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1st Student Cluster Competition Focusing on Racial Inclusion Slated for January

The inaugural Winter Classic Invitational Student Cluster Competition to include historically black and minority universities in the supercomputing challenge arena is slated for Jan. 25, 2021. To date, participating colleges include Prairie View A&M University, Fayetteville State University and Tennessee State University. With the support of top technology sponsors, Student Cluster Competitions train students to […]

2020 OpenFabrics Alliance Workshop – Video Gallery

Welcome to the 2020 OpenFabrics Workshop video gallery. The OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA) is focused on accelerating development of high performance fabrics. The annual OFA Workshop, held in virtual format this year, is a premier means of fostering collaboration among those who develop fabrics, deploy fabrics, and create applications that rely on fabrics. It is the […]

NCSA’s Upcoming $10M Delta System to Expand Use of GPUs in Scientific Workloads

Delta, a new supercomputer to be deployed before the end of 2021 at the National Center for Supercomputing Application’s (NCSA), has as part of its mission the expanded adoption of GPU-accelerated scientific computing. NCSA  Director Bill Gropp told us that that while NCSA is not new to GPUs (some years ago, staffers there configured a […]

Altair offers free training tools and software licensing in response to COVID-19

Over at the Altair Blog, CEO James Scapa writes that the company is offering free training tools and software licensing in response to COVID-19. “Altair can provide temporary software licenses for clients working from home without access to their enterprise Altair software solutions with no additional fees or charges. If customers wish to move their HyperWorks Units from on-premises to Altair hosted servers or require temporary software licenses, they should contact their account representative.”

Video: Next Generation AMD CPU and Accelerator Technologies

Bradley McCredie from AMD gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. “While foundries bravely drive forward to overcome the technical and economic challenges posed by scaling to 5nm and beyond, Moore’s law alone can provide only a fraction of the performance / watt and performance / dollar gains needed to satisfy the demands of today’s high performance computing and artificial intelligence applications. To close the gap, multiple strategies are required. First, new levels of innovation and design efficiency will supplement technology gains to continue to deliver meaningful improvements in SoC performance. Second, heterogenous compute architectures will create x-factor increases of performance efficiency for the most critical applications.”

How We Can Achieve Applied Science Innovation Through Big Compute?

Joris Poort from Rescale gave this talk at the Big Compute 2020 conference. “Now the challenge of big compute comes down to three major areas. The first is specialized hardware. Because of the nature of these problems, we have to be able to leverage the specialized nature of the hardware advances that we have to be able to solve these tightly coupled problems. The second is need to think differently about how we actually compute in the stack, how we align the algorithm to the infrastructure. And finally the third, perhaps the most important, we have to make this usable and democratize this capability to the world’s brightest minds and innovators.”

Introducing HPC with a Raspberry Pi Cluster

Colin Sauze from Aberystwyth University gave this talk at FOSDEM 2020. “The motivation for this was to overcome key problems faced by new HPC users. The talk will also discuss some of the technical challenges in deploying an HPC environment to a Raspberry Pi and attempts to keep that environment as close to a “real” HPC as possible. Methods to automate the installation process will also be covered.”

Call for Applications: ATPESC 2020 Extreme-Scale Computing Training Program

The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) has issued its Call for Applications. The event will take place from July 26–August 7 in the Chicago area. “ATPESC provides intensive, two-week training on the key skills, approaches, and tools needed to carry out scientific computing research on the world’s most powerful supercomputers.”

Supercomputing the Mysteries of Boron Carbide

Researchers at the University of Florida are using XSEDE supercomputers to unlock the mysteries of boron carbide, one of the hardest materials on earth. The material is also very lightweight, which explains why it has been used in making vehicle armor and body protection for soldiers. The research, which primarily used the Comet supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center along with the Stampede and Stampede2 systems at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, may provide insight into better protective mechanisms for vehicle and soldier armor after further testing and development.

Coding Dojo Launches Immersive Data Science Bootcamp

Today education company Coding Dojo launched the Data Science Immersive bootcamp, a new program designed to teach and apply Data Science methodologies and tools so participants can solve real-world problems in business and academia. The 14-week course was developed to meet the growing employer demand for skilled Data Scientists, which rose by 31% since December 2018 and an astonishing 256% since December 2013, according to research by Indeed.com. The curriculum was designed by Isaac Faber Ph.D., the Chief Data Scientist for education and collaboration startup MatrixDS.