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Podcast: How Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration is Simplifying HPC & AI

In this Intel on Ai Podcast, Dr. David Ellison from Lenovo describes the Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration (LiCO). “Dr. Ellison explains how LiCO accelerates artificial intelligence training and traditional high performance computing (HPC) deployment by providing a single software solution that simplifies resource management and the use of a cluster environment. He discusses an exciting real-world deployment where data scientists use LiCO to help analyze satellite images of crop fields to drive drought prevention and increase food security.”

Accelerating TensorFlow with RDMA for High-Performance Deep Learning

Xiaoyi Lu from Ohio State University gave this talk at the 2019 OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin. “Google’s TensorFlow is one of the most popular Deep Learning (DL) frameworks. We propose a unified way of achieving high performance through enhancing the gRPC runtime with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) technology on InfiniBand and RoCE. Through our proposed RDMAgRPC design, TensorFlow only needs to run over the gRPC channel and gets the optimal performance.”

DDN Accelerates Ai, Analytics, and Deep Learning at GTC

This week at GTC, DDN is showcasing its high speed storage solutions, including its A³I architecture and new customer use cases in autonomous driving, life sciences, healthcare, retail, and financial services. DDN next generation of A³I reference architectures include NVIDIA’s DGX POD, DGX-2, and the DDN’s AI400 parallel storage appliance. “DDN’s commitment to developing highly parallel and scalable architectures matches well with the high performance requirements of compute and AI applications.”

Video: Jensen Huang Keynote and News Recap from GPU Technology Conference

In this video, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang delivers a sweeping opening keynote at San Jose State University, describing the company’s progress accelerating the sprawling datacenters that power the world’s most dynamic industries. “As a highlight, Mellanox CEO Eyal Waldman joined Huang on stage to describe how the two company’s technologies power more than half the world’s TOP500 fastest supercomputers.”

AI Critical Measures: Time to Value and Insights

AI is a game changer for industries today but achieving AI success contains two critical factors to consider — time to value and time to insights.  Time to value is the metric that looks at the time it takes to realize the value of a product, solution or offering. Time to insight is a key measure for how long it takes to gain value from use of the product, solution or offering.

Video: Intel and Cray to Build First USA Exascale Supercomputer for DOE in 2021

Today Intel announced plans to deliver the first exaflop supercomputer in the United States. The Aurora supercomputer will be used to dramatically advance scientific research and discovery. The contract is valued at more than $500 million and will be delivered to Argonne National Laboratory by Intel and sub-contractor Cray in 2021. “Today is an important day not only for the team of technologists and scientists who have come together to build our first exascale computer – but also for all of us who are committed to American innovation and manufacturing,” said Bob Swan, Intel CEO.”

PNNL Leads Quantum Nexus Summit in Seattle

Today a coalition led by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Microsoft Quantum, and the University of Washington will convene in Seattle to launch the Northwest Quantum Nexus. The invite-only Summit will establish a center of geographic and intellectual gravity in the Northwest, where a talent pool can flourish and contribute to the quantum economy, through knowledge sharing, skill and experience development, research impacts, and community engagement. “By establishing this partnership in quantum computing, we are planting a seed in fertile ground. We are forming a nexus for nurturing a talent pool and establishing the quantum economy through knowledge sharing, skill and experience development, and community engagement.”

Video: Solving I/O Slowdown and the “Noisy Neighbor” Problem

John Fragalla from Cray gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. “In Oil and Gas, when using shared storage, mixed workloads can have a big impact on I/O performance causing considerable slowdown when running small I/O alongside large I/O on the same storage system. In this presentation, Cray will share real benchmark results on the impacts of the “Noisy Neighbor” application has on sequential I/O, and with the right storage tuning and flash capacity, how to optimize the storage to meet the demanding workloads of Oil and Gas to accelerate performance for a mixed workload environment.”

2019: The Year of PCI Express 4.0

Computer systems are about to get a whole lot faster. This year starting at the high end of the market a transition will begin toward systems based on PCI Express 4.0. The interconnect speed will double to 64GB/sec in a 16 lane connection. Tim Miller, Vice President Strategic Development for One Stop Systems, explores the expected speed and innovation stemming from the introduction of PCI Express 4.0. 

GPU Technology Conference to put HPC and Ai front and center

NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) kicks off today in Silicon Valley. In this video, Ned Finkle from NVIDIA previews some of the public sector sessions this week at GTC. “GTC is the premier AI and deep learning conference, providing training, insights, and direct access to experts from leading research institutions and national labs. At GTC, you can explore hundreds of sessions on cutting edge AI research and applications across industries.”