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HPC and AI Convergence Take Center Stage for Intel at SC18

Intel has Big Plans at SC18 later this month, many of which are focused on HPC and AI convergence, and the intersections between these two sectors. “HPC is expanding beyond its traditional role of modeling and simulation to encompass visualization, analytics, and machine learning. Intel scientists and engineers will be available to discuss how to implement AI capabilities into your current HPC environments and demo how new, more powerful HPC platforms can be applied to meet your computational needs now and in the future.”

Optimizing HPC Code with Roofline Analysis

In this special guest feature, James Reinders describes why roofline estimation is a great tool for code optimization in HPC. “As a long-time teacher of optimization techniques, I can confidently say that Roofline analysis is a must-have for anyone optimizing for performance. This has not always been the case. As I will explain, today it is an important technique to draw upon when doing performance optimization.”

Intel Beefs up FPGA Line

Today Intel introduced the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) with Intel Stratix 10 SX FPGA. The card leverages the Acceleration Stack for Intel Xeon CPU with FPGAs, providing data center developers a robust platform to deploy FPGA-based accelerated workloads. 

High Performance Big Data Computing Using Harp-DAAL

Harp-DAAL is a framework developed at Indiana University that brings together the capabilities of big data (Hadoop) and techniques that have previously been adopted for high performance computing.  Together, employees can become more productive and gain deeper insights to massive amounts of data.

ClusterVision to build Scandinavia’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

Today Sweden’s National Supercomputing Centre (NSC) at Linköping University announced it has awarded ClusterVision a contract to build its new flagship cluster, Tetralith. Available to all researchers in Sweden, the 4 Petaflop machine will be Scandinavia’s most powerful yet with 60,544 cores based on Intel Xeon.

Cavium ThunderX2 Processor goes GA for HPC and Beyond

Today Cavium announced the General Availability of ThunderX2, Cavium’s second generation of Armv8-A SoC processors. “Integrating ThunderX2 into the HPE Apollo 70 Servers is another example of HPE’s leadership in driving innovation and superior technical solutions into the HPC server market. The ThunderX2 processor provides excellent compute and memory performance that is critical for our HPE Apollo 70 customers and the applications they depend on.”

ScaleMP Powers Largest Shared-Memory Systems in Canada

ScaleMP announced that the government of Canada has extended the contract for its large shared memory systems acquired from Dell. These SMP systems use vSMP Foundation to aggregate more than 64 Intel Xeon processors each, totaling more than 1500 CPUs per system. The systems are used for a variety of HPC workloads, including computer-aided engineering (CAE) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). “Together with our hardware partners, we have been providing technology to the government of Canada since 2012, and are proud of repeatedly earning their business,” said Shai Fultheim, founder and CEO of ScaleMP. “repeat customers are a big part of the vSMP Foundation user community, and we continue to see expansion of our footprint with existing customers along with strong growth in deployments of vSMP Foundation with new ones.”

Lenovo Updates LiCO Tools to Accelerate AI Deployment

Over at the Lenovo Blog, Dr. Bhushan Desam writes that the company just updated its LiCO tools to accelerate AI deployment and development for Enterprise and HPC implementations. “LiCO simplifies resource management and makes launching AI training jobs in clusters easy. LiCO currently supports multiple AI frameworks, including TensorFlow, Caffe, Intel Caffe, and MXNet. Additionally, multiple versions of those AI frameworks can easily be maintained and managed using Singularity containers. This consequently provides agility for IT managers to support development efforts for multiple users and applications simultaneously.”

Asetek Announces Ongoing Collaboration with Intel on Liquid Cooling for Servers and Datacenters

In anticipation of forthcoming product announcements, Asetek today announced an ongoing collaboration with Intel to provide hot water liquid cooling for servers and datacenters. This collaboration, which includes Asetek’s ServerLSL and RackCDU D2C technologies, is focused on the liquid cooling of density-optimized Intel Compute Modules supporting high-performance Intel Xeon Scalable processors.

Performance Insights Using the Intel Advisor Python API

Tuning a complex application for today’s heterogeneous platforms requires an understanding of the application itself as well as familiarity with tools that are available for assisting with analyzing where in the code itself to look for bottlenecks.  The process for optimizing the performance of an application, in general, requires the following steps that are most likely applicable for a wide range of applications.