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Primeur weekly 2017-09-25

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The rise of Machine Intelligence ...

Focus

ARM/Allinea alliance is building a community with promising HPC tools ...

Mont-Blanc prototypes form excellent testbeds for ARM-based but also other platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Doug Kothe as Director ...

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces High Performance Computing for Materials Programme to help industry develop new, improved materials for severe environments ...

Quantum computing

Cost-effective quantum moves a step closer ...

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light ...

Focus on Europe

DeepL anchors neural machine translator at Verne Global's HPC-optimised data centre ...

Intel awards Paderborn University a cluster fueled by Xeon processors and Intel Arria 10 FPGAs ...

A new way to enhance the capacity of memory devices ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces support for Ubuntu ...

Altair extends its strategic relationship with HPE ...

Hardware

Mellanox appoints Shlomit Weiss to Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering ...

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology puts Cray XC40 supercomputer into production ...

MemComputing compute engine rivals supercomputer processing speeds ...

Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray XC50-AC supercomputer for life sciences research ...

Preferred Networks launches one of Japan's most powerful private sector supercomputers ...

Cray awarded $48 million contract from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information ...

Supermicro launches new 6U SuperBlade disaggregated server systems supporting rack scale design and free air cooling ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab cosmology software scales up to 658,784 Knights Landing cores ...

Multiscale simulations help predict unruly plasma behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle's new SPARC systems deliver 2-7x better performance, security capabilities, and efficiency than Intel-based systems ...

Preferred Networks launches one of Japan's most powerful private sector supercomputers


Overview of the private supercomputer
20 Sep 2017 Tokyo - Preferred Networks Inc., a provider of IoT-centric deep learning systems, NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the ICT solutions and international communications business within the NTT Group, and NTT Com subsidiary NTT PC Communications Incorporated (NTTPC) have launched a private supercomputer designed to facilitate research and development of deep learning, including autonomous driving and cancer diagnosis.

The new supercomputer is one of the most powerful to be developed by the private sector in Japan and is equipped with NTT Com and NTTPC's Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) platform, and contains 1,024 of NVIDIA's Tesla multi-node P100 GPUs. Theoretically, the processing speed of the new supercomputer can reach 4.7 PetaFLOPS - a massive 4,700 trillion floating point operations per second - the fastest levels of any computing environment in Japan.

Preferred Networks' deep learning research demands an ultra high-speed, high capacity, state-of-the-art computing environment. Existing GPU platforms require massive electricity supplies, generate excessive heat and offer inadequate network speed. To address these issues, Preferred Networks adopted the NTT Com Group's proven GPU platform, which boasts significantly advanced technology. They additionally leveraged the latest data centre design, building a large-scale multi-node platform using ChainerMN, Preferred Networks' technology that significantly accelerates the speed of deep learning by parallelizing calculations over multiple nodes.

NTT Com group has developed and released a multi-node GPU platform on Enterprise Cloud, Nexcenter, a world-leading data centre service, which incorporates the group's extensive know-how in GPU performance maximization.

Following the supercomputer launch, Preferred Networks plans to increase the processing speed of its open source deep learning framework Chainer. They will further accelerate their research and development in the field of transportation systems, manufacturing, bio and health care industry which require a huge amount of computing resources. Preferred Networks will additionally consider the deployment of NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, which are based on next-generation Volta GPU technology. NTT Com group will continue to support Preferred Networks' research and the commercialization of their developed solutions with AI-related technologies and platforms.

"NVIDIA is excited to see the launch of Preferred Networks' private supercomputer, built in partnership with NTT Com Group. Computing power is the source of competitive advantage for deep learning, the core technology of modern AI. We have high expectations that the new system will accelerate Preferred Networks' business and contribute to Japan's economic growth", stated Masataka Osaki, NVIDIA Japan Country Manager, Vice President of Corporate Sales.

Source: Preferred Networks

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-09-25

Special

2017 - Another year on the Road to Exascale: The rise of Machine Intelligence ...

Focus

ARM/Allinea alliance is building a community with promising HPC tools ...

Mont-Blanc prototypes form excellent testbeds for ARM-based but also other platforms ...

Exascale supercomputing

Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project (ECP) names Doug Kothe as Director ...

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announces High Performance Computing for Materials Programme to help industry develop new, improved materials for severe environments ...

Quantum computing

Cost-effective quantum moves a step closer ...

Researchers demonstrate quantum teleportation of patterns of light ...

Focus on Europe

DeepL anchors neural machine translator at Verne Global's HPC-optimised data centre ...

Intel awards Paderborn University a cluster fueled by Xeon processors and Intel Arria 10 FPGAs ...

A new way to enhance the capacity of memory devices ...

Middleware

Bright Computing announces support for Ubuntu ...

Altair extends its strategic relationship with HPE ...

Hardware

Mellanox appoints Shlomit Weiss to Senior Vice President of Silicon Engineering ...

Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology puts Cray XC40 supercomputer into production ...

MemComputing compute engine rivals supercomputer processing speeds ...

Japan's Yokohama City University selects Cray XC50-AC supercomputer for life sciences research ...

Preferred Networks launches one of Japan's most powerful private sector supercomputers ...

Cray awarded $48 million contract from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information ...

Supermicro launches new 6U SuperBlade disaggregated server systems supporting rack scale design and free air cooling ...

Applications

Berkeley Lab cosmology software scales up to 658,784 Knights Landing cores ...

Multiscale simulations help predict unruly plasma behaviour ...

The Cloud

Oracle's new SPARC systems deliver 2-7x better performance, security capabilities, and efficiency than Intel-based systems ...