What’s New in Computing vs. COVID-19: Julia, Twitter, TACC & More

By Oliver Peckham

May 7, 2020

Supercomputing, big data and artificial intelligence are crucial tools in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Around the world, researchers, corporations and governments are urgently devoting their computing resources to this global crisis. This column collects the biggest news about how advanced technologies are helping us fight back against COVID-19.


KAUST opens its Shaheen II supercomputer to COVID-19 research

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Supercomputing Core Laboratory (KSL) has issued a call for COVID-19-related research proposals for its Shaheen II supercomputer (as well as other cluster computing resources). Shaheen II, which delivers 5.5 Linpack petaflops, placed 38th on the most recent Top500 list of the world’s most powerful publicly ranked supercomputers. To read more, click here.

Atos highlights its efforts to stop COVID-19

Atos is highlighting its numerous initiatives to spur COVID-19 research and action, including a wide range of work by its supercomputers, a workplace services offering and participation in the “COVID-19 Dataset Challenge” competition that tasks researchers with applying machine learning to coronavirus questions. To read more, click here.

COVIDScholar combs through COVID-19 studies

A team from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a tool called COVIDScholar that uses natural language processing and supercomputing to scan academic papers on COVID-19 and make the results easily searchable. Within a month, the team collected over 60,000 research papers, using automated scripts to pull the papers, standardize them and index them for searching. To read more, click here.

The University of Delaware prepares to use supercomputing to study the structure of the virus

A duo of researchers from the University of Delaware have received an NSF grant to construct simulations of COVID-19 using supercomputers. The researchers will conduct molecular simulations at the atomic level using tools previously applied for successful analysis of AIDS and hepatitis B. To learn more, click here.

Julia researchers create verifiable neural net in Julia for COVID-19 epidemiology

Earlier this year, two researchers from MIT combined Julia’s neural networks with differential equations to create “universal differential equations.” Now, those researchers have published a paper showing the use of universal differential equations for COVID-19 epidemiology, using to tool to illustrate how different approaches to quarantine and isolation measures affected the virus’ reproduction in Wuhan, Italy, South Korea and the U.S.

Cloud-based supercomputer accelerates COVID-19 drug discovery

A team from the University of Alabama in Huntsville is using HPE’s Sentinel supercomputer, via Microsoft Azure, to engage in drug discovery for COVID-19. Sentinel, which is a Cray XC50 Intel-based system in Azure’s Texas datacenter, was used to investigate 20,000 molecules for their ability to disable proteins on COVID-19. To read more, click here.

Quantum machine learning used to provide COVID-19 drug candidates

Researchers at Penn State University are applying quantum machine learning, a cross between quantum information processing and machine learning, to assist with COVID-19 drug development. The researchers previously applied the same technique to solve similar combinatorial optimization problems. To read more, click here.

UKRI issues an open call for COVID-19 research across a range of supercomputing resources

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has published a list of supercomputing resources that are available for researchers who want to conduct research on COVID-19. The list includes a wide range of resources across over a dozen facilities and institutions, all accessible via a single application. To read more, click here.

Click to play. The top 20 daily words in the Twitter data sample changing over time. Image courtesy of TACC.

TACC provides supercomputer-powered Twitter insights on COVID-19

Researchers from the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) combed through tens of millions of COVID-19-related tweets to provide researchers with a massive social media dataset, as well as some supercomputer-enabled insights. For now, those insights include trending words and phrases over time, but they will soon expand to include analyses of related terms, public figures and organization and a searchable database. To read more, click here.

The University of Utah use supercomputers to generate molecular models of COVID-19-related compounds

Researchers at the University of Utah have used resources on TACC’s Frontera and Longhorn systems to rapidly construct molecular models of COVID-19-relevant compounds. The team generated more than 2,000 molecular models with the hopes of finding a new peptide inhibitor that can be experimentally verified in the coming weeks. To read more, click here.


Do you know about COVID-19 research that should be featured on this list? If so, send us an email at oliver@taborcommunications.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Subscribe to HPCwire's Weekly Update!

Be the most informed person in the room! Stay ahead of the tech trends with industy updates delivered to you every week!

Royalty-free stock illustration ID: 1675260034

Solving Heterogeneous Programming Challenges with SYCL

December 8, 2021

In the first of a series of guest posts on heterogenous computing, James Reinders, who returned to Intel last year after a short "retirement," considers how SYCL will contribute to a heterogeneous future for C++. Reinde Read more…

Quantinuum Debuts Quantum-based Cryptographic Key Service – Is this Quantum Advantage?

December 7, 2021

Quantinuum – the newly-named company resulting from the merger of Honeywell’s quantum computing division and UK-based Cambridge Quantum – today launched Quantum Origin, a service to deliver “completely unpredicta Read more…

SC21 Was Unlike Any Other — Was That a Good Thing?

