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Epic HPC Road Trip Continues to Sandia National Lab

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX continues his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico. “Ken discussed how Sandia is hoping to stimulate more of a system-on-a-chip type of technology where extra CPU real estate might be better utilized for better HPC componentry and customization.”

Epic 2018 HPC Road Trip begins at Idaho National Lab

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX begins his Epic HPC Road Trip series with a stop at Idaho National Laboratory. “The fast approach of SC18 gave me an idea: why not drive from my home base in Beaverton, Oregon, to Dallas, Texas and stop at national labs along the way? I love a good road trip and what could be better than a 5,879 mile drive with visits to supercomputer users mixed in?”

Video: The Quest for the Highest Performance – Supporting Science with SuperMUC-NG

Prof. Dr. Dieter Kranzlmüller from the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Germany gave this talk at the Intel User Forum. “The next generation of supercomputing has arrived at LRZ with SuperMUC-NG. Learn how LRZ scientists and researchers are using a supercomputer driven by Intel Xeon Scalable processors and optimizing the system for power and storage.”

Video: Performance and Productivity in the Big Data Era

In this video from the Intel User Forum at SC18, Prabhat from NERSC presents: Performance and Productivity in the Big Data Era. “At the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, HPC and AI converge and advance with Intel technologies. Explore how technologies, trends, and performance optimizations are applied to applications such as CosmoFlow using TensorFlow to help us better understand the universe.”

Video: Computing for the Endless Frontier at TACC

In this talk from the Intel User Forum at SC18, Dan Stanzione from TACC presents: Computing for the Endless Frontier. “Coming to TACC in 2019, the Frontera supercomputer will be powered by Intel Xeon Scalable processors. It will be the first major HPC system to deploy the Intel Optane DC persistent memory technology for a range of HPC and AI uses. Anticipated early projects on Frontera include analyses of particle collisions from the Large Hadron Collider, global climate modeling, improved hurricane forecasting, and multi-messenger astronomy.”

Raj Hazra from Intel presents: Our Journey… Accelerating

In this video from the Intel User Forum at SC18, Raj Hazra from Intel presents: Our Journey…Accelerating. “This talk highlights the innovations needed at the infrastructure, compute, and programming level to realize the “fourth paradigm.” See how Intel’s unmatched data-centric compute platform, as well as innovations in memory and storage technologies, enable the capabilities needed to meet current and future demands in the convergence of HPC and AI. Uncover performance results across a range of HPC and AI benchmarks and real applications on the recently announced Cascade Lake advanced performance processor including the design win at HLRN.”

Fast Simulation with Generative Adversarial Networks

In this video from the Intel User Forum at SC18, Dr. Sofia Vallecorsa from CERN openlab presents: Fast Simulation with Generative Adversarial Networks. “This talk presents an approach based on generative adversarial networks (GANs) to train them over multiple nodes using TensorFlow deep learning framework with Uber Engineering Horovod communication library. Preliminary results on scaling of training time demonstrate how HPC centers could be used to globally optimize AI-based models to meet a growing community need.”

Oracle Expands Cloud Business with Next-Gen Data Center in Canada

Oracle just announced the opening of a Toronto data center to support in regional customer demand for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “Oracle’s next-generation cloud infrastructure offers the most flexibility in the public cloud, allowing companies to run traditional and cloud-native workloads on the same platform. With Oracle’s modern cloud regions, only Oracle can deliver the industry’s broadest, deepest, and fastest growing suite of cloud applications, Oracle Autonomous Database, and new services in security, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, all running on its enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure.”

Video: HPC Containers – Democratizing HPC

In this video from SC18 in Dallas, CJ Newburn from NVIDIA describes how developers can quickly containerize their applications and how users can benefit from running their workloads with containers from the NVIDIA GPU Cloud. “A container essentially creates a self contained environment. Your application lives in that container along with everything the application depends on, so the whole bundle is self contained.”

Video: Accelerating Science & Impacting the Real World

In this video from DDN booth at SC18, Thomas Anthony from the University of Alabama presents: Computing – Accelerating Science & Impacting the Real World. “As the cornerstone service of ASA’s charter, we provide High Performance Computing services free of charge to faculty, staff, and enrolled students of public schools, colleges, and universities in Alabama. This allows universities to create a trained workforce with the skills needed for jobs in engineering, science, mathematics, aerospace, and medical research fields.”