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Video: RISC-V momentum around the world, from edge to HPC

In this keynote talk from the 2020 HiPEAC conference, RISC-V Foundation Chief Executive Calista Redmond explains how the RISC-V open-source instruction set architecture is gathering momentum around the world, finding applications across the compute continuum from edge to high-performance computing. “The RISC-V ecosystem is poised to significantly grow over the next five years. Semico Research predicts that the market will consume a total of 62.4 billion RISC-V central processing unit (CPU) cores by 2025!”

Video: A Preview of SC20 in Atlanta

In this video, SC20 General Chair Christine E. Cuicchi from the DoD Modernization Program previews the Supercomputing conference coming to Atlanta in November. “Christine Cuicchi is director of the Navy Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center (Navy DSRC), operated by the Commander, Naval Oceanography and Meteorology Command (CNMOC). The center provides HPC, storage, networks, and computational expertise which are available to over 2,500 RDT&E, S&T, and acquisition professionals in the DoD.”

Big Compute Fireside Chat with Sam Altman from OpenAI

In this video from the Big Compute 2020 event, Sam Altman from the OpenAI research laboratory discusses artificial intelligence  Shawn Hansen, COO of Rescale. “I think of the most exciting developments in the field in the last few years has been how good AI for natural language is getting. I think we are going to see an explosion in the next few years of systems that can really process, understand, and interact with general language. It will, I think, be the first way that people really feel powerful AI. Because you’ll be able to interact with the systems like you do by talking to somebody else. You’ll be able to have dialogue that actually makes sense. And computers will be able to process huge volumes of text that are sort of very unstructured.”

oneAPI: Single Programming Model to Deliver Cross-Architecture Performance

Bill Savage from Intel gave this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference. “Learn about oneAPI, the new Intel-led industry initiative to deliver a high-performance unified programming model specification spanning CPU, GPU, FPGA, and other specialized architectures. It includes the Data Parallel C++ cross-architecture language, a set of libraries, and a low-level hardware interface. Intel oneAPI Beta products are also available for developers who want to try out the programming model and influence its evolution.”

Swiss Conference & HPCXXL User Group Events Return to Lugano

The Swiss National Supercomputing Centre will host the 11th annual Swiss Conference and bi-annual HPCXXL Winter Meeting April 6-9 in Lugano, Switzerland. “Explore the domains and disciplines driving change and progress at an unprecedented pace and join us at the Swiss HPC Conference. Gather with fellow colleagues, a recognizable lineup of industry giants, startups, technology innovators and renowned subject matter experts to share insights on the tools, techniques and technologies that are bringing private and public research communities and interests together and inspiring entirely new possibilities.”

CUDA-Python and RAPIDS for blazing fast scientific computing

Abe Stern from NVIDIA gave this talk at the ECSS Symposium. “We will introduce Numba and RAPIDS for GPU programming in Python. Numba allows us to write just-in-time compiled CUDA code in Python, giving us easy access to the power of GPUs from a powerful high-level language. RAPIDS is a suite of tools with a Python interface for machine learning and dataframe operations. Together, Numba and RAPIDS represent a potent set of tools for rapid prototyping, development, and analysis for scientific computing. We will cover the basics of each library and go over simple examples to get users started.”

HPC User Forum to Explore AI-HPDA Use In Banking and Investment Firms

Today Hyperion Research announced high-profile speakers from major banking and investment firms will highlight the agenda at the next HPC User Forum. Thomas Thurston, CTO of WR Hambrecht Ventures, and Brad Spiers, executive director at JP Morgan Chase will deliver keynote talks at the event, which takes place March 30-April 1 in Princeton, New Jersey. “The HPC User Forum meeting will also feature talks by U.S. and international experts on exascale computing and architectures, massive-scale analytics, AI for cyber operations, cancer research, fusion energy, seismology, HPC for small businesses, cloud computing, and quantum computing, along with technical updates from HPC vendors.”

Video: From Brains to Agents and Back

Jane Wang from DeepMind gave this talk NeurIPS 2019. “Building on the connection between biological and artificial reinforcement learning, our workshop will bring together leading and emergent researchers from Neuroscience, Psychology and Machine Learning to share: how neural and cognitive mechanisms can provide insights to tackle challenges in RL research and how machine learning advances can help further our understanding of the brain and behavior.”

Supercomputing Asia 2020 Conference Cancelled due to COVID-19 Virus

The Supercomputing Asia 2020 conference has been cancelled in light of COVID-19 developments. “We regret to inform you that we will be cancelling the coming SupercomputingAsia Conference 2020 (SCA20), which was being scheduled for 24-27 February 2020 in Singapore. It was a difficult decision to make but one which we had weighed carefully. However, in the past few days, we have received your concerns and communications from some of our key partners, sponsors and Keynote speakers citing advisories from their home countries to avoid non-essential travel to Singapore.”

Call for Participation: ISC Workshop on In Situ Visualization 2020

The ISC Workshop On In Situ Visualization 2020 has issued its Call for Participation. The event takes place June 25 in Frankfurt, Germany. “We encourage contributed talks on methods and workflows that have been used for large-scale parallel visualization, with a particular focus on the in situ case. Presentations on codes that closely couple numerical methods and visualization are particularly welcome.”