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NSCI Discussion at HPC User Forum Shows Hunger for Details

Apr 20, 2016 |

Is the National Strategic Computing Initiative in trouble? Launched by Presidential Executive Order last July, there are still few public details of the draft implementation plan, which was delivered to the NSCI Executive Council back in October. Last week on the final day of the HPC User Forum being held in Tucson, Saul Gonzalez Martirena (OSTP, NSF) gave an NSCI update talk that contained, really, no new information from what was presented at SC15. Read more…

France to Boost Industrial Innovation with New Petascale Supercomputer

Apr 20, 2016 | This summer, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and 13 leading French industrial companies will boost their research capabilities when they take possession of a new shared supercomputer called COBALT, designed... Read more…

Compilers and More: What Makes Performance Portable?

Apr 19, 2016 | The term performance portability has appeared many times in the past few years. What does it mean? When did we first start worrying about performance portability? Why is it more relevant now than before? Why are so many discussions about performance portability so depressing? Is there any hope? Michael Wolfe addresses these questions and more in this article. Read more…

Intel Accelerates Shift Away from PCs; Will Cut 12000 Jobs

Apr 19, 2016 |

Intel took a major step yesterday in its transformation from a PC company to one focused on the data center, Internet of Things (IoT), and the cloud announcing plans to cut approximately 12,000 jobs in a restructuring. The announcement coincided with release of Q1 results in which Intel had GAAP revenues of $13.7 billion and net income of $2.6 billion.

For the Q1 period, Intel generated approximately $4.0 billion in cash from operations, paid dividends of $1.2 billion, and used $793 million to repurchase 27 million shares of stock. Read more…

ASC16 Finals: The Competition Climax

Apr 19, 2016 |

The final round of the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) will be held at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan from April 18 to April 22. The 16 finalist teams will compete for the honor of being awarded the Grand Champion, Silver Winner, e-Prize, Highest LINPACK, Application Innovation and Most Popular Team. One by one, the finalist victors will be revealed until there is only one remaining team – Read more…

ASC16 Kicks Off in Wuhan, China: 16 Teams, $40k in Prizes

Apr 18, 2016 | The fifth annual Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) got off to an exciting start this morning at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China. Read more…

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…