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NVIDIA DGX-2 Delivers Record Performance on STAC-A3 Benchmark

Today NVIDIA announced record performance on STAC-A3, the financial services industry benchmark suite for backtesting trading algorithms to determine how strategies would have performed on historical data. “Using an NVIDIA DGX-2 system running accelerated Python libraries, NVIDIA shattered several previous STAC-A3 benchmark results, in one case running 20 million simulations on a basket of 50 instruments in the prescribed 60-minute test period versus the previous record of 3,200 simulations.”

Diagnose Network Problems Faster with Mellanox WJH Technology

Today Mellanox announced an advanced Network Telemetry technology that provides visibility into Data Plane Anomalies – for public cloud, private cloud and enterprise computing. “What Just Happened (WJH) is a new intelligent monitoring technology that goes well beyond conventional streaming telemetry and Inband Network Telemetry (INT) offerings. Every customer who has tried WJH has been amazed at how quickly they were able to discover behavior they never knew was occurring in their network.”

Turkey Joins European HPC Joint Undertaking

The nation of Turkey has joined the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking. Established in November 2018, the joint initiative aims to develop a supercomputing ecosystem in Europe, building top-of-the-range machines and helping researchers, industry and small and medium-sized enterprises to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to make use of them. “The fact that Turkey has become part of the Joint Undertaking underlines the international significance of our supercomputing plans,” said Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. “They will bring together researchers across national borders, and enable Europe to become a global leader in supercomputing.”

GCS in Germany Appoints Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller as Chairman of the Board

Today the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Germany announced the appointment of Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller as its new Chair of the Board of Directors. “As we advance towards the exascale threshold of computing and an era of unprecedented discovery and insights driven by the integration of modeling and simulation, data analytics and artificial intelligence, GCS stands ready to provide the basis and the catalyst of innovation–the hardware, software ecosystem, experience and expertise–needed to boost scientific and industrial breakthroughs.”

Design Work Completed for SKA Telescope Supercomputer

An international group of scientists led by the University of Cambridge has finished designing the ‘brain’ of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope. When complete, the SKA will enable astronomers to monitor the sky in unprecedented detail and survey the entire sky much faster than any system currently in existence. “We estimate SDP’s total compute power to be around 250 PFlops – that’s 25% faster than IBM’s Summit, the current fastest supercomputer in the world.”

Video: Jupyter as the Interface to High Performance Computing

In this video, researchers describe how the Jupyter notebook has become one of the tools of choice for the data science and high-performance computing communities. “This webinar will provide an overview of why Jupyter is gaining traction in education, data science, and HPC, with emphasis on how notebooks can be used as interactive documents for exploration and reporting. We will present an overview of how Jupyter works and how the network protocol can be leveraged for both a local single machine and remote-cluster work.”

Stony Brook University Launches New Institute for AI Discovery

Today Stony Brook University launched the Institute for AI-Driven Discovery and Innovation to advance AI research and apply the transformative power of innovation driven by AI across disciplines. The AI Institute will focus on four grand challenges: health care; infrastructure; education; and, finance. It will also focus on five foundational research areas: automated and scalable knowledge acquisition; predictive intelligence; explainable AI; trustworthy AI; and, ethical AI.

HPE BlueData Appliance Accelerates AI and Data-Driven Innovation

Today HPE announced a powerful new appliance for AI and data driven-innovation based on the HPE BlueData software platform and HPE Apollo systems. “To stay a step ahead of the competition, enterprise organizations in every industry are embarking on AI-enabled and data-driven digital transformation initiatives,” said Milan Shetti, GM, HPE Storage. “Having BlueData as part of HPE’s portfolio extends our best-in-class solutions for these customers, enabling us to provide differentiated hybrid IT solutions for AI, machine learning, and advanced analytics.”

NVIDIA Builds First AI Platform for NHS Hospitals in the U.K.

Today NVIDIA and King’s College London announced they are partnering to build an AI platform designed to allow specialists in the U.K.’s National Health Service to train computers to automate the most time-consuming part of radiology interpretation. “The NVIDIA DGX-2 AI system’s large memory and massive computing power make it possible for us to tackle training of large, 3D datasets in minutes instead of days while keeping the data secure on the premises of the hospital.”

Video: The Exascale Computing Project and the Future of HPC

Doug Kothe from ORNL presented this ACM Tech Talk in April, 2019. “The ECP is designing the software infrastructure to enable the next generation of supercomputers—systems capable of more than 1018 operations per second—to effectively and efficiently run applications that address currently intractable problems of strategic importance. The ECP is creating and deploying an expanded and vertically integrated software stack on DOE HPC exascale and pre-exascale systems, thereby defining the enduring US exascale ecosystem.”