AI Meets HPC at ISC 2017

Running astrophysics applications with 200,000 MPI tasks … diagnosing and treating autism spectrum disorders … researching the secure nature of the Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm. Those are among the many research dreams that HPC professionals talked about at the Cray booth at ISC High Performance 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany last week. Cray’s mission is to help customers realize their most challenging data science and research goals, and at ISC we took the next step with the introduction of the Cray® Urika®-XC analytics software suite, which embodies the convergence of supercomputing and analytics. With the new Urika-XC software suite, users can now run analytics, graph and AI workloads simultaneously on the same system, ... [ Read More ]

Bio-IT World 2017: Life Sciences Embrace Cloud

Hope you had a chance to attend the 16th annual, three-day Boston Bio-IT World Conference & Expo this year. Competitions included: Best Practices awards announcements and the Benjamin Franklin Award, and the show planners named the 2017 Best of Show winners. Tracks for the conference included: data and storage management, cloud computing, networking hardware, bioinformatics, next-gen sequencing informatics, data security and more. Face to face As many times as I’ve walked Bio-IT’s exhibit hall floor, the excitement of seeing in person someone I’ve been interacting with via email and phone – in some cases for years – and hearing their thoughts still pumps me up. True, social media has diminished the impact of conferences, but the ... [ Read More ]

Data Analytics Rule at Spark Summit West 2017

Spark Summit West is always well attended, and this year was no exception. Data engineers, data scientists, programmers, architects and technology enthusiasts descended on San Francisco’s Moscone Center earlier this month to learn all about the latest developments with Apache Spark™ and its massive ecosystem. Complexity of analytics use cases and data science was a dominant theme throughout this year’s event. The keynote by the CEO and co-founder of Databricks, Ali Ghodsi, highlighted some of the challenges with implementing large-scale analytics projects. Ghodsi discussed how the continued growth of Apache Spark has resulted in myriad innovative uses cases, from churn analytics to genome sequencing. These applications are difficult to ... [ Read More ]

Cray Users from Around the World Meet at CUG 2017

Across Lake Washington from Cray’s downtown Seattle headquarters is the small city of Redmond, Wash. Redmond is best known as the home of Microsoft. But last week, it was the location for this year’s Cray User Group (CUG) conference. The Cray User Group is an independent, international corporation of member organizations that own Cray Inc. computer systems. The annual CUG conference brings together users from around the world to share several days of tutorials, technical sessions and networking. I serve on the CUG board of directors as the Cray advisor, a role I’ve enjoyed for more than 10 years. New to the program this year was an analytics track, which included a panel discussion titled “Future Directions of Data Analytics and ... [ Read More ]

Cray HPC Awards Honor Achievements in India

Cray presented its 2017 Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam HPC Awards earlier this month in New Delhi, India. Dr. Kalam was the president of India from 2002 to 2007, and was a world-renowned space scientist. The 2017 awardees are: U.N. Sinha, retired, CSIR – National Aerospace Laboratories, Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to high performance computing. Professor Sourendu Gupta, Department of Theoretical Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, in the Researcher category, for his contributions to the quantum field theory, making progress in discovering the phase diagram of QCD at finite temperature and density. Professor Sanjay Mittal, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Kanpur, in the Researcher category, ... [ Read More ]