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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.”

Minsky at Murex: GPUs for Risk Management

Pierre Spatz from Murex gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. “Murex has been an early adopters of GPU for pricing and risk management of complex financial options. GPU adoption has generated performance boost of its software while reducing its usage cost. Each new generation of GPU has also shown the importance of the necessary reshaping of the architecture of the software using its GPU accelerated analytics. Minsky featuring far better GPU memory bandwidth and GPU-CPU interconnect rase the bar even further. Murex will show how it has handled this new challenge for its business.”

ScyllaDB Announces Support for IBM Power Systems for Real Time Big Data

Today real-time database company ScyllaDB announced a new Scylla Enterprise release with optimizations for IBM Power System Servers with the IBM POWER9 multi-core architecture. By combining Scylla’s highly performant, close-to-the-hardware design with next-generation IBM Power System Servers, organizations can reach new levels of performance while also reducing the footprint, cost and complexity of their systems. “ScyllaDB has designed a powerful distributed database that extends the performance advantages we’ve introduced with our multi-core POWER9 processors,” said Tim Vincent, IBM Fellow and Vice President of IBM Cognitive Systems. “The combination of the Scylla NoSQL database and our Power System Servers enables our shared customers to scale up their systems rather than continually scaling out, creating new opportunities for data center consolidation and price performance.”

Brain Research: A Pathfinder for Future HPC

Dirk Pleiter from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. “One of the biggest and most exiting scientific challenge requiring HPC is to decode the human brain. Many of the research topics in this field require scalable compute resources or the use of advance data analytics methods (including deep learning) for processing extreme scale data volumes. GPUs are a key enabling technology and we will thus focus on the opportunities for using these for computing, data analytics and visualization. GPU-accelerated servers based on POWER processors are here of particular interest due to the tight integration of CPU and GPU using NVLink and the enhanced data transport capabilities.”

Pre-exascale Architectures: OpenPOWER Performance and Usability Assessment for French Scientific Community

Gabriel Hautreux from GENCI gave this talk at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference. “The talk will present the OpenPOWER platform bought by GENCI and provided to the scientific community. Then, it will present the first results obtained on the platform for a set of about 15 applications using all the solutions provided to the users (CUDA,OpenACC,OpenMP,…). Finally, a presentation about one specific application will be made regarding its porting effort and techniques used for GPUs with both OpenACC and OpenMP.”

The Transformation of HPC: Simulation and Cognitive Methods in the Era of Big Data

Dave Turek from IBM gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “There is a shift underway where HPC is beginning to be addressed with novel techniques and technologies including cognitive and analytic approaches to HPC problems and the arrival of the first quantum systems. This talk will showcase how IBM is merging cognitive, analytics, and quantum with classic simulation and modeling to create a new path for computational science.”

Video: Powering the Road to National HPC Leadership

Jack Wells from ORNL gave this talk at the 2018 OpenPOWER Summit. “The Summit supercomputer coming to Oak Ridge is the next leap in leadership-class computing systems for open science. Summit will have a hybrid architecture, and each node will contain multiple IBM POWER9 CPUs and NVIDIA Volta GPUs all connected together with NVIDIA’s high-speed NVLink. Each node will have over half a terabyte of coherent memory (high bandwidth memory + DDR4) addressable by all CPUs and GPUs plus 800GB of non-volatile RAM that can be used as a burst buffer or as extended memory.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at the European Processor Initiative

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the European Processor Initiative, an effort to design a build an exascale computer based around European technology. “According to an interview in Primeur Magazine with EPI project coordinator Philippe Notton from Atos, the project involves not only a processor, but an accelerator as well. Will it be based on ARM, OpenPOWER, or something else like RISC-V? We will have to wait and see.”

Designing HPC, Deep Learning, and Cloud Middleware for Exascale Systems

DK Panda from Ohio State University gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “This talk will focus on challenges in designing HPC, Deep Learning, and HPC Cloud middleware for Exascale systems with millions of processors and accelerators. For the HPC domain, we will discuss the challenges in designing runtime environments for MPI+X (PGAS-OpenSHMEM/UPC/CAF/UPC++, OpenMP and Cuda) programming models by taking into account support for multi-core systems (KNL and OpenPower), high networks, GPGPUs (including GPUDirect RDMA) and energy awareness.”

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.”