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MareNostrum 4 Named Most Beautiful Datacenter in the World

The MareNostrum 4 supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre has been named the winner of the Most Beautiful Data Center in the world Prize, hosted by the Datacenter Dynamics Company. “Aside from being the most beautiful, MareNostrum has been dubbed the most interesting supercomputer in the world due to the heterogeneity of the architecture it will include once installation of the supercomputer is complete. Its total speed will be 13.7 Petaflops. Its main memory is of 390 Terabytes and it has the capacity to store 14 Petabytes (14 million Gigabytes) of data. A high-speed network connects all the components in the supercomputer to one another.”

Innovate UK Award to Confirm Business Case for Quantum-enhanced Optimization Algorithms

Today D-Wave Systems announced its involvement in a grant-funded UK project to improve logistics and planning operations using quantum computing algorithms. “Advancing AI planning techniques could significantly improve operational efficiency across major industries, from law enforcement to transportation and beyond,” said Robert “Bo” Ewald, president of D-Wave International. “Advancing real-world applications for quantum computing takes dedicated collaboration from scientists and experts in a wide variety of fields. This project is an example of that work and will hopefully lead to faster, better solutions for critical problems.”

Video: Comanche Collaboration Moves ARM HPC forward at National Labs

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Rick Stevens from Argonne leads a discussion about the Comanche Advanced Technology Collaboration. By initiating the Comanche collaboration, HPE brought together industry partners and leadership sites like Argonne National Laboratory to work in a joint development effort,” said HPE’s Chief Strategist for HPC and Technical Lead for the Advanced Development Team Nic Dubé. “This program represents one of the largest customer-driven prototyping efforts focused on the enablement of the HPC software stack for ARM. We look forward to further collaboration on the path to an open hardware and software ecosystem.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Power9, Titan V, and Snapdragon 845

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Power9, Titan V, and Snapdragon 845 devices for AI and HPC. “Built specifically for compute-intensive AI workloads, the new POWER9 systems are capable of improving the training times of deep learning frameworks by nearly 4x allowing enterprises to build more accurate AI applications, faster.”

Accelerating HPC with Intel FPGAs

FPGAs can improve performance per watt, bandwidth and latency. In this guest post, Intel explores how Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) can be used to accelerate high performance computing. “Tightly coupled programmable multi-function accelerator platforms, such as FPGAs from Intel, offer a single hardware platform that enables servers to address many different workloads needs—from HPC needs for the highest capacity and performance through data center requirements for load balancing capabilities to address different workload profiles.”

Supercomputing How First Supernovae Altered Early Star Formation

Over at LBNL, Kathy Kincade writes that cosmologists are using supercomputers to study how heavy metals expelled from exploding supernovae helped the first stars in the universe regulate subsequent star formation. “In the early universe, the stars were massive and the radiation they emitted was very strong,” Chen explained. “So if you have this radiation before that star explodes and becomes a supernova, the radiation has already caused significant damage to the gas surrounding the star’s halo.”

IBM Spectrum LSF Powers HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17, Gabor Samu describes how IBM Spectrum LSF helps users orchestrate HPC workloads. “This week we celebrate the release of our second agile update to IBM Spectrum LSF 10. And it’s our silver anniversary… 25 years of IBM Spectrum LSF! The IBM Spectrum LSF Suites portfolio redefines cluster virtualization and workload management by providing a tightly integrated solution for demanding, mission-critical HPC environments that can increase both user productivity and hardware utilization while decreasing system management costs.”

Dell EMC Powers HPC at University of Liverpool with Alces Flight

Today Dell EMC announced a joint solution with Alces Flight and AWS to provide HPC for the University of Liverpool. Dell EMC will provide a fully managed on-premises HPC cluster while a cloud-based HPC account for students and researchers will enable cloud bursting computational capacity. “We are pleased to be working with Dell EMC and Alces Flight on this new venture,” said Cliff Addison, Head of Advanced Research Computing at the University of Liverpool. “The University of Liverpool has always maintained cutting-edge technology and by architecting flexible access to computational resources on AWS we’re setting the bar even higher for what can be achieved in HPC.”

Video: Enabling the Future of Artificial Intelligence

In this video from the Intel HPC Developer Conference, Andres Rodriguez describes his presentation on Enabling the Future of Artificial Intelligence. “Intel has the industry’s most comprehensive suite of hardware and software technologies that deliver broad capabilities and support diverse approaches for AI—including today’s AI applications and more complex AI tasks in the future.”

NVIDIA TITAN V GPU Brings Volta to the Desktop for AI Development

Today NVIDIA introduced their new high end TITAN V GPU for desktop PCs. Powered by the Volta architecture, TITAN V excels at computational processing for scientific simulation. Its 21.1 billion transistors deliver 110 teraflops of raw horsepower, 9x that of its predecessor, and extreme energy efficiency. “With TITAN V, we are putting Volta into the hands of researchers and scientists all over the world. I can’t wait to see their breakthrough discoveries.”