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Nvidia Launches Pascal GPUs for Deep Learning Inferencing

Sep 12, 2016 |

Already entrenched in the deep learning community for neural net training, Nvidia wants to secure its place as the go-to chipmaker for datacenter inferencing. At the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Beijing Tuesday, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the latest additions to the Tesla line, Pascal-based P4 and P40 GPU accelerators, as well as new software all aimed at improving performance for inferencing workloads that undergird applications like voice-activated assistants, spam filters, and recommendation engines.

HPC4Mfg Issues Call for Proposals to Advance Energy Technology

Sep 8, 2016 |

LIVERMORE, Calif., Sept. 8 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing program, designed to spur the use of national lab supercomputing resources and expertise to advance innovation in energy efficient manufacturing, is seeking a new round of proposals from industry to compete for $3 million. The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Read more…

New Approach to Computationally Designing Drugs for GPCRs

Sep 8, 2016 |

Modeling protein interactions with drugs has long been computationally challenging. One obstacle is these interactions often take relatively long to occur and conventional molecular dynamics simulation is insufficient. This week a group of researchers, using several EXSEDE supercomputers, report a hybrid in silico-experimental approach that shows promise as a drug design tool for use with G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)

Japan’s Post-K Computer Hits 1-2 Year Speed Bump

Sep 8, 2016 |

At the HPC User Forum in Austin, Texas, Dr. Yutaka Ishikawa, project lead for RIKEN AICS, confirmed that Japan’s next-generation supercomputer, the Post-K computer, has been delayed by one-to-two years, slipping from its original 2020 target to either 2021 or 2022. The additional time is needed to ensure sufficient processor volume, sources report. With the adjusted Read more…

DOE’s Year-old HPC4Mfg Program Announces 13 New Projects

Aug 31, 2016 |

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) program, roughly a year old, continues to gather momentum with the recent award of $3.8M for 13 new industry projects. More effective collaboration with and transfer of HPC knowledge to industry is a growing imperative at DOE and aligned with the National Strategic Computing Read more…

How Would U.S. Perform in Coding Olympics? Not Great Says Study

Aug 31, 2016 |

China’s impressive standing up of the 93 petaflops Sunway TaihuLight atop the Top500 list in June ruffled more than a few feathers in the west. Here’s yet more fodder for stirring up geo-computational acumen nervousness – a report by HackerRank, a blog that posts coding challenges, indicates the U.S. would place 28th in a Coding Olympics Read more…

Chicago Becomes First City to Launch Array of Things

Aug 29, 2016 |

Aug. 29 — This week in Chicago, the Array of Things team begins the first phase of the groundbreaking urban sensing project, installing the first of an eventual 500 nodes on city streets. By measuring data on air quality, climate, traffic and other urban features, these pilot nodes kick off an innovative partnership between the Read more…

UTA Physicists Get $1 Million to Upgrade Titan Software

Aug 25, 2016 |

Aug. 25 — Physicists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been awarded a new $1.06 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to upgrade the software that runs on the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support extremely data-heavy scientific applications such as advanced biology and materials Read more…

NVIDIA Adds ‘Parker’ CPU to ‘Brain of Autonomous Vehicles’

Aug 25, 2016 |

NVIDIA’s autonomous vehicle strategy took a step forward this week with the announcement of a new mobile CPU, called “Parker,” offered to automakers as a single unit or integrated into the company’s DRIVE PX 2 platform, announced at CES earlier this year. Along with two Parker chips, DRIVE PX 2 will include two Pascal GPUs Read more…

NERSC is Busily Using Dungeons to Slay Code Dragons

Aug 24, 2016 |

Work to modernize codes for use on the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) Cori supercomputer and its Intel Xeon Phi Knight’s Landing manycore architecture is making steady progress, says NERSC, which has now held eight Dungeon code development sessions with Intel and Cray. The most recent was held earlier this month. These Dungeon Read more…

