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Primeur weekly 2018-07-03

Quantum computing

Scientists pump up chances for quantum computing ...

CEA uses Atos simulator at the CCRT to explore the potential of quantum computing in industry ...

Focus on Europe

European parliament votes in favour of EuroHPC JU ...

European Commission welcomes Parliament vote on plans to establish EuroHPC JU ...

Report European Investment Bank: Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe ...

Looking back on a successful PRACEdays18 ...

Middleware

Aerodynamic science reveals the best position in a peloton of 121 cyclists and calculates unexpected drag reduction for the athletes thanks to the largest simulation ever done in sport ...

Hardware

WatermelonBlock Partners with IBM Watson using its Supercomputer to let crypto investors know what the market is thinking ...

Tech Automotive Leaders Join Forces on Next-Generation In-Vehicle Networking Technologies for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles ...

Chayora Celebrates Major Milestone as It Nears Completion of Phase 1 of Its First Facility at Its Tianjin Hyperscale Data Centre Campus in China ...

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay deploys Cray to Power Research and Education ...

Lisa Compute Cluster expanded with GPUs for machine learning ...

Mellanox announces agreement with Starboard ...

Applications

Simulation for grid transmission and distribution ...

Futuristic data storage ...

GA4GH streaming API htsget a bridge to the future for modern genomic data processing ...

Department of Energy taps Argonne to lead effort focused on energy-water systems ...

Researchers discover new enzyme paradigm for critical reaction in converting lignin to useful produce useful products ...

SenseTime debuts in Singapore by signing MOU with local giants NTU, NSCC and Singtel ...

New simulations break down potential impact of a major quake by building location and size ...

AI learns the art of debate ...

Tiny sensors may help avert earthquake damage, track sonar danger, "listen" to pipelines ...

BNAs improve performance of Li-ion batteries ...

RUDN chemists have completely changed the direction of Diels-Alder reaction ...

UMass Amherst geoscientists offer new evidence for how the Adirondack Mountains formed ...

A galactic test will clarify the existence of dark matter ...

The Cloud

HPE accelerates data insight and action across the enterprise with latest Edgeline capabilities ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise commits $4 billion to accelerate the Intelligent Edge ...

Lisa Compute Cluster expanded with GPUs for machine learning


20 Jun 2018 Amsterdam - SURF's Lisa Compute Cluster has been expanded with a GPU cluster for extremely rapid computations. These graphics processing units are especially suitable for machine learning, and can dramatically speed up scientific research.

The Lisa Compute Cluster is a centrally managed Linux cluster that is ideally suited for large-scale computations. The new GPU cluster contains 23 nodes, each with four single precision Nvidia 1080Ti GPUs. This equates to an extension of the processing power of 1 Pflop/s (1 petaflop = 1015 single precision floating point computations per second). In addition, each node contains 1.5 TB of high-speed local storage and 256 GB of working memory. There are also two additional nodes, each with four NVIDIA Titan V (Volta) cards, which are intended for testing and experimentation.

A graphics processing unit (GPU) is a processor used for large-scale parallel computations. This allows it to take over these tasks from the central processing unit (CPU). In high-performance computing, GPUs are primarily used for machine learning. They are also used for modelling and pattern recognition within research fields such as molecular dynamics, radio astronomy and transmission electron cryomicroscopy.

Walter Lioen, Unit Manager Compute Services at SURFsara, stated: "We receive a great deal of requests from researchers for services that will enable them to speed up their machine learning algorithms. The new GPU cluster is ideal for this, as a GPU can perform thousands of identical tasks at once. In addition, these GPUs can quickly exchange data with each other. This is useful for large, complex models that work together on the same computation."

Boy Menist, Head of ICT at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, stated: "The new cluster allows our researchers to train their models much more quickly. One of our PhD students, who is researching how the computer can help with medical diagnoses, managed to complete two papers in one month."

Lisa's GPU extension will grow following the demand of the user communities. The extra capacity is available for all research universities with an RCCS contract. Pay-per-use is also an option. Research Capacity Computing Service (RCCS) is the SURF insourcing service unit that directly connects computing systems to the SURF member institutions.
Source: SURF

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-07-03

Quantum computing

Scientists pump up chances for quantum computing ...

CEA uses Atos simulator at the CCRT to explore the potential of quantum computing in industry ...

Focus on Europe

European parliament votes in favour of EuroHPC JU ...

European Commission welcomes Parliament vote on plans to establish EuroHPC JU ...

Report European Investment Bank: Financing the future of supercomputing - How to increase investments in high performance computing in Europe ...

Looking back on a successful PRACEdays18 ...

Middleware

Aerodynamic science reveals the best position in a peloton of 121 cyclists and calculates unexpected drag reduction for the athletes thanks to the largest simulation ever done in sport ...

Hardware

WatermelonBlock Partners with IBM Watson using its Supercomputer to let crypto investors know what the market is thinking ...

Tech Automotive Leaders Join Forces on Next-Generation In-Vehicle Networking Technologies for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles ...

Chayora Celebrates Major Milestone as It Nears Completion of Phase 1 of Its First Facility at Its Tianjin Hyperscale Data Centre Campus in China ...

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay deploys Cray to Power Research and Education ...

Lisa Compute Cluster expanded with GPUs for machine learning ...

Mellanox announces agreement with Starboard ...

Applications

Simulation for grid transmission and distribution ...

Futuristic data storage ...

GA4GH streaming API htsget a bridge to the future for modern genomic data processing ...

Department of Energy taps Argonne to lead effort focused on energy-water systems ...

Researchers discover new enzyme paradigm for critical reaction in converting lignin to useful produce useful products ...

SenseTime debuts in Singapore by signing MOU with local giants NTU, NSCC and Singtel ...

New simulations break down potential impact of a major quake by building location and size ...

AI learns the art of debate ...

Tiny sensors may help avert earthquake damage, track sonar danger, "listen" to pipelines ...

BNAs improve performance of Li-ion batteries ...

RUDN chemists have completely changed the direction of Diels-Alder reaction ...

UMass Amherst geoscientists offer new evidence for how the Adirondack Mountains formed ...

A galactic test will clarify the existence of dark matter ...

The Cloud

HPE accelerates data insight and action across the enterprise with latest Edgeline capabilities ...

Hewlett Packard Enterprise commits $4 billion to accelerate the Intelligent Edge ...