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DAOS: Scale-Out Software-Defined Storage for HPC/Big Data/AI Convergence

As an all-new parallel file system, DAOS will be a key component of the the upcoming Aurora supercomputer coming to Argonne National Laboratory in 2021. “DAOS is an open source software-defined scale-out object store that provides high bandwidth, low latency, and high I/O operations per second (IOPS) storage containers to HPC applications. It enables next-generation data-centric workflows that combine simulation, data analytics, and AI.”

OSU Invests $2.6 million in AI Computing Resources

Oregon State University’s College of Engineering is accelerating its work in artificial intelligence, robotics, driverless vehicles and other areas by acquiring six advanced NVIDIA systems that give the college some of the most powerful computing resources among universities worldwide. “The computing power we now possess will accelerate our research in artificial intelligence and machine learning, while exposing our computer science students to the most advanced technology available in higher education.”

Active Archive Alliance Report: Solving Data Growth Challenges

According to this new report, “Archival data is piling up faster than ever as organizations are quickly learning the value of analyzing vast amounts of previously untapped digital data. The need to securely store, search for, retrieve and analyze massive volumes of archival content is fueling new and more effective advancements in archive solutions.”

Accelerate Your Apache Spark with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory

Piotr Balcer and Cheng Xu from Intel gave this talk at the 2019 Spark+AI Summit. “Intel Optane DC persistent memory breaks the traditional memory/storage hierarchy and scales up the computing server with higher capacity persistent memory. Also it brings higher bandwidth & lower latency than storage like SSD or HDD. And Apache Spark is widely used in the analytics like SQL and Machine Learning on the cloud environment.”

AI Approach Points to Bright Future for Fusion Energy

Researchers are using Deep Learning techniques on DOE supercomputers to help develop fusion energy. “Unlike classical machine learning methods, FRNN—the first deep learning code applied to disruption prediction—can analyze data with many different variables such as the plasma current, temperature, and density. Using a combination of recurrent neural networks and convolutional neural networks, FRNN observes thousands of experimental runs called “shots,” both those that led to disruptions and those that did not, to determine which factors cause disruptions.”

Video: Hyperion Research – Market Insight for HPC & AI

In this video, the Hyperion Research team describes how the company helps customers make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. “Our industry experts are the former IDC high performance computing analyst team, which remains intact and continues all of its global activities. The group is comprised of the world’s most respected HPC industry analysts who have worked together for more than 25 years.”

NVIDIA Launches U.K. Technology Center to Advance AI Research

EPCC, Hartree Centre, and the University of Reading are the first to join the NVIDIA AI Technology Center, which provides a collaborative community for world-class talent driving AI adoption and excellence across the UK. “We want to be able to leverage the rapid advances of large-scale machine learning to help traditional supercomputing applications,” said Mark Parsons, EPCC director and associate dean of e-research.”

GigaIO Steps Up with PCIe Gen 4 Interconnect for HPC

In this video from ISC 2019, Marc Lehrer from GigaIO describes the company’s innovative HPC interconnect technology based on PCIe Gen 4. “For your most demanding workloads, you want time to solution. The GigaIO hyper-performance network breaks the constraints of old architectures, opening up new configuration possibilities that radically reduces system cost and protect your investment by enabling you to easily adopt new compute or business processes.”

DDN: Innovating to Create a Brighter Future for AI, HPC, and Big Data

Alex Bouzari gave this talk at the DDN User Group meeting at ISC 2019. “In this rapidly changing landscape of HPC, DDN brings fresh innovation with the stability and support experience you need. Stay in front of your challenges with the most reliable long term partner in data at scale.”

Video: Tyan Computing Steps Up with Intel Xeon Scalable Processors for HPC at ISC 2019

In this video, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC tours the Tyan booth at ISC 2019. The company exhibited a full line of HPC, storage and cloud computing server platforms. “TYAN’s leading portfolio of HPC, storage and cloud server platforms are based on the 2nd gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and are designed to help enterprises and data center service providers capture, process, and analyze big data faster and at a more powerful rate than ever before.”