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March 2019


From insideHPC

Video: Cray Announces First Exascale System

Video: Cray Announces First Exascale System

In this video, Cray CEO Pete Ungaro announces Aurora – Argonne National Laboratory’s forthcoming supercomputer and the United States’ first exascale system. Ungaro offers some insight on the technology, what makes exascale performance…


From insideHPC

NERSC taps NVIDIA compiler team for Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC taps NVIDIA compiler team for Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC has signed a contract with NVIDIA to enhance GPU compiler capabilities for Berkeley Lab’s next-generation Perlmutter supercomputer. "We are excited to work with NVIDIA to enable OpenMP GPU computing using their PGI compilers…


From [email protected]

Using Independent Technical Reviews to Ensure Project Success

Using Independent Technical Reviews to Ensure Project Success

By using independent technical reviews, management can have a third party audit software and ensure the dev team stays on track.


From insideHPC

PASC19 Preview: Brueckner and Dr. Curfman-McInnes to Moderate Exascale Panel Discussion

PASC19 Preview: Brueckner and Dr. Curfman-McInnes to Moderate Exascale Panel Discussion

Today the PASC19 Conference announced that Dr. Lois Curfman McInnes from Argonne and Rich Brueckner from insideHPC will moderate a panel discussion with thought leaders focused on software challenges for Exascale and beyond. …


From insideHPC

How Mellanox SHARP technology speeds Ai workloads

How Mellanox SHARP technology speeds Ai workloads

Mellanox Scalable Hierarchical Aggregation and Reduction Protocol (SHARP) technology improves upon the performance of MPI operations by offloading collective operations from the CPU to the switch network, and by eliminating the…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Electrolux Allies with Google in the Smart Home

Electrolux Allies with Google in the Smart Home

Smart homes move forward, the two major platforms continue to expand.    Now Swedish maker Electrolux is embedding assistants.   Many makers in the space are including both of the biggest home platforms, and even a hint they

Electrolux…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Computer Vision in Retail

Computer Vision in Retail

From the Platt Retail Institute, thoughts on further use of computer vision:

Computer Vision Is Here. Now What?
By George Shaw, CEO/CTO, Brain of the Store

By now, you have probably heard about computer vision and recent advances…


From Schneier on Security

Enigma, Typex, and Bombe Simulators

Enigma, Typex, and Bombe Simulators

GCHQ has put simulators for the Enigma, Typex, and Bombe on the Internet. News article....


From The Eponymous Pickle

Defense Agencies Move to AWS Cloud

Defense Agencies Move to AWS Cloud

Amazon wins another participant.

The Defense Health Agency joins a growing list of defense agencies moving their data to the commercial cloud.   in NextGov

The Defense Health Agency, which supports the delivery of health and medical…


From The Eponymous Pickle

A Look at Future HoloLens Mixed Reality

A Look at Future HoloLens Mixed Reality

Good half hour Podcast interview about HoloLens-2 current and future on Twit-TV

Gives a good update of HoloLens at Microsoft and how they are now focusing its uses

Today's special guest engineering GM for mixed reality apps, Lorraine…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Detecting Potential Electrical Failures

Detecting Potential Electrical Failures

One plant maintenance context we examined was the potential of electrical failures.

Energy monitor can find electrical failures before they happen

Sensor can monitor wiring in a building or ship, and signal when repairs are needed…


From Gödel's Lost Letter and P=NP

The Shortest Path To The Abel Prize

While melding topology, geometry, and analysis IAS page Karen Uhlenbeck is a mathematician who has won a number of awards in the past and has just now been announced as winner of the 2019 Abel Prize. Today Ken and I want to explain…


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Great Innovative Idea: Viewport-Adaptive Navigable 360-Degree Video Delivery

Great Innovative Idea: Viewport-Adaptive Navigable 360-Degree Video Delivery

The following Great Innovative Idea is from Jacob Chakareski from the University of Alabama. Jacob published the “Viewport-adaptive Navigable 360-Degree Video Delivery” paper with Xavier Corbillon (IMT Atlantique), Alisa Devlic…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Intelligent Display Scans Your Face

Intelligent Display Scans Your Face

Is this invasive?   Saw something like this years ago,  but with no implication of seeing who it was. Advertising based on iris movement and facial analysis to extract demographic information.   Iris scanning is known to be imprecise…


From insideHPC

UberCloud Publishes Compendium Of CFD Case Studies

UberCloud Publishes Compendium Of CFD Case Studies

If you are considering moving some of your HPC workload to the Cloud, nothing leads the way like a good set of case studies in your scientific domain. To this end, our good friends at the UberCloud have published their Compendium…


From insideHPC

ISC 2019 Keynote to focus on Algorithms of Life

ISC 2019 Keynote to focus on Algorithms of Life

Today the ISC 2019 conference announced that their keynote will be delivered by Professor Ivo Sbalzarini, who will speak to an audience of 3500 attendees about the pivotal role high performance computing plays in the field of…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nulogy Case Study

Nulogy Case Study

Brought to my attention, aspects of the case study are of interest.    At this time no pieces in this blog are sponsored.   I do from time time get items that are of particular interest and I pass them along.

