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Podcast: Tackling Massive Scientific Challenges with AI/HPC Convergence

In this Chip Chat podcast, Brandon Draeger from Cray describes the unique needs of HPC customers and how new Intel technologies in Cray systems are helping to deliver improved performance and scalability. “More and more, we are seeing the convergence of AI and HPC – users investigating how they can use AI to complement what they are already doing with their HPC workloads. This includes using machine and deep learning to analyze results from a simulation, or using AI techniques to steer where to take a simulation on the fly.”

Job of the Week: Software Engineer for Scientific and Math Libraries at Cray

Cray in Minnesota is seeking a Software Engineer for Scientific and Math Libraries in our Job of the Week. “The Cray Scientific and Math Libraries group has an opening for a motivated and skilled low-level software engineer to design and develop state of the art numerical libraries for Cray’s current and future supercomputers. The group develops high-performance linear algebra and Fourier transform libraries for Cray systems.”

ISC 2019 Recap from Glenn Lockwood

In this special guest feature, Glenn Lockwood from NERSC shares his impressions of ISC 2019 from an I/O perspective. “I was fortunate enough to attend the ISC HPC conference this year, and it was a delightful experience from which I learned quite a lot. For the benefit of anyone interested in what they have missed, I took the opportunity on the eleven-hour flight from Frankfurt to compile my notes and thoughts over the week.”

Video: AMD Powers Next-Gen Supercomputing at ISC 2019

In this video from ISC 2019, Dan Bounds from AMD describes how the company is powering a new generation of supercomputers with their EPYC processors and Radeon Instinct GPUs. “Large system designers today also need efficient systems with the flexibility and openness to meet the challenge of demanding workloads. AMD is raising the bar on compute densities by enabling optimized server designs with high performance, low latency, and excellent efficiency in an open, flexible environment.”

MeteoSwiss to Improve Weather Forecasting with Cray CS-Storm Supercomputer

At ISC 2019, Cray announced that CSCS in Switzerland is adding a third Cray CS-Storm supercomputer to support the development of cutting-edge weather service products at MeteoSwiss. “MeteoSwiss found success with its existing Cray supercomputers and selected this new CS-Storm to provide the additional computational power required to process increasing volumes of weather observations and produce higher fidelity forecasts. The CS-Storm system was also selected for its ability to run numerical weather forecasts within a reduced energy footprint (as compared to competing solutions), and for the reliability the platform provides MeteoSwiss when running critical workloads.”

Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to Sandia National Lab

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. “Ken discussed how Sandia is hoping to stimulate more of a system-on-a-chip type of technology where extra CPU real estate might be better utilized for better HPC componentry and customization.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Quantum Computing and High Performance Computing

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Quantum Computing and HPC and how the two spaces are evolving and cooperating. Their guest is Mike Booth from Quantum Computing, Inc. “Because QC is an accelerator, it fits nicely with how a lot of HPC is being done today.”

Cray Boosts Deep Learning Performance for Geospatial AI

Today Cray announced enhanced capabilities to empower data scientists and engineers who are innovating in the field of Geospatial AI. “The new features include an augmented Deep Learning Plugin that provides best-in-class deep neural network performance training and broadened support for deep learning frameworks. In performance studies, the plugin showed training time reductions up to 23% over open source alternatives for a single node, dense GPU configuration.”

Bright Computing Streamlines HPC Environment for NeSI and NIWA

Today Bright Computing announced that the company’s cluster management software enables modernized HPC infrastructure for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA). “Armed with deep infrastructure knowledge and systems integration experience, Bright was part of a co-design partnership with Cray, NIWA and NeSI working collaborative to design and build a hybrid HPC and private cloud infrastructure based on Bright Cluster Manager and Bright OpenStack.”

Podcast: Radio Free HPC Runs Down the TOP500

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the new TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers. “Not much changed in the TOP10 but a lot is changing further down the list. The overwhelming majority of the systems, 478 of them, are based on Intel CPUs. 13 are IBM, and there is 1 system based on Arm provided by Cavium, now part of Marvell.”