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Primeur weekly 2017-11-13

Focus

Despite EuroHPC programme Europe losing ground in the TOP500 of the world's fastest supercomputers ...

Quantum computing

IBM announces advances to IBM quantum systems and ecosystem ...

Quantum computing on the move ...

Focus on Europe

Asetek announces Acer as new data centre OEM partner ...

It is time to clarify who funds what research in Europe, says Science Europe ...

European Commission officially releases European Open Science Cloud Declaration ...

The complete ISC 2018 contributed programme is now open for submission ...

PRACE to hold Summer of HPC 2017 Awards Ceremony at IT4Innovations ...

Atos revolutionizes enterprise AI with next generation servers ...

First modular supercomputer worldwide starts operation at the Research Center Jülich ...

Middleware

University of North Texas implements Bright Computing technology for efficient cluster management ...

Inspur launches ON5263M5, the world's first OCP-accepted compute node based on Intel Xeon Scalable processor family ...

Hardware

Oklahoma State University selects Advanced Clustering to build new HPC cluster ...

Cybermedia Center, Osaka University adopts Asetek liquid cooling for new computer system OCTOPUS ...

Solarflare showcases software defined Ethernet NICS for servers running on Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Arm-based processors ...

CoolIT Systems launches Rack DCLC AHx10 Heat Exchange Module ...

DDN partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to deliver unmatched HPC storage solutions ...

CoolIT Systems launches rack DCLC AHx2 Heat Exchange Module ...

DDN's massively scalable storage empowers Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to speed scientific discoveries that reveal the secrets of the universe ...

Fujitsu receives order for supercomputer system from the Institute of Fluid Science at Tohoku University ...

Fujitsu launches new PRIMEQUEST series and boosts processing performance by up to 50% ...

Cavium ThunderX2 motherboard specification for Microsoft's project Olympus contributed to the Open Compute Project ...

University of Michigan partners with Cavium on Big Data computing platform for University of Michigan researchers ...

Mellanox announces Innova-2 FPGA-based programmable adapter family to power next generation of Cloud, security, Big Data and Deep Learning platforms ...

Mellanox announces availability of world-leading Spectrum-based SN2010 data centre Ethernet switch system for storage and hyperconverged infrastructures ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions boost Qualcomm Arm-based data centre platforms with Mellanox ConnectX-5 ...

Mellanox announces world's most scalable switch platforms based on HDR 200G InfiniBand quantum switch technology ...

Atos to leverage Mellanox HDR InfiniBand for unmatched application performance and scalability ...

Mellanox InfiniBand to accelerate Japan's fastest supercomputer for Artificial Intelligence applications ...

Mellanox announces first major production deployment of Linux kernel-based Open Ethernet switch ...

LRZ puts into operation CoolMUC-3, a highly energy-efficient many-core cluster ...

WekaIO partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop all-flash storage for HPC and AI ...

CoolIT Systems showcases newest data centre liquid cooling innovations for OEM and enterprise customers at SC17 ...

Cray adds Arm-based ThunderX2 processors ito its Cray XC50 supercomputer ...

New Cray storage solutions address key customer needs for improved productivity and unparalleled data access ...

Supermicro unveils new HPC solutions at SC17 ...

Supermicro showcases industry's most advanced and optimized NVIDIA GPU systems at SC17 ...

NASA selects Supermicro to expand advanced computing and data analytics used to study the Earth, solar system and universe ...

Applications

New Cray Artificial Intelligence initiatives to advance Deep Learning for science and enterprise ...

Cosmos code helps probe space oddities ...

Research could 'untangle' vexing problem in computer-simulation technology ...

'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity ...

DARPA awards Georgia Tech energy-efficient high-performance computing contract ...

Scientists create cosmic sounds of Voyager 1 ...

Need entangled atoms? Get 'Em FAST! with NIST's new patent-pending method ...

TOP500

China pulls ahead of U.S. in latest TOP500 list of the worlds' fastest supercomputers ...

TACC tech to shine at SC17 ...

The Cloud

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies announces commercial shipment of Qualcomm Centriq 2400, the world's first 10nm server processor and highest performance Arm-based server processor family ever designed ...

TACC tech to shine at SC17

10 Nov 2017 Austin - The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis - also known as Supercomputing 2017 or SC17 - kicked off on November 12th in Denver, Colorado, bringing together the international supercomputing community.

