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How DMTF and Redfish Ease System Administration

In this video from the Dell EMC HPC Community meeting, Alan Sill from Texas Tech University describes how DMTF and the Redfish project will ease system administration for HPC clusters. “DMTF’s Redfish is a standard API designed to deliver simple and secure management for converged, hybrid IT and the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). An open industry standard specification and schema, Redfish specifies a RESTful interface and utilizes defined JSON payloads – usable by existing client applications and browser-based GUI.”

Why the World is Starting to look like a Giant HPC Cluster

“AI, machine learning, is not a (traditional) HPC workload. However, it takes an HPC machine to do it. If you look at HPC, generally, you take a model or things like that, you turn it into an extraordinarily large amount of data, and then you go find some information for that data. Machine learning, on the other hand, takes an extraordinarily large amount of information and collapses it into an idea or a model.”

Podcast: Deep Learning for Scientific Data Analysis

In this NERSC News Podcast, Debbie Bard from NERSC describes how Deep Learning can help scientists accelerate their research. “Deep learning is enjoying unprecedented success in a variety of commercial applications, but it is also beginning to find its footing in science. Just a decade ago, few practitioners could have predicted that deep learning-powered systems would surpass human-level performance in computer vision and speech recognition tasks.”

Podcast: Evolving MPI for Exascale Applications

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Pavan Balaji and Ken Raffenetti describe their efforts to help MPI, the de facto programming model for parallel computing, run as efficiently as possible on exascale systems. “We need to look at a lot of key technical challenges, like performance and scalability, when we go up to this scale of machines. Performance is one of the biggest things that people look at. Aspects with respect to heterogeneity become important.”

Radio Free HPC Trip Report from ISC 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team offers up a Trip Report from ISC 2018 in Frankfurt. It was a whirlwind week for news with a new USA machine on the TOP500, but the other big news centered around the convergence of HPC & AI. This common theme was all over the show floor, with use cases on display in dozens of exhibits. 

What would you do with a Million cores?

Ian Colle from AWS gave this talk at the Univa Breakfast Briefing at ISC 2018. “To demonstrate the unique ability to run very large enterprise HPC clusters and workloads, Univa leveraged AWS to deploy 1,015,022 cores in a single Univa Grid Engine cluster to showcase the advantages of running large-scale electronic design automation (EDA) workloads in the cloud. The cluster was built in approximately 2.5 hours using Navops Launch automation and comprised more than 55,000 AWS instances in 3 availability zones, 16 different instance types and leveraged AWS Spot Fleet technology to maximize the rate at which Amazon EC2 hosts were launched while enabling capacity and costs to be managed according to policy.”

The Colourful Theory: Visible and Invisible Matter in the Universe

“Chromodynamics helps us understand our universe. The strong interaction is one of the four forces describing complex phenomena in the evolution of the universe from the quark gluon plasma formed just after the Big Bang at the birth of the cosmos to the formation of neutron stars. The bulk of visible matter in the universe is due to the strong interaction and understanding its properties requires the solution of quantum chromodynamics (QCD).”

Mousquetaire-Group Announces European Exascale Initiative

In this video from ISC 2018, founding members of the Mousquetaire-Group announce their plans to develop an innovative supercomputer architecture based around modular computing. To be partially funded by the European Commission, the Mousquetaires will build the machine solely with European technologies, including the processor.

Panel Discussion: The Convergence of AI and HPC

In this video from ISC 2018, Binay Ackalloor moderates a panel that explores the convergence of AI and HPC. “The next generation of supercomputers will provide scientists and researchers with powerful new tools to accelerate scientific discoveries and drive innovations. Intel is on the forefront of the convergence of artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, simulation and modeling and other HPC workloads that will drive the industry toward the next era in supercomputing.”

Radio Free HPC runs down the latest TOP500 Fastest Supercomputers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “The TOP500 celebrates its 25th anniversary with a major shakeup at the top of the list. For the first time since November 2012, the US claims the most powerful supercomputer in the world, leading a significant turnover in which four of the five top systems were either new or substantially upgraded.”