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Video: Can FPGAs compete with GPUs?

John Romein from ASTRON gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. “We’ll discuss how FPGAs are changing as a result of new technology such as the Open CL high-level programming language, hard floating-point units, and tight integration with CPU cores. Traditionally energy-efficient FPGAs were considered notoriously difficult to program and unsuitable for complex HPC applications. We’ll compare the latest FPGAs to GPUs, examining the architecture, programming models, programming effort, performance, and energy efficiency by considering some real applications.”

EuroHPC – The EU Strategy in High Performance Computing

Thomas Skordas from the European Commission gave this talk at EuroHPC Summit Week in Poland. “The EuroHPC Summit Week brings together relevant European supercomputing stakeholders and decision makers, allowing them to share on the one hand their needs and future expectations and on the other hand the latest technological developments, to define synergies and participate in shaping the future of European supercomputing.”

Aerospace Moving Forward with Modeling and Simulation

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Gemma Church writes that the aerospace industry is stuck in the past – but it isn’t due to a lack of new simulation and modeling techniques. “While there have been incremental improvements, in terms of creating quieter and more fuel-efficient aeroplanes, there is not a lot of innovation coming in, compared to the last century when we created aeroplanes moving at the speed of sound and made air travel available to the masses.”

NVIDIA DGX-2 Delivers Record Performance on STAC-A3 Benchmark

Today NVIDIA announced record performance on STAC-A3, the financial services industry benchmark suite for backtesting trading algorithms to determine how strategies would have performed on historical data. “Using an NVIDIA DGX-2 system running accelerated Python libraries, NVIDIA shattered several previous STAC-A3 benchmark results, in one case running 20 million simulations on a basket of 50 instruments in the prescribed 60-minute test period versus the previous record of 3,200 simulations.”

Job of the Week: HPC Software Engineer at Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin is seeking an HPC Software Engineer in our Job of the Week. “We are seeking an Application Engineers for our Technical User Support group on our Centralized SuperComputing Facility (CSCF) High Performance Computing contract. Lockheed Martin provides HPC services throughout the lifecycle for computational requirements, architecture, acquisition, and operations to federal government customers. This work involves working on cutting edge technologies to ensure that scientists and engineers will be able to fully utilize modern systems.”

Video: The Exascale Computing Project and the Future of HPC

Doug Kothe from ORNL presented this ACM Tech Talk in April, 2019. “The ECP is designing the software infrastructure to enable the next generation of supercomputers—systems capable of more than 1018 operations per second—to effectively and efficiently run applications that address currently intractable problems of strategic importance. The ECP is creating and deploying an expanded and vertically integrated software stack on DOE HPC exascale and pre-exascale systems, thereby defining the enduring US exascale ecosystem.”

Hyperion Research to host HPC Market Update Breakfast at ISC 2019

Hyperion Research will hold their annual HPC Market Update briefing at ISC 2019 in Frankfurt. “As Hyperion Research, we continue all the worldwide activities that spawned the world’s most respected HPC industry analyst group. For more than 25 years, we’ve helped IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy.”

ExaLearn: The ECP Co-Design Center for Machine Learning

In this video from the HPC User Forum, Frank Alexander from Brookhaven National Laboratory presents: ExaLearn – ECP Co-Design Center for Machine Learning. “It is increasingly clear that advances in learning technologies have profound societal implications and that continued U.S. economic leadership requires a focused effort, both to increase the performance of those technologies and to expand their applications. Linking exascale computing and learning technologies represents a timely opportunity to address those goals.”

Jülich installs first Cluster Module for DEEP-EST Exascale Project

Researchers at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre have installed the first-ever Cluster Module from MEGWARE as part of the European DEEP-EST project for Exascale computing. The Cluster Module consist of a single rack with 50 Intel Xeon Scalable Processor-based dual-socket nodes with a Mellanox EDR-InfiniBand 100Gbps high-performance cluster fabric. “The DEEP-EST prototype will demonstrate that a Modular Supercomputer is much more flexible than a monolithic one, and matches very diverse application profiles in a cost-effective way.”

Video: How to Scale from Workstation through Cloud to HPC in Cryo-EM Processing

Lance Wilson from Monash University gave this talk at the GPU Technology Conference. “We’ll review the last two years of development in single-particle cryo-electron microscopy processing, with a focus on accelerated software, and discuss benchmarks and best practices for common software packages in this domain. Our talk will include videos and images of atomic resolution molecules and viruses that demonstrate our success in high-resolution imaging.”