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Secretive AI Startup Pioneers Artificial Imagination

May 26, 2016 |

In the influx of deep learning startups, one stealth mode venture, Vicarious, has already made something of a name for itself. As reported in MIT Technology Review, the Silicon Valley-area company is working to give computers the power of imagination, or something close to it. The article reports that this innovative effort is going against the tide Read more…

GPU-based Deep Learning Enhances Drug Discovery Says Startup

May 26, 2016 |

Sifting the avalanche of life sciences (LS) data for insight is an interesting and important challenge. Many approaches are used with varying success. Recently, improved hardware – primarily GPU-based – and better neural networking schemes are bringing deep learning to the fore. Two recent papers report the use of deep neural networks is superior to typical machine learning (support vector machine model) in sieving LS data for drug discovery and personalized medicine purposes.

India Readies First of 70-Plus Supercomputers for 2017

May 24, 2016 |

India is set to stand up an indigenously-built supercomputer next year, according to a Times of India report. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) will be overseeing the construction of this “PARAM” series system, which will be the first of more than 70 systems slated to be built under India’s National Supercomputing Mission. Read more…

ORNL Researchers Create Framework for Easier, Effective FPGA Programming

May 24, 2016 |

Programmability and portability problems have long inhibited broader use of FPGA technology. FPGAs are already widely and effectively used in many dedicated applications (accelerated packet processing, for example), but generally not in situations that require ‘reconfiguring’ the FPGA to accommodate different applications. A group of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory is hoping to change that.

Cray Bakes Big Data Software Framework Into Urika-GX Analytics Platform

May 24, 2016 |

Cray continued its courtship of the advanced scale enterprise market with today’s launch of the Urika-GX, a system that integrates Cray supercomputing technologies with an agile big data platform designed to run multiple analytics workloads concurrently. While Cray has pre-installed analytics software in previous systems, the new system takes pre-configuration to a new level with an open software framework designed to eliminate installation, integration and update headaches that stymie big data implementations.

TACC Wrangler Supports Zika Hackathon

May 19, 2016 |

By now most people have heard of Zika, the mosquito-borne disease that can cause fever and birth defects and that threatens to spread to the United States from Latin and South America. Earlier this week more than 50 data scientists, engineers, and University of Texas students gathered for the “Austin Zika Hackathon” at big data Read more…

Machine Learning Advances Fight Against Cancer

May 18, 2016 |

Developing effective tools against cancer has been a long, complicated endeavor with successes and disappointments. Despite all, cancer remains the leading cause of death worldwide. Now, machine learning and data analytics are being recruited as tools in the effort fight the disease and show significant promise according to two recent papers. In one paper – An Analytics Approach to Designing Combination Chemotherapy Regimens for Cancer – researchers from MIT and Stanford “propose models that use machine learning and optimization to suggest regimens to be tested in phase II and phase III trials.”

Barcelona Supercomputing Center Develops New Bioinformatics Tool Against HIV

May 11, 2016 |

Viruses’ natural mutational agility has long been problematic for established therapies. Determining a therapeutic compound’s effectiveness against a mutated viral pathogen mostly entails empirical screening of the mutated virus with compounds to gauge effectiveness. This week researchers from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and IrsiCaixa, the Catalan AIDS Research Institute, reported developing a bioinformatics method to Read more…

TGAC Installs largest SGI UV 300 Supercomputer for Life Sciences

May 11, 2016 |

Two weeks ago, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) based in the U.K. turned on the first of two new SGI UV300 computers. Next week, or thereabouts, TGAC will bring a second identical system online. Combined with its existing SGI UV2000, TGAC will have the largest SGI system dedicated to life sciences in the world. The upgrade will allow TGAC to significantly shorten the time required to assemble wheat genomes, a core activity in TGAC efforts to enhance worldwide food security.

Technology Test Drive: PNNL Offers Exploratory Licenses

May 10, 2016 |

Signing a two-page agreement and paying just $1,000 can get U.S. companies an opportunity to test drive promising technologies through a new, user-friendly commercialization option being offered at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL is the only DOE lab to offer this option, called an exploratory license, which gives companies six months Read more…

IBM Collaborates with UMB on Cognitive Computing Cybersecurity Lab

May 10, 2016 |

IBM today announced a multi-year, cognitive computing collaboration with the University of Maryland in Baltimore on an Accelerated Cognitive Cybersecurity Laboratory (ACCL). It’s the second such move in a month. In mid-April Big Blue announced plans for the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) to be based at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The Read more…

Météo-France Fires Up Bull Supercomputer Running on ‘Broadwell’ Processors

May 9, 2016 |

This spring Météo-France, the national meteorological service for France and its overseas territories, turned on its ‘new’ supercomputer, a long planned upgrade delivered by Bull/Atos that doubled the performance of its predecessor (already on the Top500 list), significantly reduced power consumption, and is allowing Météo-France to increase the resolutions of its weather and climate models. Read more…

Chameleon: Why Computer Scientists Need a Cloud of Their Own

May 5, 2016 |

Chameleon, the NSF-funded cloud testbed co-located at the University of Chicago and the Texas Advanced Computing Center, has been operating less than one year, but has already contributed to innovative research in the areas of HPC containerization, exascale operating systems and cybersecurity to name a few. To get perspective on this purpose-built testbed and the research it Read more…

China Sets Ambitious Goal to Reach Exascale by 2020

May 2, 2016 |

At the 12th HPC Connections Workshop in Wuhan, China, Beihang University Professor Depei Qian disclosed new information regarding HPC development in China and exascale plans that are shaping up under China’s 13th five-year plan (2016-2020). Since 1996 Professor Professor Qian has served on the expert committee for the National High-tech Research & Development Program (the 863 Read more…

ITIF Report Aims to Sway Congress, Promote National HPC Agenda

Apr 28, 2016 |

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington D.C. think tank with close ties to the Office of Science and Technology Policy and government broadly, today released an expansive report – The Vital Importance of High- Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness – and also held a panel to discuss the report’s recommendation. Noteworthy, many of the panelists are familiar names in the HPC community.

IBM Expands All-Flash Storage; Takes Aim at Cognitive Computing and Cloud

Apr 27, 2016 |

Calling it the foundation of its cloud and cognitive computing strategy, IBM has significantly expanded its all-flash storage platform portfolio with the announcement today of three new array products aimed at managing massive amounts of data associated with cloud-based, high-performance workloads. Targeting hyperscale, cloud data centers and cloud service providers (CSP), the systems utilize IBM’s Read more…

Omni-Path Steadily Gaining Market Traction Says Intel

Apr 26, 2016 |

Intel’s Omni-Path Architecture (OPA), a centerpiece of its Scalable System Framework (SSF), has been shipping for a full quarter now and according to Barry Davis, general manager, HPC Compute & Networks at Intel, OPA is doing well contrary to suggestions from a competitor.

Zhejiang University Sets New Student Cluster LINPACK Record: 12 Teraflops

Apr 20, 2016 |

At 11:30 am local time on Wednesday in Wuhan, China, Zhejiang University was declared the winner of the High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark portion of the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16). The Zhejiang University team achieved a record-setting 12.03 teraflops without going over the competition’s 3000 watt power limit, beating the previous record of 11.92 Read more…

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 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…