RFHPC147: A Look at the Latest TOP500

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. It’s Day 1 here at the ISC 2017 conference, and we’ll be keeping you posted on all the news as the show goes June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany.

 

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Student Cluster Competition Update: The student team from NUDT in China has Visa troubles, so they will not be able to participate this week in Frankfurt. That reduces the field to 11 international teams.
  • What’s up with the Aurora supercomputer that was supposed to come to Argonne next year? Rich has the scoop.

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RFHPC146: Day-by-Day Preview of ISC 2017 in Frankfurt

In this podcast, Rich gives us a day-by-day preview of the upcoming ISC 2017 conference. The event takes place June 18-22 in Frankfurt, Germany.

“ISC High Performance focuses on HPC technological development and its application in scientific fields, as well as its adoption in commercial environments. In 2017 we offer you 13 fascinating HPC topics grouped under three categories: systems, applications, and emerging topics. All topics will be addressed in different power-packed sessions. The ISC tutorials, workshops and the exhibition will complement these sessions.”

Friday, June 16

  • HP-CAST is the high performance user group meeting for HPE customers and partners. Over 300 attendees are expected for the two-day meeting, which you can read about here on insideHPC.

Saturday, June 17

  • The Student Cluster Competition teams begins their system buildout at the Frankfurt Messe. An exhibitor pass is required for entry to the hall.
  • HP-CAST Day 2 has a focus on partner sessions.

Sunday, June 18

Monday, June 19

Tuesday, June 20

  • Exhibits 10-6
  • DDN User Group, 12:30pm – 5:00pm at the Movenpick Hotel

Wednesday, June 21

  • Exhibits 10-6
  • Student Cluster Awards Ceremony

Thursday, June 22

  • Workshops all day at the Marriott
  • Women in HPC Workshop 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Dell HPC Community meeting, 8:00am – 3:00pm. The Dell EMC HPC Community event will feature keynote presentations by HPC experts and a networking breakfast to discuss best practices in the use of Dell EMC HPC Systems.
  • Rich heads out for Motorcycle tour of the Alps

Monday, June 26-28

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Dan interviews Carolyn Posti from Redline on the topic of HPC Benchmarking
  • Rich buys an Antminer S7 for mining Bitcoins

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RFHPC145: Touring the 100 Megawatt SuperNAP Datacenter

In this podcast, Rich gives us the lowdown on his recent tour of the SuperNAP datacenter in Las Vegas. Run by Switch, the campus has over up to 2.4 million sqare feet of Tier IV Gold data center space with 315 Megawatts of datacenter capacity.

“Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, Switch is built on the intelligent and sustainable growth of the Internet. Its Founder and CEO, Rob Roy, developed more than 260 patent and patent-pending claims covering data center designs that manifested into their world-renowned data centers and their technology solution ecosystems.”

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin is impressed with ARM’s new Cortex A75 chips. “This is the first set of processing components designed specifically to tackle the challenges of onboard AI and machine learning.”
  • Dan notes that Google is possibly facing a $9 Billion fine from EU antitrust regulators for allegedly manipulating search results on its shopping service.
  • Dan also points us to a story on how the Bank of Canada is not sold on the concept of underpinning payment systems
    using Blockchain technology.

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RFHPC144: Henry’s Trip to Best Buy

In this podcast, Henry goes on a shopping spree at Best Buy. His mom was moving into a new place, so he got her all-new electronics to the tune of $1624. Is Henry a good son or did he go cheap? We’ll find out.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

Rich notes that recent reports about the Aurora supercomputer were incorrect. Rick Borchelt from DoE: “On the record, Aurora contract is not cancelled.”

Shahin has been trying to keep up with the boom in cryptocurrency, which now has a market cap of something like $91 Billion dollars.

Dan is excited that Hitachi has stopped building its own mainframes but will supply IBM z Systems loaded with Hitachi VOS3 operating system software.

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RFHPC143: A Look at Google’s TPU Tensor Processing Unit

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the announcements coming from Google IO conference. Of particular interest was their second-generation TensorFlow Processing Unit (TPU2).

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin discusses some details about the new prototype of HPE’s The Machine“The prototype unveiled today contains 160 terabytes (TB) of memory, capable of simultaneously working with the data held in every book in the Library of Congress five times over—or approximately 160 million books. It has never been possible to hold and manipulate whole data sets of this size in a single-memory system, and this is just a glimpse of the immense potential of Memory-Driven Computing.”
  • Rich points us to the launch of the new Emerging Woman Leader in Technical Computing Award. Sponsored by SIGHPC, the award will be presented every two years, with the first presentation in November during SC17.
  • Dan is excited by the rebirth of the OS/2 operating system. The Arca OS 5.0 operating system lets you run OS/2 applications today on modern hardware.
  • Quantum Computing vendor D-Wave Systems announced a $50 Million round of new funding.

