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ISC 2019 Recap from Glenn Lockwood

In this special guest feature, Glenn Lockwood from NERSC shares his impressions of ISC 2019 from an I/O perspective. “I was fortunate enough to attend the ISC HPC conference this year, and it was a delightful experience from which I learned quite a lot. For the benefit of anyone interested in what they have missed, I took the opportunity on the eleven-hour flight from Frankfurt to compile my notes and thoughts over the week.”

Dell EMC Powers Innovation with AI and HPC at ISC 2019

At ISC 2019, Dell Technologies announced a series of new solutions, reference designs, customer collaborations, and partnerships designed to advance and simplify the deployment of artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning (DL) and high performance computing. “We’ve engineered Dell EMC Ready Solutions as tested and validated configurations that help our customers more easily and quickly benefit from HPC and AI technologies to reach their ultimate goals.”

Intel Optimized Libraries Accelerate Deep Learning Applications on Intel Platforms

Whatever the platform, getting the best possible performance out of an application always presents big challenges. This is especially true when developing AI and machine learning applications on CPUs. This sponsored post from Intel explores how to effectively train and execute machine learning and deep learning projects on CPUs.

MeteoSwiss to Improve Weather Forecasting with Cray CS-Storm Supercomputer

At ISC 2019, Cray announced that CSCS in Switzerland is adding a third Cray CS-Storm supercomputer to support the development of cutting-edge weather service products at MeteoSwiss. “MeteoSwiss found success with its existing Cray supercomputers and selected this new CS-Storm to provide the additional computational power required to process increasing volumes of weather observations and produce higher fidelity forecasts. The CS-Storm system was also selected for its ability to run numerical weather forecasts within a reduced energy footprint (as compared to competing solutions), and for the reliability the platform provides MeteoSwiss when running critical workloads.”

Video: Leadership performance on the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 9200 series

In this video from ISC 2019, Brian Caslis from Intel describes how the Intel® Xeon® Platinum 9200 series of processors delivers new levels of HPC application performance. “2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Platinum processors are the foundation for secure, agile, hybrid-cloud data centers. With enhanced hardware-based security and exceptional two, four, and eight+ socket processing performance, these processors are built for mission-critical, real-time analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and multi-cloud workloads.”

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.”

Video: Lenovo delivers HPC solutions “from Exascale to Everyscale”

Lenovo is far and away the leading computer system vendor on the latest TOP500 list, with of whopping 173 total systems. With 34.6 percent of TOP500 systems to date, Lenovo leads the list with both Rmax and Rpeak aggregate performance. “The top spot for Lenovo is their SuperMUC-NG machine at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, which came in at 19.5 petaflops on the Linpack benchmark.”

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.”

Six Nines to Showcase AWS-Powered HPC at ISC 2019

AWS HPC partner Six Nines is showcasing its HPC solutions for AWS this week at ISC 2019 in Frankfurt. Based in Oakland, Six Nines offers a full range of expert-level cloud consulting services and solutions to accelerate cloud adoption and reduce risk, including a cloud adoption framework, migration assessments, cost & billing optimization and HPC solutions.

The Convergence of HPC and AI Workloads Requires Flexibility and Performance

Finding the best solution to meet the requirements for intertwined HPC and AI workloads requires us tolook at the overall platform benefits versus the benefits of individual technologies. With exascale on the horizon, the blending of HPC and AI algorithms, and ever-increasing data sets, having an overall robust platform is more important than ever. Intel makes the case for HPC and AI to share a common platform.