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Supercomputing Asia 2020 Conference Cancelled due to COVID-19 Virus

The Supercomputing Asia 2020 conference has been cancelled in light of COVID-19 developments. “We regret to inform you that we will be cancelling the coming SupercomputingAsia Conference 2020 (SCA20), which was being scheduled for 24-27 February 2020 in Singapore. It was a difficult decision to make but one which we had weighed carefully. However, in the past few days, we have received your concerns and communications from some of our key partners, sponsors and Keynote speakers citing advisories from their home countries to avoid non-essential travel to Singapore.”

UK to invest £1.2 billion for Supercomputing Weather and Climate Science

Today the UK announced plans to invest £1.2 billion for the world’s most powerful weather and climate supercomputer. The government investment will replace Met Office supercomputing capabilities over a 10-year period from 2022 to 2032. The current Met Office Cray supercomputers reach their end of life in late 2022. The first phase of the new supercomputer will increase the Met Office computing capacity by 6-fold alone.”

Isambard 2 at UK Met Office to be largest Arm supercomputer in Europe

The  UK Met Office  been awarded £4.1m by EPSRC to create Isambard 2, the largest Arm-based supercomputer in Europe. The powerful new £6.5m facility, to be hosted by the Met Office in Exeter and utilized by the universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, will double the size of GW4 Isambard, to 21,504 high performance cores and 336 nodes. “Isambard 2 will incorporate the latest novel technologies from HPE and new partner Fujitsu, including next-generation Arm CPUs in one of the world’s first A64fx machines from Cray.”

Video: Toward a General AI-Agent Architecture

Richard S. Sutton from DeepMind Alberta gave this talk NeurIPS 2019. “In practice, I work primarily in reinforcement learning as an approach to artificial intelligence. I am exploring ways to represent a broad range of human knowledge in an empirical form–that is, in a form directly in terms of experience–and in ways of reducing the dependence on manual encoding of world state and knowledge.”

Video: Overview of HPC Interconnects

Ken Raffenetti from Argonne gave this talk at ATPESC 2019. “The Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC) provides intensive, two-week training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current high-end computing systems and the leadership-class computing systems of the future.”

Job of the Week: HPC Systems Administrator at Washington State University

CIRC at Washington State University is seeking an HPC Systems Administrator in our Job of the Week. “Ideal candidates should have in-depth experience with the provisioning and administration of HPC clusters. Applicants who have experience with CentOS or RHEL, high speed networking using Mellanox Infiniband, resource schedulers such as Slurm, automation tools such as SaltStack, and parallel file systems including BeeGFS and Spectrum Scale, are highly encouraged to apply.”

Using sound and light for ultra-fast data transfer

A research team of academics from the University of Leeds and University of Nottingham believes its has found a way of delivering ultra- fast modulation, by combining the power of acoustic and light waves. The findings were published in Nature Communications. “This result opens a new area for physics and engineering to come together in the exploration of the interaction of terahertz sound and light waves, which could have real technological applications.”

Introducing HPC with a Raspberry Pi Cluster

Colin Sauze from Aberystwyth University gave this talk at FOSDEM 2020. “The motivation for this was to overcome key problems faced by new HPC users. The talk will also discuss some of the technical challenges in deploying an HPC environment to a Raspberry Pi and attempts to keep that environment as close to a “real” HPC as possible. Methods to automate the installation process will also be covered.”

Podcast: Solving Multiphysics Problems at the Exascale Computing Project

In this Let’s Talk Exascale Podcast, Stuart Slattery and Damien Lebrun-Grandie from ORNL describe how they are readying algorithms for next-generation supercomputers at the Department of Energy. “The mathematical library development portfolio of the Software Technology (ST) research focus area of the ECP provides general tools to implement complex algorithms. These algorithms are designed to scale up for supercomputers so that ECP teams can then use them to accelerate the development and improve the performance of science applications on DOE high-performance computing architectures.”

Exascale in Europe

Europe has developed a strategy for exascale computing, through partnerships and collaboration of European HPC vendors, academic institutions and HPC centers. It aims to deliver exascale-class systems and place the continent in the top three powers for supercomputing and science and industry using HPC. “It is a major step forward for Europe to reach the next level of computing capacity; it will help us to advance in future-oriented technologies, like the Internet of Things (Iot), AI, robotics and data analytics.”