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Inspur Shares Innovative Deep Learning Technology at GTC16

Apr 18, 2016 |

Recently, the 2016 GPU Technology Conference (GTC16) was held in Silicon Valley. Inspur released the Caffe-MPI, a multi node parallel version open source framework for Deep Learning. Meanwhile, Inspur also announced its plan to launch a Deep Learning Speedup Program(DLSP), aiming at facilitating the accelerated development and efficient application of Deep Learning – from the perspectives of hardware infrastructure, system optimization and parallel framework.

Caffe-MPI to Speed Up Deep Learning

The newly released version of Caffe-MPI features excellent cluster parallel scalability. Read more…

IBM Plans Cognitive Computing Research Center with University of Illinois

Apr 15, 2016 |

In keeping with its vision of an era of cognitive computing enabled by acceleration technology, IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans for a multi-year collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to create the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) which will be housed within the College of Engineering on the Urbana campus.

IBM has big ambitions for the center: “C3SR will build and optimize integrated systems such as state-of-the-art cognitive computing systems modeled on IBM’s Watson technology that can master a subject area by learning from multimedia and multi-modal educational content. Read more…

Custom App Container Targets HPC Needs

Apr 15, 2016 |

Custom versions of application containers are emerging that meet stringent requirements. Among the first is an HPC specific container platform dubbed Singularity built around what its developers say is the concept of “mobility of compute.”

Despite the fact that commercial and open source application containers are making steady headway in production settings, researchers overseeing HPC operations at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s concluded that Docker and other container approaches are “non-starters.” Read more…

Intel Debuts ‘Knights Landing’ Ninja Developer Platform

Apr 12, 2016 | Intel is making good on its promise to offer Knights Landing-based developer platforms ahead of general availability. Systems based on the self-hosted Knights Landing processor are available for pre-order as part of Intel's developer-targeted early access program. The Ninja Developer Platform is offered in two configurations – a liquid-cooled desk-side machine with one Knights Landing and... Read more…

The Ultimate Debate – Interconnect Offloading Versus Onloading

Apr 12, 2016 | The high performance computing market is going through a technology transition – the Co-Design transition. As has already been discussed in many articles, this transition has emerged in order to solve the performance bottlenecks of today’s infrastructures and applications, performance bottlenecks that were... Read more…

Intel® Scalable System Framework: Using Next Generation Processors Opens the Door to Faster, More Efficient Deep Learning

Apr 11, 2016 |

Deep learning has inspired a gold rush of technology innovation across a wide range of markets from Internet search, to social media, to real-time robotics, self-driving vehicles, drones and more. Spanning the gamut of machine performance, deep learning (and machine learning in general) encompasses floating-point-, network- and data-intensive ‘training’ plus real-time, low-power ‘prediction’ operations. Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF) is an approach that customers can use as a tool to identify the right combinations of technology for machine learning and other HPC applications. Read more…

Europe’s Fastest Supercomputer to Get Pascal GPU Upgrade

Apr 6, 2016 | Already Europe’s fastest supercomputer at 7.8 petaflops, the Piz Daint (hybrid CPU/GPU Cray XC30) at the Swiss National Computing Center (CSCS) will double its performance with a massive upgrade that involves switching to NVIDIA’s newest Pascal GPU architecture and merging with Piz Dora (Cray XC40), a smaller CPU-based machine. The announcement was made at GTC16... Read more…

In OpenPOWER Play, IBM and Google Make Hyperscale Waves at Summit

Apr 6, 2016 | OpenPOWER Foundation, the mostly IBM-driven effort to create an alternative architecture to Intel x86, took a major step forward today with the announcement of a joint effort by Google and Rackspace to co-develop an open data center server architecture design specification based on... Read more…

NVIDIA Unleashes Monster Pascal GPU Card at GTC16

Apr 5, 2016 | Tuesday at the seventh-annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, Calif., NVIDIA revealed its first Pascal-architecture based GPU card, the P100, calling it "the most advanced accelerator ever built." The P100 is based on the NVIDIA Pascal GP100 GPU... Read more…

GTC16: NVIDIA Updates SDK; Expands Support for Deep Learning

Apr 5, 2016 | As always, there’s a flood of news coming out of NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference, being held this week in San Jose. In addition to the much-anticipated Pascal debut, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed an expansive update to NVIDIA’s SDK... Read more…