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OpenFabrics Alliance to Expand Hands-On Tutorial Offerings at Its 2020 Workshop

In this special guest feature, Paul Grun from the OpenFabrics Alliance provides a preview of the upcoming OFA Workshop. “We are especially excited about how this year’s program is coming together. At the OFA Workshop 2019, we introduced a hands-on tutorial allowing participants to install an RDMA-enabled cluster directly on their laptop. In response to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, we are thrilled to be building on last year’s success by expanding the tutorials being offered this year.”

Video: FPGAs and Machine Learning

James Moawad and Greg Nash from Intel gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. “FPGAs are a natural choice for implementing neural networks as they can handle different algorithms in computing, logic, and memory resources in the same device. Faster performance comparing to competitive implementations as the user can hardcore operations into the hardware. Software developers can use the OpenCL device C level programming standard to target FPGAs as accelerators to standard CPUs without having to deal with hardware level design.”

AMD to Power Atos Supercomputer at ECMWF

Today Atos announced an €80 million contract with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) to supply its for a BullSequana XH2000 supercomputer. Powered by AMD EPYC 7742 processors, the new system will be the most powerful meteorological supercomputers in the world. “The Atos supercomputer will allow ECMWF to run its world-wide 15-day ensemble prediction at a higher resolution of about 10km, reliably predicting the occurrence and intensity of extreme weather events ahead of time.”

Dell Technologies Democratizes HPC at SC19

In this video from SC19, Thierry Pellegrino from Dell Technologies describes how the company’s HPC solutions are designed to simplify and accelerate customers’ HPC and AI efforts. “There’s a lot of value in the data that organizations collect, and HPC and AI are helping organizations get the most out of this data,” said Thierry Pellegrino, vice president of HPC at Dell Technologies. “We’re committed to building solutions that simplify the use and deployment of these technologies for organizations of all sizes and at all stages of deployment.”

Video: SC19 BoF session on TOP500 supercomputers

“This years BoF will follow this traditional format and present detailed analyses of the TOP500 and discuss the changes in the HPC marketplace during the past years. Results from the Green500 and the HPCG benchmark will also be discussed. The BoF is meant as an open forum for discussion and feedback between the TOP500 authors and the user community.”

Intel Powers HPE Apollo 20 for HPC Workloads

In this video from SC19, Larry Keller from HPE and Taha Mughi from Intel describe how the two companies collaborated on the innovative new Apollo 20 server for HPC workloads. “Are you searching for greater performance and more memory bandwidth? The HPE Apollo 20 System is built on the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon 9200 family of processors which offer unmatched 2- socket performance leadership across popular workloads. Built to support both liquid-cooled and air-cooled options, the HPE Apollo 20 System takes advantage of the Hewlett Packard Enterprise experience in HPC cooling technologies as workloads continue to push power and density.”

2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors Demonstrate Amazing HPC Performance

In this guest article, our friends at Intel discuss how benchmarks show key workloads average 31% better on Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 than AMD EYPC “Rome” 7742. Intel analysis provides strong evidence that the 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processor (Cascade Lake “CLX”) architecture provides dramatic performance for real-world workloads. An impressive array of benchmarks shows 2S systems built with Intel’s 56 core processors (Intel Xeon Platinum 9282 processor) solidly ahead of systems built with AMD’s 64 core processors (AMD EYPC 7742).

Intel Wins IO500 10-node Challenge with DAOS

In this video from SC19, Kelsey Prantis from Intel describes how the DAOS parallel file system won the IO500 10-node Challenge with Intel Optane DC persistent memory. As an all-new parallel file system, DAOS will be a key component of the the upcoming Aurora supercomputer coming to Argonne National Laboratory in 2021.

Advantech Showcases Server Solutions from HPC to AI at SC19

In this video from SC19, Matthew Arnold from Advantech describes the company’s wide array of server products for HPC, AI, and the Edge. “From security frameworks, energy, natural resource management to healthcare, artificial intelligence and machine learning are rapidly changing our world. At SC19, Advantech showcased the latest GPU and FPGA servers for AI applications.”

SDSC Conducts 50,000+ GPU Cloudburst Experiment with Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center

In all, some 51,500 GPU processors were used during the approximately two-hour experiment conducted on November 16 and funded under a National Science Foundation EAGER grant. The experiment used simulations from the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, an array of some 5,160 optical sensors deep within a cubic kilometer of ice at the South Pole. In 2017, researchers at the NSF-funded observatory found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos – subatomic particles that can emerge from their sources and pass through the universe unscathed, traveling for billions of light years to Earth from some of the most extreme environments in the universe.