RFHPC156: Catching Up with Quantum Computing News

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some new developments in the Quantum Computing ecosystem:

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Rich is impressed with the ASUS B250 Mining Expert motherboard that has 19 PCIe slots for GPUs.
  • Henry is feeling good about his decision to not get an Amazon Echo with this story about security vulnerabilities in Alexa. “We achieve this by transforming a smartphone into an active sonar system that emits a combination of a sonar pulse and music and listens to the reections o of humans in the environment.”
  • One of the reported hackers of the OPM was caught at LAX airport this week. The hackers gained access to millions of sensitive U.S. records from the Office of Personnel Management.

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RFHPC155: Eclipse Simulations

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses the eclipse and how researchers are using supercomputers to simulate the corona of the sun at eclipse time.

Update: since we did not have the right camera equipment to record the eclipse, we bring you this simulation from Serena on Twitter:

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin reports that  researchers at Northwestern University Medicine scientists and engineers have invented a range of bioactive “tissue papers” made of materials derived from organs that are thin and flexible enough to even fold into an origami bird. The new biomaterials can potentially be used to support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing.
    • Henry points us to a draft of NIST Standards for the IoT Internet of Things.
    • Dan reports that, in front of a crowd of thousands, an AI bot beat a professional human player at Dota 2 — one of the world’s most popular video games. The human champ, the affable Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, threw in the towel after being killed three times, saying he couldn’t beat the unstoppable bot. “It feels a little bit like human,” said Dendi. “But at the same time, it’s something else.”
  • Rich is excited for the the folks at Cycle Computing, who were acquired by Microsoft this week.

    We’ve already seen explosive growth on Azure in the areas of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and deep learning,” writes Jason Zander from Microsoft. “As customers continue to look for faster, more efficient ways to run their workloads, Cycle Computing’s depth and expertise around massively scalable applications make them a great fit to join our Microsoft team. Their technology will further enhance our support of Linux HPC workloads and make it easier to extend on-premise workloads to the cloud.”

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RFHPC154: Biohacking in the News

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks alarming new hacks of health care data.

  • Henry points us to a story about a PET scanner hack that exploited Windows 7. He thinks a better design would be to have the device send data only. Shahin thinks that this kind of problem with I0T will require us to have different approaches for “Big T” things like mainframes and “Little T” things like sensors.
  • Rich is intrigued by the recent story that biohackers were able to put malware into synthetic DNA that can infect and take over a gene sequencer device.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

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RFHPC153: A Second Look at Posit Computing

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the problems with IEEE Floating Point.

“As described in a recent presentation by John Gustafson, the flaws and idiosyncrasies of floating-point arithmetic “constitute a sizable portion of any curriculum on Numerical Analysis.” The whole thing has Dan pretty worked up, so we hope that the news of Posit Computing coming to the new processors from Rex Computing will help. The A*STAR center at the National University of Singapore will be one of the first to test out Rex machines later this month.”

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin is looking into end-to-end secure cyber supply chain as an element of IoT. It turns out to be a very tough problem to solve and you have to control from the point of inception.
  • Henry points out that the US Army is reportedly banning all drones from China’s DJI. The company is one of the biggest manufacturers of drones.
  • Rich is impressed with the new 18 Petaflop Stampede 2 supercomputer at TACC. As the biggest academic supercomputer in Academia, the Dell machine is a showcase for Intel’s HPC technologies.

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RFHPC152: AI, Ethics, and Self-Driving Cars

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team learns about Henry’s first exploit as an Ethical Superhero.

“After witnessing a hit-and-run fender bender, Henry confronted the culprit and ensured that the miscreant left a note on the victim’s windshield. And while we applaud Henry for his heroism, we are also very grateful that he was not shot in the process. This tale leads us into a discussion of AI ethics and how we won’t have this problem in the coming era of self-driving cars.”

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

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RFHPC151: Cray Urika-GX Brings Graph Computing to Alan Turing Institute

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at why the Alan Turing Institute is focusing on Graph Computing with their acquisition of a Cray Urika-GX supercomputer.

‘Hosted at the University of Edinburgh in the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), the Cray Urika-GX system will provide researchers at the Alan Turing Institute with a dedicated analytics hardware platform, enabling the development of advanced applications across a number of scientific fields including engineering and technology, defense and security, smart cities, financial services and life sciences.”

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

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RFHPC150: Why Drive Writes Per Day matter for SSDs

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at why Drive Writes Per Day are such an important metric for acquiring the right kind of SSD for your particular workload.

Drive writes per day (DWPD) is an endurance rating that manufacturers of NAND flash storage provide their customers. … DWPD will vary, depending upon whether the storage is intended for consumer or enterprise use. Consumer use solid state drives (SSDs) have a fixed endurance rating and capacity.

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin likes a new BBC documentary on the #1 Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer in China.

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RFHPC149: A Rundown of ISC 2017 Student Cluster Competition Results

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks back at the recent ISC 2017 conference and summarizes results from Student Cluster Competition.

Eleven student teams were on the show floor this year, vying against each other for the top honors in the sixth annual ISC Student Cluster Competition. Tsinghua University from China emerged as the Overall Competition Winner, thus marking their third win in the contest. They had the honor of receiving their trophy from Wednesday keynote speaker, Professor Thomas Sterling.

The second place was captured by the South African team hosted by CHPC, and the third place went to Beihang University, also from China. The Fan Favorite Award went to Universitat Politècnica De Catalunya from Barcelona, who garnered over 2,100 ISC 2017 participant votes to win the title for the second year in a row. The High Linpack award went to competitors from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen in Nuremberg.

The three-day competition was co-organized with the HPC Advisory Council. If you are interested in applying for the 2018 competition, please contact the organizers at scc@isc-events.com.

Brent Gorda with his red Motoguzzi and Rich Brueckner with his bike dubbed “The Mighty One.”

After that, we do our Catch of the Week:

  • Shahin likes our recent insideHPC post on IBM’s TrueNorth AI chip coming to ARL. IBM is collaborating with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery.
  • Dan reminisces on his youth where he bought an entire minivan full of fireworks for the 4th of July.
  • Rich tells the tale of his Lustre Motorcycle Tour through the Alps. The GoPro camera footage from the trip is amazing. He followed that trip up with three days at the PASC17 conference.

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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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