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Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Summit Supercomputer at ORNL

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new 200 Petaflop Summit supercomputer that was unveiled this week at ORNL. “IBM designed a whole new heterogeneous architecture for Summit that integrates the robust data analysis of powerful IBM POWER9 CPUs with the deep learning capabilities of GPUs,” writes Dr. John E. Kelly from IBM. “The result is unparalleled performance on critical new applications. And, IBM is selling this same technology in Summit to enterprises today.”

Radio Free Looks at the HGX-2 Reference Platform for HPC & AI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new NVIDIA HGX-2 Reference Platform for HPC & AI. “The HGX-2 cloud server platform supports multi-precision computing, supporting high-precision calculations using FP64 and FP32 for scientific computing and simulations, while also enabling FP16 and Int8 for AI training and inference. This unprecedented versatility meets the requirements of the growing number of applications that combine HPC with AI.”

Radio Free HPC Rationalizes GPDR Regulations

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at ramifications for the European GPDR laws, which went into effect May 25, 2018. “The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years – we’re here to make sure you’re prepared​.”

Radio Free HPC Reviews the Results from the ASC 2018 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the results of the ASC 2018 Student Cluster Competition.

“The ASC 2018 Student Supercomputer Challenge finalist were announced on March 20, 2018. The 20 finalists will design and build supercomputers up to 3,000 Watts, solve exceptionally difficult problems in AI reading comprehension, perform RELION optimization as a core application of the Nobel winning cryo-electron microscopy, and utilize CFL3D, HPL, and HPCG.”

Radio Free HPC Does the Math on pending CORAL-2 Exascale Machines

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team takes a look at daunting performance targets for the DOE’s CORAL-2 RFP for Exascale Computers. “So, 1.5 million TeraFlops divided by 7.8 Teraflops per GPU is how many individual accelerators you need, and that’s 192,307. Now, multiply that by 300 watts per accelerator, and it is clear we are going to need something all-new to get where we want to go.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at New USA Supercomputing Map

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new interactive USA Supercomputing Map from Hyperion Research. “As part of the discussion, Rich recaps Hyperion’s recent HPC User Forum in Tucson. The event featured an extended session on Quantum Computing with presentations by D-Wave Systems, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NIST, and Rigetti Computing.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Coral-2 RFP for Exascale Computers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new Department of Energy’s RFP for Exascale Computers. “As far as predictions go, Dan thinks one machine will go to IBM and the other will go to Intel. Rich thinks HPE will win one of the bids with an ARM-based system designed around The Machine memory-centric architecture. They have a wager, so listen in to find out where the smart money is.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at HPC Highlights from the GPU Technology Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the HPC highlights of the GPU Technology Conference. “From Rich’s perspective, the key announcement centered around new NVIDIA DGX-2 supercomputer with the NVSwitch interconnect.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Immortality through Nectome’s Mind Archival

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team goes off the supercomputing rails a bit with a discussion on digital immortality. “A new company called Nectome will reportedly archive your mind for future uploading to a machine. While the price of $10K seems reasonable enough, they do have to kill you to complete the process.”

Radio Free HPC looks at the Quest for Quantum Supremacy

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the big three technologies of the day on the Hype curve. “This week Google unveiled their 72-Qbit Bristlecone Quantum Chip, which they claim has them on the road to Quantum Supremacy. At the same time, quantum seems to be going mainstream, as evidenced by a session this week at SXSW.”