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NEXTGenIO Project Delivers Prototype to EPCC

The EPCC supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh has installed a prototype system developed by the NEXTGenIO project. Funded by the European Commission, NEXTGenIO is an R&D project tasked with developing solutions to high performance computing’s I/O and data challenges. “Our ongoing collaboration with NEXTGenIO allows us to develop solutions to speed up time-consuming I/O operations in HPC applications and workflows, leading to faster execution, less use of resources, and improved scalability,” said Trish Damkroger from Intel.

New Blueprint lays out Strategic Research Agenda for HPC in Europe

The European ETP4HPC initiative has published a blueprint for the new Strategic Research Agenda for High Performance Computing. “This blueprint sketches the big picture of the major trends in the deployment of HPC and HPDA methods and systems, driven by the economic and societal needs of Europe, taking into account the changes expected in the underlying technologies and the overall architecture of the expanding underlying HPC infrastructure.”

New Paper: Nanophotonic Neural Networks coming Closer to Reality

Over at the Intel AI blog, Casimir Wierzynski writes that Optical Neural Networks have exciting potential for power-efficiency in AI computation. “At last week’s CLEO conference, we and our collaborators at UC Berkeley presented new findings around ONNs, including a proposal for how that original work could be extended in the face of real-world manufacturing constraints to bring nanophotonic neural network circuits one step closer to a practical reality.”

Spectra Logic Report: Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019

Today Spectra Logic announced the publication of “Digital Data Storage Outlook 2019,” the company’s fourth annual report on the data storage industry. “This report provides a high-level snapshot of the trends that will influence technological advancements in the data storage industry, and the workflows that will impact the way the world uses and preserves its digital information for the long term.”

GPUs for Oil and Gas Firms: Deriving Insights from Petabytes of Data

Adoption of GPU-accelerated computing can offer oil and gas firms significant ROI today and pave the way to gain additional advantage from future technical developments. To stay competitive, these companies need to be able to derive insights from petabytes of sensor, geolocation, weather, drilling, and seismic data in milliseconds. A new white paper from Penguin Computing explores how GPUs are spurring innovation and changing how hydrocarbon businesses address data processing needs.

Hyperion Research: HPC Server Market Beat Forecast in 2018

Hyperion Research has released their latest High-Performance Technical Server QView, a comprehensive report on the state of the HPC Market. The QView presents the HPC market from various perspectives, including competitive segment, vendor, cluster versus non-cluster, geography, and operating system. It also contains detailed revenue and shipment information by HPC models.

IonQ posts benchmarks for quantum computer

Today quantum computing startup IonQ released the results of two rigorous real-world tests that show that its quantum computer can solve significantly more complex problems with greater accuracy than results published for any other quantum computer. “The real test of any computer is what can it do in a real-world setting. We challenged our machine with tough versions of two well-known algorithms that demonstrate the advantages of quantum computing over conventional devices. The IonQ quantum computer proved it could handle them. Practical benchmarks like these are what we need to see throughout the industry.”

UberCloud Publishes Compendium Of CFD Case Studies

If you are considering moving some of your HPC workload to the Cloud, nothing leads the way like a good set of case studies in your scientific domain. To this end, our good friends at the UberCloud have published their Compendium Of Case Studies In Computational Fluid Dynamics. The document includes 36 CFD case studies summarizing HPC Cloud projects that the UberCloud has performed together with the engineering community over the last six years.

Video: LANL Open Sources DeltaFS software for Wrangling Trillions of Files

A new distributed file system for HPC being distributed today via GitHub provides unprecedented performance for creating, updating and managing extreme numbers of files. “We designed DeltaFS to enable the creation of trillions of files,” said Brad Settlemyer, a Los Alamos computer scientist and project leader. “Such a tool aids researchers in solving classical problems in high-performance computing, such as particle trajectory tracking or vortex detection.”

Exploring Today’s AI Resources — A Portal to a Growing Sector

When Accenture Federal Services researched how current AI technologies could be used by the U.S. federal government, Accenture documented nearly 100 use cases for AI adoption. Artificial intelligence is making a difference to government right now. For more information on how to get involved in this important and growing sector, take advantage of the resources outlined in this excerpt from an insideHPC Guide.