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Video: Deep Reinforcement Learning and Systems Infrastructure at DeepMind

In this video from HiPEAC 2018 in Manchester, Dan Belov from DeepMind describe the company’s machine learning technology and some of the challenges ahead. “DeepMind Inc. is well known for state of the art Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) algorithms such as DQN on Atari, A3C on DMLab and AlphaGo Zero. I would like to take you on a tour of challenges we encounter when training DRL agents on large workloads with hundreds of terabytes of data. I’ll talk about why DRL poses unique challenges when designing distributed systems and hardware as opposed to simple supervised learning. Finally I’d like to discuss opportunities for DRL to help systems design and operation.”

TACC Podcast Looks at AI and Water Management

In this TACC podcast, Suzanne Pierce from the Texas Advanced Computing Center describes her upcoming panel discussion on AI and water management and the work TACC is doing to support efforts to bridge advanced computing with Earth science. “It’s about letting the AI help us be better decision makers. And it helps us move towards answering, discussing, and exploring the questions that are most important and most critical for our quality of life and our communities so that we can develop a future together that’s brighter.”

Video: Intel and NVIDIA at Congressional Hearing on Artificial Intelligence

In this video, Information Technology Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd begins a three-part hearing on Artificial Intelligence. “Over the next three months, the IT Subcommittee will hear from industry professionals such as Intel and NVIDIA as well as government stakeholders with the goal of working together to keep the United States the world leader in artificial intelligence technology.”

Take our AI & HPC Survey to Win an Amazon Echo Show Device

AI and Machine Learning have been called the Next Big Thing in High Performance Computing, but what kinds of results are your peers already getting right now? There is one way to find out–by taking our HPC & AI Survey. “We invite you to take our insideHPC Survey on the intersection HPC & AI. In return, we’ll send you a free report with the results and enter your name in a drawing to win one of two Echo Show devices with Alexa technology. The Echo Show is a voice-activated smart screen device that Amazon unveiled back in 2017.”

State-Of-The-Art Machine Learning Algorithms and Near-Term Technology Trends

Rob Farber from TechEnablement gave this talk at the HPC Knowledge Portal 2017 meeting. “This talk will merge two state-of-the-art briefings: Massive scale and state-of-the art algorithm mappings for both machine learning and unstructured data analytics including how they are affected by current and forthcoming hardware and the technology trends at Intel, NVIDIA, IBM, ARM, and OpenPower that will affect algorithm developments.”

Lightmatter Startup funded to Accelerate AI with Optical Chip

Today and AI chip startup called Lightmatter announced that it has received $11 million in Series A funding to accelerate development of the industry’s first chip to leverage the unique properties of light to enable fast and efficient inference and training engines. “It is rare to see true innovation in the chip industry today, but Lightmatter has done it. The importance of this groundbreaking technology cannot be overstated,” said Stan Reiss. “The Lightmatter team has applied a major scientific discovery to dramatically increase the power of AI and its reach into our lives.”

Agenda Posted for April HPC User Forum in Tucson

The HPC User Forum has posted their speaker agenda for their upcoming meeting in Tucson. Hosted by Hyperion Research, the event takes place April 16-18 at Loews Ventana Canyon. “The April meeting will explore the status and prospects for quantum computing and HPC use of HPC for environmental research, especially natural disasters such as earthquakes and the recent California wildfires. As always, the meeting will also look at new developments in HPDA-AI, cloud computing and other areas of continuing interest to the HPC community. A special session will look at the growing field of processors and accelerators supporting HPC systems.”

Video: Inside Volta GPUs

Stephen Jones from NVIDIA gave this talk at SC17. “The NVIDIA Volta architecture powers the world’s most advanced data center GPU for AI, HPC, and Graphics. Features like Independent Thread Scheduling and game-changing Tensor Cores enable Volta to simultaneously deliver the fastest and most accessible performance of any comparable processor. Join us for a tour of the features that will make Volta the platform for your next innovation in AI and HPC supercomputing.”

Research Report Reveals Divided Vision of Future Human-Machine Partnership

Today Dell Technologies released a research report that examines the future of human machine partnerships and reveals that business leaders are divided regarding the future. “Half of the 3,800 global business leaders surveyed forecast that automated systems will free up their time, while the other 50% believe otherwise.”

Realizing 2030: A Divided Vision of Future Human-Machine Partnership

We’re entering the next era of human-machine partnerships with a divided vision of the future, according to global research now available from Dell Technologies. Half of the 3,800 global business leaders surveyed forecast that automated systems will free up their time, while the other 50% believe otherwise. Similarly, 42% believe they’ll have more job satisfaction in the future by offloading tasks to machines, while 58% disagree.