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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.”

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?”

Aerospace Moving Forward with Modeling and Simulation

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Gemma Church writes that the aerospace industry is stuck in the past – but it isn’t due to a lack of new simulation and modeling techniques. “While there have been incremental improvements, in terms of creating quieter and more fuel-efficient aeroplanes, there is not a lot of innovation coming in, compared to the last century when we created aeroplanes moving at the speed of sound and made air travel available to the masses.”

Software-Defined Visualization with Intel Rendering Framework – No Special Hardware Needed

This sponsored post from Intel explores how the Intel Rendering Framework, which brings together a number of optimized, open source rendering libraries, can deliver better performance at a higher degree of fidelity — without having to invest in extra hardware. By letting the CPU do the work, visualization applications can run anywhere without specialized hardware, and users are seeing better performance than they could get from dedicated graphics hardware and limited memory. 

Video: The Exascale Computing Project and the Future of HPC

Doug Kothe from ORNL presented this ACM Tech Talk in April, 2019. “The ECP is designing the software infrastructure to enable the next generation of supercomputers—systems capable of more than 1018 operations per second—to effectively and efficiently run applications that address currently intractable problems of strategic importance. The ECP is creating and deploying an expanded and vertically integrated software stack on DOE HPC exascale and pre-exascale systems, thereby defining the enduring US exascale ecosystem.”

How Singularity Containers can ease the Transition to RHEL 8

The general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 was announced this week at the Red Hat Summit in Boston. In this special guest feature, Ian Lumb writes that the company’s Singularity containers can ease the transition to RHEL 8. “RHEL 8 is a transition over time, not a discrete event in time. Singularity containers preserve your heavily vested legacy deployments, while enabling you to make the transition on your terms.”

‘AI on the Fly’: Moving AI Compute and Storage to the Data Source

The impact of AI is just starting to be realized across a broad spectrum of industries. Tim Miller, Vice President Strategic Development at One Stop Systems (OSS), highlights a new approach — ‘AI on the Fly’ — where specialized high-performance accelerated computing resources for deep learning training move to the field near the data source. Moving AI computation to the data is another important step in realizing the full potential of AI.

Radio Free HPC reviews the ASC19 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC looks at the recent ASC Student Cluster Competition in Dalien, China. Dan got to witness the finals last week, with 20 teams facing off in a race for HPC performance. “As always, the team, and the rest of humanity, is highly supportive of the student cluster tournaments that take place at SC, ISC, and this Asian one, in addition to many regional supporting events.”

Interview: Cray in Azure Steps up with Dedicated Supercomputing in the Cloud

In this interview, Joseph George from Cray describes the company’s new offerings for Cray in Azure. “The Cray and Microsoft Azure teams have been actively working on numerous customer engagements together, in an effort to clearly understand the optimal cloud model for large scale HPC workloads, and the best consumption model for HPC users. With all that research as a foundation, it has become clear to us that a dedicated and reserved instance cloud model allows for an ideal HPC experience at large scale.”

HPC Breaks Through to the Cloud: Why It Matters

In this special guest feature, Scot Schultz from Mellanox writes researchers are benefitting in a big way from HPC in the Cloud. “HPC has many different advantages depending on the specific use case, but one aspect that these implementations have in common is their use of RDMA-based fabrics to improve compute performance and reduce latency.”