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Cray Powers Haas Formula 1 Team

For the third year in a row, the American Haas F1 Team will use the computational capacity of a Cray Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer powered by AMD EPYC 7000 processors to handle its large CFD simulations for the 2019 season. “The double precision computing power of our new system will help solve our most demanding CFD and data challenges.”

Video: Altair Acquires SIMSOLID for Faster Product Simulation

Today Altair announced the acquisition of SIMSOLID, a company focused on full-fidelity CAD assemblies to provide fast, accurate, and robust structural simulation without requiring geometry simplification, cleanup, or meshing. “We believe SIMSOLID is a revolutionary technological breakthrough which will have a profound impact for product design,” said James Scapa, Altair’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO, “It’s incredibly fast, accurate, and robust and we believe a game changer for our industry.”

Video: MIT Makes Billion-Dollar Bet on Ai and Machine Learning

Today MIT announced a new $1 billion commitment to address the global opportunities and challenges presented by the prevalence of computing and the rise of artificial intelligence. The initiative marks the single largest investment in computing and AI by an American academic institution, and will help position the United States to lead the world in preparing for the rapid evolution of computing and AI. ” As we look to the future, we must utilize these important technologies to shape our world for the better and harness their power as a force for social good.”

The Rising AI Tide in HPC – Are You Ready?

This guest article from Dr. Bhushan Desam, Lenovo’s Director, Global Artificial Intelligence Business covers how new HPC tools like Lenovo’s LiCO (Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration) are working to address the growing popularity of AI in HPC and to simplify the convergence of HPC and AI. 

Video: Graphical User Interfaces for HPC

Mark Dawson gave this talk at the Supercomputing Wales Swansea Symposium 2018. “Supercomputing Wales is funded to provide university research teams access to powerful computing facilities to undertake high-profile science and innovation projects within the consortium universities. Software Engineers across Wales to develop algorithms and customized software that harnesses the power of the facilities. The aim of the investment is to capture more external research funding, increase scientific partnerships, create highly-skilled research jobs and support collaborations with industrial and other partners. This will provide a step change in supercomputing-enabled scientific research in Wales.”

Video: The March to Exascale

As the trend toward exascale HPC systems continues, the complexities of optimizing parallel applications running on them increase too. Potential performance limitations can occur at the application level which relies on the MPI. While small-scale HPC systems are more forgiving of tiny MPI latencies, large systems running at scale prove much more sensitive. Small inefficiencies can snowball into significant lag.

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrators at D.E. Shaw Research

D.E. Shaw Research has multiple positions open for HPC System Administrators in our Job of the Week. “Ideal candidates should have strong fundamental knowledge of Linux concepts such as file systems, networking, and processes in addition to practical experience administering Linux systems. Relevant areas of expertise might include large-installation systems administration experience and strong programming and scripting ability, but specific knowledge of and level of experience in any of these areas is less critical than exceptional intellectual ability.”

Video: Bridging the Automated Vehicle Gap: Consumer Trust, Technology and Liability

Kristin Kolodge from J.D. Power and Associates gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “With the rapid emergence of new technology in the automotive industry, understanding driver behavior and preferences within the vehicle is more crucial than ever for automakers. For 50 years, J.D. Power has been providing rich automotive consumer insights. Now, J.D. Power will work with HARMAN to go beyond measuring consumer insights to help automakers around the world better measure and understand how their evolving products are satisfying customer needs.”

Supercomputing to Feed the World

Sharan Kalwani writes that that supercomputers a critical tool for predicting severe weather that could threaten entire regions with famine. “Models have been improved – although at too slow a pace for the general public at large – that now this HPC approach is taking root in more than just the monsoon predictions. Tropical storms are also important and cyclones are also quite rampant. Recently two Petaflop-capable machines have been installed in a special tropical weather department in the central part of the country.”

Enter Your Team Now in the ISC 2019 Student Cluster Competition

Today the HPC-AI Advisory Council Call for Team Entries for the 2019 Student Cluster Competition in Frankfurt. To be held at ISC 2019, the competition seeks student teams currently enrolled in four-year higher education and undergraduate-degree programs. “Students come away from competitions steeped in experience gained from deploying tools and technologies they’ve developed to launch, troubleshoot and run live applications, to solve complex problems and achieve very real-world results.”