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Cray CS-Storm Supercomputer coming to HLRS in Germany

Today Cray announced that the High-Performance Computing Center of the University of Stuttgart (HLRS) in Germany has selected a new Cray CS-Storm GPU-accelerated supercomputer to advance its computing infrastructure in response to user demand for processing-intensive applications like machine learning and deep learning. “The Cray CS-Storm combined with the unique Cray-CS AI and Analytics suite will allow HLRS to better tackle converged AI and simulation workloads in the exascale era.”

Cortical.io Demonstrates Natural Language Understanding Inspired by Neuroscience

In this video, Cortical.io CEO Francisco Webber demonstrates how the company’s software running on Xilinx FPGAs breaks new ground in the field of natural language understanding (NLU). “Cortical.io delivers AI-based Natural Language Understanding solutions which are quicker and easier to implement and more capable than current approaches. The company’s patented approach enables enterprises to more effectively search, extract, annotate and analyze key information from any kind of unstructured text.”

Sandia Research Project turns Big Data into real-time, actionable intelligence

Researchers at Sandia National Labs are leading a project to deliver actionable information from streaming data to decision makers. While social media, cameras, sensors and more generate huge amounts of data that can overwhelm analysts, the project looks to provide crucial insight in real time. “Actionable intelligence is the next level of data analysis where analysis is put into use for near-real-time decision-making. Success on this research will have a strong impact to many time-critical national security applications.”

Recent Research on using Public Clouds for HPC Workloads

Alex Norton from Hyperion Research gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Hyperion Research provides data-driven research, analysis and recommendations for technologies, applications, and markets in high performance computing and emerging technology areas to help organizations worldwide make effective decisions and seize growth opportunities. Research includes market sizing and forecasting, share tracking, segmentation, technology and related trend analysis, and both user & vendor analysis for multi-user technical server technology used for HPC and HPDA (high performance data analysis).”

NetApp EF600 Storage Array Speeds HPC and Analytics

Today NetApp announced the NetApp EF600 storage array. The EF600 is an end-to-end NVMe midrange array that accelerates access to data and empowers companies to rapidly develop new insights for performance-sensitive workloads. “The storage industry is currently transitioning from the SAS to the NVMe protocol, which significantly increases the speed of access to data,” said Tim Stammers, senior analyst, 451 Research. “But conventional storage systems do not fully exploit NVMe performance, because of latencies imposed by their main controllers. NetApp’s E-Series systems were designed to address this architectural issue and are already used widely in performance-sensitive applications. The EF600 sets a new level of performance for the E-Series by introducing end-to-end support for NVMe, and should be considered by IT organizations looking for high-speed storage to serve analytics and other data-intensive applications.”

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.”

Rigetti Computing acquires QxBranch for Quantum-powered Analytics

Today Rigetti Computing announced it has acquired QxBranch, a quantum computing and data analytics software startup. “Our mission is to deliver the power of quantum computing to our customers and help them solve difficult and valuable problems,” said Chad Rigetti, founder and C.E.O. of Rigetti Computing. “We believe we have the leading hardware platform, and QxBranch is the leader at the application layer. Together we can shorten the timeline to quantum advantage and open up new opportunities for our customers.”

High Performance Computing in the World of Artificial Intelligence

In this special guest feature, Thierry Pellegrino from Dell EMC writes that data analytics powered by HPC & AI solutions are delivering new insights for research and the enterprise. “HPC is clearly no longer reserved for large companies or research organizations. It is meant for those who want to achieve more innovation, discoveries, and the elusive competitive edge.”

Penguin Computing Breaks STAC-M3 Performance Records with WekaIO

Today Penguin Computing and WekaIO announced record performance on the STAC-M3 Benchmark. The STAC-M3 Antuco and Kanaga Benchmark Suites are the industry standard for testing solutions that enable high-speed analytics on time series data, such as tick-by-tick market data. “By combining Penguin Computing Relion servers and FrostByte Storage with the WekaIO File System, the companies have affirmed that this integrated solution is ideal for algorithmic trading and quantitative analysis workloads, common in financial services.”

High-Performance Big Data Analytics with RDMA over NVM and NVMe-SSD

Xiaoyi Lu from OSU gave this talk at the 2018 OpenFabrics Workshop. “The convergence of Big Data and HPC has been pushing the innovation of accelerating Big Data analytics and management on modern HPC clusters. Recent studies have shown that the performance of Apache Hadoop, Spark, and Memcached can be significantly improved by leveraging the high-performance networking technologies, such as Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA). In this talk, we propose new communication and I/O schemes for these data analytics stacks, which are designed with RDMA over NVM and NVMe-SSD.”