December 3, 2021

For a long time, the promised in-person SC21 seemed like an impossible fever dream, the assurances of a prominent physical component persisting across years of canceled conferences, including two virtual ISCs and the virtual SC20. With the advent of the Delta variant, Covid surges in St. Louis and contention over vaccine requirements... Read more…

The Green500’s Crystal Anniversary Sees MN-3 Crystallize Its Winning Streak

December 2, 2021

“This is the 30th Green500,” said Wu Feng, custodian of the Green500 list, at the list’s SC21 birds-of-a-feather session. “You could say 15 years of Green500, which makes it, I guess, the crystal anniversary.” Indeed, HPCwire marked the 15th anniversary of the Green500 – which ranks supercomputers by flops-per-watt, rather than just by flops – earlier this year with... Read more…

AWS Arm-based Graviton3 Instances Now in Preview

December 1, 2021

Three years after unveiling the first generation of its AWS Graviton chip-powered instances in 2018, Amazon Web Services announced that the third generation of the processors – the AWS Graviton3 – will power all-new Amazon Elastic Compute 2 (EC2) C7g instances that are now available in preview. Debuting at the AWS re:Invent 2021... Read more…

AWS Solution Channel

Introducing AWS HPC Connector for NICE EnginFrame

HPC customers regularly tell us about their excitement when they’re starting to use the cloud for the first time. In conversations, we always want to dig a bit deeper to find out how we can improve those initial experiences and deliver on the potential they see. Read more…

Nvidia Dominates Latest MLPerf Results but Competitors Start Speaking Up

December 1, 2021

MLCommons today released its fifth round of MLPerf training benchmark results with Nvidia GPUs again dominating. That said, a few other AI accelerator companies participated and, one of them, Graphcore, even held a separ Read more…

Royalty-free stock illustration ID: 1675260034

Solving Heterogeneous Programming Challenges with SYCL

December 8, 2021

In the first of a series of guest posts on heterogenous computing, James Reinders, who returned to Intel last year after a short "retirement," considers how SYC Read more…

Quantinuum Debuts Quantum-based Cryptographic Key Service – Is this Quantum Advantage?

December 7, 2021

Quantinuum – the newly-named company resulting from the merger of Honeywell’s quantum computing division and UK-based Cambridge Quantum – today launched Q Read more…

SC21 Was Unlike Any Other — Was That a Good Thing?

December 3, 2021

For a long time, the promised in-person SC21 seemed like an impossible fever dream, the assurances of a prominent physical component persisting across years of canceled conferences, including two virtual ISCs and the virtual SC20. With the advent of the Delta variant, Covid surges in St. Louis and contention over vaccine requirements... Read more…

The Green500’s Crystal Anniversary Sees MN-3 Crystallize Its Winning Streak

December 2, 2021

“This is the 30th Green500,” said Wu Feng, custodian of the Green500 list, at the list’s SC21 birds-of-a-feather session. “You could say 15 years of Green500, which makes it, I guess, the crystal anniversary.” Indeed, HPCwire marked the 15th anniversary of the Green500 – which ranks supercomputers by flops-per-watt, rather than just by flops – earlier this year with... Read more…

Nvidia Dominates Latest MLPerf Results but Competitors Start Speaking Up

December 1, 2021

MLCommons today released its fifth round of MLPerf training benchmark results with Nvidia GPUs again dominating. That said, a few other AI accelerator companies Read more…

At SC21, Experts Ask: Can Fast HPC Be Green?

November 30, 2021

HPC is entering a new era: exascale is (somewhat) officially here, but Moore’s law is ending. Power consumption and other sustainability concerns loom over the enormous systems and chips of this new epoch, for both cost and compliance reasons. Reconciling the need to continue the supercomputer scale-up while reducing HPC’s environmental impacts... Read more…

Raja Koduri and Satoshi Matsuoka Discuss the Future of HPC at SC21

November 29, 2021

HPCwire's Managing Editor sits down with Intel's Raja Koduri and Riken's Satoshi Matsuoka in St. Louis for an off-the-cuff conversation about their SC21 experience, what comes after exascale and why they are collaborating. Koduri, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's accelerated computing systems and graphics (AXG) group, leads the team... Read more…

Jack Dongarra on SC21, the Top500 and His Retirement Plans

November 29, 2021

HPCwire's Managing Editor sits down with Jack Dongarra, Top500 co-founder and Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee, during SC21 in St. Louis to discuss the 2021 Top500 list, the outlook for global exascale computing, and what exactly is going on in that Viking helmet photo. Read more…

IonQ Is First Quantum Startup to Go Public; Will It be First to Deliver Profits?

