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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.

Industry HPC Trends & Advocacy

David Kepczynski from GE gave this talk at the HPC User Forum in Detroit. “David Kepczynski from GE Global Research was recently apponted as the new chair of the ECP Industry Council, an external advisory group of executives from some of the nation’s most prominent companies with a collaborative interest in bringing the potential of exascale computing to a wide range of industry segments.”

Computational Biophysics in the Petascale Computing Era

Dr. Rommie E. Amaro from UC San Diego gave this talk at the Blue Waters Symposium. “In this talk I will discuss how the BlueWaters Petascale computing architecture forever altered the landscape and potential of computational biophysics. In particular, new and emerging capabilities for multiscale dynamic simulations that cross spatial scales from the molecular (angstrom) to cellular ultrastructure (near micron), and temporal scales from the picoseconds of macromolecular dynamics to the physiologically important time scales of organelles and cells (milliseconds to seconds) are now possible.”

New Frontera supercomputer at TACC to push the frontiers of science

Today the National Science Foundation announced a $60 million award to TACC for the deployment of Frontera, a new machine that will be one of the fastest supercomputers ever available to academia. “The new Frontera systems represents the next phase in the long-term relationship between TACC and Dell EMC, focused on applying the latest technical innovation to truly enable human potential,” said Thierry Pellegrino, vice president of Dell EMC High Performance Computing. “The substantial power and scale of this new system will help researchers from Austin and across the U.S. harness the power of technology to spawn new discoveries and advances in science and technology for years to come.”

Generative Models for Application-Specific Fast Simulation of LHC Collision Events

Maurizio Pierini from CERN gave this talk at PASC18. “We investigate the possibility of using generative models (e.g., GANs and variational autoencoders) as analysis-specific data augmentation tools to increase the size of the simulation data used by the LHC experiments. With the LHC entering its high-luminosity phase in 2025, the projected computing resources will not be able to sustain the demand for simulated events. Generative models are already investigated as the mean to speed up the centralized simulation process.”

Lenovo Takes the TOP500 with Liquid Cooling at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Rick Koopman from Lenovo describes the company’s latest HPC innovations including their new Neptune liquid cooling technology. Lenovo is the world’s largest TOP500 supercomputing provider measured by the number of systems ranked on the TOP500 list. 117 of the 500 most powerful supercomputers included in the TOP500 are Lenovo installations, meaning nearly one out of every four systems (23.4 percent) on the prestigious list is a Lenovo solution.

Machine Learning with Python: Distributed Training and Data Resources on Blue Waters

Aaron Saxton from NCSA gave this talk at the Blue Waters Symposium. “Blue Waters currently supports TensorFlow 1.3, PyTorch 0.3.0 and we hope to support CNTK and Horovod in the near future. This tutorial will go over the minimum ingredients needed to do distributed training on Blue Waters with these packages. What’s more, we also maintain an ImageNet data set to help researchers get started training CNN models. I will review the process by which a user can get access to this data set.”

Cray Sets the Stage for Exascale at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Cray CTO Steve Scott describes how the company is moving towards providing Exascale computing capabilities for scientists and engineers worldwide. “It takes many years and many generations of technology developments to be a successful supercomputing provider. With every Cray system, you get the benefit of decades of supercomputing experience. We offer a comprehensive portfolio of supercomputer, storage, data analytics and AI solutions for a range of budgets. All hardware and software is integrated, and every solution comes with the assurance of Cray support.”

Growing HPC Adoption Among Manufacturers

The global manufacturing industry is moving down the path to a fourth industrial revolution — Industry 4.0 — empowered by the opportunity to collect and analyze massive amounts of data. This guest post from Intel explores how the global manufacturing industry is moving toward HPC adoption, and how it is approaching an inflection point which Intel refers to as “HPC for Everyone.” 

Univa Brings Navops to HPC at ISC 2018

In this video, Gary Tyreman from Univa describes how the company is helping HPC users move their workloads to the Cloud with their Navops products. “Univa is the leading innovator in workload management and orchestration solutions. With Navops suite of products, Univa is bringing its expertise to containers. Univa Navops is a suite of products that enable enterprises to easily migrate to the cloud or hybrid cloud, increase efficiencies and run containers at scale.”