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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.”

For the first time, all TOP500 Systems are Petaflop Machines

The latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers is out today, marking a major milestone in the 26-year history of the list. For the first time, all 500 systems deliver a petaflop or more on the Linpack benchmark. “Frontera at TACC is the only new supercomputer in the top 10, which attained its number five ranking by delivering 23.5 petaflops on HPL. The Dell C6420 system, powered by Intel Xeon Platinum 8280 processors.”

IBM Celebrates Women Leaders In AI

Today IBM announced a global listing of Women Leaders in AI. The list recognizes and celebrates women across a variety of industries and geographies for pioneering the use of AI to advance their companies in areas such as innovation, growth, and transformation. Artificial Intelligence is poised to drive dramatic advances in every industry,” said Michelle […]

IBM Q Network Expands to Drive Educational Opportunities in Quantum Computing

Today IBM announced the expansion of the IBM Q Network to include a number of global universities. The expanding academic network is designed to accelerate joint research in quantum computing, and develop curricula to help prepare students for careers that will be influenced by this next era of computing, across science and business. “Today, IBM is announcing Florida State University, the University of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Stony Brook University, and the University of Tokyo will have direct access to IBM Q’s most-advanced commercially available quantum computing systems for teaching, and faculty and student research projects that advance quantum information science and explore early applications, as academic partners.”

Scaling Deep Learning for Scientific Workloads on the #1 Summit Supercomputer

Jack Wells from ORNL gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. “HPC centers have been traditionally configured for simulation workloads, but deep learning has been increasingly applied alongside simulation on scientific datasets. These frameworks do not always fit well with job schedulers, large parallel file systems, and MPI backends. We’ll share benchmarks between native compiled versus containers on Power systems, like Summit, as well as best practices for deploying learning and models on HPC resources on scientific workflows.”

Spectra Swarm Brings Ethernet Connectivity to LTO Tape Libraries

Today Spectra Logic announced enhancements to its family of tape libraries that help end users simplify and enhance their workflows. With the introduction of Spectra Swarm ethernet connectivity, the company makes tape connectivity easier and adds a modern interface to LTO tape libraries by leveraging all of the same infrastructure and networking capabilities as the rest of the equipment in a modern data center. Spectra Swarm is tested and qualified to work with Spectra LTO tape libraries — Spectra Stack through Spectra T950.

Big Compute Podcast: Accelerating HPC Workflows with AI

In this Big Compute Podcast, Gabriel Broner from Rescale and Dave Turek from IBM discuss how AI enables the acceleration of HPC workflows. “HPC can benefit from AI techniques. One area of opportunity is to augment what people do in preparing simulations, analyzing results and deciding what simulation to run next. Another opportunity exists when we take a step back and analyze whether we can use AI techniques instead of simulations to solve the problem. We should think about AI as increasing the toolbox HPC users have.”

Video: IBM Powers Ai at the GPU Technology Conference

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, Sumit Gupta from IBM describes how IBM is powering production-level Ai and Machine Learning. “IBM PowerAI provides the easiest on-ramp for enterprise deep learning. PowerAI helped users break deep learning training benchmarks AlexNet and VGGNet thanks to the world’s only CPU-to-GPU NVIDIA NVLink interface. See how new feature development and performance optimizations will advance the future of deep learning in the next twelve months, including NVIDIA NVLink 2.0, leaps in distributed training, and tools that make it easier to create the next deep learning breakthrough.”

Calista Redmond named CEO of RISC-V Foundation

Today the RISC-V Foundation announced that Calista Redmond has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. I’ve always understood the potential short- and long-term impact of the RISC-V license-free ISA on the open source community. Having spent a lot of my career working in the open source ecosystem, I’m excited to help RISC-V grow and deliver on the Foundation’s mission of paving the way for the next 50 years of computing design and innovation,” said Redmond, CEO of the RISC-V Foundation.”

Video: Benchmarking Performance with Quantum Volume

“At the 2019 American Physical Society March Meeting, IBM unveiled a new scientific milestone, announcing its highest quantum volume to date. Quantum Volume is a measurement, a procedure developed by IBM, that determines how powerful a quantum computer is, accounting for both gate and measurement errors, device cross talk, as well as device connectivity and circuit compiler efficiency. It follows that the higher the Quantum Volume, the more real-world, complex problems quantum computers can potentially solve, such as simulating chemistry, modeling financial risk, and supply chain optimization.”