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Primeur weekly 2018-11-05

Exascale supercomputing

Cray introduces first exascale-class supercomputer ...

DOE to build next-generation supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ...

Crowd computing

FaceMe to use Tatau's distributed supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Full steam ahead to the quantum web: Mainz University is involved in the European Flagship on Quantum Technologies programme ...

A quantum computer for Europe: Joining forces for new FET flagship project OpenSuperQ ...

Tianhe-2 supercomputer works out the criterion for quantum supremacy ...

A billion euro for quantum research - the Danish contribution ...

One step closer to complex quantum teleportation ...

Tests show integrated quantum chip operations possible ...

Researchers create scalable platform for on-chip quantum emitters ...

Berkeley computer theorists show path to verifying that quantum beats classical ...

Multi-functional quantum bits for future computers ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue The Scientific Case for Computing in Europe 2018-2026 ...

PRACE Digest 2018 now available online ...

Open Edge and HPC Initiative to be launched at SC18 ...

Human brain supercomputer with 1 million processors switched on for first time ...

Middleware

AccelStor unveils the advanced flash data reduction technology for the era of data intensive workloads ...

Bright unveils plans to exhibit at SC18 in Dallas ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2018 financial results ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center installing new Pitzer Cluster built by Dell EMC ...

SDSC Chief Data Science Officer Ilkay Altintas named an HDSI Fellow ...

Applications

Esther Bron is the winner of the Young eScientist Award 2018 ...

University of Tokyo team becomes Gordon Bell Prize finalist after performing the most complex earthquake simulation to date ...

HPC & Artificial Intelligence: Addressing humanity's grand challenges at SC18 ...

Machine learning to help optimize traffic and reduce pollution ...

The Cloud

Red Hat refines hybrid Cloud innovation with latest version of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform ...

Cloud computing load balancing based on ant colony algorithms improves performance ...

VoiceBase extends deep learning neural network compute to Verne Global ...

HPE delivers first above-the-cloud supercomputing services for astronauts to advance space exploration ...

HPC & Artificial Intelligence: Addressing humanity's grand challenges at SC18

2 Nov 2018 Dallas - To solve humanity's most complex and demanding problems ranging from creating sustainable global food production and preventing infectious disease epidemics to ensuring the safety of our planet and natural resources is the HPC community's next grand challenge.

HPC and AI are revolutionizing how we untangle and solve global threats and humanitarian crises. The SC18 plenary session will examine the potential for advanced computing to help mitigate human suffering and elevate our capacity to protect the most vulnerable.

This plenary session will hear from innovators who are redefining how we predict and prevent humanitarian crises by leveraging advanced computing. The session is the kick-off event, which immediately precedes the Exhibitor Opening Gala.

Highlights include the following:

  • Over the next two generations, we face an enormous human security challenge. We must adapt to rapid economic and climate change by creating a food system that provides adequate and appropriate nutrition for 9 billion people in a way that does not compromise the environment.
  • Emerging infectious diseases pose a growing threat to human populations. Many of the world's epidemic diseases are known to be sensitive to climate. This session will explore our ability to build accurate disease forecasting models for prevention or containment of outbreaks.
  • In the year 2050, 70% of the world's population will be living in cities and this will bring major challenges for urban sustainability and population health. Experts at SC18 will discuss how large digital datasets and AI can be powerfully applied to design more human-centric, healthy and sustainable cities.

How do we rethink the problem by using the best minds, most advanced tools and networks to anticipate and solve our most vexing global crises?

Researchers and scientists with deep experience will gather to discuss this topic during SC18, the premier international conference of HPC professionals this November 11-18, 2018 in Dallas, Texas.

The panel discussion will tackle the issue of "HPC and AI - The Next Horizon: Addressing Humanity's Grand Challenges"

The panel will feature the following experts:

  • Dr. Evan Fraser started thinking about agriculture and food systems while working summers on his grandfather's fruit farm in Niagara, Canada. Fueled by his farm experiences, Dr. Fraser earned degrees in forestry, anthropology and agriculture at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. He is currently the director of the Arrell Food Institute, a professor of geography and holds the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security at the University of Guelph. He is the author of more than 90 scientific papers and book chapters on these topics, has written for theGlobeandMail,The Guardian, CNN,Foreign Affairs,The WalrusandThe Ottawa Citizen.

Dr. Fraser authored two popular non-fiction books about food and food security including "Empires of Food: Feast, Famine" and the "Rise and Fall of Civilizations". Dr. Fraser created teaching tools including a popular web video series called "feeding nine billion", a graphic novel called #FoodCrisis, and a card game about global food security that have been assembled along with teacher-friendly high school lesson plans and used to educate students around the world. He is a Fellow of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation, a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geography Society, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s college of new scholars.

