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SC16 Keynote to Focus on Cognitive Computing

Today SC16 announced that Katharine Frase from IBM has been selected as the SC16 Keynote Speaker. With a talk entitled, “Cognitive Computing: how can we accelerate human decision making, creativity and innovation using techniques from Watson and beyond?” Frase will speak on November 15, 2016 in Salt Lake City. Frase served as Chief Technology Officer of Public Sector and Vice President of Public Sector at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) from March 2013 to September 2015. In that role, she provided thought leadership for IBM and its customers on innovation and strateg...

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The AI Bots Are About to get Emotional

At a cognitive architectures conference in New York last week, Alexei Samsonovich, a professor in the Cybernetics Department at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, proposed a multi-part test. It would involve a human and a machine interacting, but under the guise of avatars in a virtual world. The two sides play games involving teamwork, trust, betrayal and various methods of social communication. If the AI is emotionally adept, it would form a bond with the human, who might eventually choose the AI's wellbeing over their own. The test is inspired by the 1950-developed Turing test, ...

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AMD's sub-$200 gaming video cards launch in early August

AMD said that the Radeon RX 480 would be followed up by lower-cost models this summer, and it's acting on that promise in a timely fashion. Both the RX 470 and RX 460 (not pictured above) are now slated to arrive on August 4th and August 8th respectively. While AMD hasn't outlined the specific pricing, these newer boards should cost significantly less than the $199 RX 480 -- the RX 460 should sit closer to the coveted $100 mark. The imminent launch is also shedding some light on details of the cards themselves. Both cards help fill out an AMD strategy that's very different than in past ye...

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Superior Performance Commits Kyoto University to CPUs Over GPUs

The Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine determined that a dual-socket Intel Xeon E5-2699v3 (Haswell architecture) chipset delivers better performance than an NVIDIA K40 GPU using 16-bit arithmetic (which doubles GPU performance) when training deep learning neural networks for computational drug discovery using the Theano framework. Theano is a Python library that lets researchers transparently run deep learning models on CPUs and GPUs. It does so by generating C++ code from the Python script for the destination architecture. The generated C++ code can also call optimized math lib...

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IBM’s Machines to Fight Against Zika Virus

IBM has provided its technology and expertise to help better monitor spread of the Zika virus disease in South America. The technology firm has partnered with Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, which will use IBM’s technology to analyze clues such as mentions on social media and official data about human travel patterns. The researchers will use IBM’s software STEM (Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler), which models and visualizes the spread of infectious di...

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Titan Simulation Reveals New Details of Fissioning Plutonium

In a first study of its kind, a team led by the University of Washington’s Aurel Bulgac captured the real-time dynamics of a fissioning plutonium-240 nucleus by simulating the process on the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility. To create feasible nuclear fission models for current supercomputers, nuclear physicists had to devise shortcuts that often rely on approximations and constraints. The most successful of these approaches, density functional theory (DFT), describes nuclear dynami...

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3rd International Winter School on Big Data

BigDat 2017 will be a research training event with a global scope aiming at updating participants about the most recent advances in the critical and fast developing area of big data, which covers a large spectrum of current exciting research and industrial innovation with an extraordinary potential for a huge impact on scientific discoveries, medicine, engineering, business models, and society itself. Renowned academics and industry pioneers will lecture and share their views with the audience. In principle, graduate students, PhD students and postdocs from around the world will be the mo...

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Call for Participation & Student Travel Support: MVAPICH User Group

The MVAPICH User Group (MUG) meeting has issued its Call for Participation and Student Travel Support. The event takes place August 15-17 in Columbus, Ohio. MUG aims to bring together MVAPICH2 users, researchers, developers, and system administrators to share their experience and knowledge and learn from each other. The event includes Keynote Talks, Invited Tutorials, Invited Talks, Contributed Presentations, Open MIC session, hands-on sessions with MVAPICH developers, etc. This year, we will be holding special tutorials and demo/hands-On session during the first day of the event (August ...

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Women in HPC Extends Deadline for SC16 Submissions

As part of the workshop we invite submissions from women to present their HPC work to the HPC community as a poster and lightening talk. There will be the opportunity to meet with leading employers from across the HPC community and discuss your work with them. After submission, presenters will be provided with a mentor to aid in the preparation of their poster and lightning talk before the workshop. Submissions for posters are invited as short abstracts (max 300 words) in any area that utilizes high performance computing. Successful authors will be asked to provide a copy-ready version of...

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PDSW-DISCS 2016: 1st Joint International Workshop on Parallel Data Storage & Data Intensive Scalable Computing Systems

We are pleased to announce that the first Joint International Workshop on Parallel Data Storage and Data Intensive Scalable Computing Systems (PDSW-DISCS’16) will be hosted at SC16: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. The objective of this one-day joint workshop is to combine two overlapping communities and to better promote and stimulate researchers’ interactions to address some of the most critical challenges for scientific data storage, management, devices, and processing infrastructure for both traditional compute intensiv...

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