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Podcast: Enterprises go HPC at GPU Technology Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at news from the GPU Technology Conference. “Dan has been attending GTC since well before it became the big and important conference that it is today. We get a quick update on what was covered: the long keynote, automotive and robotics, the Mellanox acquisition, how a growing fraction of enterprise applications will be AI.”

Podcast: Multicore Scaling Slow Down, and Fooling AI

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team has an animated discussion about multicore scaling, how easy it seems to be to mislead AI systems, and some good sized catches of the week. “As CPU performance improvements have slowed down, we’ve seen the semiconductor industry move towards accelerator cards to provide dramatically better results. Nvidia has been a major beneficiary of this shift, but it’s part of the same trend driving research into neural network accelerators, FPGAs, and products like Google’s TPU.”

Podcast: How Real is Ai Anyway?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses AI, bias in AI, and just how real AI actually is. “Ethics in AI, policy, legal framework are all big threads here. The trigger is the rather funny article from The Register: Artificial Intelligence, You Know it isn’t real, yeah?”

Radio Free HPC Looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox. “This called for an emergency session of our crack panel. While it will be several months before the full impact of this merger is felt, the RFHPC team believes this will change both the HPC and the Datacenter markets. It also signals Nvidia’s journey towards becoming more of a systems company and gives them a better shot at the enterprise AI market.”

Podcast: The sinking of the Itanic, a respectful farewell

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC says goodbye to Intel’s Itanium processor. “After years of futility, Intel has finally put a stake in the heart of their Itanium processor. The final shipment will take place in 2021. The boys discuss some Itanium history and reasons behind the end of the processor.”

Podcast: Modernizing the Electric Grid with HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at how Lawrence Livermore National Lab is working to simulate and help modernize the electric grid. They discuss how the ‘new grid’ will need to be two-way, both delivering and accepting electricity. The new grid will also have to communicate with smart homes and other buildings in order to predict demand and adjust real time pricing.

Podcast: What is an Ai Supercomputer?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team asks whether a supercomputer can or cannot be a “AI Supercomputer.” The question came up after HPE announced a new AI system called Jean Zay that will double the capacity of French supercomputing. “So what are the differences between a traditional super and a AI super? According to Dan, it mostly comes down to how many GPUs the system is configured with, while Shahin and Henry think it has something to do with the datasets.”

Podcast: China Tianhe-3 Exascale machine is coming

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team takes a second look at China’s plans for the Tianhe-3 exascale supercomputer. “According to news articles, Tianhe-3 will be 200 times faster than Tianhe-1, with 100x more storage. What we don’t know is if these comparisons are relative to Tianhe-1 or Tianhe 1A. The later machine weighs in at 2.256 PFlop/s which means that Tianhe-3 might be as fast as 450 PFlop/s when complete. We also made a reference to a past episode, which we know you remember vividly, where we discussed China’s three-pronged strategy for exascale.”

Podcast: Weather Forecasting Goes Crowdsourcing, Q means Quantum

In this episode of Radio Free HPC, Dan, Henry, and Shahin start with a spirited discussion about IBM’s recent announcement of a “crowd sourced weather prediction application.” Henry was dubious as to whether Big Blue could get access to the data they need in order to truly put out a valuable product. Dan had questions about the value of the crowd sourced data and how it could be scrubbed in order to be useful. Shahin was pretty favorable towards IBM’s plans and believes that they will solve the problems that Henry and Dan raised.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Santa’s Big Data Challenges

In this podcast video, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the monumental IT challenges that Santa faces each Holiday Season. “With nearly 2 billion children to serve, Santa’s operations are an IT challenge on the grandest scale. If the world’s population keeps growing by 83 million people per year, Santa may need to build a hybrid cloud just to keep up. With billions of simultaneous queries, the Big Data analytics required will certainly require an 8-socket numa machines with 4 terabytes of central memory.”