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Podcast: Astronomers Turn to AI as New Telescopes Come Online

In this AI Podcast, Brant Robertson from UC Santa Cruz describes how astronomers are turning to AI to turn the vast quantities of data that will be pouring out of next-generation telescopes into world-changing scientific discoveries. “Good news: astronomers are getting new tools to let them see further, better than ever before. The bad news: they’ll soon be getting more data than humans can handle.”

Big Compute Podcast: HPC and Genomics to Revolutionize Medicine

In this Big Compute Podcast episode, Gabriel Broner hosts Mark Borodkin, COO of Bionano Genomics, to discuss how genomics and HPC enable doctors and researchers to diagnose complex diseases and prescribe unique personalized treatments based on individual variations of the DNA. “We decided to abstract HPC in the cloud through Rescale and our software. All our customers need to know is that the solution offers the security and performance they need, and they don’t need to learn the new jargon of cloud.”

Radio Free HPC reviews the ASC19 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC looks at the recent ASC Student Cluster Competition in Dalien, China. Dan got to witness the finals last week, with 20 teams facing off in a race for HPC performance. “As always, the team, and the rest of humanity, is highly supportive of the student cluster tournaments that take place at SC, ISC, and this Asian one, in addition to many regional supporting events.”

Podcast: Accelerating AI Inference with Intel Deep Learning Boost

In this Chip Chat podcast, Jason Kennedy from Intel describes how Intel Deep Learning Boost works as an embedded AI accelerator in the CPU designed to speed deep learning inference workloads. “The key to Intel DL Boost – and its performance kick – is augmentation of the existing Intel Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (Intel AVX-512) instruction set. This innovation significantly accelerates inference performance for deep learning workloads optimized to use vector neural network instructions (VNNI). Image classification, language translation, object detection, and speech recognition are just a few examples of workloads that can benefit.”

Podcast: Intel to Deliver Exascale for the Advancement of Science

In this Chip Chat podcast, Trish Damkroger from Intel outlines a few of the key technologies coming to the Aurora supercomputer in 2021. To enable Exascale levels of performance, Aurora will be built with a future generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor, the recently announced Intel Xe compute architecture, and Intel Optane DC persistent memory. Built by subcontractor Cray, Aurora will enable ground-breaking science such as precision medicine, climate modeling, weather forecasting, and materials science.

Big Compute Podcast Looks at Quantum Computing Today

In this Big Compute Podcast, Steve Reinhardt from D-Wave Systems describes how quantum computing can be used to find optimal solutions in complex optimizations. “For decades quantum computers will be used in a hybrid mode with classical computers. So as a developer you don’t have to solve your complete problem. You can look at where the time is spent in computation and move those models to quantum computers. These modules may be optimized to be billions of times faster.”

Podcast: Seeing the Black Hole with Big Data

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses how the news of the cool visualization of an actual black hole leads to interesting issues in HPC land. “The real point: the daunting 1.75 PB of raw data from each telescope meant a lot of physical drives that had to be flown to the data center. Henry leads a discussion about the race between bandwidth and data size.”

Velocity Compute: PeerCache for HPC Cloud Bursting

In this podcast, Eric Thune from Velocity Compute describes how the company’s PeerCache software optimizes data flow for HPC Cloud Bursting. “By using PeerCache to deliver hybrid cloud bursting, development teams can quickly extend their existing on-premise compute to burst into the cloud for elastic compute power. Your on-premise workflows will run identically in the cloud, without the need for retooling, and the workflow is then moved back to your on-premises servers until the next time you have a peak load.”

TACC Podcast Looks at the Challenges of Computational Reproducibility

In this TACC Podcast, Dan Stanzione and Doug James from the Texas Advanced Computing Center discuss the thorny issue of reproducibility in HPC. “Computational reproducibility is a subset of the broader and even harder topic of scientific reproducibility,” said Dan Stanzione, TACC’s executive director. “If we can’t get the exact same answer bit-for-bit, then what’s close enough? What’s a scientifically valid way to represent that? That’s what we’re after.”

Podcast: Rescale powers Innovation in Antenna Design

In this Big Compute podcast, Gabriel Broner hosts Mike Hollenbeck, founder and CTO at Optisys. Optisys is a startup that is changing the antenna industry. Using HPC in the cloud and 3D printing they are able to design customized antennas which are much smaller, lighter and higher performing than traditional antennas.