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Google and NASA Achieve Quantum Supremacy

Today Google officially announced that it has achieved a major computing milestone. In partnership with NASA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the company has demonstrated the ability to compute in seconds what would take even the largest and most advanced supercomputers thousands of years, achieving a milestone known as quantum supremacy. “Achieving quantum supremacy means we’ve been able to do one thing faster, not everything faster,” said Eleanor Rieffel, co-author on the paper on this result, published today in Nature, and the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Lead at Ames. “And even though that one thing isn’t terribly useful, that it has been done at all is groundbreaking.”

Check out the ClusterVisor HPC Management Tool at SC19

Advanced Clustering Technologies will unveil ClusterVisor, the company’s new HPC cluster management tool, at SC19. ClusterVisor enables you to easily deploy your HPC cluster and manage everything from the hardware and operating system to software and networking using a single GUI. “ClusterVisor is highly customizable to ensure you can manage your cluster and organize your data in a way that makes the most sense for you. This powerful cluster management tool enables you to provision hardware, configure the nodes, update the operating system and analyze all of the statistics.”

Podcast: Univa Speeds CFD with SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

In a sport that hangs in the complex balance of speed, aerodynamics and the ever-present data, SportPesa Racing Point deserves the best from its computation, which is capped at 25 teraflops. For SportPesa Racing Point, the best is Univa Grid Engine, which manages its CFD cluster up into the 97 percent range at a sustained level. “Univa help us with bringing developments and CFD developments to reality faster. So they help with efficiency with our compute power.”

New SC Theater at SC19 to Showcase Data-Driven Scientific Applications

SC19 will feature a new SC Theater on the exhibit floor this year. The SC Theater will showcase live presentations that advance modern data-driven scientific applications. “The SC Theater, with seating for 20 and standing room as well, is located next to SCinet on the exhibit floor. It will showcase presentations by students and technologists from the HPC community who are focused on data-driven scientific applications.”

Video: InfiniBand In-Network Computing Technology and Roadmap

Rich Graham from Mellanox gave this talk at the UK HPC Conference. “In-Network Computing transforms the data center interconnect to become a “distributed CPU”, and “distributed memory”, enables to overcome performance barriers and to enable faster and more scalable data analysis. HDR 200G InfiniBand In-Network Computing technology includes several elements – Scalable Hierarchical Aggregation and Reduction Protocol (SHARP), smart Tag Matching and rendezvoused protocol, and more. This session will discuss the InfiniBand In-Network Computing technology and performance results, as well as view to future roadmap.”

Video: NVIDIA EGX Edge Supercomputing Platform Accelerates AI

Today NVIDIA announced the NVIDIA EGX Edge Supercomputing Platform – a high-performance, cloud-native platform that lets organizations harness rapidly streaming data from factory floors, manufacturing inspection lines and city streets to securely deliver next-generation AI, IoT and 5G-based services at scale, with low latency. “We’ve created the NVIDIA EGX Edge Supercomputing Platform for this world, where computing moves beyond personal and beyond the cloud to operate at planetary scale.”

Beowulf Bash returns to Denver Nov. 18 for SC19

The Beowulf Bash is returning to Denver for SC19. With a theme based on the Stranger Things TV show, the annual party takes place 9:00 pm to midnight on Monday Nov. 18 at the Pinnacle Club. “There will be 80s-style entertainment, games, the best 80s tribute band, and as always, a quiet place to sit and reflect on why you keep coming to these vapid affairs. Food, beverages, entertainment, and Eggo Waffles provided thanks to our wonderful sponsors.”

Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing – Choosing the Right GPU for the Job

In this new whitepaper from our friends over at Exxact Corporation we take a look at the important topic of deep learning for Natural Language Processing (NLP) and choosing the right GPU for the job. Focus is given to the latest developments in neural networks and deep learning systems, in particular a neural network architecture called transformers. Researchers have shown that transformer networks are particularly well suited for parallelization on GPU-based systems.

Ian Foster named DOE Distinguished Scientist Fellow

In this video, Ian Foster from Argonne accepts his award naming him as one of the DOE Office of Science Distinguished Scientists Fellows. “Foster was honored “for trailblazing work in distributed and high performance computing with fundamental and long-lasting impacts on both computer science as a discipline and the practice of computing across the Office of Science.”

Video: Research on Blue Waters

Dr. Brett Bode from NCSA gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Blue Waters is one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world and is one of the fastest supercomputers on a university campus. Scientists and engineers across the country use the computing and data power of Blue Waters to tackle a wide range of challenging problems, from predicting the behavior of complex biological systems to simulating the evolution of the cosmos.”