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Fast.AI Achieves Record ImageNet performance with NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs

The NVIDIA blog points us to this story on how Fast.ai just completed a new deep learning benchmark milestone. Using NVIDIA V100 GPUs on AWS with PyTorch, the company now has the ability to train ImageNet to 93% accuracy in just 18 minutes. “DIU and fast.ai will be releasing software to allow anyone to easily train and monitor their own distributed models on AWS, using the best practices developed in this project,” said Jeremy Howard, a founding researcher at fast.ai. “We entered this competition because we wanted to show that you don’t have to have huge resources to be at the cutting edge of AI research, and we were quite successful in doing so.”

Radio Free HPC runs down the latest TOP500 Fastest Supercomputers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “The TOP500 celebrates its 25th anniversary with a major shakeup at the top of the list. For the first time since November 2012, the US claims the most powerful supercomputer in the world, leading a significant turnover in which four of the five top systems were either new or substantially upgraded.”

Oracle Cloud steps up to HPC Workloads at ISC 2018

Over at the Oracle Blog, Karan Batta writes that the company is working to make the Oracle Cloud one of the the best platforms for HPC workloads. “We designed our cloud with HPC as one of the core use-cases, and this influenced everything from our choice of server hardware to our data-center design with nonblocking network to ensure low-latency and high-bandwidth connectivity between compute nodes. Our new managed File Storage service is built with performance as one of its most important characteristics, enabling you to offload the management of a high-performance clustered file system.”

MareNostrum 4 Adds POWER9 Racks with Volta GPUS for AI Research

The Barcelona Supercomputing Centre has augmented their hybrid MareNostrum supercomputer with the new racks of IBM AC922 servers. This upgrade makes BSC becomes the first center in Europe to offer access to the same technologies of the brand new Summit, the most powerful supercomputer in the world. “Accelerated by NVIDIA Volta V100 GPUs, the new three racks have a peak performance of 1.48 Petaflops, a 50% more than MareNostrum3 supercomputer, which was uninstalled just one year ago”

Using Ai to detect Gravitational Waves with the Blue Waters Supercomputer

NASA researchers are using AI technologies to detect gravitational waves. The work is described in a new article in Physics Review D this month. “This article shows that we can automatically detect and group together noise anomalies in data from the LIGO detectors by using artificial intelligence algorithms based on neural networks that were already pre-trained to classify images of real-world objects,” said research scientist, Eliu Huerta.

How ZIFF Powers AI with Dell EMC Technologies

In this video from the GPU Technology Conference, David Gonzolez from Ziff describes how Dell EMC powers AI solutions at his company. “ZIFF is unique in its approach to Ai. By focusing on empowering product visionaries and software engineers, ZIFF can help organizations fully unlock the insights and automation trapped within their unstructured data.” To accelerate it’s unstructured database technology, Ziff uses the Dell PowerEdge C4140, which allows them meet the demands of cognitive computing workloads with a dense, accelerator-optimized 1U server supporting 4 GPUs and superior thermal efficiency.