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Shaheen II Supercomputer to power COVID-19 research

KAUST has opened a call for proposals for COVID-19 research to be run on the Shaheen II supercomputer and related resources. Shaheen II joins many supercomputers around the world that have recently reallocated a portion of their resources to campaigns to model the pandemic. “In related news, “COVID-19 and High Performance Computing” is the subject of a special session of the now virtualized ISC 2020 conference, according to Professor David Keyes, Director of KAUST’s Extreme Computing Research Center, who is the Program Chair of the event.”

Video: The Convergence of Big Data and Large-scale Simulation

David Keyes from KAUST gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. “Analytics can provide to machine learning feature vectors for training. Machine learning, in turn, can impute missing data and provide detection and classification. The scientific opportunities are potentially enormous enough to overcome the inertia of the specialized communities that have gathered around each of paradigms and spur convergence.”

Podcast: Sciencetown Investigates Extreme Computing at SC19

In this Sciencetown podcast, we follow experts from around the world to the epicenter of supercomputing – the annual, North American supercomputing conference or SC19. We ask them to weigh in on how the future of computers, artificial intelligence, machine learning and more are coming together to shape the way we explore and understand our world.

Video: A Full Week of Fueling Innovation at ISC 2019

In this video, Michael Feldman of The Next Platform and Florina Ciorba of University of Basel look back on ISC 2019. “ISC 2019 brought together 3,573 HPC practitioners and enthusiasts interested in high performance computing, storage, networking, and AI. The theme of this year’s conference was Fueling Innovation.”

David Keyes named ISC 2020 Program Chair

Today the ISC High Performance conference announced that Prof. David Keyes from KAUST will be the ISC 2020 Program Chair. “It is my honor to serve as the ISC 2020 Program Chair,” continued Keyes. “I will do my best to keep the technical program in tune with the community, increase the prestige of being selected to present, expand the range of participants, and present a conference that encourages diverse constituents to take advantage of the latest enablements and fruits of HPC.”

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Administrator at KAUST

KAUST is seeking an HPC Systems Administrator in our Job of the Week. “The HPC senior systems administrator will work with other Advanced Computing Infrastructure team members to administer the 850 node Ibex+ supercomputer, storage systems, other support computers, networking fabrics and other related systems and services. The required competencies of the senior administrator are: high degree of systems design skill with respect to service dependencies and overall systems availability.”

Extreme Computing for Extreme Adaptive Optics: The Key to Finding Life Outside our Solar System

Hatem Ltaief from KAUST gave this talk at PASC18. “The real-time correction of telescopic images in the search for exoplanets is highly sensitive to atmospheric aberrations. The pseudo-inverse algorithm is an efficient mathematical method to filter out these turbulences. We introduce a new partial singular value decomposition (SVD) algorithm based on QR-based Diagonally Weighted Halley (QDWH) iteration for the pseudo-inverse method of adaptive optics. The pseudo-inverse simulation code will be deployed on-sky for the Subaru telescope during observation nights scheduled early 2018.”

Why the World’s Largest Telescope Relies on GPUs

Over at the NVIDIA blog, Jamie Beckett writes that the new European-Extremely Large Telescope, or E-ELT, will capture images 15 times sharper than the dazzling shots the Hubble telescope has beamed to Earth for the past three decades. “are running GPU-powered simulations to predict how different configurations of E-ELT will affect image quality. Changes to the angle of the telescope’s mirrors, different numbers of cameras and other factors could improve image quality.”

Updating the SC18 Technical Program to Inspire the Future

In this special guest feature, SC18 Technical Program Chair David Keyes from KAUST writes that important changes are coming to the world’s biggest HPC conference this November in Dallas.

SC17 Panel Preview: How Serious Are We About the Convergence Between HPC and Big Data?

SC17 will feature a panel discussion entitled How Serious Are We About the Convergence Between HPC and Big Data? “The possible convergence between the third and fourth paradigms confronts the scientific community with both a daunting challenge and a unique opportunity. The challenge resides in the requirement to support both heterogeneous workloads with the same hardware architecture. The opportunity lies in creating a common software stack to accommodate the requirements of scientific simulations and big data applications productively while maximizing performance and throughput.