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SC19 Cluster Competition Configs: Small is Mostly Beautiful

“Ok, you’re running a student cluster competition. You tell the university student teams that they can build any cluster they want with the only restriction being that it has to consume less than 3,000 watts during the competition. You’d think that they’d come back with roughly the same design, right? Wrong. Looking at the table below for the SC19 Student Cluster Competition configurations, you see a wide variety of approaches, components, and sizes.”

Radio Free HPC Recaps the SC19 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team recaps the SC19 Student Cluster Competition. “We talk about the student configurations, kicked around the pros and cons of the “small is beautiful” movement in the student cluster competition world. “Does the trend towards fewer-bigger nodes mean a re-emergence and eventual re-victory of SMP over MPP?” wonders Shahin! No records in HPL or HPCG, but some good scores regardless.”

Hyperion Research HPC Market Briefing Breakfast at SC19

In this video from SC19, Earl Joseph hosts the Hyperion Research HPC Market Briefing Breakfast at SC19. “Our industry experts are the former IDC high performance computing (HPC) analyst team, which remains intact and continues all of its global activities. The group is comprised of the world’s most respected HPC industry analysts who have worked together for more than 25 years.”

How Deep Learning is Driving New Science

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World looks at the development of deep learning and its impact on scientific applications. “In general, it depends on the use case but you can think of two cases where AI is useful. The first case is to solve problems that are hard to solve in a rule-based way, which is a similar domain as you may have outside science for speech recognition or image recognition.”

Cloud Adoption for HPC: Trends and Opportunities

This whitepaper is an insideHPC Special Research Report sponsored by Univa. “Today many organizations solve their most difficult computational challenges by creating their own on-premises, compute-intensive, high performance data center. The latest hardware and software innovations have removed barriers that prevented many organizations from embracing HPC solutions. With more enterprises extending their own on-premises clusters into the cloud with hybrid configurations, finding the right tools for managing and scheduling workflows and automatically controlling cost remains a critical challenge.”

Radio Free HPC Breaks Down the TOP500

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC teams looks at the newly released TOP500 list. “We talk about the changes in this version of the list (100 new systems, but none in the top 24), how the major countries stack up against each other, and vendor system share. We also discuss why this list is so, well, kind of not as exciting as we’ve got used to, and what we expect to see on future lists. There are some big things coming, but, like your birthday, they’re not here yet.”

Dr. Eng Lim Goh on Swarm Learning and Steering HPC Simulation with AI

In this fireside chat from SC19, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from HPE describes how the convergence of HPC and AI is changing the way scientists and engineers do their simulations. He also cites a case study of “Swarm Learning” where hospitals were able to train AI diagnostic models without sharing private patient data. Transcript: insideHPC: […]

Podcast: SC19 Student Cluster Competition Preview

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with Jessi Lanum, a veteran of the SC19 Student Cluster Competition, for an insider peek on what it’s like to compete for cluster competition glory. “For the few of you who are not already fans of these events, here’s the lowdown: 16 student teams representing universities from around the world have been working their brains out designing, building, and tuning clusters provided by their sponsors. They can use as much hardware as they want, the only limitation is that their systems can’t use more than 3,000 watts during the competition.”

Are You Ready for the Exascale Era? Find Out at SC19

As we head into the biggest supercomputing event of the year, all eyes are on exascale. The frontrunners in the race to exascale, including our friends over at Altair, will convene at SC19 in Denver this November to share updates, address challenges, and help paint the picture of an exascale-fueled future for HPC.

What to expect at SC19

In this special guest feature, Dr. Rosemary Francis gives her perspective on what to look for at SC19 conference next week in Denver. “There are always many questions circling the HPC market in the run up to Supercomputing. In 2019, the focus is even more focused on the cloud in previous years. Here are a few of the topics that could occupy your coffee queue conversations in Denver this year.”