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Breaking Boundaries with Data Parallel C++

“There’s a new programming language in town. Called Data Parallel C++ (DPC++), it allows developers to reuse code across diverse hardware targets—CPUs and accelerators—and perform custom tuning for a specific accelerator. DPC++ is part of oneAPI—an Intel-led initiative to create a unified programming model for cross-architecture development. Based on familiar C++ and SYCL, DPC++ is an open alternative to single-architecture proprietary approaches and helps developers create solutions that better meet specialized workload requirements.”

Video: NVIDIA to Accelerate the HPC-AI Convergence

Gunter Roeth from NVIDIA gave this talk at ML4HPC 2020. “The growing adoption of NVIDIA Volta GPU by the Top500 Supercomputers highlights the need of computing acceleration for this HPC & AI convergence. Many projects today demonstrate the benefit of AI for HPC, in terms of accuracy and time to solution, in many domains such as Computational Mechanics, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, Computational Chemistry, and Computational Physics. NVIDIA today for instance, uses Physics Informed Neural Networks for the heat sink design in our DGX system.”

Russian Supercomputer Joins the Fight Against COVID-19

An international research team of scientists – from Russia, Finland, Italy, China, Japan and Canada is using a recently upgraded HPC system at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences to develop diagnostics and treatment against COVID-19 coronavirus infection that became the cause of global pandemic. “We aim to use molecular simulation to create a computer model of a medical drug with selective interaction with receptor-binding domain of Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain.”

Video: Quantum Computing and Supercomputing, AI, Blockchain

Shahin Khan from gave this talk at the Washington Quantum Computing Meetup. “A whole new approach to computing (as in, not binary any more), quantum computing is as promising as it is unproven. Quantum computing goes beyond Moore’s law since every quantum bit (qubit) doubles the computational power, similar to the famous wheat and chessboard problem. So the payoff is huge, even though it is, for now, expensive, unproven, and difficult to use. But new players will become more visible, early use cases and gaps will become better defined, new use cases will be identified, and a short stack will emerge to ease programming.”

LLNL Researchers aid COVID-19 response in anti-viral research

Backed by five high performance computing (HPC) clusters and years of expertise in vaccine and countermeasure development, a COVID-19 response team of LLNL researchers from various disciplines has used modeling & simulation, along with machine learning, to identify about 20 initial, yet promising, antibody designs from a nearly infinite set of potentials and to examine millions of small molecules that could have anti-viral properties. The candidates will need to be synthesized and experimentally tested — which Lab researchers cautioned could take time — but progress is being made.

Timelapse Video: Sawtooth Supercomputer Assembly

In this video, technicians install the Sawtooth supercomputer at Idaho National Laboratory. “Named after a central Idaho mountain range, Sawtooth arrived in December and will be available to users soon. The $19.2 million system ranks #37 on the 2019 Top500 fastest supercomputers in the world. That is the highest ranking reached by an INL supercomputer. Of 102 new systems added to the list in the past six months, only three were faster than Sawtooth.”

Video: OSS Showcases AI on Fly at GTC Digital

In this video, Jaan Mannik from One Stop Systems gives a tour of the company’s virtual booth at GTC Digital. “OSS is the leader in specialized high-performance computers for vertical markets requiring the fastest processing and storage on the planet. These technology-hungry applications include AI (artificial intelligence), deep learning, seismic exploration, financial modeling, media and entertainment, security and defense. Watch the video and to learn about how to enter to win an RTX4000 GPU!”

Video: The Cray Shasta Architecture for the Exascale Era

Steve Scott from HPE gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. “With the announcement of multiple exascale systems, we’re now entering the Exascale Era, marked by several important trends. This talk provides an overview of the Cray Shasta system architecture, which was motivated by these trends, and designed for this new heterogeneous, data-driven world.”

Efficient AI Computing for the Planet

In this keynote talk from the 2020 HiPEAC conference, Alesssandro Cremonesi from STMicroelectronics describes how artificial intelligence (AI) is the central nervous system of an increasingly connected world. He sets out both the benefits and potential pitfalls of AI, before arguing that AI now has to move beyond performance to efficiency in order to be sustainable. “So far, AI developments have been focused on performances regardless of the computational power needed, reaching in some applications performances better than the human ones. Now it is time to focus on efficient computation.”

Urban Seismology in Megacities: the Los Angeles BASIN Experiment

Dr. Patricia Persaud from Louisiana State University gave this talk in a recent IRIS webinar. “Our goal is to first map the structure of the basins in the Los Angeles area, and to integrate the basins’ structure into computer simulations of ground motion. As part of the BASIN project, we have deployed 744 nodal seismometers along 10 densely-spaced seismic profiles in the greater Los Angeles area.”