November 3, 2021

On October 1 of this year, IonQ became the first pure-play quantum computing start-up to go public. At this writing, the stock (NYSE: IONQ) was around $15 and its market capitalization was roughly $2.89 billion. Co-founder and chief scientist Chris Monroe says it was fun to have a few of the company’s roughly 100 employees travel to New York to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock... Read more…

Enter Dojo: Tesla Reveals Design for Modular Supercomputer & D1 Chip

August 20, 2021

Two months ago, Tesla revealed a massive GPU cluster that it said was “roughly the number five supercomputer in the world,” and which was just a precursor to Tesla’s real supercomputing moonshot: the long-rumored, little-detailed Dojo system. Read more…

Esperanto, Silicon in Hand, Champions the Efficiency of Its 1,092-Core RISC-V Chip

August 27, 2021

Esperanto Technologies made waves last December when it announced ET-SoC-1, a new RISC-V-based chip aimed at machine learning that packed nearly 1,100 cores onto a package small enough to fit six times over on a single PCIe card. Now, Esperanto is back, silicon in-hand and taking aim... Read more…

US Closes in on Exascale: Frontier Installation Is Underway

September 29, 2021

At the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) meeting, held by Zoom this week (Sept. 29-30), it was revealed that the Frontier supercomputer is currently being installed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The staff at the Oak Ridge Leadership... Read more…

AMD Launches Milan-X CPU with 3D V-Cache and Multichip Instinct MI200 GPU

November 8, 2021

At a virtual event this morning, AMD CEO Lisa Su unveiled the company’s latest and much-anticipated server products: the new Milan-X CPU, which leverages AMD’s new 3D V-Cache technology; and its new Instinct MI200 GPU, which provides up to 220 compute units across two Infinity Fabric-connected dies, delivering an astounding 47.9 peak double-precision teraflops. “We're in a high-performance computing megacycle, driven by the growing need to deploy additional compute performance... Read more…

Intel Reorgs HPC Group, Creates Two ‘Super Compute’ Groups

October 15, 2021

Following on changes made in June that moved Intel’s HPC unit out of the Data Platform Group and into the newly created Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) business unit, led by Raja Koduri, Intel is making further updates to the HPC group and announcing... Read more…

Killer Instinct: AMD’s Multi-Chip MI200 GPU Readies for a Major Global Debut

October 21, 2021

AMD’s next-generation supercomputer GPU is on its way – and by all appearances, it’s about to make a name for itself. The AMD Radeon Instinct MI200 GPU (a successor to the MI100) will, over the next year, begin to power three massive systems on three continents: the United States’ exascale Frontier system; the European Union’s pre-exascale LUMI system; and Australia’s petascale Setonix system. Read more…

Hot Chips: Here Come the DPUs and IPUs from Arm, Nvidia and Intel

August 25, 2021

The emergence of data processing units (DPU) and infrastructure processing units (IPU) as potentially important pieces in cloud and datacenter architectures was Read more…

Leading Solution Providers

Contributors

D-Wave Embraces Gate-Based Quantum Computing; Charts Path Forward

October 21, 2021

Earlier this month D-Wave Systems, the quantum computing pioneer that has long championed quantum annealing-based quantum computing (and sometimes taken heat fo Read more…

HPE Wins $2B GreenLake HPC-as-a-Service Deal with NSA

September 1, 2021

In the heated, oft-contentious, government IT space, HPE has won a massive $2 billion contract to provide HPC and AI services to the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA). Following on the heels of the now-canceled $10 billion JEDI contract (reissued as JWCC) and a $10 billion... Read more…

The Latest MLPerf Inference Results: Nvidia GPUs Hold Sway but Here Come CPUs and Intel

September 22, 2021

The latest round of MLPerf inference benchmark (v 1.1) results was released today and Nvidia again dominated, sweeping the top spots in the closed (apples-to-ap Read more…

Three Chinese Exascale Systems Detailed at SC21: Two Operational and One Delayed

November 24, 2021

Details about two previously rumored Chinese exascale systems came to light during last week’s SC21 proceedings. Asked about these systems during the Top500 media briefing on Monday, Nov. 15, list author and co-founder Jack Dongarra indicated he was aware of some very impressive results, but withheld comment when asked directly if he had... Read more…

Ahead of ‘Dojo,’ Tesla Reveals Its Massive Precursor Supercomputer

June 22, 2021

In spring 2019, Tesla made cryptic reference to a project called Dojo, a “super-powerful training computer” for video data processing. Then, in summer 2020, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted: “Tesla is developing a [neural network] training computer... Read more…

2021 Gordon Bell Prize Goes to Exascale-Powered Quantum Supremacy Challenge

November 18, 2021

Today at the hybrid virtual/in-person SC21 conference, the organizers announced the winners of the 2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize: a team of Chinese researchers leveraging the new exascale Sunway system to simulate quantum circuits. The Gordon Bell Prize, which comes with an award of $10,000 courtesy of HPC pioneer Gordon Bell, is awarded annually... Read more…

Quantum Computer Market Headed to $830M in 2024

September 13, 2021

What is one to make of the quantum computing market? Energized (lots of funding) but still chaotic and advancing in unpredictable ways (e.g. competing qubit tec Read more…

IBM Introduces its First Power10-based Server, the Power E1080; Targets Hybrid Cloud

September 8, 2021

IBM today introduced the Power E1080 server, its first system powered by a Power10 IBM microprocessor. The new system reinforces IBM’s emphasis on hybrid cloud markets and the new chip beefs up its inference capabilities. IBM – like other CPU makers – is hoping to make inferencing a core capability... Read more…

  • arrow
  • Click Here for More Headlines
  • arrow
HPCwire