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Intel HPC Technology: Fueling Discovery and Insight with a Common Foundation

To remain competitive, companies, academic institutions, and government agencies must tap the data available to them to empower scientific breakthroughs and drive greater business agility. This guest post explores how Intel’s scalable and efficient HPC technology portfolio accelerates today’s diverse workloads. 

Intel FPGAs Goes Mainstream for Enterprise Workloads

Today Intel announced top-tier OEM adoption of Intel’s field programmable gate array (FPGA) acceleration in their server lineup. This is the first major use of reprogrammable silicon chips to help speed up mainstream applications for the modern data center. “We are at the horizon of a new era of data center computing as Dell EMC and Fujitsu put the power and flexibility of Intel FPGAs in mainstream server products,” said Reynette Au, vice president of marketing for the Intel Programmable Solutions Group. “We’re enabling our customers and partners to create a rich set of high-performance solutions at scale by delivering the benefits of hardware performance, all in a software development environment.”

Cray rolls out new Cray Artificial Intelligence Offerings

Today Cray announced it is adding new options to its line of CS-Storm GPU-accelerated servers as well as improved fast-start AI configurations, making it easier for organizations implementing AI to get started on their journey with AI proof-of-concept projects and pilot-to-production use. “As companies approach AI projects, choices in system size and configuration play a crucial role,” said Fred Kohout, Cray’s senior vice president of products and chief marketing officer. “Our customers look to Cray Accel AI offerings to leverage our supercomputing expertise, technologies and best practices. Whether an organization wants a starter system for model development and testing, or a complete system for data preparation, model development, training, validation and inference, Cray Accel AI configurations provide customers a complete supercomputer system.”

New BOXX Deep Learning Workstation has 4 NVIDIA GPUs and 18-core Xeon Processors

Today BOXX Technologies announced the new APEXX W3 compact workstation featuring an Intel Xeon W processor, four dual slot NVIDIA GPUs, and other innovative features for accelerating HPC applications. “Available with an Intel Xeon W CPU (up to 18 cores) in a compact chassis, the remarkably quiet APEXX W3 is ideal for data scientists, enabling deep learning development at the user’s deskside. Capable of supporting up to four NVIDIA Quadro GV100 graphics cards, the workstation helps users rapidly iterate and test code prior to large-scale DL deployments while also being ideal for GPU-accelerated rendering. At GTC, APEXX W3 will demonstrate V-Ray rendering with NVIDIA OptiX AI-accelerated denoiser technology.”

One Stop Systems Launches Rack Scale GPU Accelerator System

Today One Stop Systems expanded its line of rack scale NVIDIA GPU accelerator products with the introduction of GPUltima-CI. “The GPUltima-CI power-optimized rack can be configured with up to 32 dual Intel Xeon Scalable Architecture compute nodes, 64 network adapters, 48 NVIDIA Volta GPUs, and 32 NVMe drives on a 128Gb PCIe switched fabric, and can support tens of thousands of composable server configurations per rack. Using one or many racks, the OSS solution contains the necessary resources to compose any combination of GPU, NIC and storage resources as may be required in today’s mixed workload data center.”

Benchmarking Optimized 3D Electromagnetic Simulation Tools

New benchmarks from Computer Simulation Technology on their recently optimized 3D electromagnetic field simulation tools compare the performance of the new Intel Xeon Scalable processors with previous generation Intel Xeon processors. “Our team works with the customers in terms of testing of models and configuration settings to make good recommendations for customers so they get a well performing system and the best performance when running the models.”

Intel Xeon Scalable Processors power new AWS C5 Instances for HPC

Today, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of C5 instances, the next generation of compute optimized instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). Designed for compute-heavy applications like batch processing, distributed analytics, and HPC, C5 instances feature 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon Scalable processors (Skylake-SP) up to 72 vCPUs, and 144 GiB of memory—twice the vCPUs and memory of previous generation C4 instances—providing the best price-performance of any Amazon EC2 instance.

KISTI in South Korea orders up a Cray CS500 Supercomputer

Today Cray announced the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) has awarded the Company a contract valued at more than $48 million for a Cray CS500 cluster supercomputer. The 128-rack system, which includes Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Xeon Phi processors, will be the largest supercomputer in South Korea and will provide supercomputing services for universities, research institutes, and industries. “Our supercomputing division is focused on maximizing research performance while significantly reducing research duration and costs by building a top-notch supercomputing infrastructure,” said Pillwoo Lee, General Director, KISTI. “Cray’s proficiency in designing large and complex high-performance computing systems ensures our researchers can now apply highly-advanced HPC cluster technologies towards resolving scientific problems using the power of Cray supercomputers.”

The AI Revolution: Unleashing Broad and Deep Innovation

For the AI revolution to move into the mainstream, cost and complexity must be reduced, so smaller organizations can afford to develop, train and deploy powerful deep learning applications. It’s a tough challenge. The following guest article from Intel explores how businesses can optimize AI applications and integrate them with their traditional workloads. 

The Intel Scalable System Framework: Kick-Starting the AI Revolution

Like many other HPC workloads, deep learning is a tightly coupled application that alternates between compute-intensive number-crunching and high-volume data sharing. Intel explores how the Intel Scalable System can act as a solution for a high performance computing platform that can run deep learning workloads and more.