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RFHPC142: A Look at the New Nvidia Volta GPUs

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Volta, Nvidia’s new GPU architecture that delivers up to 5x the performance of its predecessor.

At the GPU Technology Conference, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced a lineup of new Volta-based AI supercomputers including a powerful new version of our DGX-1 deep learning appliance; announced the Isaac robot-training simulator; unveiled the NVIDIA GPU Cloud platform, giving developers access to the latest, optimized deep learning frameworks; and unveiled a partnership with Toyota to help build a new generation of autonomous vehicles.

Built with 21 billion transistors, the newly announced Volta V100 “delivers deep learning performance equal to 100 CPUs.” Representing an investment by NVIDIA of more than $3 billion, the processor is built “at the limits of photolithography,” Huang told the crowd.

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RFHPC141: Results from the ASC17 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the results from the ASC17 Student Cluster Competition finals in Wuxi, China. In the end, Tsinghua University won the overall competition, beating 20 teams from around the world.

“As the world’s largest supercomputing competition, ASC17 received applications from 230 universities around the world, 20 of which got through to the final round held this week at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi after the qualifying rounds. During the final round, the university student teams were required to independently design a supercomputing system under the precondition of a limited 3000W power consumption. They also had to operate and optimize standard international benchmark tests and a variety of cutting-edge scientific and engineering applications including AI-based transport prediction, genetic assembly, and material science. Moreover, they were required to complete high-resolution maritime simulation on the world’s fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight.

The grand champion, team Tsinghua University, completed deep parallel optimization of the high-resolution maritime data simulation mode MASNUM on TaihuLight, expanding the original program up to 10,000 cores and speeding up the program by 392 times. This helped the Tsinghua University team win the e Prize award. MASNUM was nominated in 2016 for the Gordon Bell Prize, the top international prize in the supercomputing applications field.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Henry points us to the Google Docs security breach. They claim they have fixed the problem, but don’t open those shared docs!
  • Shahin likes a new story about AI-enhanced justice in the court systems where they look at setting bail and the risks associated with the defendant.
  • Dan was having trouble with slow internet and two-factor authentication, which sounds like a vicious circle.
  • Rich notes that Andrew Klein from Backblaze will present at MSST on what they’ve learned about hard drives over the years including failure rates by model, and the ability to predict drive failure before it happens.

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RFHPC140: Catching up with the Exascale Computing Project

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at a recent update on the Exascale Computing Project by Paul Messina.

“The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) was established with the goals of maximizing the benefits of HPC for the United States and accelerating the development of a capable exascale computing ecosystem. The ECP is a collaborative effort of two U.S. Department of Energy organizations – the Office of Science (DOE-SC) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).”

Recent milestones include:

  • PathForward will soon announce six awards to vendors to develop new technologies that will be instrumental in Exascale system development.
  • The ECP Industry Council met for the first time recently with C-Level executives from industry to lay our application requirements for exascale systems. The end goal is to improve industrial competitiveness in the United States.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin is impressed by the new Wolfram Data Depository, a public resource that hosts an expanding collection of computable datasets, curated and structured to be suitable for immediate use in computation, visualization, analysis and more. Building on the Wolfram Data Framework and the Wolfram Language, the Wolfram Data Repository provides a uniform system for storing data and making it immediately computable and useful. With datasets of many types and from many sources, the Wolfram Data Repository is built to be a global resource for public data and data-backed publication.
  • Henry informs us to always tug on the front panel of your ATM before using. “Once you understand how easy and common it is for thieves to attach “skimming” devices to ATMs and other machines that accept debit and credit cards, it’s difficult not to closely inspect and even tug on the machines before using them.”

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RFHPC139: A Preview of the 2017 MSST Mass Storage Conference

Matthew O’Keefe is the Program Chair of the MSST Conference

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses the upcoming MSST Mass Storage Conference with Program Chair Matthew O’Keefe from Oracle. The conference takes place May 15-19 in Santa Clara, California.

Since the conference was founded by the leading national laboratories, MSST has been a venue for massive-scale storage system designers and implementers, storage architects, researchers, and vendors to share best practices and discuss building and securing the world’s largest storage systems for high-performance computing, web-scale systems, and enterprises.

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RFHPC138: A Look at Quantum Startup Rigetti Computing

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the week’s top stories:

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