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Around the world, efforts are ramping up to cross the next major computing threshold with

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Enlisting Deep Learning in the War on Cancer

Sometime in Q2 2017 the first ‘results’ of the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer (JDACS4C) will become publicly available according to Rick Stevens. He leads one of three JDACS4C pilot projects pressing deep learning (DL) into service in the War on Cancer. The pilots, supported in part by DOE exascale funding, not only seek to do good by advancing cancer research and therapy but also to advance deep learning capabilities and infrastructure with an eye towards eventual use on exascale machines.

By John Russell

Ganthier, Turkel on the Dell EMC Road Ahead

Who is Dell EMC and why should you care? Glad you asked is Jim Ganthier’s quick response. Ganthier is SVP for validated solutions and high performance computing for the new (even bigger) technology giant Dell EMC following Dell’s acquisition of EMC in September. In this case, says Ganthier, the blending of the two companies is a 1+1 = 5 proposition. Not bad math if you can pull it off.

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Which Schools Produce the Top Coders in the World?

December 8, 2016

Ever wonder which universities worldwide produce the best coders? The answers may surprise you, at least as judged by the results of a competition posted yesterday on the HackerRank blog. Read more…

By John Russell

D-Wave SC16 Update: What’s Bo Ewald Saying These Days

November 18, 2016

Tucked in a back section of the SC16 exhibit hall, quantum computing pioneer D-Wave has been talking up its new 2000-qubit processor announced in September. Forget for a moment the criticism sometimes aimed at D-Wave. This small Canadian company has sold several machines including, for example, ones to Lockheed and NASA, and has worked with Google on mapping machine learning problems to quantum computing. In July Los Alamos National Laboratory took possession of a 1000-quibit D-Wave 2X system that LANL ordered a year ago around the time of SC15. Read more…

By John Russell

SC16 Precision Medicine Panel Proves HPC Matters

November 16, 2016

In virtually every way, precision medicine (PM) is a poster child for the HPC Matters mantra and was a good choice for the Monday panel opening SC16 (HPC Impacts on Precision Medicine: Life’s Future – The Next Frontier in Healthcare). PM’s tantalizing promise is to touch all of us, not just writ large but individually – effectively fighting disease, enhancing health and lifestyle, extending life, and necessarily contributing to basic science along the way. All of this can only done with HPC. Read more…

By John Russell

Intel’s SC16 Barrage Includes AI, Broadwell, Lustre and More

November 15, 2016

Intel made a flurry of announcements at SC16 today. Artificial intelligence figured prominently with new offerings and portfolio details. Here are a few highlights. Read more…

By John Russell

IBM Launches PowerAI Suite Optimized for its Highest Performing Server

November 14, 2016

Last year at SC15, IBM offered its vision of an accelerator-assisted computing paradigm enabled by the OpenPOWER ecosystem of diverse partners and focused on cognitive computing as the key application driver. Read more…

By John Russell

Moving Just to Exascale or Preparing for Sustained Scaling?

November 11, 2016

Forward looking thinkers and programs are setting the course of the nation and internationally towards the acclaimed achievement of exascale computing. The value to important application domains from multi-physics simulation to societal data analytics and the wide range of problems encompassed hardly needs explaining to this community. Read more…

By Thomas Sterling

ARM Will Be Part of OpenHPC 1.2 Release at SC16

November 10, 2016

Perhaps stealing a bit of OpenHPC’s SC16 thunder, ARM announced today that ARMv8-A will be the first alternative architecture with OpenHPC support and part of OpenHPC version 1.2 released at SC16. Read more…

By John Russell

Tackling the Co-design 3.0 Puzzle – New Thinking Needed

November 9, 2016

Co-design has long been a vibrant discussion point in the HPC community. The need to coordinate development across hardware, software, and system architecture in the face of constraints from a declining Moore’s Law is a given. Read more…

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