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Designing Convergent HPC and Big Data Software Stacks: An Overview of the HiBD Project

DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the 2019 Stanford HPC Conference. “This talk will provide an overview of challenges in designing convergent HPC and BigData software stacks on modern HPC clusters. An overview of RDMA-based designs for Hadoop (HDFS, MapReduce, RPC and HBase), Spark, Memcached, Swift, and Kafka using native RDMA support for InfiniBand and RoCE will be presented. Enhanced designs for these components to exploit HPC scheduler (SLURM), parallel file systems (Lustre) and NVM-based in-memory technology will also be presented. Benefits of these designs on various cluster configurations using the publicly available RDMA-enabled packages from the OSU HiBD project will be shown.”

XTREME-Stargate: The New Era of HPC Cloud Platforms

In this video from the 2019 Stanford HPC Conference, Naoki Shibata from XTREME-D presents: XTREME-Stargate: The New Era of HPC Cloud Platforms. “XTREME-D is an award-winning, funded Japanese startup whose mission is to make HPC cloud computing access easy, fast, efficient, and economical for every customer. The company recently introduced XTREME-Stargate, which was developed as a cloud-based bare-metal appliance specifically for high-performance computations, optimized for AI data analysis and conventional supercomputer usage.”

Quantum Computing: From Qubits to Quantum Accelerators

Koen Bertels from Delft University of Technology gave this talk at HiPEAC 2019. “In my talk, I will introduce what quantum computers are but also how they can be used as a quantum accelerator. I will discuss why a quantum computer can be more powerful than any classical computer and what the components are of its system architecture. In this context, I will talk about our current research topics on quantum computing, what the main challenges are and what is available to our community.”

Truly Inspiring: Fighting World Hunger with Cray Supercomputers

In this video, Computational biologist Laura Boykin describes the threat to lives and livelihoods the whitefly represents, the international effort to fight it, and how supercomputing flips the script on a once unwinnable war. “Cray supports visionaries like Laura and her scientific colleagues in East Africa in combining computation and creativity to change outcomes.”

NVIDIA steps up with Nsight Systems Performance Analysis Tool

Today NVIDIA announced that NVIDIA Nsight Systems 2019.1 is now available for download. As a system-wide performance analysis tool. With it, developers can visualize application algorithms, identify large optimization opportunities, and tune/scale efficiently across CPUs and GPUs. “In this release, we introduce a wide range of new features, refinements, and fixes. The enhancements aim to improve a user’s ability to analyze neural network performance, locate graphical stutter, and increase pattern discoverability.”

Video: Speeding up Programs with OpenACC in GCC

Thomas Schwinge from Mentor gave this talk at FOSDEM’19. “Requiring only few changes to your existing source code, OpenACC allows for easy parallelization and code offloading to accelerators such as GPUs. We will present a short introduction of GCC and OpenACC, implementation status, examples, and performance results.”

Video: Frontiers of AI Deployments in HPC on Arm

In this video from Arm HPC Asia 2019, Elsie Wahlig leads a panel discussion on Frontiers of AI deployments in HPC on Arm. “Topics at the workshop covered all aspects of the Arm server ecosystem, from chip design, hardware, software architecture and standardization to performance tuning, and applications in biology, medicine, meteorology, astronomy, geography etc. It is exciting to see that Arm servers are being used in so many areas, contributing significantly to the global economy.”

Video: OpenHPC Update

Adrian Reber from Red Hat gave this talk at the FOSDEM’19 conference. “In this talk I want to give an introduction about the OpenHPC project. Why do we need something like OpenHPC? What are the goals of OpenHPC? Who is involved in OpenHPC and how is the project organized? What is the actual result of the OpenHPC project? It also has been some time (it was FOSDEM 2016) since OpenHPC was part of the HPC, Big Data and Data Science devroom, so that it seems a good opportunity for an OpenHPC status update and what has happened in the last three years.”

Rapids: Data Science on GPUs

Christoph Angerer from NVIDIA gave this talk at FOSDEM’19. “The next big step in data science will combine the ease of use of common Python APIs, but with the power and scalability of GPU compute. The RAPIDS project is the first step in giving data scientists the ability to use familiar APIs and abstractions while taking advantage of the same technology that enables dramatic increases in speed in deep learning. This session highlights the progress that has been made on RAPIDS, discusses how you can get up and running doing data science on the GPU, and provides some use cases involving graph analytics as motivation.”

Supermicro Early Shipments Available: Intel Xeon Servers with Optane DC Persistent Memory

Today Supermicro launched its Early Shipment Program for servers and storage systems that customers can validate using next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors which are expected to be officially released later this year. “Supermicro’s entire X11 portfolio is optimized to fully leverage the next-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and future innovations including Intel Optane DC persistent memory and Intel Deep Learning Boost technology to enable more efficient AI (artificial intelligence) acceleration.”