Gazing into Computational Biology’s Crystal Ball

Aug 23, 2016 |

Sorting out computational biology’s future is tricky. It likely won’t be singular. First-principle, mechanistic simulation has so far proven challenging but could eventually become game changing. Meanwhile pattern recognition and matching in massive ‘omics’ datasets have been extremely productive and likely to remain dominant at present. Now, an MIT professor and colleagues write that two Read more…

ARM Unveils Scalable Vector Extension for HPC at Hot Chips

Aug 22, 2016 |

ARM and Fujitsu today announced a scalable vector extension (SVE) to the ARMv8-A architecture intended to enhance ARM capabilities in HPC workloads. Fujitsu is the lead silicon partner in the effort (so far) and will use ARM with SVE technology in its post K computer, Japan’s next flagship supercomputer planned for the 2020 timeframe. This is an important incremental step for ARM, which seeks to push more aggressively into mainstream and HPC server markets.

Intel Launches Silicon Photonics Chip, Previews Next-Gen Phi for AI

Aug 18, 2016 |

At the Intel Developer Forum, held in San Francisco this week, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager Diane Bryant announced the launch of Intel’s Silicon Photonics product line and teased a brand-new Phi product, codenamed “Knights Mill,” aimed at machine learning workloads.

Container Testing Reveals ‘Memory Pressure’ on Apps

Aug 18, 2016 |

With early adopters of application container technology completing early testing in multi-tenant settings, potential performance issues are beginning to surface. Among them, according to hyper-scaler LinkedIn, is a Linux kernel feature called “control groups” used with most containers to assign resources. In an analysis based on several months of “pressure testing,” Zhenyun Zhuang, a software Read more…

FM Global Researchers Say ‘ADIOS’ to Bottlenecks

Aug 16, 2016 |

Aug. 16 — Researchers from commercial and industrial property insurer FM Global want to improve fire protection standards across the country. The company, which insures one in three Fortune 1000 companies with a unique focus on helping clients prevent losses, is dedicated to understanding how fires spread and, conversely, how they can be contained. To Read more…

NOAA Upgrades River Flow Forecasting on New Crays

Aug 16, 2016 |

The flooding now occurring in Louisiana and Mississippi is a stark reminder of how disruptive and potentially dangerous floods can be. Today the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched a new simulation tool – the National Water Model (NMW) – running on NOAA’s new Cray XC40 supercomputers that greatly extends and enhances NOAA’s ability Read more…

DOE Invests $16M in Supercomputer-based Materials Design

Aug 16, 2016 |

Materials science got a boost today when the Department of Energy announced it would invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials “through use of supercomputers.” The program will focus on software development with an eye towards being able to eventually run on exascale machines. Two four-year projects Read more…

China to Launch ‘Quantum’ Satellite; Is U.S. Falling Behind?

Aug 15, 2016 |

Within the next few days China will launch a ‘quantum’ communications satellite heralding yet another major technology achievement for the world’s largest and most populous country, according to a report today in The Wall Street Journal. It’s part of China’s drive to build a hack-proof communications. This is impressive show of science and technology strength Read more…

Think Fast – Is Neuromorphic Computing Set to Leap Forward?

Aug 15, 2016 |

Steadily advancing neuromorphic computing technology has created high expectations for this fundamentally different approach to computing. Its strengths – like the human brain it attempts to mimic – are pattern recognition (space and time) and inference reasoning. Advocates say it will also be possible to compute at much lower power than current paradigms. At ISC Read more…

Intel to Acquire AI Startup Nervana Systems

Aug 9, 2016 |

If we needed another sign that Intel is serious about mining AI market opportunities, it came today when the chip company announced it had inked a “definitive agreement” to acquire artificial intelligence and deep learning company Nervana Systems. Financial terms haven’t been disclosed yet, but a source familiar with the deal told Recode it’s worth more Read more…