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Weekly Insights into the World of
High Performance Computing
GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERIES IN SCIENCE,
MEDICINE, AND OTHER FIELDS…
HERE ARE THE “TOP FIVE’ STORIES
HIGHLIGHTING WHAT’S HOT IN HPC AND AI
1. DeepSat: Monitoring the Earth’s Vitals with AI
2. MareNostrum 4 Supercomputer -- More to Come
3. On Thin Ice: How AI Predicts Melting of Sea Ice
4. Dell EMC Supercomputer to Power OzGRav Studies of Black Holes
5. Does AI Versus Human Get Under Your Skin?
DEEPSAT: MONITORING THE EARTH’S VITALS WITH AI
In order to better keep a finger on the pulse of the
Earth’s health, NASA developed DeepSat, a deep
learning AI framework for satellite image
classification and segmentation. An ensemble of deep
neural networks within NASA’s Earth Science and
Carbon Monitoring System, DeepSat provides vital
signs of changing landscapes at the highest possible
resolution, enabling scientists to use the data for
independent modeling efforts.
This is just one way innovation in deep learning and AI
has lead to a deeper understanding of our planet.
MARENOSTRUM 4 SUPERCOMPUTER- MORE TO COME
Barcelona's Supercomputing Center is aiming to lead the
move in Europe from petascale to exascale computing --
one exaflops is 1,000 petaflops -- and the newly launched
MareNostrum 4 is just part of that shift.
The €34m ($40m) MareNostrum 4, which recently began
operations, is the third fastest supercomputer in Europe
and occupies 13th place in the Top500 list of the world's
high-performance computing systems.
It provides 11.1 petaflops for scientific research, 10 times
more than MareNostrum 3, which was installed between
2012 and 2013. One petaflops is one thousand million
million floating-point operations per second.
ON THIN ICE: HOW AI PREDICTS MELTING OF SEA ICE
Arctic sea ice that once foiled bold explorers and led
sailors to their deaths is melting as the Earth warms.
But instead of making seafaring safer, melting ice
creates new perils for ships, and the people in northern
communities who depend on them for food, fuel and
To change that, Martin Richard, a professor at Memorial
University of Newfoundland, is tapping GPU-powered AI
to predict when and where ships are likely to encounter
dangers in the Arctic ice.
DELL EMC SUPERCOMPUTER TO POWER OZGRAV
STUDIES OF BLACK HOLES
Today Dell EMC announced it will build a
supercomputer to power Swinburne University of
Technology’s groundbreaking research into
astrophysics and gravitational waves. Called OzStar,
the new supercomputer will be used by the ARC
Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery
(OzGRav) to understand the extreme physics of black
holes and warped space-time.
The supercomputer will process incredibly large
volumes of data coming from giant telescopes,
searching for insights that could unlock answers about
the Universe, reaffirming Swinburne’s position as a
global leader in physics research.
DOES AI VERSUS HUMAN GET UNDER YOUR SKIN?
Does the whole ‘machine replacing man’ storyline get
under your skin? That’s what we’re going to discuss at
the Basel Life Conference in Switzerland this
For example, an article in Bloomberg’s Man vs.
Machine provocatively tells us that an algorithm
analyzing images has now proven to be as accurate at
identifying malignant skin lesions as 21
dermatologists. The developer of the algorithm
‘envisions a future in which everyone can screen
themselves for skin cancer with a phone’ -- in other
words, offering supposedly more proof that it is
inevitable that machines will replace the human.