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Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Coral-2 RFP for Exascale Computers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new Department of Energy’s RFP for Exascale Computers. “As far as predictions go, Dan thinks one machine will go to IBM and the other will go to Intel. Rich thinks HPE will win one of the bids with an ARM-based system designed around The Machine memory-centric architecture. They have a wager, so listen in to find out where the smart money is.”

Why UIUC Built HPC Application Containers for NVIDIA GPU Cloud

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, John Stone from the University of Illinois describes how container technology in the NVIDIA GPU Cloud help the University distribute accelerated applications for science and engineering. “Containers are a way of packaging up an application and all of its dependencies in such a way that you can install them collectively on a cloud instance or a workstation or a compute node. And it doesn’t require the typical amount of system administration skills and involvement to put one of these containers on a machine.”

Exascale Computing for Long Term Design of Urban Systems

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Charlie Catlett from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago describes how extreme scale HPC will be required to better build Smart Cities. “Urbanization is a bigger set of challenges in the developing world than in the developed world, but it’s still a challenge for us in US and European cities and Japan.”

Industry Insights: Download the Results of our AI & HPC Perceptions Survey

The results from our HPC & AI peception survey are here. “90 percent of all respondents felt that their business will ultimately be impacted by AI. Although almost all respondents see AI as playing a role in the future of the business, the survey also revealed the top three industries that will see the most impact. Healthcare came in first, followed by life sciences, and finance/transportation tied in third place. The possibilities of AI are seemingly endless. And the shift has already begun.”

The Transformation of HPC: Simulation and Cognitive Methods in the Era of Big Data

Dave Turek from IBM gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “There is a shift underway where HPC is beginning to be addressed with novel techniques and technologies including cognitive and analytic approaches to HPC problems and the arrival of the first quantum systems. This talk will showcase how IBM is merging cognitive, analytics, and quantum with classic simulation and modeling to create a new path for computational science.”

Video: The Convergence of HPC and Deep Learning

Axel Koehler from NVIDIA gave this talk at the Switzerland HPC Conference. “The technology originally developed for HPC has enabled deep learning, and deep learning is enabling many usages in science. Deep learning is also helping deliver real-time results with models that used to take days or months to simulate. The presentation will give an overview about the latest hard- and software developments for HPC and Deep Learning from NVIDIA and will show some examples that Deep Learning can be combined with traditional large scale simulations.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at HPC Highlights from the GPU Technology Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the HPC highlights of the GPU Technology Conference. “From Rich’s perspective, the key announcement centered around new NVIDIA DGX-2 supercomputer with the NVSwitch interconnect.”

Let’s Talk Exascale: Developing Low Overhead Communication Libraries

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Scott Baden of LBNL describes the Pagoda Project, which seeks to develop a lightweight communication and global address space support for exascale applications. “What our project is addressing is how to keep the fixed cost as small as possible, so that cutting-edge irregular algorithms can efficiently move many small pieces of data efficiently.”

IBM brings in Startups to Accelerate Quantum Computing

Over at the IBM blog, Jeff Welser writes that nearly 100 startups, venture capitalists, and industry thought leaders are gathering today at the first IBM Q Summit Silicon Valley event. “IBM Q Summit attendees are gathering to discuss what to expect over the next five years and what it means to be “quantum ready.” The discussion will inevitably also center on the emerging role of the quantum developer and what that means for future application development.”

Rack Scale Composable Infrastructure for Mixed Workload Data Centers

A more flexible, application-centric, datacenter architecture is required to meet the needs of rapidly changing HPC applications and hardware. In this guest post, Katie Rivera of One Stop Systems explores how rack-scale composable infrastructure can be utilized for mixed workload data centers.