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Jülich Supercomputing Centre Deploys Cray and IBM Systems for Human Brain Project

The Jülich Supercomputing Centre has installed a couple of HPC systems to support neuroscience applications as part of special EU-funded procurement for the European Human Brain Project (HBP). The two machines, JURON, from IBM, and JULIA, from Cray, are pilot systems that will be used evaluate technologies and architecture for a much larger HBP supercomputer down the line.

NVIDIA Expands Machine Learning Footprint in Europe, Previews First Volta GPU

At NVIDIA’s first European GPU Technology Conference (GTC Europe) taking place in Amsterdam this week, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang announced a number of new users of the DGX-1 GPU-powered “supercomputer in a box.” Huang also teased attendees with an early look at one of their next-generation Volta GPUs designed to power self-driving cars.

D-Wave Sets Stage for 2000-Qubit Quantum Computer

Quantum computing pioneer D-Wave Systems has announced some details of a new 2000-qubit system it has developed. The processor that drives the system will contain twice the number of qubits that powers the current D-Wave 2X system, which was announced last year. The new hardware also includes additional control features that enables users to tune the quantum computations to arrive at a faster result and to explore the solution space more fully.

IBM Edge Conference in Las Vegas and HPC Advisory Council in Spain

Episode 141: Addison Snell reviews the big stories from some of the week's HPC conferences.

Microsoft Goes All in for FPGAs to Build Out AI Cloud

Microsoft has revealed that Altera FPGAs have been installed across every Azure cloud server, creating what the company is calling “the world’s first AI supercomputer.” The deployment spans 15 countries and represents an aggregate performance of more than one exa-op. The announcement was made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and engineer Doug Burger during the opening keynote at the Ignite Conference in Atlanta.

IBM Finds Killer App for TrueNorth Neuromorphic Chip

TrueNorth, IBM’s brain-like microprocessor, has been found to be exceptionally proficient at inference work for deep neural networks. In particular, the chip has demonstrated it’s especially good at image recognition, being able accurately classify such data much more efficiently, from an energy perspective, than traditional processor architectures, suggesting new applications in mobile computing, IoT, robotics, autonomous cars, and HPC.

British AI Startup Buys GPU Supercomputer

BenevolentAI, a London-based artificial intelligence company specializing in health and bioscience applications, has acquired NVIDIA’s DGX-1, a deep learning system accelerated by eight Tesla P100 GPUs. The company plans to use the $129,000 machine to advance its work in drug discovery and related biomedical research.

Machine Learning Proves Faster Than Quantum Mechanical Calculations in Discovery of New Compounds

Researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland have used machine learning to predict the thermodynamic characteristics of 90 new mineral compounds with potential commercial use. The machine learning models were able to predict the chemical stability of all possible iterations of a particular type of class of crystals several orders of magnitude faster than if the researchers had relied on quantum mechanical calculations.