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Surprising Mechanical Lessons About Predicting Innovation Success

Thomas Thurston from WR Hambrecht Ventures gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “For a century, corporate innovators, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have had to rely on their instincts when deciding which strategies to pursue, and where to invest for growth. Now data science is turning human instinct on its head with powerful decision technologies that are giving rise to counter-intuitive discoveries about market behavior and predicting innovation success. Learn how venture capital firm WR Hambrecht is using big data and machine learning to better identify growth opportunities, predict new business success and rewrite the rules of innovation.”

Agile HPC with VMware Cloud Foundation & UberCloud

Thomas Francis from the UberCloud and Mohan Potheri from VMware gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “In this solution we combine the capabilities of the VMware platform, with the solution provided by UberCloud which leverages the automation capabilities of Terraform with the unique packaging and distributing capabilities of docker-based HPC containers to dynamically deploy HPC applications on the vSphere platform.”

GTC 2020 Keynote with CEO Jensen Huang Set for May 14

NVIDIA will post its GTC 2020 keynote address by CEO Jensen Huang on YouTube on May 14, at 6 a.m. Pacific time. “Huang will highlight the company’s latest innovations in AI, high performance computing, data science, autonomous machines, healthcare and graphics during the recorded keynote. Participants will be able to view the keynote on demand at www.youtube.com/nvidia. Get amped for the latest platform breakthroughs in AI, deep learning, autonomous vehicles, robotics and professional graphics.”

High Schoolers from Michigan Step Up to High Performance Computing at Stanford

In this video from the Stanford HPC Conference, Surya Sanjay and Tanay Bhangale from Troy High School in Michigan describe how their proposal on combatting prion-based disease resulted in their first experiences with HPC at the Stanford High Performance Computing Center. “Using a model of the infectious murine prion and many mutagenized variants of the benign murine prion as PrPX, created with Rosetta’s ab initio software, we plan to perform molecular dynamics (MD) simulations with GROMACS 2020 to determine the success of models based on the described criteria.”

Update on the HPC AI Advisory Council

Setting the stage for the Stanford HPC Conference this week, Gilad Shainer describes how the HPC AI Advisory Council fosters innovation in the high performance computing community. “The HPC-AI Advisory Council’s mission is to bridge the gap between high-performance computing and Artificial Intelligence use and its potential, bring the beneficial capabilities of HPC and AI to new users for better research, education, innovation and product manufacturing, bring users the expertise needed to operate HPC and AI systems, provide application designers with the tools needed to enable parallel computing, and to strengthen the qualification and integration of HPC and AI system products.”

PASC20 Conference postponed to 2021

The PASC20 conference in Geneva has been postponed to 2021. The new dates for the conference – PASC21 – are July 5-7, 2021, at the same location – the University of Geneva in Switzerland. “We hope that you will be able to join us next year for an engaging in-person event. We are pleased to announce that our plenary speakers have confirmed their availability for PASC21. Contributors whose submissions have been accepted for presentation at PASC20 will be given the opportunity to provide updated abstracts. Presenters and minisymposia organizers will be contacted separately to confirm their participation and the content of their presentations. Additionally, we foresee a call for new contributions in late 2020.”

Why WINS Is an Ideal Opportunity for Women in IT Networking

The SC20 WINS program offers a terrific opportunity for women in networking help build the SCinet at the conference, working side-by-side with the world’s leading network and software engineers and top network technology vendors. “WINS provides selected candidates with travel support, per diem and full access to the SC conference as part of SCinet, SC’s dedicated high-capacity network infrastructure. They join SCinet teams that coincide with their field of interest, where they work side by side with world-leading network and software engineers from diverse labs and universities, as well as top technology manufacturers, to create an incredibly fast, ephemeral network system.”

APAC HPC-AI Competition Expands to Address COVID-19

The HPC-AI Advisory Council and the National Supercomputing Centre in Singapore announced today that they have joined the global fight against COVID-19 by expanding the 2020 APAC HPC-AI competition to address education and applied learning towards accelerating bioscience research and discovery. “As part of the updated competition, student teams are now tasked to research, find and choose an HPC or AI application that can potentially be used as part of the global fight against COVID-19. Teams must demonstrate testing and benchmarking of the application, as well as explain how this application can best be accelerated. In addition, teams will also be required to focus on tuning and accelerating NAMD, a molecular dynamics code designed for high-performance simulation of large biomolecular systems.”

ISC 2020 Conference Converting to Virtual Event Due to Pandemic

The ISC 2020 Conference in Frankfurt has been cancelled due to the global pandemic and instead will be broadcast as a virtual event. “It is with a heavy heart we announce our decision to cancel ISC 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany,” writes the ISC co-chairs Martin and Thomas Meuer. “In its place we will offer a leaner version of the conference in digital form from June 22 to 24. It will be free so everyone in the HPC community can benefit from it. We will be revealing the program details in the coming weeks.”

Video: Profiling Python Workloads with Intel VTune Amplifier

Paulius Velesko from Intel gave this talk at the ALCF Many-Core Developer Sessions. “This talk covers efficient profiling techniques that can help to dramatically improve the performance of code by identifying CPU and memory bottlenecks. Efficient profiling techniques can help dramatically improve the performance of code by identifying CPU and memory bottlenecks. We will demonstrate how to profile a Python application using Intel VTune Amplifier, a full-featured profiling tool.”