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Podcast: Astronomers Turn to AI as New Telescopes Come Online

In this AI Podcast, Brant Robertson from UC Santa Cruz describes how astronomers are turning to AI to turn the vast quantities of data that will be pouring out of next-generation telescopes into world-changing scientific discoveries. “Good news: astronomers are getting new tools to let them see further, better than ever before. The bad news: they’ll soon be getting more data than humans can handle.”

Job of the Week: AI Technical Lead at New York University

“The NYU High Performance Computing team is seeking an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Technical Lead to build state-of-the-art computing infrastructure in-house and in the cloud, and an ecosystem with AI and machine learning solutions, to support all NYU scholars who utilize AI technologies in research projects and teaching. This position will be involved in scoping, architecting, designing, building, and supporting the computing, and analytical infrastructure to deliver AI solutions (ex. image processing, predictive analytics, expert systems) in order to enhance the HPC teams AI offerings, improve service, help build partnerships, and add capacity and capabilities.”

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at ISC 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has posted their Structural Agenda for HP-CAST at ISC 2019. The event takes place June 14-15 in Frankfurt, Germany. “HP-CAST provides guidance to Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the essential development and support issues for HPC systems.”

Big Compute Podcast: HPC and Genomics to Revolutionize Medicine

In this Big Compute Podcast episode, Gabriel Broner hosts Mark Borodkin, COO of Bionano Genomics, to discuss how genomics and HPC enable doctors and researchers to diagnose complex diseases and prescribe unique personalized treatments based on individual variations of the DNA. “We decided to abstract HPC in the cloud through Rescale and our software. All our customers need to know is that the solution offers the security and performance they need, and they don’t need to learn the new jargon of cloud.”

DUG Opens the Doors for 250 PF Bubba Supercomputer in Houston

Today DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) opened its giant new data center in Skybox Houston. Touted to be one of the most powerful supercomputers on earth, the facility is home to the company’s geophysical cloud service, DUG McCloud. “DUG is offering a unique cloud product including compute, storage, geophysical software, and services, initially with a massive 250 PF of geophysically-configured compute ready to go,” said DUG’s Managing Director, Dr Matthew Lamont.

Epic 2018 HPC Road Trip begins at Idaho National Lab

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX begins his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at Idaho National Laboratory. “The fast approach of SC18 gave me an idea: why not drive from my home base in Beaverton, Oregon, to Dallas, Texas and stop at national labs along the way? I love a good road trip and what could be better than a 5,879 mile drive with visits to supercomputer users mixed in?”

Achieving ExaOps with the CoMet Comparative Genomics Application

Wayne Joubert’s talk at the HPC User Forum described how researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) achieved a record throughput of 1.88 ExaOps on the CoMet algorithm. As the first science application to run at the exascale level, CoMet achieved this remarkable speed analyzing genomic data on the recently launched Summit supercomputer.

David Keyes named ISC 2020 Program Chair

Today the ISC High Performance conference announced that Prof. David Keyes from KAUST will be the ISC 2020 Program Chair. “It is my honor to serve as the ISC 2020 Program Chair,” continued Keyes. “I will do my best to keep the technical program in tune with the community, increase the prestige of being selected to present, expand the range of participants, and present a conference that encourages diverse constituents to take advantage of the latest enablements and fruits of HPC.”

Video: Can FPGAs compete with GPUs?

John Romein from ASTRON gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. “We’ll discuss how FPGAs are changing as a result of new technology such as the Open CL high-level programming language, hard floating-point units, and tight integration with CPU cores. Traditionally energy-efficient FPGAs were considered notoriously difficult to program and unsuitable for complex HPC applications. We’ll compare the latest FPGAs to GPUs, examining the architecture, programming models, programming effort, performance, and energy efficiency by considering some real applications.”

Video: Atos Partners with Google Cloud for HPC

Today Atos announced that the Google Cloud has selected the company as an HPC services partner, expanding the global partnership with new services for enterprise customers. “Leveraging the skilled workforce, speed and scale of the CEPP from Atos, customers’ workload management will be supported by key analysis and optimization for their application performance on Google Cloud.”