16 Teams Reach the ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge Final

Mar 18, 2016 |

On March 18, the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) announced the Top 16 finalists. The final round will be held at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China from April 18 to April 22. The competition will also feature keynote speeches from renowned supercomputer experts. Following assessment from the expert panel, the final winners will be announced during the awards ceremony.

This year, a total of 175 teams from 148 universities across six continents registered for the ASC Challenge. Read more…

ARM Scales Chips for Datacenters, HPC

Mar 17, 2016 | ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. announced a multiyear agreement this week to collaborate on leading-edge 7-nanometer FinFET process technology. (FinFET stands for fin-shaped field-effect transistor, an emerging process technology that reduces leakage current in systems-on-chip, or SoCs.) Read more…

FPGA with OpenCL Solution Released to Deep Learning

Mar 17, 2016 |

A deep learning acceleration solution based on Altera’s Arria® 10 FPGAs and DNN algorithm from iFLYTEK, an intelligent speech technology provider in China, results in Inspur with HPC heterogeneous computing application capabilities in GPU, MIC and FPGA.

The deep learning speech recognition acceleration solution leverages an Altera Arria 10 FPGA, iFLYTEK’s deep neural network (DNN) recognition algorithms and Inspur’s FPGA-based DNN parallel design, migration and optimization with OpenCL. Read more…

Caffe-MPI version Released to Speedup Deep Learning

Mar 16, 2016 |

Recently, the historic battle of “Google AlphaGo vs Lee Se-dol” put Deep Learning under the spotlight. Caffe is a Deep Learning Framework, nowadays one of the fastest Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) architectures. The high-performance MPI cluster version of Caffe was released by Inspur. The company also gave out the open source code to provide Deep Learning users a more convenient and efficient means of application. Read more…

Seagate Sets Sights on Broader HPC Market

Mar 15, 2016 |

In a relatively short time, storage giant Seagate Technology has amped up its push into HPC. Today, four of the top ten supercomputer sites in the world run on Seagate, including all of the newcomers to the top ten, says Seagate[i]. It leads the SAGE project, a Horizon 2020 storage technology program in support of Europe’s exascale effort, and it’s the storage provider (with Cray) on the second phase of the Trinity Supercomputer at Los Alamos National Lab, which when finished will be the fastest storage system in the world at 1.6 TB/s. Read more…

ASC16 Final to Give Out Awards of Nearly $40,000

Mar 15, 2016 |

The Top16 finalists of ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge will be revealed on March 18 at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. According to the ASC Committee, there are a total of 6 prizes worth of nearly $40,000 this year. This makes the ASC Competition the supercomputing hackathon with not only the largest participation but also the highest awards in the world.

Award Table

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Simulating Combustion at Exascale: a Q&A with ISC Keynoter Jacqueline Chen

Mar 14, 2016 | At the 2016 ISC High Performance conference this June, distinguished Sandia computational combustion scientist Jacqueline H. Chen will deliver a keynote highlighting the latest advances in combustion modeling and simulation. In this interesting and informative Q&A, Chen describes the challenges and opportunities involved in preparing combustion codes for exascale machines. Read more…

HPC: Challenges & Opportunities Workshop to Be Held during ASC16 Final

Mar 14, 2016 |

The 12th HPC Connection Workshop, an international High-Performance Computing summit, will be hosted at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China on April 21, 2016. The workshop will be held during the final round of the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) which will occur from April 18 to April 22.

The HPC Connection Workshop is organized jointly by the Asia Supercomputer Community and Inspur Group. Read more…

NSCI Update: More Work Needed on Budgetary Details and Industry Outreach

Mar 10, 2016 |

Although initial FY17 budget proposal numbers for the first full year of the NSCI are available, they do not paint a complete picture of where the program currently stands, and based on the broad range of technical – and non-technical – challenges outlined in the original plan, there may be additional groundwork needed to ensure this program has the best chance of reaching its full potential. Read more…

Making Sense of HPC in the Age of Democratization

Mar 8, 2016 |

These are exciting times for HPC. High-performance computing and its cousin high-productivity computing are expanding such that the previous definitions of HPC as a moving performance target or as the purview of modeling and simulation are breaking down. The democratization of HPC has spurred a lot of focus on the impact that HPC-hatched technologies are having on business computing, but HPC “proper” is also in the midst of a transformation. Read more…