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Supermicro Powers Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure for Virtualization

Today Supermicro introduced multiple systems tailored to work with a leading open, hyperconverged software offering, Red Hat Hyperconverged Infrastructure. Supermicro collaborated with Red Hat to develop advanced configurations based on industry-leading Supermicro servers featuring the latest technologies. These systems, available now, give customers new options when architecting infrastructure.

Podcast: Trish Damkroger on HPC’s Role in the fight against COVID-19

In this Chip Chat podcast, Trish Damkroger from Intel describes HPC’s relevance in today’s society, particularly in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The podcast covers how Intel’s HPC solutions offer computing resources to researchers and scientists to better understand the underlying characteristics of COVID-19, to help limit the spread of the virus, and to advance the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Today’s episode also discusses various HPC workloads that are being used and Trish’s observations on the HPC community’s positive responses and contributions.”

Khronos Group Releases OpenCL 3.0

Today, the Khronos Group consortium released the OpenCL 3.0 Provisional Specifications. OpenCL 3.0 realigns the OpenCL roadmap to enable developer-requested functionality to be broadly deployed by hardware vendors, and it significantly increases deployment flexibility by empowering conformant OpenCL implementations to focus on functionality relevant to their target markets. Many of our customers want a GPU programming language that runs on all devices, and with growing deployment in edge computing and mobile, this need is increasing,” said Vincent Hindriksen, founder and CEO of Stream HPC. “OpenCL is the only solution for accessing diverse silicon acceleration and many key software stacks use OpenCL/SPIR-V as a backend. We are very happy that OpenCL 3.0 will drive even wider industry adoption, as it reassures our customers that their past and future investments in OpenCL are justified.”

Time Lapse Video: Building the Attaway Supercomputer at Sandia

In this time lapse video, technicians build the new Attaway supercomputer from Penguin Computing at Sandia National Labs. In November 2019, the Attaway was #94 on the TOP500 Supercomputers list. “On February 28, 2019, Sandians lost a long-time colleague and friend, Steve Attaway. Steve spent over thirty years at Sandia, and during that time he helped bring big, seemingly impossible ideas into realization. The Attaway supercomputer is named after him.”

Intel and QuTech Demonstrate High-Fidelity ‘Hot’ Qubits for Practical Quantum Systems

Today Intel and QuTech published a paper in Nature demonstrating the successful control of “hot” qubits, the fundamental unit of quantum computing, at temperatures greater than 1 kelvin. “Our demonstration of hot qubits that can operate at higher temperatures while maintaining high fidelity paves the way to allow a variety of local qubit control options without impacting qubit performance.”

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.”