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Cray to build FPGA-Accelerated Supercomputer for Paderborn University

Today Paderborn University in Germany announced that it has selected a Cray CS500 cluster system as its next-generation supercomputer. This procurement is the first phase of the Noctua project in which a multi-petaflop-system with a total budget of 10M euros. The initial HPC system provides academic researchers from Paderborn University and nationwide with computing resources primarily for computational material science, optoelectronics and photonics, and computer system research. The system is expected to go into production in 2018.

Cray rolls out new Cray Artificial Intelligence Offerings

Today Cray announced it is adding new options to its line of CS-Storm GPU-accelerated servers as well as improved fast-start AI configurations, making it easier for organizations implementing AI to get started on their journey with AI proof-of-concept projects and pilot-to-production use. “As companies approach AI projects, choices in system size and configuration play a crucial role,” said Fred Kohout, Cray’s senior vice president of products and chief marketing officer. “Our customers look to Cray Accel AI offerings to leverage our supercomputing expertise, technologies and best practices. Whether an organization wants a starter system for model development and testing, or a complete system for data preparation, model development, training, validation and inference, Cray Accel AI configurations provide customers a complete supercomputer system.”

New BOXX Deep Learning Workstation has 4 NVIDIA GPUs and 18-core Xeon Processors

Today BOXX Technologies announced the new APEXX W3 compact workstation featuring an Intel Xeon W processor, four dual slot NVIDIA GPUs, and other innovative features for accelerating HPC applications. “Available with an Intel Xeon W CPU (up to 18 cores) in a compact chassis, the remarkably quiet APEXX W3 is ideal for data scientists, enabling deep learning development at the user’s deskside. Capable of supporting up to four NVIDIA Quadro GV100 graphics cards, the workstation helps users rapidly iterate and test code prior to large-scale DL deployments while also being ideal for GPU-accelerated rendering. At GTC, APEXX W3 will demonstrate V-Ray rendering with NVIDIA OptiX AI-accelerated denoiser technology.”

One Stop Systems Launches Rack Scale GPU Accelerator System

Today One Stop Systems expanded its line of rack scale NVIDIA GPU accelerator products with the introduction of GPUltima-CI. “The GPUltima-CI power-optimized rack can be configured with up to 32 dual Intel Xeon Scalable Architecture compute nodes, 64 network adapters, 48 NVIDIA Volta GPUs, and 32 NVMe drives on a 128Gb PCIe switched fabric, and can support tens of thousands of composable server configurations per rack. Using one or many racks, the OSS solution contains the necessary resources to compose any combination of GPU, NIC and storage resources as may be required in today’s mixed workload data center.”

Video: Convergence of AI & HPC

Thor Sewell from Intel gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas conference. “We are seeing the exciting convergence of artificial intelligence and modeling & simulation workflows as well as the movement towards cloud computing and Exascale. This session will cover these significant trends, the technical challenges that must be overcome, and how to prepare for this next level of computing.”

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.”

Panel Discussion: Delivering Exascale Computing for the Oil and Gas Industry

In this video from the 2018 Rice Oil & Gas Conference, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research leads a panel discussion on Exascale computing. “High-end computing and information technology continues to stand out across the industry as a critical business enabler and differentiator with a relatively well understood return on investment. However, challenges such as constantly changing technology landscape, increasing focus on software and software innovation, and escalating concerns around workforce development still remain.”

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.

Bill Magro from Intel to Keynote OpenFabrics Workshop

Bill Magro of Intel Corporation will kick off the OpenFabrics Workshop with a keynote speech, “Software Foundation for High-Performance Fabrics in the Cloud.” The event takes place April 9-13 in Boulder, Colorado. “This talk will highlight the broadening role of OpenFabrics, in general, and the Open Fabrics Interface, in particular, to rise to the challenge of meeting the emerging requirements and become the software foundation for high-performance cloud fabrics.”

FPGA Programming Made Easy

In the past, it was necessary to understand a complex programming language such as Verilog or VHDL, that was designed for a specific FPGA. “Using a familiar language such as OpenCL, developers can become more productive, sooner when deciding to use an FPGA for a specific purpose. OpenCL is portable and is designed to be used with almost any type of accelerator.”