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Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory comes to Oracle Exadata X8M

Today Oracle announced that it is incorporating the high performance capabilities of Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory into its next-generation Oracle Exadata X8M. “Oracle and Intel have integrated cutting-edge persistent memory technologies into the leading enterprise database machine to deliver real-time access to the most mission-critical data. This transcends the boundaries of conventional shared storage systems and servers that simply cannot keep pace with this level of innovation.”

The Confluence of HPC and AI – Intel Customer Use Cases

Vikram Saletore from Intel gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “Intel collaborates with customers and partners worldwide to build, accelerate, scale and deploy their AI applications on Intel based HPC platforms. We share with you our insights on several customer AI use cases we have enabled, the orders of magnitude performance acceleration we have delivered via popular open-source software framework optimizations, and the best-known methods to advance the convergence of AI and HPC on Intel Xeon Scalable Processor based servers. We will also demonstrate how large memory systems help real world AI applications efficiently.”

Baidu to Speed Services with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory

Today Intel announced Baidu is architecting the in-memory database of its Feed Stream services to harness the high-capacity and high-performance capabilities of Intel Optane DC persistent memory. Paired with 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, building a new memory platform based on Intel Optane DC persistent memory allows Baidu to lower its total cost of ownership (TCO) while delivering more personalized search results to users. Intel and Baidu disclosed details of this deployment and other joint collaborations on Thursday at the 2019 Baidu ABC Summit in Beijing.

Intel Talks at Hot Chips gear up for “AI Everywhere”

Today at Hot Chips 2019, Intel revealed new details of upcoming high-performance AI accelerators: Intel Nervana neural network processors, with the NNP-T for training and the NNP-I for inference. Intel engineers also presented technical details on hybrid chip packaging technology, Intel Optane DC persistent memory and chiplet technology for optical I/O. InsideHPC has got all the details, here, all in one place.

Lenovo and Intel Collaboration to Extend HPC and AI Leadership

Today Intel and Lenovo announced a multiyear collaboration focused on the rapidly growing opportunity in the convergence of HPC and AI to help accelerate solutions for the world’s most challenging problems. Building on the companies’ long-standing partnership in the data center, the multiyear global collaboration will accelerate the convergence of HPC and AI, creating solutions for organizations of all sizes.

DAOS: Scale-Out Software-Defined Storage for HPC/Big Data/AI Convergence

As an all-new parallel file system, DAOS will be a key component of the the upcoming Aurora supercomputer coming to Argonne National Laboratory in 2021. “DAOS is an open source software-defined scale-out object store that provides high bandwidth, low latency, and high I/O operations per second (IOPS) storage containers to HPC applications. It enables next-generation data-centric workflows that combine simulation, data analytics, and AI.”

Fujitsu to Deploy Gadi Supercomputer at NCI in Australia

Today Fujitsu announced a contract to upgrade the Australia’s fastest supercomputer at NCI. Called “Gadi,” the new supercomputer will replace the NCI’s current supercomputer, Raijin, which was also provided by Fujitsu back in 2012. “The upgrade of this critical infrastructure will see Australia continue to play a leading role in addressing some of our greatest global challenges. This new machine will keep Australian research and the 5,000 researchers who use it at the cutting-edge.”

Accelerate Your Apache Spark with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory

Piotr Balcer and Cheng Xu from Intel gave this talk at the 2019 Spark+AI Summit. “Intel Optane DC persistent memory breaks the traditional memory/storage hierarchy and scales up the computing server with higher capacity persistent memory. Also it brings higher bandwidth & lower latency than storage like SSD or HDD. And Apache Spark is widely used in the analytics like SQL and Machine Learning on the cloud environment.”

Configuring Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory for Best Performance

In this video, Dave Larsen describes how to configure Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory for best performance. “Intel Optane DC persistent memory is a revolutionary technology that combines memory-like performance with the capacity and data persistence of storage. It enables new possibilities for in-memory analytics, databases, HPC, high-density virtualization, AI and more.”

Interview: New Intel Innovations for the Convergence of HPC & AI

In this video from ISC 2019 in Frankfurt, Raj Hazra from Intel shares highlights from his keynote. “Intel’s disclosures at ISC’19 demonstrate how its data-centric portfolio addresses the unique challenges of HPC systems by bringing together HPC data analytics and AI acceleration into a single computing environment, while delivering a new memory and storage paradigm that feeds the compute engine.”