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Video: Leading the Evolution of Compute with Neuromorphic and Quantum Computing

Jim Held from Intel Labs gave this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference in Denver. “Intel recently announced important progress in our research into future novel microarchitectures and device technology: neuromorphic and quantum computing. Loihi, our recently announced neuromorphic research chip, is extremely energy-efficient, uses data to learn and make inferences, gets smarter over time and does not need to be trained in the traditional way. Quantum computing offers the potential for exponentially greater performance on many algorithms that are computationally challenging on today’s computing architectures.”

Video: Enabling Medical Device Innovation through Simulation

In this video, ANSYS 3D Physics simulations are used to predict device performance and solve biomedical-engineering challenges compressing design cycles. “With patient welfare hanging in the balance, disruptive innovation is a permanent concern and product failure is not an option in healthcare. Applying engineering simulation throughout development can make all the difference in bringing new treatments to patients while meeting safety standards and product deadlines.”

Job of the Week: Director of High Performance Computing at Yale

The recently established Yale Center for Research Computing is seeking a Director of High Performance Computing (HPC). This position, under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Research Computing, will help create a world class HPC infrastructure to support computationally and data intensive research at Yale University.

Has the Decades-Old Floating Point Error Problem been Solved?

Today a company called Bounded Floating Point announced a breakthrough patent in processor design, which allows representation of real numbers accurate to the last digit “for the first time in computer history.” “This bounded floating point system is a game changer for the computing industry, particularly for computationally intensive functions such as weather prediction, GPS, and autonomous vehicles,” said the inventor, Alan Jorgensen, PhD. “By using this system, it is possible to guarantee that the display of floating point values is accurate to plus or minus one in the last digit.”

Video: The TOP500 Past, Present, and Future

In this video from SC17, Jack Dongarra, Erich Strohmaier, and Horst Simon give an Invited Talk on the history of the TOP500 list. “The TOP500 list has served as the defining yardstick for supercomputing performance since 1993. We briefly describe the project’s origins, the principles guiding data collection, and what has made the list so successful during the 25 year long transition from giga- to tera- to petascale computing. We also examine the list’s limitations.”

How Integrators Ensure Top Performance for HPC Clusters

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe looks at the role of integrators to deliver and support HPC systems. “There is an increasing propensity for organizations to buy and grow systems, so we help our customers to think ahead about the future use of their system. It is important for customers to be mindful of where they might be in three years’ time, where they are now and the path from one to the other.”

Gravitational Waves: The Role of Computing in Opening a New Field of Astronomy

Dr. Joshua L. Willis from the California Institute of Technology and Dan Stanzione from TACC gave this talk at the Intel HPC Developer Conference. “These discoveries mark the beginning of gravitational wave astronomy, and in this talk we will highlight what we have learned and hope to learn in this new field, pointing out many of the ways in which high-throughput and high-performance computing have been essential to its progress.”

Red Hat steps up to POWER9 for HPC

In this video from SC17 in Denver, Dan McGuan from Red Hat describes the company’s Multi-Architecture HPC capabilities with the Power9 architecture. “Red Hat and IBM have a long history of collaborating on Linux, going back more than 18 years. We laid the groundwork for supporting POWER9 processors several years ago and continue to collaborate with IBM to enable broader architecture support for IBM Power Systems across Red Hat’s portfolio.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the European Union’s Big Investment in Exascale

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at European Commission’s recent move to fund exascale development with 1 Billion Euros. “While Europe already had a number of exascale initiatives under way, this is a major step forward in that it puts up the money. Under a new legal and funding structure, the Commission’s contribution will be $486 million, or roughly half of the projected EUR 1 Billion total.”

Rescale Offers ANSYS Software On Demand

Today Rescale announced that ANSYS Elastic Licensing can now be purchased directly through Rescale’s ScaleX, a SaaS platform purpose-built for solving the world’s most challenging engineering, scientific and mathematical problems with HPC in the cloud. “Pay-per-use licenses from ANSYS have been very popular with Rescale customers since we introduced ANSYS Elastic Licensing to the platform in 2016. Now we’re delivering the additional flexibility of being able to seamlessly purchase elastic units on-demand directly through the Rescale platform.”