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Video: NEC Accelerates Stanford DAWN Project with Vector Computing

Today NEC Corporation announced that it is supporting the Stanford DAWN project, an initiative to simplify the building of AI-powered applications, by providing a cluster of new “SX-Aurora TSUBASA” vector computers for research in the area of Artificial Intelligence. “We are very pleased to support the Stanford DAWN project. We hope to help demonstrate the value of vector computing to the advancement of AI domains,” said Yuichi Nakamura, Vice President, NEC Central Research Laboratories.

NEC Accelerates Machine Learning with Vector Computing

In this video from ISC 2018, Takeo Hosomi from NEC describes how vector computing can accelerate Machine Learning workloads. “Machine learning is the key technology for data analytics and artificial intelligence. Recent progress in this field opens opportunities for a wide variety of new applications. Our department has been at the forefront of developments in such areas as deep learning, support vector machines and semantic analysis for over a decade. Many of our technologies have been integrated in innovative products and services of NEC.”

NEC Accelerates HPC with Vector Computing at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Oliver Tennert from NEC Deutschland GmbH introduces the company’s vector computing technologies for HPC and Machine Learning. “The NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA is the newest in the line of NEC SX Vector Processors with the worlds highest memory bandwidth. The Processor that is implemented in a PCI-e form factor can be configured in many flexible configurations together with a standard x86 cluster.”

NEC and Quobyte Power HPC Storage at HLRS in Germany

Today NEC Deutschland GmbH and Quobyte announced the deployment of a complete storage solution at HLRS in Germany. The HLRS facility is one of the top 20 supercomputing sites in the world and is amongst the top three in Germany. The facility is used by researchers and industry groups who typically run HPC workloads focused on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), Physics, Transport and Climate, Structural Mechanics, Chemistry, Bioinformatics, and Electrical Engineering.

NEC starts HPC sales operations in the UK

Today NEC announced that NEC Deutschland GmbH is starting High Performance Computing sales operations in the United Kingdom. This business expansion in the UK, one of Europe’s most important high-tech regions, is in addition to NEC’s existing sales operations throughout Europe, including Germany, France, Belgium, Italy and others. “NEC Deutschland has named Matthew Prew as Senior Sales Manager of HPC in the UK, where he will be responsible for driving the expansion of new business. Mr. Prew brings more than 25 years of experience in the IT Industry. Starting in the early 1990s, he joined a European IT manufacturer focusing predominantly on the UNIX platform.”

NEC and Quobyte team up for HPC Storage

Today Quobyte and NEC Deutschland GmbH announced a partnership to develop a complete HPC storage solution stack based on NEC HPC hardware and Quobyte’s Data Center File System software. “Quobyte’s full stack Data Center File System combined with their HPC hardware system results in a much needed storage solution that will help to eliminate the bottlenecks and pricing traps of legacy hardware-based storage while providing the performance, security, and ease of operation of modern hyperscale architectures.”

Celebrating 20 Years of the OpenMP API

“The first version of the OpenMP application programming interface (API) was published in October 1997. In the 20 years since then, the OpenMP API and the slightly older MPI have become the two stable programming models that high-performance parallel codes rely on. MPI handles the message passing aspects and allows code to scale out to significant numbers of nodes, while the OpenMP API allows programmers to write portable code to exploit the multiple cores and accelerators in modern machines.”

TUK in Germany installs NEC LX Supercomputer with Intel Omni-Path

NEC Deutschland GmbH has delivered an LX series supercomputer to Technische Universität Kaiserslautern (TUK), one of Germany’s leading Universities of Technology. “The new HPC cluster consists of 324 compute nodes totaling nearly 7,800 cores of the latest-generation Intel Skylake CPUs, and comprises a highly optimized Intel Omni-Path Interconnect architecture for low-latency, high-bandwidth communication. Additional GPGPU compute nodes equipped with the latest NVIDIA VOLTA 100 GPUs contribute to a total peak performance of the HPC cluster at approximately 700 Teraflops.”

Agenda Posted: OpenPOWER 2018 Summit in Las Vegas

The OpenPOWER Summit has posted its speaker agenda. Held in conjunction with IBM Think 2018, the event takes place March 19 in Las Vegas. “The OpenPOWER Foundation is an open technical community based on the POWER architecture, enabling collaborative development and opportunity for member differentiation and industry growth. The goal of the OpenPOWER Foundation is to create an open ecosystem, using the POWER Architecture to share expertise, investment, and server-class intellectual property to serve the evolving needs of customers and industry.”

NEC Deploys Sator Supercomputer at ONERA in France

NEC has deployed a new supercomputer at the ONERA center in France to power aerospace research. Called SATOR, the 667 Teraflop machine features Intel Broadwell E5-2680v4 processors and the Intel Omni-Path interconnect. “According to NEC, ONERA plans to upgrade the machine to 1.14 Petaflops peak sometime later this year.”