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Firing up a Continent with HPC

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Nox Moyake describes the process of entrenching and developing HPC in South Africa. “The CHPC currently has about 1,000 users; most are in academia and others in industry. The centre supports research from across a number of domains and participates in a number of grand international projects such at the CERN and the SKA projects.”

Radio Free HPC Announces Project Cyclops for World’s Fastest Node

In this podcast, Dan Olds from OrionX describes Project Cyclops – a benchmarking quest to build the world’s fastest single node. “We’ve done more than 150 podcasts talking about topics in high performance computing,” said Dan Olds, partner at OrionX.net Research. “It was time we actually put something together and take a run at some of these benchmarks.”

Video: What IBM’s 5 Nanometer Transistors Mean for You

In this video, Nicolas Loubet from IBM Research describes how IBM’s new 5 nanometer transistors will provide huge power savings that could enable mobile devices to run for days without a charge. “The resulting increase in performance will help accelerate cognitive computing, the Internet of Things (IoT) and other data-intensive applications delivered in the cloud.”

StartupHPC Meetup Coming to Denver at SC17

The StartupHPC Community will host their annual meetup at SC17 in Denver next month. StartupHPC is a grass roots community for STEM- and HPC-inspired entrepreneurs, corporations, venture capital firms, academia, government agencies, and support organizations. “If you can provide informal help or formal services to the startup community, let us know and we will include you in a leaflet given out at the meetup. If you are interested in entrepreneurship or are trying to grow a startup, stop by and see who can help you accelerate your progress.”

1000x Faster Deep-Learning at Petascale Using Intel Xeon Phi Processors

A cumulative effort over several years to scale the training of deep-learning neural networks has resulted in the first demonstration of petascale deep-learning training performance, and further to deliver this performance when solving real science problems. The result reflects the combined efforts of NERSC (National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center), Stanford and Intel to solve real world use cases rather than simply report on performance benchmarks.

How Manufacturing will Leap Forward with Exascale Computing

In this special guest feature, Jeremy Thomas from Lawrence Livermore National Lab writes that exascale computing will be a vital boost to the U.S. manufacturing industry. “This is much bigger than any one company or any one industry. If you consider any industry, exascale is truly going to have a sizeable impact, and if a country like ours is going to be a leader in industrial design, engineering and manufacturing, we need exascale to keep the innovation edge.”

Video: The AI Initiative at NIST

Michael Garris from NIST gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “AI must be developed in a trustworthy manner to ensure reliability and safety. NIST cultivates trust in AI technology by developing and deploying standards, tests and metrics that make technology more secure, usable, interoperable and reliable, and by strengthening measurement science. This work is critically relevant to building the public trust of rapidly evolving AI technologies.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at how How Blockchain Could Prevent Fake News

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Henry Newman’s recent proposal to use Blockchain as a way to combat Fake News. Henry shares that this rant result from what he saw as an egregious story that was going around that could have been easily quashed.

How the POP Performance Optimization Centre at BSC is Speeding up HPC in Europe

In this video, Jesús Labarta from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center describes the POP (Performance Optimization and Productivity) Centre of Excellence led by BSC. According to Labarta, POP’s performance analysis results in performance improvements ranging from 10-15% to more than 10 times. Best of all, the POP services are free of charge to organizations / SMEs / ISVs / companies in the EU!

Introducing the European EXDCI initiative for HPC

“The European Extreme Data & Computing Initiative (EXDCI) objective is to support the development and implementation of a common strategy for the European HPC Ecosystem. One of the main goals of the meeting in Bologna was to set up a roadmap for future developments, and for other parties who would like to participate in HPC research.”