  • Dr. Robert S. Hart is Vice President of Global Good and General Manager of the Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM) at Intellectual Ventures. IDM's mission is to guide global efforts towards the eradication and control of infectious disease through the use and promotion of quantitative analysis. Dr. Hart has over thirty years of experience founding and managing high technology-based software firms both as an executive officer and as a venture investor and board director. He was most recently a founder and CEO of Veratect Corporation, an open source data mining and analysis firm providing the earliest possible indicators of the emergence of infectious disease worldwide with particular focus on the developing world.

Prior to Veratect, highlights of Dr. Hart's career include tenure as CEO of Corazonx, a cardiac ultrasound software firm; as General Partner at SeaPoint Ventures, a venture capital firm focusing upon the wireless telecom industry; CEO of Tegic Communications, the developer of the predictive text input software used in most cellular phones; CEO of Optimas Corporation, a digital image analysis firm; and as CEO of Sierra Geophysics, a provider of applications software to the global oil and gas industry and as a Division President of Halliburton Company. Dr. Hart serves on a number of both corporate and non-profit boards. Dr. Hart holds a SB degree in Earth & Planetary Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both an MS and a PhD in Geophysics from the California Institute of Technology.

  • Dr. Marguerite Nyhan is a Research Scientist at United Nations Global Pulse, which is a flagship initiative of the United Nations' Executive Office of the Secretary General. Her work is focused on data science for humanitarian and sustainable development efforts. While conducting her PhD in environmental engineering, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at MIT in Boston, where she became a post-doctoral researcher and led the Urban Environmental Research Team within MIT's Senseable City Laboratory.

Dr. Nyhan was a scientist at Harvard University's School of Public Health before joining the United Nations. Her research has been featured extensively in the media, including inThe GuardianandNPR. She has addressed a range of audiences globally, from delivering a TED Talk in her home country of Ireland to addressing the United Nations Environment Assembly in Kenya. Marguerite Nyhan is based in New York City.

Moderating the panel is Debra Goldfarb, who has spent most of her thirty-five year career in HPC driving science and technology policy initiatives in the U.S. and abroad, highlighting the impact and importance of HPC as a fundamental economic and innovation driver for a variety of high-profile companies. She is currently an Intel Fellow and Chief Analyst for Intel's Data Center Group. Debra Goldfarb has also held senior positions at IBM, Microsoft, and IDC. She is actively involved in STEM policy initiatives, mentoring and diversity programmes and working with global organisations to advance economic development through access and use of leading-edge technologies.

The conference features many other big-idea deliverables including a high-interest keynote address, workshops, tutorials, exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on learning opportunities, and industry awards.
Source: SC18

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Primeur weekly 2018-11-05

Exascale supercomputing

Cray introduces first exascale-class supercomputer ...

DOE to build next-generation supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ...

Crowd computing

FaceMe to use Tatau's distributed supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

Full steam ahead to the quantum web: Mainz University is involved in the European Flagship on Quantum Technologies programme ...

A quantum computer for Europe: Joining forces for new FET flagship project OpenSuperQ ...

Tianhe-2 supercomputer works out the criterion for quantum supremacy ...

A billion euro for quantum research - the Danish contribution ...

One step closer to complex quantum teleportation ...

Tests show integrated quantum chip operations possible ...

Researchers create scalable platform for on-chip quantum emitters ...

Berkeley computer theorists show path to verifying that quantum beats classical ...

Multi-functional quantum bits for future computers ...

Focus on Europe

PRACE to issue The Scientific Case for Computing in Europe 2018-2026 ...

PRACE Digest 2018 now available online ...

Open Edge and HPC Initiative to be launched at SC18 ...

Human brain supercomputer with 1 million processors switched on for first time ...

Middleware

AccelStor unveils the advanced flash data reduction technology for the era of data intensive workloads ...

Bright unveils plans to exhibit at SC18 in Dallas ...

Hardware

Cray reports third quarter 2018 financial results ...

Ohio Supercomputer Center installing new Pitzer Cluster built by Dell EMC ...

SDSC Chief Data Science Officer Ilkay Altintas named an HDSI Fellow ...

Applications

Esther Bron is the winner of the Young eScientist Award 2018 ...

University of Tokyo team becomes Gordon Bell Prize finalist after performing the most complex earthquake simulation to date ...

HPC & Artificial Intelligence: Addressing humanity's grand challenges at SC18 ...

Machine learning to help optimize traffic and reduce pollution ...

The Cloud

Red Hat refines hybrid Cloud innovation with latest version of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform ...

Cloud computing load balancing based on ant colony algorithms improves performance ...

VoiceBase extends deep learning neural network compute to Verne Global ...

HPE delivers first above-the-cloud supercomputing services for astronauts to advance space exploration ...