The Texas Advanced Computing Center will be there (Booth #1343), showcasing its world-class high-performance computing systems, emerging technologies, and computing expertise, which are powering world-changing discoveries throughout science and engineering.

Below are a few highlights from TACC's offerings:

Stampede2 and Skylake, KNL processors

In July 2017, TACC dedicated Stampede2, the 12th most powerful supercomputer in the world and the largest supercomputer at any university in the U.S., giving USA's research access to its 4,200 Intel Knights Landing (KNL) nodes.

With the release of Intel's new Skylake processors this summer, TACC completed phase 2 of the system, which brings Stampede2 to roughly 18 petaflops in peak performance.

Early users have begun using the Skylake components of the system, running quantum computing simulations, aerospace design optimizations and large-scale deep learning training.

TACC will be showcasing Stampede2 and its KNL and Skylake processors in the booth.

Deep Learning at TACC

Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) represent new approaches to data analysis and prediction, particularly in areas where no overarching theory exists.

Just like traditional HPC, training neural networks or running machine learning algorithms requires extremely large numbers of computations (quintillions).

Efforts at TACC have shown that HPC systems can overcome bottlenecks in distributed performance by using well-optimized kernels and libraries, employing hyper-threading, and sizing the batches of training data properly. In fact, researchers have been using TACC supercomputers to apply ML/DL to a range of problems, ranging from health to transportation.

You can hear about TACC's Deep Learning efforts from Weijia Xu, manager of the data mining and statistics group, at the TACC booth on November 14 from 11:30am-12pm. Or stop by the Dell EMC booth on November 14 at 5pm to hear about machine learning from Niall Gaffney, TACC's Director of Data Intensive Computing.

Students explore immigration through a Big Data lens

Focused on broadening participation and creating a more diverse, inclusive HPC workforce, the three-and-a-half-day long Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute, themed around social action, will engage 30 diverse undergraduate and graduate students from Colorado during SC17.

The second Advanced Computing for Social Change Institute will capture the imagination of students by guiding them in a computing challenge that uses computation, data analysis and visualization to take a data-centric view of immigration.

Organized by TACC, XSEDE and SC17, the project is unique in its application of the world's most cutting-edge technologies to address social change.

VR, AR and software defined ray tracing for science

TACC - an expert in scientific visualization - is working to develop virtual reality, augmented reality and software-defined ray tracing algorithms to help researchers develop new insights from their data.

TACC will run demos in the TACC booth of a number of VR and AR systems adapted for scientific visualization. These include the HTC Vive running VR simulations of brain MR scans; a Microsoft Hololens showing plasma simulations; an Oculus rift showcasing molecular models; and a demonstration of GraviT, a scalable ray tracing framework for visualization, running on TACC systems.

TACC vis experts will be presenting their insights at the Intel HPC Developer Conference and show their work in the Scientific Visualization & Data Analytics Showcase.

Software tools for HPC

TACC doesn't just build and operate massive machines, it also develops the tools that allow researchers with all levels of expertise to use them.

Some of the best-known tools, including LMOD and XALT, have been adopted by HPC centres around the world. Others, like Sanitytool, Remora, idev, and launcher are less known but are helping TACC users achieve their goals with less effort.

Most recently, TACC developed and released a new, open-source, multi-factor authentication tool, OpenMFA, to help supercomputing center provide secure access to their resources.

You can learn about OpenMFA in the TACC booth on November 14 at 2pm, hear Robert McLay discuss LMOD and XALT on November 15 at 10am or listen to a presentation about TACC-made HPC tools on November 15 at 11am.

Texascale Computing

You've heard about petascale and exascale computing, but how about Texascale? That's where TACC is heading, with powerful systems that solve grand challenges with real-world impacts.

TACC is now home to more than 15 advanced computing systems - several in the TOP500 in the world - serving thousands of researchers nationwide.

From supercomputers specializing in genomic analysis, Cloud computing and visualization to ones specializing in distributed machine learning, FPGA processing, and web-based science, whatever large-scale computational science needs, TACC provides.

