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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.”

NEC Steps Up with AMD EPYC Servers for Aerospace and Automotive

In this video, NEC’s Oliver Tennert and AMD’s Dan Bounds describe how the two companies are developing high density computing solutions using AMD EPYC processors and liquid cooling for the aerospace and automotive industries. “More and more datacenters put a lot of efforts into reducing their cooling costs even further by making the leap to direct hot-water cooling. In this concept the water has an inlet temperature of up to 45 degrees Celsius and directly cools CPU, memory and other equipment by elements that are part of a closed water circuit. NEC works together with AMD to enable the best solution for each datacenter.”

Video: Reproducible Science with Containers on HPC through Singularity

Eduardo Arango from Sylabs gave this talk at FOSDEM’19. “Singularity is the most widely used container solution in high-performance computing. Enterprise users interested in AI, Deep Learning, compute drive analytics, and IOT are increasingly demanding HPC-like resources. At runtime, Singularity blurs the lines between the container and the host system allowing users to read and write persistent data and leverage hardware like GPUs and Infiniband with ease.”

The convergence of HPC and BigData: What does it mean for HPC sysadmins?

Damien Francois gave this talk at FOSDEM’19. “The world of HPC and the world of BigData are slowly, but surely, converging. The HPC world realizes that there are more to data storage than just files and that ‘self-service’ ideas are tempting. In the meantime, the BigData world realizes that co-processors and fast networks can really speedup analytics. And indeed, all major public Cloud services now have an HPC offering. And many academic HPC centres start to offer Cloud infrastructures and BigData-related tools.”