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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.

AMD Introduces the FirePro S7100X GPU for Blade Servers

May 25, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 25 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, AMD FirePro S7100X GPU. AMD MxGPU is the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU compliant with the SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe virtualization standard. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a simple, secure solution for graphics virtualization providing workstation-class experience for Read more…

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.

IBM to Offer NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU Accelerator in the Cloud

May 20, 2016 |

DALLAS, Tex., May 20 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) has become the first company to offer the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU accelerator in the cloud, giving companies of all sizes easier and more affordable access to the latest virtual desktop applications with no compromise to performance. IBM continues to be in lock step with NVIDIA in bringing Read more…

Supercomputing Helping Clean Up Waste From WWII

May 17, 2016 |

May 17 — More than seven decades after the end of WWII, radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project is still awaiting cleanup. Progress at sites around the country—the largest is Hanford in southeastern Washington—has been slow, costly and plagued with problems. Cleaning up radioactive waste is incredibly complicated. It’s a little separating certain grains of sand from Read more…

Edico Genome to Make DRAGEN Available on New IBM Power Systems for HPC

May 12, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 12 — Edico Genome, creator of the world’s first bio-IT processor designed to analyze next-generation sequencing data, today announced a collaboration with IBM to make DRAGEN available on the new IBM Power Systems S822LC for high performance computing (HPC). In addition, Edico is now offering the Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK), a software package for analysis of Read more…

TGAC Installs largest SGI UV 300 Supercomputer for Life Sciences

May 11, 2016 |

Two weeks ago, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) based in the U.K. turned on the first of two new SGI UV300 computers. Next week, or thereabouts, TGAC will bring a second identical system online. Combined with its existing SGI UV2000, TGAC will have the largest SGI system dedicated to life sciences in the world. The upgrade will allow TGAC to significantly shorten the time required to assemble wheat genomes, a core activity in TGAC efforts to enhance worldwide food security.

Japan Unveils Details of 25 PFLOPS Machine to be Operational in December 2016

May 10, 2016 |

It’s a good day to be Intel, Data Direct Networks (DDN), and Fujitsu. The Joint Center for Advanced High Performance Computing (JCAHPC) in Japan today released the details of its next generation supercomputer – Oakforest-PACS – which will deliver 25 PFLOPS, use Intel’s Xeon Phi (Knights Landing) manycore processors and Omni-Path Architecture, be built by Read more…

Météo-France Fires Up Bull Supercomputer Running on ‘Broadwell’ Processors

May 9, 2016 |

This spring Météo-France, the national meteorological service for France and its overseas territories, turned on its ‘new’ supercomputer, a long planned upgrade delivered by Bull/Atos that doubled the performance of its predecessor (already on the Top500 list), significantly reduced power consumption, and is allowing Météo-France to increase the resolutions of its weather and climate models. Read more…

Intel Weighs In on NSCI

May 5, 2016 |

For the last 60 years, high-performance computing (HPC) has been instrumental in chipping away at the world’s toughest challenges such as disease control, climate research, and energy efficiency. Organizations in many industries, including oil and gas, financial services, pharmaceutical, and life sciences, as well as in academia and government, have drawn on this technology to Read more…

SDSC Researchers Publish Book on Using GPU Accelerators for Nanosciences

May 3, 2016 |

May 3 — Two researchers with the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego are editors of a just-published book that explores the latest developments in electronic structure calculations on modern computer hardware and explains how graphics processing units (GPUs) can be efficiently exploited to perform such calculations more rapidly Read more…

China Sets Ambitious Goal to Reach Exascale by 2020

May 2, 2016 |

At the 12th HPC Connections Workshop in Wuhan, China, Beihang University Professor Depei Qian disclosed new information regarding HPC development in China and exascale plans that are shaping up under China’s 13th five-year plan (2016-2020). Since 1996 Professor Professor Qian has served on the expert committee for the National High-tech Research & Development Program (the 863 Read more…

Omni-Path Steadily Gaining Market Traction Says Intel

Apr 26, 2016 |

Intel’s Omni-Path Architecture (OPA), a centerpiece of its Scalable System Framework (SSF), has been shipping for a full quarter now and according to Barry Davis, general manager, HPC Compute & Networks at Intel, OPA is doing well contrary to suggestions from a competitor.

TYAN Announces Support for Intel Xeon E5-2600 v4 Product Family

Apr 26, 2016 |

April 26 — TYAN, an industry-leading server platform design manufacturer and subsidiary of MITAC Computing Technology Corporation, announces support for the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 product family. Incorporating Intel’s new processor technologies allows TYAN to offer the latest performance and power savings features available. TYAN’s Xeon E5 platform-based server systems and motherboards continue Read more…

France to Boost Industrial Innovation with New Petascale Supercomputer

Apr 20, 2016 |

This summer, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and 13 leading French industrial companies will boost their research capabilities when they take possession of a new shared supercomputer called COBALT, designed…

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.

IBM Plans Cognitive Computing Research Center with University of Illinois

Apr 15, 2016 |

In keeping with its vision of an era of cognitive computing enabled by acceleration technology, IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans for a multi-year collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to create the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) which will be housed within the College of Engineering on the Urbana campus. Read more…

Is Chinese 100-Petaflopper Around the Corner?

Apr 14, 2016 |

A little over one year ago, export blocks put in place by the US government threatened to derail China’s plans to upgrade its Tianhe-2 supercomputer, the world’s fastest since June 2013, to its originally planned capacity of 100 petaflops. At the time, many in the industry anticipated that the efforts to block China’s supercomputing capability by 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…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Apr 7, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. While here for #GTC16 I made a quick stop to visit colleagues @NERSC. Cori looks great in Read more…