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Supermicro Enhances SuperWorkstations for Desktop HPC

Today Supermicro Computer launched a new server-grade high-end workstation to its broad portfolio of fully configurable SuperWorkstation systems. The SYS-5049A-T joins a robust range of solutions supporting dynamic computational workloads for demanding requirements found in scientific research, deep learning (DL), artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), and 3-D modeling with real-time simulation.

Podcast: How the Frontera Supercomputer will power research at UT Austin

In this podcast, Dr. Greg Fenves, President, the University of Texas at Austin describes how the new Frontera supercomputer at TACC will drive academic research. “The University of Texas at Austin has claimed a leadership role in supercomputing with the top academic system in the world, Frontera, located at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). The National Science Foundation awarded TACC $60 million for building and operating Frontera, the #5 fastest computer in the world according to the June 2019 Top500 rankings.”

Podcast: Inside TACC’s Frontera Supercomputer

In this Intel Chip Chat podcast, Dan Stanzione from TACC discusses the architecture and capabilities of Frontera, TACC’s newest HPC cluster. “Frontera’s architecture includes 8,000 servers, each powered by 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors. The cluster includes hundreds of thousands of processing cores and a liquid-cooled infrastructure enabling a higher clock rate for even more performance.”

7 Ways HPC Software Developers Can Benefit from Intel Software Investments

Intel has long focused on supporting HPC software. But, as the years have gone by, much has changed — and the company’s offerings have grown and evolved. A chapter from a recent edition of Parallel Universe Magazine, from this past July outlines this evolution and offers seven ways HPC software developers can benefit from Intel software investments. 

TACC Unveils Frontera – Fastest Supercomputer in Academia

Today TACC unveiled Frontera, the 5th most powerful supercomputer in the world. “Frontera has been supporting science applications since June and has already enabled more than three dozen teams to conduct research on a range of topics from black hole physics to climate modeling to drug design, employing simulation, data analysis, and artificial intelligence at a scale not previously possible.”

Intel Ships First 10nm Agilex FPGAs with Integrated Arm Processors

Today Intel announced that it has begun shipments of the first Intel Agilex field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to early access program customers. In what may be a surprise to many, the F-Series variant of the chip family also provides the option to integrate a quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor to provide high system integration. “Intel FPGAs have provided Microsoft tremendous value for accelerating real-time AI, networking, and other applications/infrastructure across Azure Cloud Services, Bing, and other data center services.”

The Confluence of HPC and AI – Intel Customer Use Cases

Vikram Saletore from Intel gave this talk at the MVAPICH User Group. “Intel collaborates with customers and partners worldwide to build, accelerate, scale and deploy their AI applications on Intel based HPC platforms. We share with you our insights on several customer AI use cases we have enabled, the orders of magnitude performance acceleration we have delivered via popular open-source software framework optimizations, and the best-known methods to advance the convergence of AI and HPC on Intel Xeon Scalable Processor based servers. We will also demonstrate how large memory systems help real world AI applications efficiently.”

Baidu to Speed Services with Intel Optane DC Persistent Memory

Today Intel announced Baidu is architecting the in-memory database of its Feed Stream services to harness the high-capacity and high-performance capabilities of Intel Optane DC persistent memory. Paired with 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors, building a new memory platform based on Intel Optane DC persistent memory allows Baidu to lower its total cost of ownership (TCO) while delivering more personalized search results to users. Intel and Baidu disclosed details of this deployment and other joint collaborations on Thursday at the 2019 Baidu ABC Summit in Beijing.

Supermicro Launches New High-Performance vSAN Solution

Today Supermicro extended its vSAN system portfolio and introduced a new enterprise-class vSAN solution — Ultra SuperServer — to its broad portfolio of fully configured, ready to deploy server systems. Supermicro solutions, coupled with industry-proven vSAN, provides turn-key solutions for the hyper-converged infrastructure marketplace. “The Supermicro 2U/1U Ultra SuperServers are configurable with support of 20, 10, 4, or 2 hot-swappable NVMe drives and leverage 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC SSDs. The BigTwin, a high-density multi-node (2U-4 node) system, is optimized for mission-critical applications supporting up to 6TB memory per node and configured for hyper-converged infrastructure. Both systems are ideal for specific workloads offering operational simplicity, scalability, low total cost of ownership (TCO), and resource-savings for intelligent enterprise deployments.”

Podcast: HPC & AI Convergence Enables AI Workload Innovation

In this Conversations in the Cloud podcast, Esther Baldwin from Intel describes how the convergence of HPC and AI is driving innovation. “On the topic of HPC & AI converged clusters, there’s a perception that if you want to do AI, you must stand up a separate cluster, which Esther notes is not true. Existing HPC customers can do AI on their existing infrastructure with solutions like HPC & AI converged clusters.”