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Intel HPC Devcon Keynote: Exascale for Everyone

The convergence of HPC and AI is driving a paradigm shift in computing. Learn about Intel’s software-first strategy to further accelerate this convergence and extend the boundaries of HPC as we know it today. oneAPI will ease application development and accelerate innovation in the xPU era. Intel delivers a diverse mix of scalar, vector, spatial, and matrix architectures deployed in a range of silicon platforms (such as CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs), and specialized accelerators—each being unified by an open, industry-standard programming model. The talk concludes with innovations in a new graphics architecture and the capabilities it will bring to the Argonne exascale system in 2021.

OpenSFS Announces Lustre 2.13.0 Release

On December 5, OpenSFS announced Lustre 2.13.0 Release has been declared GA and is available for download. The Lustre file system is a open source, parallel file system that supports the requirements of leadership class HPC and Enterprise environments worldwide. Lustre provides a POSIX compliant interface and scales to thousands of clients, petabytes of storage, and has demonstrated over a terabyte per second of sustained I/O bandwidth. “New features include: Persistent Client Cache, Multi-Rail Routing, Overstriping, and self-extending layouts.”

The Role of Cyberinfrastructure in Science: Challenges and Opportunities

Ewa Deelman from the University of Southern California gave this Invited Talk at SC19. “This presentation examines selected modern scientific discoveries, such as the detection of gravitational waves from the CI perspective. It aims to answer the following key questions: first, what were the key CI solutions that enabled a particular scientific result? and second, what were the challenges that needed to be overcome?”

Radio Free HPC Recaps SC19

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back the “State Fair for Nerds” that was SC19. “At this year’s conference, we not only learned the latest discoveries in our evolving field – but also celebrated the countless ways in which HPC is improving our lives … our communities … our world. So many people worked together to make SC19 possible – more than: 780 volunteers, 370 exhibitors, 1,150 presenters, and a record 13,950 attendees.”

SC19 Cluster Competition: Students Pack LINs and HPCG’s

In this special guest feature, Dan Olds from OrionX.net continues his series of stories on the SC19 Student Cluster Competition. Held as part of the Students@SC program, the competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high-performance computing community. “Nanyang Tech took home the Highest LINPACK Award at the recently concluded SC19 Student Cluster Competition. The team, also known as the Pride of Singapore (at least to me), easily topped the rest of the field with their score of 51.74 Tflop/s.”

SC19 Invited Talk: Next Generation Disaster Intelligence Using the Continuum of Computing and Data Technologies

Dr. Ilkay Altintas from SDSC gave this Invited Talk at SC19. “This talk will review some of our recent work on building this dynamic data driven cyberinfrastructure and impactful application solution architectures that showcase integration of a variety of existing technologies and collaborative expertise. The lessons learned on use of edge and cloud computing on top of high-speed networks, open data integrity, reproducibility through containerization, and the role of automated workflows and provenance will also be summarized.”

Novel Therm Demonstrates Sustainable Data Center Tech at SC19

In this video from SC19, Greg Stewart from Novel Therm describes how the company provides HPC As a Service using geothermal energy. “Novel Therm has a unique solution that allows them to build low-cost HPC data centers that are powered by low temperature geothermal energy. With their innovative technology, they provide 100% green powered data centers with no upfront customer investment and at significantly lower cost than competitors can offer.”

NEC SX-Aurora Tops Energy Efficiency on HPCG Benchmark

In this video from SC19, Erich Focht from NEC describes how the company’s SX-Aurora vector architecture achieves extreme energy efficiency on the HPCG benchmark. After that, Shintaro Momose from NEC describes recent enhancements to the SX-Aurora vector computing platform and how extreme energy efficiency helped the company win major contracts with DWD in Germany and the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS) in Japan.

GIGABYTE Steps up with a Broad Array of Server Offerings for AI & HPC

In this video from SC19, Peter Hanley from GIGABYTE describes how the company delivers a full range of server solutions for HPC, AI, and the Edge. “GIGABYTE is an industry leader in HPC, delivering systems with the highest GPU density combined with excellent cooling performance, power efficiency and superior networking flexibility. These systems can provide massive parallel computing capabilities to power your next AI breakthrough.”

AMD Readies EPYC for Exascale with ROCm at SC19

In this video from SC19, Derek Bouius from AMD describes how the company’s new EPYC processors and Radeon GPUs can speed HPC and Ai applications. With its EPYC processors, Radeon Instinct accelerators, Infinity Fabric technologies, and ROCm open software, AMD is building an Exascale ecosystem for heterogeneous compute. “Community support for the pre-exascale software ecosystem continues to grow. This ecosystem is built on ROCm, the foundational open source components for GPU compute provided by AMD.”