To see a full schedule of booth talks and presentations by TACC staff, you can visit TACC's SC17 microsite.
Source: University of Texas at Austin, Texas Advanced Computing Center - TACC

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Primeur weekly 2017-11-13

Focus

Despite EuroHPC programme Europe losing ground in the TOP500 of the world's fastest supercomputers ...

Quantum computing

IBM announces advances to IBM quantum systems and ecosystem ...

Quantum computing on the move ...

Focus on Europe

Asetek announces Acer as new data centre OEM partner ...

It is time to clarify who funds what research in Europe, says Science Europe ...

European Commission officially releases European Open Science Cloud Declaration ...

The complete ISC 2018 contributed programme is now open for submission ...

PRACE to hold Summer of HPC 2017 Awards Ceremony at IT4Innovations ...

Atos revolutionizes enterprise AI with next generation servers ...

First modular supercomputer worldwide starts operation at the Research Center Jülich ...

Middleware

University of North Texas implements Bright Computing technology for efficient cluster management ...

Inspur launches ON5263M5, the world's first OCP-accepted compute node based on Intel Xeon Scalable processor family ...

Hardware

Oklahoma State University selects Advanced Clustering to build new HPC cluster ...

Cybermedia Center, Osaka University adopts Asetek liquid cooling for new computer system OCTOPUS ...

Solarflare showcases software defined Ethernet NICS for servers running on Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Arm-based processors ...

CoolIT Systems launches Rack DCLC AHx10 Heat Exchange Module ...

DDN partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to deliver unmatched HPC storage solutions ...

CoolIT Systems launches rack DCLC AHx2 Heat Exchange Module ...

DDN's massively scalable storage empowers Pawsey Supercomputing Centre to speed scientific discoveries that reveal the secrets of the universe ...

Fujitsu receives order for supercomputer system from the Institute of Fluid Science at Tohoku University ...

Fujitsu launches new PRIMEQUEST series and boosts processing performance by up to 50% ...

Cavium ThunderX2 motherboard specification for Microsoft's project Olympus contributed to the Open Compute Project ...

University of Michigan partners with Cavium on Big Data computing platform for University of Michigan researchers ...

Mellanox announces Innova-2 FPGA-based programmable adapter family to power next generation of Cloud, security, Big Data and Deep Learning platforms ...

Mellanox announces availability of world-leading Spectrum-based SN2010 data centre Ethernet switch system for storage and hyperconverged infrastructures ...

Mellanox interconnect solutions boost Qualcomm Arm-based data centre platforms with Mellanox ConnectX-5 ...

Mellanox announces world's most scalable switch platforms based on HDR 200G InfiniBand quantum switch technology ...

Atos to leverage Mellanox HDR InfiniBand for unmatched application performance and scalability ...

Mellanox InfiniBand to accelerate Japan's fastest supercomputer for Artificial Intelligence applications ...

Mellanox announces first major production deployment of Linux kernel-based Open Ethernet switch ...

LRZ puts into operation CoolMUC-3, a highly energy-efficient many-core cluster ...

WekaIO partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop all-flash storage for HPC and AI ...

CoolIT Systems showcases newest data centre liquid cooling innovations for OEM and enterprise customers at SC17 ...

Cray adds Arm-based ThunderX2 processors ito its Cray XC50 supercomputer ...

New Cray storage solutions address key customer needs for improved productivity and unparalleled data access ...

Supermicro unveils new HPC solutions at SC17 ...

Supermicro showcases industry's most advanced and optimized NVIDIA GPU systems at SC17 ...

NASA selects Supermicro to expand advanced computing and data analytics used to study the Earth, solar system and universe ...

Applications

New Cray Artificial Intelligence initiatives to advance Deep Learning for science and enterprise ...

Cosmos code helps probe space oddities ...

Research could 'untangle' vexing problem in computer-simulation technology ...

'Perfectly frustrated' metal provides possible path to superconductivity ...

DARPA awards Georgia Tech energy-efficient high-performance computing contract ...

Scientists create cosmic sounds of Voyager 1 ...

Need entangled atoms? Get 'Em FAST! with NIST's new patent-pending method ...

TOP500

China pulls ahead of U.S. in latest TOP500 list of the worlds' fastest supercomputers ...

TACC tech to shine at SC17 ...

The Cloud

Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies announces commercial shipment of Qualcomm Centriq 2400, the world's first 10nm server processor and highest performance Arm-based server processor family ever designed ...