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Intel Commits $50 Million to Pandemic Response Technology Initiative

Today, Intel pledged an additional $50 million in a pandemic response technology initiative to combat the coronavirus through accelerating access to technology at the point of patient care, speeding scientific research and ensuring access to online learning for students. Included in Intel’s effort is an additional innovation fund for requests where access to Intel expertise and resources can have immediate impact. “We hope that by sharing our expertise, resources and technology, we can help to accelerate work that saves lives and expands access to critical services around the world during this challenging time.”

Video: Profiling Python Workloads with Intel VTune Amplifier

Paulius Velesko from Intel gave this talk at the ALCF Many-Core Developer Sessions. “This talk covers efficient profiling techniques that can help to dramatically improve the performance of code by identifying CPU and memory bottlenecks. Efficient profiling techniques can help dramatically improve the performance of code by identifying CPU and memory bottlenecks. We will demonstrate how to profile a Python application using Intel VTune Amplifier, a full-featured profiling tool.”

Scientists Look to Exascale and Deep Learning for Developing Sustainable Fusion Energy

Scientists from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory are leading an Aurora ESP project that will leverage AI, deep learning, and exascale computing power to advance fusion energy research. “With a suite of the world’s most powerful path-to-exascale supercomputing resources at their disposal, William Tang and colleagues are developing models of disruption mitigation systems (DMS) to increase warning times and work toward eliminating major interruption of fusion reactions in the production of sustainable clean energy.”

Breaking Boundaries with Data Parallel C++

“There’s a new programming language in town. Called Data Parallel C++ (DPC++), it allows developers to reuse code across diverse hardware targets—CPUs and accelerators—and perform custom tuning for a specific accelerator. DPC++ is part of oneAPI—an Intel-led initiative to create a unified programming model for cross-architecture development. Based on familiar C++ and SYCL, DPC++ is an open alternative to single-architecture proprietary approaches and helps developers create solutions that better meet specialized workload requirements.”

Russian Supercomputer Joins the Fight Against COVID-19

An international research team of scientists – from Russia, Finland, Italy, China, Japan and Canada is using a recently upgraded HPC system at the Joint Supercomputer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences to develop diagnostics and treatment against COVID-19 coronavirus infection that became the cause of global pandemic. “We aim to use molecular simulation to create a computer model of a medical drug with selective interaction with receptor-binding domain of Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain.”

New Intel oneAPI DevCloud makes it easier for coders working from home

Today Intel introduced the oneAPI DevCloud to make it easier and more productive for coders currently working from home. “Developing code at home requires access to compute cycles, the latest software development tools, access across diverse hardware architectures—CPUs, GPUs, and FPGAs, and expanded storage capabilities. Through the new oneAPI DevCloud, Intel aims to provide extended access, capacity and support for oneAPI developers working from home.”

Ayar Labs, DARPA and Intel Replace Electronic I/O with Efficient Optical Signaling

Researchers from Intel and Ayar Labs working on PIPES have successfully replaced the traditional electrical input/output (I/O) of a state-of-the-art field programmable gate array (FPGA) with efficient optical signaling interfaces. The demonstration leverages an optical interface developed by Ayar Labs called TeraPHY, an optical I/O chiplet that replaces electrical serializer/deserializer (SERDES) chiplets. “FPGAs with photonic interfaces will have broad impact, improving high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, large-scale emulation, and DoD-specific capabilities such as advanced radars.”

Timelapse Video: Sawtooth Supercomputer Assembly

In this video, technicians install the Sawtooth supercomputer at Idaho National Laboratory. “Named after a central Idaho mountain range, Sawtooth arrived in December and will be available to users soon. The $19.2 million system ranks #37 on the 2019 Top500 fastest supercomputers in the world. That is the highest ranking reached by an INL supercomputer. Of 102 new systems added to the list in the past six months, only three were faster than Sawtooth.”

PSSC Labs Speeds HPC with AMD EPYC Processors

Today PSSC Labs touted impressive performance on their server lineup powered by AMD EPYC processors. Recently named an AMD Elite Partner, PSSC Labs is developing a unique set of platforms leveraging EPYC processors for AI, Big Data, HPC and IOT. In addition, these platforms will be optimized for computationally extensive workloads in the design & engineering, life science and weather modeling industries.

Intel Scales Neuromorphic System to 100 Million Neurons

Today Intel unveiled Pohoiki Springs, its latest and most powerful neuromorphic research system providing the computational capacity of 100 million neurons. “Pohoiki Springs scales up our Loihi neuromorphic research chip by more than 750 times, while operating at a power level of under 500 watts,” said Mike Davies, director of Intel’s Neuromorphic Computing Lab. “The system enables our research partners to explore ways to accelerate workloads that run slowly today on conventional architectures, including high-performance computing (HPC) systems.”