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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.

Hiring? Sign up for the SC17 Student/Post Doc Job Fair

Is your organization looking to hire HPC talent? Be sure to book a table at the SC17 Student/Post Doc Job Fair. “This face-to-face event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in rooms 702-704-706 in the Colorado Convention Center. The Student/Postdoc Job Fair is open to all students and postdocs attending SC17, giving them an opportunity to meet with potential employers.”

SC17 Invited Talk to Look at Computing with Physics

SC17 continues their series of Session Previews with discussion with Dr. Catherine Graves from HP Labs about her upcoming Invited Talk. “I will present our work implementing a prototype hardware accelerator dot product engine (DPE) for vector-matrix multiplication (VMM). VMM is a bottleneck for many applications, particularly in neural networks, and can be performed in the analog domain using Ohm’s law for multiplication and Kirchoff’s current law for summation.”

Interview: Jeffrey Schwab on Building the World’s Fastest Network at SC17

In this guest feature, Jeffrey Schwab describes his role as SCinet Chair at SC17 and how his team of volunteers is building the fastest and most powerful volunteer-built network in the world. “I believe the main attraction for SCinet volunteers is the opportunity to build something unique on a scale and timetable that is challenging in its own right.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at High Performance Interconnects

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Dan’s recent talk on High Performance Interconnects. “When it comes to choosing an interconnect for your HPC cluster, what is the best way to go? Is offloading better than onloading? You can find out more by watching Dan’s talk from the HPC Advisory Council Australia conference.”

Bringing Your Kids to SC17 in Denver?

“As part of its ongoing inclusivity efforts, SC17 will once again offer on-site child care during the conference. Available to registered attendees and exhibitors for a small fee, SC17 day care is available for children between the ages of 6 months through 12 years old are eligible to participate.”

Researchers in Machine Learning Awarded George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Today ACM and IEEE announced that Shaden Smith of the University of Minnesota and Yang You of the University of California, Berkeley are the recipients of the 2017 ACM/IEEE-CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. Smith is being recognized for his work on efficient and parallel large-scale sparse tensor factorization for machine learning applications. You is being recognized for his work on designing accurate, fast, and scalable machine learning algorithms on distributed systems.

Preliminary Agenda Posted for HP-CAST at SC17 in Denver

HPE has posted the preliminary agenda for HP-CAST at SC17 in Denver. Now open for registration, the event takes place Nov. 10-11 at the Grand Hyatt hotel. “The High Performance Consortium for Advanced Scientific and Technical (HP-CAST) computing users group works to increase the capabilities of Hewlett Packard Enterprise solutions for large-scale, scientific and technical computing. HP-CAST provides guidance to Hewlett Packard Enterprise on the essential development and support issues for such systems. HP-CAST meetings typically include corporate briefings and presentations by HPE executives and technical staff (under NDA), and discussions of customer issues related to high-performance technical computing.”

SC17 Exhibition Setting Records

Even though SC17 is still more than two months away, this year’s Exhibition is already setting records.

We are excited to report that we have already smashed the record for both net square feet of exhibit space sold as well as the total number of exhibitors,” says Bronis R. de Supinski, SC17 Exhibits Chair from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. “Whether industry or research – if you have anything to do with high performance computing, you need to have a presence at SC17. The SC exhibition floor is an exciting place to discover the latest innovations and make positive career-impacting connections.”

SC17 Invited Talk Preview: High Performance Machine Learning

Over at the SC17 Blog, Brian Ban begins his series of SC17 Session Previews with a look at a talk on High Performance Big Data. “Deep learning, using GPU clusters, is a clear example but many Machine Learning algorithms also need iteration, and HPC communication and optimizations.”