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Univa Expands Grid Engine Support for Docker and Intel KNL

May 31, 2016 |

Univa today announced general availability of Grid Engine 8.4.0. The latest version of Grid Engine includes many new features including expanded support for Docker containers as well as “preview support” for Intel’s latest Xeon Phi code named Knights Landing processor. Univa also reports fixing more than 80 prior issues. Leading the container enhancements, users can now automatically dispatch and run jobs in Docker containers, from a user specified Docker image.

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.

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.

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…

Nielsen and Intel Migrate HPC Efficiency and Data Analytics to Big Data

May 16, 2016 |

Nielsen has collaborated with Intel to migrate important pieces of HPC technology into Nielsen’s big-data analytic workflows including MPI, mature numerical libraries from NAG (the Numerical Algorithms Group), as well as custom C++ analytic codes. This complementary hybrid approach integrates the benefits of Hadoop data management and workflow scheduling with an extensive pool of HPC tools and C/C++ capabilities for analytic applications. In particular, the use of MPI reduces latency, permits reuse of the Hadoop servers, and co-locates the MPI applications close to the data.

National Academy Offers Guidance to NSF on Advanced Computing Priorities

May 4, 2016 |

Yet another major policy report on national high performance computing – Future Directions for NSF Advanced Computing Infrastructure to Support U.S. Science and Engineering in 2017-2020 – was released today. This one is from National Academies for Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and commissioned by National Science Foundation (NSF). To a significant extent it echoes themes Read more…

ACM Honors Ron Perrott with Distinguished Service Award

May 4, 2016 |

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced today that Ron Perrott, a long-time advocate of international HPC collaboration and an important figure in defining the United Kingdom’s and Europe’s HPC strategy was awarded the ACM Distinguished Service Award. While much of Perrott’s career was spent behind the scenes in coordinating roles, he was also present Read more…

Compilers and More: What Makes Performance Portable?

Apr 19, 2016 |

The term performance portability has appeared many times in the past few years. What does it mean? When did we first start worrying about performance portability? Why is it more relevant now than before? Why are so many discussions about performance portability so depressing? Is there any hope? Michael Wolfe addresses these questions and more in this article.

ASC16 Kicks Off in Wuhan, China: 16 Teams, $40k in Prizes

Apr 18, 2016 |

The fifth annual Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) got off to an exciting start this morning at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China.

Custom App Container Targets HPC Needs

Apr 15, 2016 |

Custom versions of application containers are emerging that meet stringent requirements. Among the first is an HPC specific container platform dubbed Singularity built around what its developers say is the concept of “mobility of compute.” Despite the fact that commercial and open source application containers are making steady headway in production settings, researchers overseeing HPC Read more…

Intel Debuts ‘Knights Landing’ Ninja Developer Platform

Apr 12, 2016 |

Intel is making good on its promise to offer Knights Landing-based developer platforms ahead of general availability. Systems based on the self-hosted Knights Landing processor are available for pre-order as part of Intel’s developer-targeted early access program. The Ninja Developer Platform is offered in two configurations – a liquid-cooled desk-side machine with one Knights Landing and…

GTC16: NVIDIA Updates SDK; Expands Support for Deep Learning

Apr 5, 2016 |

As always, there’s a flood of news coming out of NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference, being held this week in San Jose. In addition to the much-anticipated Pascal debut, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed an expansive update to NVIDIA’s SDK…

HPE Expands HPC Lineup; Targets Deep Learning, Lustre, and FS

Apr 4, 2016 |

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for the second straight week introduced new server products with today’s launches aimed at high performance computing. The centerpiece is a GPU-accelerated deep learning platform (Apollo 6500) whose announcement coincides with start of NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) being held this week in San Jose. HPE also announced a Lustre storage Read more…

The Scalability Dilemma and the Case for Decoupling

Mar 30, 2016 |

The need for extreme scale computing is driven by the seemingly forever fledgling Internet. In abstract, the entire network is already an extreme scale computing engine. The technical difficulty, however, is to harness the dispersed computing powers for a single purpose. An analogy to this would be to build an engine capable of harnessing the Read more…

DU GeoSolutions Leverages Xeon Phi for Improved Seismic Processing

Mar 23, 2016 |

It’s a given that modern oil and gas exploration couldn’t exist without increasingly powerful supercomputers. Today’s machines enable new capabilities, improve image resolutions, lower costs, and decrease risk. Indeed, many wells, some costing tens of millions of dollars, have missed their targets due to inadequate or incorrect data analysis. This article explores the impact of Read more…

Thomas Sterling: ‘Why We Want to be Part of OpenHPC’

Mar 18, 2016 |

The Indiana University Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) has been part of the OpenHPC community effort since it was launched November 12, 2015. In a recent Q&A with OpenHPC, Professor Thomas Sterling, associate director and chief scientist of CREST, explains the basis for the partnership. As the father of Beowulf clusters, developed in collaboration with Don Becker, Professor Sterling has Read more…

Mapping Out a New Role for Cognitive Computing in Science

Feb 25, 2016 |

The avalanche of data being produced by experimental instruments and sensors isn’t just a big (data) problem – it’s perhaps the biggest bottleneck in science today. What’s needed, say the distinguished authors of a new white paper from the Computing Community Consortium, is a community-wide agenda to develop cognitive computing tools that can perform scientific Read more…

EU Projects Unite on Heterogeneous ARM-based Exascale Prototype

Feb 24, 2016 |

A trio of partner projects based in Europe – Exanest, Exanode and Ecoscale – are working in close collaboration to develop the building blocks for an exascale architecture prototype that will, as they describe, put the power of ten million computers into a single supercomputer. The effort is unique in seeking to advance the ARM64 + Read more…

IARPA Seeks Novel Training Data Sets to Advance Artificial Intelligence

Feb 22, 2016 |

Depending upon your perspective Artificial Intelligence is stuck in the doldrums. Its long touted promise has yet to materialize and instead produced boom-bust cycles of grand expectations followed by disappointing results. Maybe the problem isn’t the algorithms but training data sets. This is the latest message from IARPA which has issued a request for information Read more…

James Reinders: Parallelism Has Crossed a Threshold

Feb 4, 2016 |

Is the parallel everything era here? What happens when you can assume parallel cores? In the second half of our in-depth interview, Intel’s James Reinders discusses the eclipsing of single-core machines by their multi- and manycore counterparts and the ramifications of the democratization of parallel computing, remarking “we don’t need to worry about single-core processors anymore Read more…