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Gordon Bell Prize Finalists to Present their work at SC17

SC17 has announced the finalists for the Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. The $10,000 prize will be presented to the winner at the conference in Denver next month. “The Gordon Bell Prize recognizes the extraordinary progress made each year in the innovative application of parallel computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. Prizes may be awarded for peak performance or special achievements in scalability and time-to-solution on important science and engineering problems.”

Jesús Labarta from BSC to receive Ken Kennedy Award

Today ACM and IEEE Computer Society named Jesús Labarta of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center as the recipient of the 2017 ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award. Labarta is recognized for his seminal contributions to programming models and performance analysis tools for high performance computing. The award will be presented at SC17.

John Gustafson to host BoF on Posit Arithmetic at SC17

John Gustafson from A*STAR will host a BoF on Posit arithmetic at SC17. Entitled, “Improving Numerical Computation with Practical Tools and Novel Computer Arithmetic,”  this BOF will be co-hosted by Mike Lam with discussions on tools for measuring floating point accuracy. “This approach obtains more accurate answers than floating-point arithmetic yet uses fewer bits in many cases, saving memory, bandwidth, energy, and power.”

HPC Connects: How Supercomputers Are Unraveling the Mystery of the Human Brain

In this video from SC17, Katrin Amunts from Jülich highlights how the massive European-based Human Brain Project (HBP), comprising a veritable orchestra of scientists, collaborates to deliver the most exquisitely detailed human brain models ever created. “We have to create an ‘atlas’ (of the brain) that has a very large size in terms and bits and bytes,” Amunts said.

Agenda Posted for Intel HPC Developer Conference at SC17

The Intel HPC Developer conference at SC17 has posted its Session Agenda. The conference takes place Nov. 11-12 in Denver. “The Intel HPC Developer Conference is the premier technical training event to meet and hear from Intel architecture experts and connect with HPC industry leaders. Join in to learn what’s next in HPC, attend technical sessions, hands-on tutorials, and poster chats that cover parallel programming, high productivity languages, artificial intelligence, systems, enterprise, visualization development and much more.”

Podcast: Intel Omni-Path adds Performance and Scalalability

“Intel OPA, part of Intel Scalable System Framework, is a high-performance fabric enabling the responsiveness, throughput, and scalability required by today’s and tomorrow’s most-demanding high performance computing workloads. In this interview, Misage talks about market uptake in Intel OPA’s first year of availability, reports on some of the first HPC deployments using the Intel Xeon Scalable platform and Intel OPA, and gives a sneak peek of what Intel OPA will be talking about at SC17.”

Radio Free HPC Previews the SC17 Plenary on Smart Cities

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Smart Cities. As the featured topic this year at the SC17 Plenary, the Smart Cities initiative looks to improve the quality of life for residents using urban informatics and other technologies to improve the efficiency of services.

SC17 Highlights Nobel Prize Winning LIGO Collaboration

In this video from SC17, researchers discuss the role of HPC in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of gravitational waves, originally theorized 100 years ago by Albert Einstein in his general theory of relativity. “We are only now beginning to hear the vibrations of space-time that are all around us—we just needed a better ear. And when we detect that, we’re detecting the vibrations of everything that has ever moved in the universe. This is real. This is really there, and we’ve never noticed it until now.”

Computing Pioneer Gordon Bell to Present at SC17

Computing Pioneer Gordon Bell will share insights and inspiration at SC17 in Denver. “We are honored to have the legendary Gordon Bell speak at SC17,” said Conference Chair Bernd Mohr, from Germany’s Jülich Supercomputing Centre. “The prize he established has helped foster the rapid adoption of new paradigms, given recognition for specialized hardware, as well as rewarded the winners’ tremendous efforts and creativity – especially in maximizing the application of the ever-increasing capabilities of parallel computing systems. It has been a beacon for discovery and making the ‘might be possible’ an actual reality.”

SC17 Session Preview: Dr. Pradeep Dubey on AI & The Virtuous Cycle of Compute

Deep Learning was recently scaled to obtain 15PF performance on the Cori supercomputer at NERSC. Cori Phase II features over 9600 KNL processors. It can significantly impact how we do computing and what computing can do for us. In this talk, I will discuss some of the application-level opportunities and system-level challenges that lie at the heart of this intersection of traditional high performance computing with emerging data-intensive computing.