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Advanced Computing: HPC and RDS at University of Bristol

Simon Burbidge from the University of Bristol gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Our research focuses on the application of heterogeneous and many-core computing to solve large-scale scientific problems. Related research problems we are addressing include: performance portability across many-core devices; automatic optimization of many-core codes; communication-avoiding algorithms for massive scale systems; and fault tolerance software techniques for resiliency at scale.”

Video: AMD HPC Update

Jay Owen from AMD gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “With the introduction of new EPYC processor based servers with Radeon Instinct GPU accelerators, combined with our ROCm open software platform, AMD is ushering in a new era of heterogeneous compute for HPC and Deep Learning. Truly accelerating the pace of deep learning and addressing the broad needs of the datacenter requires a combination of high performance compute and GPU acceleration optimized for handling massive amounts of data with lots of floating point computation that can be spread across many cores.”

Quantum Computing in China: Progress on a Superconducting Multi-Qubits System

Dr. Xiaobo Zhu from China’s University of Science and Technology gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “CAS-Alibaba Quantum Computing Laboratory introduces quantum technology into computing sciences, aiming to manufacture high-speed quantum computers, and propelling quantum revolution in the computing world. This research has resulted in a Quantum Computing Cloud powered by a quantum processor which includes 11 superconducting qubits. This superconducting quantum chip works at extreme temperatures as low as 10mk (or -273.14℃).”

The Need for Deep Learning Transparency

Steve Conway from Hyperion Research gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “We humans don’t fully understand how humans think. When it comes to deep learning, humans also don’t understand yet how computers think. That’s a big problem when we’re entrusting our lives to self-driving vehicles or to computers that diagnose serious diseases, or to computers installed to protect national security. We need to find a way to make these “black box” computers transparent.”


Jeff Stuecheli from IBM gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Tucson. “Built from the ground-up for data intensive workloads, POWER9 is the only processor with state-of-the-art I/O subsystem technology, including next generation NVIDIA NVLink, PCIe Gen4, and OpenCAPI.”

HPC in Ontario, Canada

Dr. Chris Loken gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “We collaborate with our partners to centralize strategy and planning for Ontario’s advanced computing assets, including hardware, software, data management, storage, storage, security, connectivity and Highly Qualified Personnel. Together, we strive to address concerns about Ontario’s capacity to supply advanced computing at the level required for leading research and enabling industrial competitiveness.”

Quantum Computing – Timing is Everything

Steve Reinhardt from D-Wave Systems gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Despite the incredible power of today’s supercomputers, there are many complex computing problems that can’t be addressed by conventional systems. While we are only at the beginning of this journey, quantum computing has the potential to help solve some of the most complex technical, scientific, national defense, and commercial problems that organizations face. We expect that quantum computing will lead to breakthroughs in science, engineering, modeling and simulation, healthcare, financial analysis, optimization, logistics, and national defense applications.”

HPC Market Update from Hyperion Research

In this video from the HPC User Forum in Tucson, Earl Joseph from Hyperion Research presents an HPC Market Update. “Hyperion Research is the new name for the former IDC high performance computing analyst team. As Hyperion Research, we continue all the worldwide activities that spawned the world’s most respected HPC industry analyst group.”

Video: Quantum Computing and Quantum Supremacy at Google

John Martinis from Google presents: Quantum Computing and Quantum Supremacy. “The goal of the Google Quantum AI lab is to build a quantum computer that can be used to solve real-world problems. Our strategy is to explore near-term applications using systems that are forward compatible to a large-scale universal error-corrected quantum computer. In order for a quantum processor to be able to run algorithms beyond the scope of classical simulations, it requires not only a large number of qubits.”

Video: Moving Towards Personalized Medicine at The UberCloud

“In the last six years UberCloud has performed 200 cloud experiments with engineers and scientists and their complex applications. In a series of challenging high performance computing applications in the Life Sciences, UberCloud’s HPC Containers have been packaged recently with several scientific workflows and application data to simulate complex phenomena in human’s heart and brain. As the core software for these HPC Cloud experiments we are using the (containerized) Abaqus solver running in a fully automated multi-node HPE environment in the Advania HPC Cloud.”