Today Altair announced the acquisition of Polliwog Co. Ltd., a high-tech software company based near Seoul, providing EDA software to the rapidly growing electronics industry. “Polliwog’s powerful PCB modeler and design verification tools allow EDA engineers at small and enterprise customers to collaborate at never-seen-before levels and greatly expands our HyperWorks solution portfolio.”

Q-CTRL Software to power Bleximo Quantum Accelerators for Business Computing

Today quantum startup Q-CTRL announced a global partnership to power superconducting ‘quantum accelerators’ from Bleximo, a full-stack quantum computing startup based in Berkeley, Calif. With the agreement, Q-CTRL will deliver software tools to the Bleximo team and serve as the preferred provider of ‘quantum firmware’ for quantum computing systems that Bleximo brings to market. “Our combined solutions will help speed the development and usefulness of quantum computing for a variety of industrial applications.”

ExaNoDe Builds Groundbreaking 3D prototype of Compute Element for Exascale

Today the European ExaNoDe project announced it has built a groundbreaking compute node prototype paving the way to exascale. “In the ExaNoDe project, we have built a complete prototype that integrates multiple core technologies: a 3D active interposer with chiplets, Arm cores with FPGA acceleration, a global address space, high-performance and productive programming environment, which will enable European technology to satisfy the requirements of exascale HPC.”

Video: Arm as a Viable Architecture for HPC & AI

Dr. Oliver Perks from Arm gave this talk at the UK HPC Conference. “The ARM architecture has grown in availability and usability for the HPC community in just the past few years. This is demonstrated by several ARM-based projects around the world, including the Japanese Post-K, European Mont-Blanc, U.S. DOE/NNSA Vanguard, the UK’s GW4/EPSRC efforts. Furthermore, the commercial availability of ARM nodes from HPC vendors such as Cray, Gigabyte, HPE, and Ingrasys also demonstrate the viability of ARM architectures.”

Harvard Names New Lenovo HPC Cluster after Astronomer Annie Jump Cannon

Harvard has deployed a liquid-cooled supercomputer from Lenovo at it’s FASRC computing center. The system, named “Cannon” in honor of astronomer Annie Jump Cannon, is a large-scale HPC cluster supporting scientific modeling and simulation for thousands of Harvard researchers. “This new cluster will have 30,000 cores of Intel 8268 “Cascade Lake” processors. Each node will have 48 cores and 192 GB of RAM.”

Julia Computing Chief Scientist Alan Edelman Wins Prestigious IEEE Sidney Fernbach Award

Alan Edelman, professor of applied mathematics at MIT, has been selected to receive the 2019 IEEE  Sidney Fernbach Award. Edelman was cited for “for outstanding breakthroughs in high-performance computing, linear algebra, and computational science and for contributions to the Julia programming language. The award will be presented to Edelman at the SC19 awards plenary session on November 19 in Denver.

Parallel Computing in Python: Current State and Recent Advances

Pierre Glaser from INRIA gave this talk at EuroPython 2019. “Modern hardware is multi-core. It is crucial for Python to provide high-performance parallelism. This talk will expose to both data-scientists and library developers the current state of affairs and the recent advances for parallel computing with Python. The goal is to help practitioners and developers to make better decisions on this matter.”