Monday, July 24, 2017

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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Sunday, July 16, 2017

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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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sizing Up SSDs with Drive Writes Per Day

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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Thursday, July 6, 2017

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 Polit├Ęcnica 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.



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