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Podcast: What is an Ai Supercomputer?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team asks whether a supercomputer can or cannot be a “AI Supercomputer.” The question came up after HPE announced a new AI system called Jean Zay that will double the capacity of French supercomputing. “So what are the differences between a traditional super and a AI super? According to Dan, it mostly comes down to how many GPUs the system is configured with, while Shahin and Henry think it has something to do with the datasets.”

NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang to Keynote World’s Premier AI Conference

NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang will deliver the opening keynote address at the 10th annual GPU Technology Conference, being held March 17-21, in San Jose, Calif. “If you’re interested in AI, there’s no better place in the world to connect to a broad spectrum of developers and decision makers than GTC Silicon Valley,” said Greg Estes, vice president of developer programs at NVIDIA. “This event has grown tenfold in 10 years for a reason — it’s where experts from academia, Fortune 500 enterprises and the public sector share their latest work furthering AI and other advanced technologies.”

HPE Scalable Storage for Lustre: The Middle Way

Lustre is a widely-used parallel file system in the High Performance Computing (HPC) market. It offers the performance required for HPC workloads, with its parallel design, flexibility, and scalability. This sponsored post explores HPE scalable storage and the Lustre parallel file system, and outlines ‘a middle ground’ available via solutions that offer the combination of Community Lustre within a qualified hardware solution.

Choice Comes to HPC: A Year in Processor Development

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World writes that a whole new set of processor choices could shake up high performance computing. “While Intel is undoubtedly the king of the hill when it comes to HPC processors – with more than 90 per cent of the Top500 using Intel-based technologies – the advances made by other companies, such as AMD, the re-introduction of IBM and the maturing Arm ecosystem are all factors that mean that Intel faces stiffer competition than it has for a decade.”

France to Double Supercomputing Capacity with Jean Zay Ai System from HPE

HPE is building a new Ai supercomputer for GENCI in France. Called Jean Zay, the 14 Petaflop system is part of an artificial intelligence initiative called for by President Macron to bolster the nation’s scientific and economic growth. “At Hewlett Packard Enterprise, we continue to fuel the next frontier and unlock discoveries with our end-to-end HPC and AI offerings that hold a strong presence in France and have been further strengthened just in the past couple of years.”

HPE to Build 24 Petaflop Supercomputer with 64-Core AMD EPYC Processors for HLRS

HPE is now under contract to build and install a new AMD-powered supercomputer at HLRS in Germany. Called “Hawk, the new computing system will be 3.5 times faster than the existing HLRS supercomputer, Hazel Hen, and will be the world’s fastest supercomputer for industrial production. Hawk will support academic research and industry — particularly in engineering-related fields — to advance applications for energy, climate, mobility, and health. “And if you are wondering about the name, well, Hawks eat Hazel Hens.”

Video: Overview of DDN’s Accelerated, Any-Scale AI

In this video from DDN booth at SC18, Kurt Kuckein from DataDirect Networks presents an overview of DDN A3i: (Accelerated, Any-Scale AI). “Engineered from the ground up for the AI-enabled data center, DDN A³I solutions are fully-optimized to accelerate AI applications and streamline DL workflows for greatest productivity. DDN A³I solutions make AI-powered innovation easy, with faster performance, effortless scale, and simplified operations—all backed by the data at scale experts.”

Video: How Intel is Advancing High Performance Computing at CHPC in South Africa

In this video from the 2018 CHPC Conference in South Africa, Trish Damkroger from Intel describes how the company is advancing the use of high performance computing on the African Continent. “In her Keynote talk at CHPC, Trish described the changing landscape of HPC, key trends, and the convergence of HPC-AI-HPDA that is transforming our industry and will fuel HPC to fulfill its potential as a scientific tool for insight and innovation.”

HPE Powers VENTURI Formula E Team

Monaco-based VENTURI Formula E Team recently announced that HPE is now the team’s Official Technology Partner. Through the partnership, HPE is dedicating a number of world-class technical specialists to the VENTURI Formula E Team and developing a technological innovation strategy for the Monaco-based team, incorporating next-generation platforms and world-first artificial intelligence (AI) solutions set to elevate both efficiency and performance. “I’m delighted to welcome Hewlett Packard Enterprise on board. There is no doubt that this partnership will allow VENTURI Formula E Team to grow. Due to their great expertise, I’m convinced that HPE will fast-track the development of the team and enhance the corporate structure. Given that Formula E is a very dynamic and fast-paced environment, I know that HPE will enjoy this unique and hopefully rewarding journey we are embarking on together.”

A Look inside the new HPE Adaptive Rack Cooling System for HPC

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, Larry Keller from HPE describes the company’s innovative new Adaptive Rack Cooling System for HPC. “Efficient high-performance computing is a key to success in any business. But it can be daunting to design, deploy, and manage. Make sure that you get the best for your needs. Work with a partner with proven technology and a track record of delivering and supporting successful HPC deployments. HPE has decades of experience in HPC systems, and the proven products and expertise you need.”