Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-11-24

Hardware

The University of Florida (UF) is the home of the most powerful supercomputer in the state, the most powerful university supercomputer in the Southern U.S. and the third-fastest university supercomputer in the country, according to the latest world rankings. HiPerGator 2.0, the 30,000-core addition to the existing 21,000-core HiPerGator that went online 2 1/2 years ago, also ranked no. 114 in the world, according to the TOP500, the widely recognized list of the world's fastest supercomputers since 1993. Read further...

Applications

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin, IBM Research, New York University and the California Institute of Technology have been awarded the 2015 Gordon Bell Prize for realistically simulating the forces inside the Earth that drive plate tectonics. The team's work could herald a major step toward better understanding of earthquakes and volcanic activity. The accomplishment was made using advanced algorithms running on the "Sequoia" IBM BlueGene/Q located at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the fastest supercomputers in the world. Read further...

Industry news

NVIDIA has unveiled a credit-card sized module that harnesses the power of machine learning to enable a new generation of smart, autonomous machines that can learn. The NVIDIA Jetson TX1 module addresses the challenge of creating a new wave of millions of smart devices - drones that don't just fly by remote control, but navigate their way through a forest for search and rescue; compact security surveillance systems that don't just scan crowds, but identify suspicious activity; and robots that don't just perform tasks, but tailor them to individuals' habits - by incorporating capabilities such as machine learning, computer vision, navigation and more. Jetson TX1 is the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks - computer software that can learn to recognize objects or interpret information. This new approach to program computers is called machine learning and can be used to perform complex tasks such as recognizing images, processing conversational speech, or analyzing a room full of furniture and finding a path to navigate across it. Machine learning is a groundbreaking technology that will give autonomous devices a giant leap in capability. Read further...