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5 of 6 Gordon Bell Finalists use NVIDIA Volta Tensor Core GPUs

Over at the NVIDIA Blog, Geetika Gupta writes that the company’s powerful GPUs are being used by five of the six Gordon Bell Prize finalists. Just announced by ACM, these world-leading researchers did their work on the new NVIDIA GPU-accelerated Summit system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Sierra system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Erik Brynjolfsson from MIT to Keynote SC18

Today the SC18 conference announced that Erik Brynjolfsson from MIT will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in Dallas. “We set out to inspire our attendees with the most compelling thought leaders,” said SC18 General Chair Ralph McEldowney. “Erik’s insights and perspectives will make a weighty centerpiece for the SC18 experience. We are thrilled to welcome such an agile thinker and astute articulator of complex landscapes to our keynote stage,” McEldowney said.

Interview: Brent Gorda on his New Role as Head of ARM HPC

Former Whamcloud CEO Brent Gorda has a new role as Senior Director for the HPC business at Arm. We caught up with Brent to learn more about the company’s plans to grow their business in the Datacenter, HPC space, and on to Exascale. “Arm partners ship over 20 billion cores a year(!) and our company is well-known for being the core IP in many designs at the edge. The trend toward the datacenter with Arm is clear, it’s an opportunity for the HPC market to take advantage of the considerable boost in performance via SVE and the Arm roadmap.”

SC18 Preview: Steve Furber on Brain-Inspired Massively-Parallel Computing

SC18 continues its series of Invited Talk previews with this quick look at “Brain-Inspired Massively-Parallel Computing” by Stephen Furber. “The SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network Architecture) platform is an example of a highly flexible digital neuromorphic platform, based upon a massively-parallel configuration of small processors with a bespoke interconnect fabric designed to support the very high connectivity of biological neural nets in real-time models. Although designed primarily to support brain science, it can also be used to explore more applications-oriented research.”

Linda Gesenhues and Markus Höhnerbach to receive George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

Today ACM announced that Linda Gesenhues of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Markus Höhnerbach of RWTH Aachen University are the recipients of the 2018 ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships. “The ACM-IEEE CS George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowship is endowed in memory of George Michael, one of the founding fathers of the SC Conference series. The fellowship honors exceptional PhD students throughout the world whose research focus is on high performance computing applications, networking, storage or large-scale data analytics using the most powerful computers that are currently available.”

SC18 Preview: Bryan Catanzaro on “Applying Deep Learning”

SC18 is starting their series of Invited Talk Previews this week with AI luminary Bryan Catanzaro. Now at NVIDIA, Catanzaro is one of the most respected (and entertaining) speakers in the field of Machine Learning. “I will discuss how we go about applying deep learning to our work at NVIDIA, solving problems in a variety of domains from graphics and vision to text and speech. I’ll discuss the properties of successful machine learning applications, the criteria that we use to choose projects, and things to watch out for while creating new deep learning applications. I’ll discuss the role of HPC in helping us conduct our research, and I’ll show some examples of projects that benefit from scale.”

Women in HPC Opens New Chapter in Texas

Faith Singer-Villalobos writes that Texas Women in HPC (TX-WHPC) has been recognized as one of the first Chapters in the new Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) Pilot Program. “The WHPC Chapter Pilot will enable us to reach an ever increasing community of women, providing these women with the networks that we recognize are essential for them excelling in their career, and retaining them in the workforce,” says Sharon Broude Geva, WHPC’s Director of Chapters and Director of Advanced Research Computing at the University of Michigan. “At the same time, we envisage that the new Chapters will be able to tailor their activities to the needs of their local community, as we know that there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to diversity.”

Why the World is Starting to look like a Giant HPC Cluster

“AI, machine learning, is not a (traditional) HPC workload. However, it takes an HPC machine to do it. If you look at HPC, generally, you take a model or things like that, you turn it into an extraordinarily large amount of data, and then you go find some information for that data. Machine learning, on the other hand, takes an extraordinarily large amount of information and collapses it into an idea or a model.”

Seeking Nominations for the IEEE Awards at SC18

Nominations are solicited for the Seymour Cray, Sidney Fernbach & Ken Kennedy Awards presented at SC18 in Dallas. Nominations are due July 1, 2018.

Call for Submissions: SC18 Workshop on Reproducibility

Over at the SC18 Blog, Stephen Lien Harrell from Purdue writes that the conference will host will host a workshop on the hot topic of Reproducibility. Their Call for Submissions is out with a deadline of August 19, 2018. ”
The Systems Professionals Workshop is a platform for discussing the unique challenges and developing the state of the practice for the HPC systems community. The program committee is soliciting submissions that address the best practices of building and operating high performance systems with an emphasis on reproducible solutions that can be implemented by systems staff at other institutions.”