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Hurry! Register Now for SC18 to Enjoy Early-Bird Rates

Are you coming to SC18 in Dallas next month? Now is your last chance to enjoy Early-Bird registration discount rates. “Are you an ACM, IEEE, or SIGHPC member? If not, it is something that you should consider. With a membership in any of these societies you will receive a substantial discount on your SC conference registration. For example, members can save up to $400 over non-members by registering on or before October 14, 2018 for the Technical Program.”

Sunita Chandrasekaran Receives NSF Grant to Create Powerful Software Framework

Over at the University of Delaware, Julie Stewart writes that assistant professor Sunita Chandrasekaran has received an NSF grant to develop frameworks to adapt code for GPU supercomputers. She is working with complex patterns known as wavefronts, which are commonly found in scientific codes used in analyzing the flow of neutrons in a nuclear reactor, extracting patterns from biomedical data or predicting atmospheric patterns.

Video: Reflecting on the Goal and Baseline of Exascale Computing

Thomas Schulthess from CSCS gave this talk at the Blue Waters Summit. “Application performance is given much emphasis in discussions of exascale computing. A 50-fold increase in sustained performance over today’s applications running on multi-petaflops supercomputing platforms should be the expected target for exascale systems deployed early next decade. We will reflect on what this means in practice and how much these exascale systems will advance the state of the art.”

Centro Epson Meteo Moves HPC Weather Forecasting to Verne Global in Iceland

Today Verne Global announced that the Centro Epson Meteo meteorological forecasting organizations will start using the company’s HPC optimized bare-metal infrastructure to accelerate and improve the accuracy of its forecasting and data analytics capabilities. “Verne Global provides us with the peace of mind that we have our own dedicated infrastructure that’s optimized to meet our specific needs and backed-up by a team of real HPC experts, together with the flexibility and scalability that’s usually only associated with cloud-based services.”

Hyperion Research Breakfast Briefing Coming to Dallas for SC18

Hyperion Research will host their annual Breakfast Briefing at SC18 in Dallas. The event takes place at the Adolphus Hotel at 7:15 am – 9:00 am on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Breakfast will be served at 6:45 am. “We will be presenting an update on HPC market results, key technology issues & trends, results of new research studies in AI & Big data, new ROI results, and the mapping of HPC centers across the US.”

Cloud and Enterprise Adopting HPC-proven CPU-based Interactive, Photorealistic Rendering

The TACC Frontera supercomputer, which will become the fastest academic supercomputer in the United States when it becomes operational in 2019, will rely on CPUs for visualization. “The ability to run and visualize anywhere with SDVis solutions, regardless of the scale of the visualization task and without requiring specialized hardware for interactive response, is the reason HPC centers no longer need to procure GPUs for visualization clusters.”

Sylabs Tunes Singularity 3.0 Containers for Machine Learning

Today Sylabs announced that it has released a new version of its innovative container software: Singularity 3.0. With new enterprise-class features, Singularity is now the premier container runtime solution, enabling your company to seamlessly and efficiently tackle today’s most demanding AI, machine learning, and advanced analytic workloads. “Lenovo and Sylabs have collaborated for over two years around a shared vision of producing lightweight HPC containers that are flexible, secure, and reproducible, while also delivering performance that is equal to native OS performance.”

Video: SCinet Prepares World’s Fastest Network for SC18

In this video, the SCinet team prepares the world’s fastest show network for SC18. “With this improved infrastructure in place, SCinet will deliver an anticipated 4.12 terabits per second of network capacity to a million square feet of exhibit space for SC18 in November. When the conference ends, all that SCinet-facilitated fiber will remain in place for future use by Dallas and its millions of visitors.”

Data Science Program at Argonne Looks to Machine Learning for New Breakthroughs

Over at Argonne, Nils Heinonen writes that four new projects for the ALCF Data Science Program that will utilize machine learning, deep learning, and other artificial intelligence methods to enable data-driven discoveries across scientific disciplines. “Each project intends to implement novel machine learning techniques; some will integrate these methods with simulations and experiments, while others will pioneer uncertainty quantification and visualization to aid in the interpretation of deep neural networks.”

Job of the Week: HPC System Administrator at AUS

The American University of Sharjah (AUS) is seeking an HPC System Administrator in our Job of the Week. “American University of Sharjah (AUS) invites applications for an HPC System Administrator position commencing in the Spring 2019 semester at the latest. AUS is seeking a highly motivated individual with proven experience in managing software and hardware HPC installations for research applications, with emphasis on utilizing open source tools and platform.