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Epic HPC Road Trip leads to Gary Grider at Los Alamos

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at LANL in new Mexico. “Our conversation started with the open question: where do you see HPC going? He’s not wild about the fact that today’s machines are still being designed for dense matrix type problems along the lines of LINPACK rather than the sparse matrix problems that are much more prevalent today.”

The Convergence of HPC & AI: Why it’s Great for Supercomputing and the Enterprise

By the end of 2019, worldwide AI spend is expected to reach $35 billion and more than double by 2022, according to IDC. While AI market projections may be speculative, there’s a general consensus the investment will be significant and the impact will be transformative. Lenovo explores innovation at the convergence of HPC and AI, including early detection of prostate cancer, mitigating the impact of deforestation, preventing visual impairment and more. 

Exascale for Everyone

The exascale hype has been gaining a lot of steam in the press lately, and for good reason. Ever since the petascale barrier was broken in 2008, technology users, companies and research institutions have set their ‘sites’ on the holy grail of computing milestones. In this guest article, Matt Ziegler, Director HPC & AI Product Management, HPC Product Marketing at Lenovo, explores the evolution of and potential of exascale computing.

Welcome to ISC High Performance 2019

In this special guest feature, Martin Meuer and Thomas Meuer set the stage for the ISC High Performance conference, which takes place June 16-20 in Frankfurt. “The opening keynote also reflects our devotion to raising the level scientific research that is presented at the conference. Our commitment to this goal and the academic program, in general, has helped make ISC High Performance a showcase for some of the best HPC-backed research in the world.”

Radio Free HPC Ponders Amdahl’s Law, GPUs, and the ASC19 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the results of the ASC19 Student Cluster Competition and HPC workshop in China. “For the first time, a non-mainland-Chinese team wins the top spot. Taiwan takes the gold in part by their stellar performance in HPCG benchmark where they achieved 2 TFlops, some 25% better than the 2nd best team. The system was a 5-node cluster with Infiniband FDR interconnect.”

Converging Workflows Pushing Converged Software onto HPC Platforms

Are we witnessing the convergence of HPC, big data analytics, and AI? Once, these were separate domains, each with its own system architecture and software stack, but the data deluge is driving their convergence. Traditional big science HPC is looking more like big data analytics and AI, while analytics and AI are taking on the flavor of HPC.

Podcast: Irene Qualters from LANL Shares Life Lessons on HPC and Diversity

In this Big Compute Podcast episode Gabriel Broner interviews Irene Qualters about her career and the evolution of HPC. “Some of the most profound advances that I have seen come from groups of people that have very different perspectives, very different ideas. We have to struggle to collectively bring our different disciplines on our world’s hardest problems, on the world’s most challenging problems.”

Supercomputing Takes on the Opioid Crisis

In this special guest feature from the SC19 Blog, Dan Jacobson and Wayne Joubert from ORNL describes how the Summit supercomputer is helping untangle how genetic variants, gleaned from vast datasets, can impact whether an individual is susceptible (or not) to disease, including chronic pain and opioid addiction.

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to NREL

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at NREL in Golden, Colorado. “When it comes to energy efficient computing, NREL has to be one of the most advanced facilities in the world. It’s the first data center I’ve seen where their current PUE is shown on a LCD panel outside the door. When I was visiting, the PUE of the Day was 1.027 – which is incredibly low.”

Unleashing the Next Wave of HPC Breakthroughs with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory and Intel Optane DC Solid State Drives

In the face of unrelenting data growth, rising numbers of high-performance computing (HPC) workloads are memory bound. Caught between the high cost and limited capacity of DRAM and the lower performance of 3D NAND SSDs, HPC users increasingly find that despite workarounds, they’re unable to keep pace with skyrocketing data volumes and increasingly complex challenges. Intel Optane technology is designed to address these challenges.