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Vintage Video: The Paragon Supercomputer – A Product of Partnership

In this vintage video, Intel launches the Paragon line of supercomputers, a series of massively parallel systems produced in the 1990s. In 1993, Sandia National Laboratories installed an Intel XP/S 140 Paragon supercomputer, which claimed the No. 1 position on the June 1994 TOP500 list. “With 3,680 processors, the system ran the Linpack benchmark at 143.40 Gflop/s. It was the first massively parallel processor supercomputer to be indisputably the fastest system in the world.”

The Computing4Change Program takes on STEM and Workforce Issues

Kelly Gaither from TACC gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Computing4Change is a competition empowering people to create change through computing. You may have seen articles on the anticipated shortfall of engineers, computer scientists, and technology designers to fill open jobs. Numbers from the Report to the President in 2012 (President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) show a shortfall of one million available workers to fill STEM-related jobs by 2020.”

Video: Advancing U.S. Weather Prediction Capabilities with Exascale HPC

Mark Govett from NOAA gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. “We’ll discuss the revolution in computing, modeling, data handling and software development that’s needed to advance U.S. weather-prediction capabilities in the exascale computing era. Creating prediction models to cloud-resolving 1 KM-resolution scales will require an estimated 1,000-10,000 times more computing power, but existing models can’t exploit exascale systems with millions of processors. We’ll examine how weather-prediction models must be rewritten to incorporate new scientific algorithms, improved software design, and use new technologies such as deep learning to speed model execution, data processing, and information processing.”

Wolfram Research Releases Mathematica Version 12 for Advanced Data Science

Today Wolfram Research released Version 12 of Mathematica for advanced data science and computational discovery. “After three decades of continuous R&D and the introduction of Mathematica Version 1.0, Wolfram Research has released its most powerful software offering with Version 12 of Wolfram Language, the symbolic backbone of Mathematica. The latest version includes over a thousand new functions and features for multiparadigm data science, automated machine learning, and blockchain manipulation for modern software development and technical computing.”

Video: Singularity adds Plugin Support

The good folks at Sylabs have added plugin support to Singularity, an open source-based container platform designed for scientific and HPC environments. As this post from February 2018 indicates, plugin support in Singularity has been on our minds for some time. After the successful reimplementation of the Singularity core in a combination of the Go […]

Fujitsu to Productize Post-K Supercomputer Technologies

Today Fujitsu announced that it has completed the design of Post-K supercomputer for deployment at RIKEN in Japan. While full-production of the full machine is not scheduled until 2021-2022, Fujitsu disclosed plans to productize the Post-K technologies and begin global sales in the second half of fiscal 2019. “Reaching the production milestone marks a significant achievement for Post-K and we are excited to see the potential for broader deployment of Arm-based Fujitsu technologies in support of HPC and AI applications.”

Wave Computing Launches TritonAI 64 Platform for High-Speed Inferencing

Today AI startup Wave Computing announced its new TritonAI 64 platform, which integrates a triad of powerful technologies into a single, future-proof intellectual property (IP) licensable solution. Wave’s TritonAI 64 platform delivers 8-to-32-bit integer-based support for high-performance AI inferencing at the edge now, with bfloat16 and 32-bit floating point-based support for edge training in the future.

Arm A64fx and Post-K: A Game-Changing CPU & Supercomputer

Satoshi Matsuoka from RIKEN gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Santa Fe. “Post-K is the flagship next generation national supercomputer being developed by Riken and Fujitsu in collaboration. Post-K will have hyperscale class resource in one exascale machine, with well more than 100,000 nodes of sever-class A64fx many-core Arm CPUs, realized through extensive co-design process involving the entire Japanese HPC community.”

Video: HPC Networking in the Real World

Jesse Martinez from Los Alamos National Laboratory gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin. “High speed networking has become extremely important in the world of HPC. As parallel processing capabilities increases and storage solutions increase in capacity, the network must be designed and implemented in a way to keep up with these trends. LANL has a very diverse use of high speed fabrics within its environment, from the compute clusters, to the storage solutions. This keynote/introduction session to the Sys Admin theme at the workshop will focus on how LANL has made use of these diverse fabrics to optimize and simplify the notion of data movement and communication to obtain these results for scientists solving real world problems.”