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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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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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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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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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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RFHPC136: Can the USA Return to HPC Leadership Over China?

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC looks at a recent report that the USA needs to take aggresive action to keep up with China in High Performance Computing. Produced by the NSA-DOE Technical Meeting on High Performance Computing, the report states that we need to change course now or the U.S. will lose leadership and not control its own future in HPC.

Download the report on U.S. Leadership in High Performance Computing (PDF)

After that, Dan does our Catch of the Week:

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RFHPC135: Azure Moves to OCP Platform

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team a set of IT and Science stories:

  • Microsoft, NVIDIA, and Ingrasys announced a new industry standard design to accelerate Artificial Intelligence in the next generation cloud. The Project Olympus hyperscale GPU accelerator chassis for AI, also referred to as HGX-1, is designed to support eight of the latest “Pascal” generation NVIDIA GPUs and NVIDIA’s NVLink high speed multi-GPU interconnect technology, and provides high bandwidth interconnectivity for up to 32 GPUs by connecting four HGX-1 together. The HGX-1 AI accelerator provides extreme performance scalability to meet the demanding requirements of fast growing machine learning workloads, and its unique design allows it to be easily adopted into existing datacenters around the world.
  • ARM comes to Azure. As another part of its Project Olympus, Azure is announced it is deploying a large number of ARM-based servers.
  • Springtime in Naples. AMD hopes to give Intel a run for its money with the new Zen-based Naples server platform. While the server benchmarks aren’t out yet, the desktop Zen chips have shown impressive applications performance for less money than Intel I7 chips.
  • Huawei Ranks Third Globally for 2016 Q4 Server Shipments. Gartner is out with surprising server market news that shows Huawei showing up at #3 in terms of shipments in 4Q2016. The numbers don’t seem to jive with what IDC says, but an 88 percent jump in severs sales quarter-to-quarter is great news for Huawei.
  • IBM’s Atomic Storage. This week, IBM announced it has created the world’s smallest magnet using a single atom – and stored one bit of data on it. Currently, hard disk drives use about 100,000 atoms to store a single bit. The ability to read and write one bit on one atom creates new possibilities for developing significantly smaller and denser storage devices, that could someday, for example, enable storing the entire iTunes library of 35 million songs on a device the size of a credit card.

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RFHPC134: A Look at Storj Blockchain Technology for Cloud Storage

In this podcast, Radio Free HPC looks at a Startup called Storj, which will pay you to use your excess data capacity as cloud-based storage based on Blockchain technology.

“Our mission is to rethink cloud storage, to provide the security, privacy, and transparency it’s missing. That’s why we are building an open-source cloud platform, that aim to fundamentally change the way people and devices own data.”

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Rich notes that Intel Skylake processors are exclusively available on the Google Compute Platform. With support for AVX-512, this is a big deal for compute intensive workloads.
  • SHA-1 hacked! Henry points us to this story that the ‘First ever’ SHA-1 hash collision has been calculated. As processors and algorithms advance, this could be a big problem.
  • Dan is impressed with the efforts of the Jolly Roger Telephone Company, who enable you to turns the tables on Phone Scammers and keep them on the line wasting their time instead of yours.
  • Dan tells us that Tekboost has great prices on refurbished dual-CPU workstations. He got one for his wife shortly after getting himself a new car.

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RFHPC133: Dan’s Daughter Gives us the Scoop from Washington, D.C.

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team hosts Dan’s daughter Elizabeth. How did Dan get this way? We’re on a mission to find out even as Elizabeth complains of the early onset of Curmudgeon’s Syndrome. Somehow she has turned out well, though, and has a great gig with an Oil company in Washington, D.C., so we also get her take on what is going on in the Nation’s capital.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

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