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Microsoft Creates New AI and Research Group

Sep 30, 2016 |

REDMOND, Washington, Sept. 30 — Microsoft Corp. announced on Thursday it has formed the Microsoft AI and Research Group, bringing together Microsoft’s world-class research organization with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company’s AI product efforts. The new group will be led by computer vision luminary Harry Shum, a 20-year Microsoft veteran whose career has spanned leadership roles across Microsoft Research and Bing engineering. Read more…

CSRA Expands Supercomputing Cluster for NIH Research

Sep 30, 2016 |

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Sept. 30 — CSRA Inc. (NYSE: CSRA), a leading provider of next-generation IT solutions and professional services to government organizations, announced it completed the installation of the latest increment of computing power to the Biowulf supercomputing cluster at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Information Technology. Read more…

SC16 Releases Latest Invited Talk Spotlight: Dr. Tamara Kolda

Sep 30, 2016 |

Sept. 30 — Scientists are drowning in data. The scientific data produced by high-fidelity simulations and high-precision experiments are far too massive to store long term. The unwieldy nature of the data makes it difficult to analyze or to retain for future analysis or comparison. Data compression is a necessity, but there are surprisingly few options available for scientific data. Read more…

NCSSM Awarded Access to Bridges Supercomputer

Sep 29, 2016 |

Sept. 29 — The National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) program, through partner institution Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, approved a proposal from NCSSM to allocate 30,000 core-hours of supercomputing time on the Bridges Regular Memory supercomputer in Pittsburgh. The machine, funded with a $9.65M NSF grant, contains a large number of research-grade software packages for science and engineering, including codes for computational chemistry, computational biology, and computational physics, along with specialty codes such as computational fluid dynamics. Read more…

Supermicro Unveils Several New SuperServer Solutions at GTC Europe 2016

Sep 29, 2016 |

Sept. 29 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in compute, storage, networking technologies and green computing today is introducing several new SuperServer solutions optimized for NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerators with the new Pascal GPU architecture at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) Europe 2016, Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, September 28-29 in booth #G1. Read more…

Supercomputing Experts Advise Strength in Diversity, Mentorships and Open Reporting

Sep 29, 2016 |

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 29 — Men still outnumber women in STEM training and employment, and engineering leaders are working to bring awareness to that diversity gap and the opportunities it presents.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, only 29% of STEM jobs are held by women, although women comprise more than half of the national workforce. Read more…

Penguin Computing Introduces Scyld Cloud Workstation 3.0

Sep 29, 2016 |

FERMENT, Calif., Sept. 29 — Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced Scyld Cloud Workstation 3.0, a 3D-accelerated remote desktop solution which provides true multi-user remote desktop collaboration for cloud-based Linux and Windows desktops.

“Unlike other remote desktop solutions, collaboration via Scyld Cloud Workstation is more like sitting in-person with other engineers because a user can hand off control of their desktop to simplify collaboration on a project,” said Victor Gregorio, Vice President and General Manager, Cloud Services, Penguin Computing. Read more…

NVIDIA Introduces Xavier

Sep 29, 2016 |

Sept. 29 — At the inaugural GPU Technology Conference Europe, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled Xavier, the all-new AI supercomputer, designed for use in self-driving cars.

“This is the greatest SoC endeavor I have ever known, and we have been building chips for a very long time,” Huang said to the conference’s 1,600 attendees. Read more…

Allinea Launches CUDA 8 Support to Enable Code Development for Newest NVIDIA GPU Technology

Sep 28, 2016 |

Sept. 28 — Allinea Software today announces availability of its new software release, version 6.1, which offers full support for programming parallel code on the Pascal GPU architecture, CUDA 8 from NVIDIA.

Customers can now take advantage of the latest developments in GPU technology to advance their work, whether through traditional areas of digital research such as simulations or for newer applications such as deep learning. Read more…

E4 Computer Engineering Announces Availability of E4 OP206

Sep 28, 2016 |

Sept. 28 — E4 Computer Engineering announced today product availability of E4 OP206, a system designed to propel deep learning, artificial intelligence, high performance data analytics and other data intensive workloads. The announcement was made in conjunction with opening of the first European GPU Technology conference of which E4 is Silver Sponsor. Read more…