In SupplychainBrain…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Google Celebrates Bach Birthday with AI

Google Celebrates Bach Birthday with AI

Nicely done, with a basic description about how current AI systems work.   And some creative and playful Bach arrangements as well!   All at the link.

Google writes:

Today we celebrate world renowned German composer and musician…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Neural Nets need to Learn to Forget

Neural Nets need to Learn to Forget

We were exposed to this and related issues when we first worked with neural methods. This is a big dealfor all kinds of learning interactions.

Neural Networks Are Learning What to Remember and What to Forget
MIT Technology Review…


From insideHPC

OSS Introduces World’s First PCIe Gen 4 Backplane at GTC

OSS Introduces World’s First PCIe Gen 4 Backplane at GTC

Today One Stop Systems introduced the world’s first PCIe Gen 4 backplane. "Delivering the high performance required by edge applications necessitates PCIe interconnectivity traveling on the fast data highway between high-speed…


From insideHPC

European Commission Funds 10 Centers of Excellence for HPC

European Commission Funds 10 Centers of Excellence for HPC

The European Commission has approved a multi-million funding program for developing applications in High Performance Computing. The funds will be used to help build HPC Centers of Excellence in 10 member countries. From computing…


From insideHPC

Characteristics of Remote Persistent Memory – Performance, Capacity, or Locality?

Characteristics of Remote Persistent Memory – Performance, Capacity, or Locality?

Paul Grun from Cray gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin. "Persistent Memory exhibits several interesting characteristics including persistence, capacity and others. These (sometimes)competing characteristics …


From Schneier on Security

First Look Media Shutting Down Access to Snowden NSA Archives

First Look Media Shutting Down Access to Snowden NSA Archives

The Daily Beast is reporting that First Look Media -- home of The Intercept and Glenn Greenwald -- is shutting down access to the Snowden archives. The Intercept was the home for Greenwald's subset of Snowden's NSA documents…


From Computational Complexity

Back at Dagstuhl

Participants and Their Research Interests

This week I'm in Germany for the Dagstuhl workshop on Computational Complexity of Discrete Problems well timed for Georgia Tech spring break. No Bill, so no typecast, no family


From The Eponymous Pickle

Amazon Private Label: Skincare

Amazon Private Label: Skincare

Another interesting attempt at private label.   Marketing? How will consumers react? 

Amazon creates its own skincare line called Belei
Don't expect to see Amazon's name plastered over it, though. .... "

By Jon Fingas, in Engadget…


From Schneier on Security

Zipcar Disruption

Zipcar Disruption

This isn't a security story, but it easily could have been. Last Saturday, Zipcar had a system outage: "an outage experienced by a third party telecommunications vendor disrupted connections between the company's vehicles and…


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

ARM and Intel have different performance characteristics: a case study in random number generation

ARM and Intel have different performance characteristics: a case study in random number generation

In my previous post, I reviewed a new fast random number generator called wyhash. I commented that I expected it to do well on x64 processors (Intel and AMD), but not so well on ARM processors. Let us review again wyhash: uint64_t…


From insideHPC

TACC to power HSM Archives with Quantum Corp Tape Libraries

TACC to power HSM Archives with Quantum Corp Tape Libraries

Today Quantum Corp. announced the Texas Advanced Computing Center has selected Quantum StorNext as their archive file system, with a Quantum Scalar i6000 tape library providing dedicated Hierarchical Storage Management. "Our …


From insideHPC

New Inspur AI Server Supports Eight NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs

New Inspur AI Server Supports Eight NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs

Today Inspur announced that their new NF5488M5 high-density AI server supports eight NVIDIA V100 Tensor Core GPUs in a 4U form factor. "The rapid development of AI keeps increasing the requirements for computing performance …


From insideHPC

Podcast: How Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration is Simplifying HPC & AI

Podcast: How Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration is Simplifying HPC & AI

In this Intel on Ai Podcast, Dr. David Ellison from Lenovo describes the Lenovo Intelligent Computing Orchestration (LiCO). "Dr. Ellison explains how LiCO accelerates artificial intelligence training and traditional high performance…

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