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OSC Hosts fifth MVAPICH Users Group

A broad array of system administrators, developers, researchers and students who share an interest in the MVAPICH open-source library for high performance computing will gather this week for the fifth meeting of the MVAPICH Users Group (MUG). “Dr. Panda’s library is a cornerstone for HPC machines around the world, including OSC’s systems and many of the Top 500,” said Dave Hudak, Ph.D., interim executive director of OSC. “We’ve gained a lot of insight and expertise from partnering with DK and his research group throughout the years.”

Artificial Intelligence: A Journey to Deep Space

Recent advancements in Artificial Intelligence, especially deep learning, are set to make an impact in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. In fact, the benefits of using AI to control space-exploring robots are already being realized by missions that are currently underway.

AMD Showcases 1 Petaflop “Project 47” Rack at SIGGRAPH

“Project 47 boasts 1 PetaFLOPS of compute power at full 32-bit precision delivering a stunning 30 GigaFLOPS/W, demonstrating dramatic compute efficiency. It boasts more cores, threads, compute units, IO lanes and memory channels in use at one time than in any other similarly configured system ever before. The incredible performance-per-dollar and performance-per-watt of Project 47 makes supercomputing a more affordable reality than ever before, whether for machine learning, virtualization or rendering.”

Interview: Hot Interconnects Conference to Focus on Next-Generation Networks

The Hot Interconnects Conference is coming up Aug. 28-30 in Santa Clara. To learn more, we caught up with Program Chairs Ryan Grant and Jitu (Jitendra) Padhye. “Hot Interconnects brings together members of the industrial, academic and broader research community to unveil the very latest advances in network technologies as well as to discuss ideas for future generation interconnects. Unlike other conferences, Hot Interconnects is focused on only the latest most topical subjects and concentrates on technologies that will be available for deployment in the near future.”

Agenda Posted: August MVAPICH User Group Meeting in Ohio

The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG) has posted its meeting agenda. The event takes place August 14-16, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. “As the annual gathering of MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators, the MUG event includes Keynote Talks, Invited Tutorials, Invited Talks, Contributed Presentations, Open MIC session, and hands-on sessions.”

Agenda Posted: Hot Interconnects Conference in Santa Clara

The Hot Interconnects conference has posted their program Agenda. The event takes place Aug. 28-30 in Santa Clara, California. “Join us for our 25th year of an information-packed three-day Symposium about the latest in High Performance Interconnects. IEEE Hot Interconnects is the premier international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware and software architectures and implementations for interconnection networks of all scales, ranging from multi-core on-chip interconnects to those within systems, clusters, and data centers. Leaders in industry and academia attend the conference to interact with individuals at the forefront of this field.”

Dell Builds Bracewell Supercomputer for Bionic Vision Research at CSIRO in Australia

Today CSIRO, Australia’s top science agency, announced deployment of a new Dell EMC supercomputer, kicking off a new generation of research in artificial intelligence. “This new system will provide greater scale and processing power we need to build our computer vision systems by optimization of processing over broader scenarios, represented by much larger sets of images, to help train the software to understand and represent the world. We’ll be able to take our computer vision research to the next level, solving problems through leveraging large scale image data that most labs around the world aren’t able to.” Assoc. Professor Barnes said.

Intersect360 Research Site Census Looks at HPC Interconnects

“Intersect360 Research has posted an Executive Summary of their most recent HPC User Site Census on Interconnect Suppliers. The report provides an examination of the server interconnects and network characteristics found at a sample of HPC user sites. Intersect360 Research surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and software supporting these computer installations.”

InfiniBand Continues Momentum on Latest TOP500

Today the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) announced that InfiniBand remains the most used HPC interconnect on the TOP500. Additionally, the majority of newly listed TOP500 supercomputers are accelerated by InfiniBand technology. These results reflect continued industry demand for InfiniBand’s unparalleled combination of network bandwidth, low latency, scalability and efficiency.

As demonstrated on the June 2017 TOP500 supercomputer list, InfiniBand is the high-performance interconnect of choice for HPC and Deep Learning platforms,” said Bill Lee, IBTA Marketing Working Group Co-Chair. “The key capabilities of RDMA, software-defined architecture, and the smart accelerations that the InfiniBand providers have brought with their offering resulted in enabling world-leading performance and scalability for InfiniBand-connected supercomputers.”

Video: New Mellanox SHIELD Technology Enables Self Healing Networks

SHIELD is an innovative interconnect technology that improves data center fault recovery by 5000 times by enabling interconnect autonomous self-healing capabilities. “The CPU-centric data center architecture has come to an end and new data centers are now built based on a data-centric architecture. These systems require an intelligent interconnect that can deliver In-Network Computing and Self-healing capabilities, to ensure highest performance, scalability and resiliency.”