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Leadership Performance with 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

According to Intel, its new 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor family includes Intel Deep Learning Boost for AI deep learning inference acceleration, fresh features and support for Intel Octane DC (data center) persistent memory, and more. Learn more about the offerings in a new issue of Parallel Universe Magazine.

Running AI and HPC Workloads Together on Existing Infrastructure Enhances Return on System Investments

Because HPC technologies today offer substantially more power and speed than their legacy predecessors, enterprises and research institutions benefit from combining AI and HPC workloads on a single system. This sponsored post from Intel explores the ins and outs of running AI and HPC workloads together on existing infrastructure, and how organizations can gain rapid insights, and experience faster time-to-market with advanced architecture technologies. 

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.”

Call for Presentations: MVAPICH User Group in August

The 7th annual MVAPICH User Group (MUG) meeting has issued its Call for Presentations. MUG will take place from August 19-21, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. “MUG aims to bring together MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators to share their experience and knowledge and learn from each other. The event includes keynote talks, invited tutorials, invited talks, contributed presentations, open MIC session, hands-on sessions with MVAPICH developers, etc.”

Podcast: Intel to power Anthos Google Cloud Platform

In this Chip Chat podcast, Paul Nash from the Google Cloud Platform discusses the industry trends impacting IaaS and how Google Cloud Platform together with Intel are driving innovation in the cloud. “The two companies will collaborate on Anthos, a new reference design based on the 2nd-Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processor and an optimized Kubernetes software stack that will deliver increased workload portability to customers who want to take advantage of hybrid cloud environments. Intel will publish the production design as an Intel Select Solution, as well as a developer platform.”

NVIDIA GPUs Speed Altair OptiStruct structural analysis up to 10x

Last week at GTC, Altair announced that it has achieved up to 10x speedups with the Altair OptiStruct structural analysis solver on NVIDIA GPU-accelerated system architecture — with no compromise in accuracy. This speed boost has the potential to significantly impact industries including automotive, aerospace, industrial equipment, and electronics that frequently need to run large, high-fidelity simulations. “This breakthrough represents a significant opportunity for our customers to increase productivity and improve ROI with a high level of accuracy, much faster than was previously possible,” said Uwe Schramm, Altair’s chief technology officer for solvers and optimization. “By running our solvers on NVIDIA GPUs, we achieved formidable results that will give users a big advantage.”

Intel steps up with 28 core Xeon Processor for High-End Workstations

Today Intel announced that their new 28-core Intel Xeon W-3175X processor is now available. “Built for handling heavily threaded applications and tasks, the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor delivers uncompromising single- and all-core world-class performance for the most advanced professional creators and their demanding workloads. With the most cores and threads, CPU PCIe lanes, and memory capacity of any Intel desktop processor, the Intel Xeon W-3175X processor has the features that matter for massive mega-tasking projects such as film editing and 3D rendering.”

France to Double Supercomputing Capacity with Jean Zay Ai System from HPE

HPE is building a new Ai supercomputer for GENCI in France. Called Jean Zay, the 14 Petaflop system is part of an artificial intelligence initiative called for by President Macron to bolster the nation’s scientific and economic growth. “At Hewlett Packard Enterprise, we continue to fuel the next frontier and unlock discoveries with our end-to-end HPC and AI offerings that hold a strong presence in France and have been further strengthened just in the past couple of years.”

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.”