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NOAA Looks to Dell for Massive Supercomputing Upgrade

Today NOAA announced to plans for a major upgrade to its supercomputing capabilities. The upgrade adds 2.8 petaflops of computational power, enabling NOAA’s National Weather Service to implement the next generation Global Forecast System, known as the “American Model,” next year. “Having more computing speed and capacity positions us to collect and process even more data from our newest satellites — GOES-East, NOAA-20 and GOES-S — to meet the growing information and decision-support needs of our emergency management partners, the weather industry and the public.”

RAID Inc. Joins OpenSFS to Support the Lustre File System

RAID Incorporated has joined OpenSFS (Open Scalable File Systems, Inc.). OpenSFS is a non-profit organization that supports the vendor-neutral development of Lustre. Since 2010, OpenSFS has utilized working groups, events, and funding initiatives to encourage the growth and stability of the Lustre community, as well as facilitate collaborative benefits of its members, to ensure Lustre remains open, free, and flourishing. “RAID Incorporated undoubtedly brings great value to OpenSFS and will aid in boosting the continued innovation and advancements of the Lustre file system,” said OpenSFS President Sarp Oral.

Steve Oberlin from NVIDIA Presents: HPC Exascale & AI

Steve Oberlin from NVIDIA gave this talk at SC17 in Denver. “HPC is a fundamental pillar of modern science. From predicting weather to discovering drugs to finding new energy sources, researchers use large computing systems to simulate and predict our world. AI extends traditional HPC by letting researchers analyze massive amounts of data faster and more effectively. It’s a transformational new tool for gaining insights where simulation alone cannot fully predict the real world.”

NVIDIA and Baidu Announce Autonomous Car project with 30 Deep earning TOPS (trillions of operations per second)

Today NVIDIA and Baidu today that they are creating a production-ready AI autonomous vehicle platform designed for China, the world’s largest automotive market. “NVIDIA and Baidu have pioneered significant advances in deep learning and AI together over the last several years,” said Huang. “Now, together with ZF, we have created the first AI autonomous vehicle computing platform for China.”

Video: Red Hat Showcases ARM Support for HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17, Jon Masters from Red Hat describes the company’s Multi-Architecture HPC capabilities, including the new ARM-powered Apollo 70 server from HPE. “At SC17, you will also have an opportunity to see the power and flexibility of Red Hat Enterprise Linux across multiple architectures, including Arm v8-A, x86_64 and IBM POWER Little Endian.”

Micron and Intel to continue joint development of 3D NAND Memory through 2019

Today Micron and Intel announced an update to their successful NAND memory joint development partnership that has helped the companies develop and deliver industry-leading NAND technologies to market. “The companies have agreed to complete development of their third-generation of 3D NAND technology, which will be delivered toward the end of this year and extending into early 2019. Beyond that technology node, both companies will develop 3D NAND independently in order to better optimize the technology and products for their individual business needs.”

New Whitepaper on Meltdown and Spectre fixes for HPC

Can you afford to lose a third of your compute real estate? If not, you need to pre-empt the impact of Meltdown and Spectre. “Meltdown and Spectre are quickly becoming household names and not just in the HPC space. The severe design flaws in Intel microprocessors that could allow sensitive data to be stolen and the fixes are likely to be bad news for any I/O intensive applications such as those often used in HPC. Ellexus Ltd, the I/O profiling company, has released a white paper: How the Meltdown and Spectre bugs work and what you can do to prevent a performance plummet.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Spectre and Meltdown Exploits

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the performance ramifications of the Spectre and Meltdown exploits that affect processors from Intel, AMD, and many others. While patches are on the way, the performance hit from these patches could be as high as twenty or thirty percent in some cases.

Pointwise ISV is Finalist for Small Business of the Year

The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce has named Pointwise a finalist for 2018 Small Business of the Year award. Pointwise, Inc. is solving the top problem facing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) today – reliably generating high-fidelity meshes. The company’s Pointwise software generates structured, unstructured, overset and hybrid meshes; interfaces with CFD solvers such as ANSYS FLUENT, STAR-CCM+, OpenFOAM, and SU2 as well as many neutral formats, such as CGNS; runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac, and has a scripting language, Glyph, that can automate CFD meshing.

Adapting Deep Learning to New Data Using ORNL’s Titan Supercomputer

Travis Johnston from ORNL gave this talk at SC17. “Multi-node evolutionary neural networks for deep learning (MENNDL) is an evolutionary approach to performing this search. MENNDL is capable of evolving not only the numeric hyper-parameters, but is also capable of evolving the arrangement of layers within the network. The second approach is implemented using Apache Spark at scale on Titan. The technique we present is an improvement over hyper-parameter sweeps because we don’t require assumptions about independence of parameters and is more computationally feasible than grid-search.”