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NVIDIA Makes GPU Computing Easier in the Cloud

Setting up an environment for High Performance Computing (HPC) especially using GPUs can be daunting. There can be multiple dependencies, a number of supporting libraries required, and complex installation instructions. NVIDIA has made this easier with the announcement and release of HPC Application Containers with the NVIDIA GPU Cloud.

Job of the Week: Senior Linux System Administrator at Yale

Yale University is seeking a Sr. Linux System Administrator in our Job of the Week. “In this role, you will work as a Linux senior administrator in ITS Systems Administration. Provide leadership in Linux server administration, for mission-critical services in a dynamic, 24/7 production data center environment.”

D-Wave and NEC to Accelerate Commercial Quantum Computing

Today D-Wave Systems announced the company has signed agreements with NEC Corporation to drive development of hybrid services that combine the best features of quantum and classical computers, and make it easy to incorporate quantum capabilities into integrated workflows. D-Wave and NEC plan to market and sell D-Wave’s Leap quantum cloud service, which includes hybrid tools and services, as well as new hybrid capabilities to be jointly developed. NEC has committed to invest $10 million in D-Wave. The collaboration will take effect upon the closing of NEC’s investment, which is subject to certain conditions.

Developing Better Vaccines with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Researchers from the University of Bristol and the French National Centre for Scientific Research, teamed up with computer technology giant Oracle and vaccine innovator startup Imophoron to find a way to make vaccines that are thermostable, can be designed quickly, and are easily produced. “The research resulted in a new type of vaccine that can be stored at warmer temperatures, removing the need for refrigeration, in a major advance in vaccine technology.”

Innoviz to Accelerate AI for Autonomous Vehicles with WekaIO

Today WekaIO announced that Innoviz, a leading manufacturer of high-performance, solid-state Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors and Perception Software that enables the mass-production of autonomous vehicles, has selected the Weka File System (WekaFS) to accelerate its Artificial Intelligence (AI) and deep learning workflows. WekaFS has been chosen by Innoviz to improve application performance at scale and deliver high bandwidth I/O to its GPU cluster.

HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand Sees Major Growth on Latest TOP500 List

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) reported the latest TOP500 List results show that HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand accelerates 31 percent of new InfiniBand-based systems on the List, including the fastest TOP500 supercomputer built this year. The results also highlight InfiniBand’s continued position in the top three supercomputers in the world and acceleration of six of the top 10 systems. Since the TOP500 List release in June 2019, InfiniBand’s presence has increased by 12 percent, now accelerating 141 supercomputers on the List.

NGD Systems Steps up with Arm Processors on SSDs at SC19

In this video from the Arm booth at SC19, Scott Shadley from NGD Systems describes the company’s innovative computational storage technology. “In a nutshell, Computational Storage is an IT architecture where data is processed at the storage device level to reduce the amount of data that has to move between the storage and compute planes. As such, the technology provides a faster and more efficient means to address the unique challenges of our data-heavy world – satisfying reduced excess bandwidth and providing very low latency response times by reducing data movement and allowing response for analytics as much as 20 to 40-times faster.”

GigaIO Wins Most Innovative New Product Award for Big Data

Today GigaIO announced that the company’s FabreX technology has been selected as the winner of Connect’s Most Innovative New Product Award for Big Data. The Most Innovative New Product Awards is an annual competition that recognizes San Diego industry leaders for their groundbreaking contributions to technology and life sciences sectors. “FabreX is a cutting-edge network architecture that drives the performance of data centers and high-performance computing environments. Featuring a unified, software-driven composable infrastructure, the fabric dynamically assigns resources to facilitate streamlined application deployment, meeting today’s growing demands of data-intensive programs such as Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning. FabreX adheres to industry standard PCI Express (PCIe) technology and integrates computing, storage and input/output (IO) communication into a single-system cluster fabric for flawless server-to-server communication. Optimized with GPU Direct RDMA (GDR) and NVMe-oF, FabreX facilitates direct memory access by a server to the system memories of all other servers in the cluster, enabling native host-to- host communication to create the industry’s first in-memory network.”

Verne Global brings hpcDIRECT to Bonseyes AI Marketplace

Today Verne Global announced that is has partnered with the Bonseyes secure marketplace and collaborative platform for building and trading AI applications. The move will provide Bonseyes users with access to Verne Global’s hpcDIRECT optimized bare-metal infrastructure. “By collaborating with Verne Global, the Bonseyes marketplace users will be able to turn their competitive AI concepts into reality, knowing it is supported by a first-class, HPC-optimized data center and a skilled team of engineers and advisors.”

NEC SX-Aurora Tops Energy Efficiency on HPCG Benchmark

In this video from SC19, Erich Focht from NEC describes how the company’s SX-Aurora vector architecture achieves extreme energy efficiency on the HPCG benchmark. After that, Shintaro Momose from NEC describes recent enhancements to the SX-Aurora vector computing platform and how extreme energy efficiency helped the company win major contracts with DWD in Germany and the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) in Japan.

Data Scientist Thomas Thurston to speak at HPC User Forum in New Jersey

Venture Capitalist and Data Scientist Thomas Thurston is slated to speak at the upcoming HPC User Forum in Princeton, New Jersey. Thurston will give a talk titled, “Using HPC-enabled AI to Guide Investment Strategies for Finding and Funding Startups.” Thurston will describe how his fund is using technology to gain unique insights into early startups that otherwise disclose little or no public data. His discussion highlights counter-intuitive insights about what is, and what isn’t, predictive of new business success, along with a discussion of current challenges of analyzing potential startup investments and how companies are grappling with the promises and perils of executive decision making in a world of increasingly advanced computing.

Intel Powers HPE Apollo 20 for HPC Workloads

In this video from SC19, Larry Keller from HPE and Taha Mughi from Intel describe how the two companies collaborated on the innovative new Apollo 20 server for HPC workloads. “Are you searching for greater performance and more memory bandwidth? The HPE Apollo 20 System is built on the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon 9200 family of processors which offer unmatched 2- socket performance leadership across popular workloads. Built to support both liquid-cooled and air-cooled options, the HPE Apollo 20 System takes advantage of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise experience in HPC cooling technologies as workloads continue to push power and density.”