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FEATURE BLOG 13 November 2018

Explainable AI

SC18 here in Dallas is proving once again to be a fascinating melting pot of HPC insights and observations, and it's intriguing to see the continuing convergence of AI into the supercomputing ecosystem. Along these lines I started to think about the movement towards 'Explainable AI'. Being able to explain and understand how models work when making predictions about the real world is a fundamental tenet of science. Whether solving equations in a dynamic system for precise answers or using statistical analysis to examine a distribution of events, the results sought from these methods are intended to increase our clarity and knowledge of how the world works.

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | 13 November 2018

Explainable AI

SC18 here in Dallas is proving once again to be a fascinating melting pot of HPC insights and observations, and it's intriguing to see the continuing convergence of AI into the supercomputing ecosystem. Along these lines I started to think about the movement towards 'Explainable AI'. Being able to explain and understand how models work when making predictions about the real world is a fundamental tenet of science. Whether solving equations in a dynamic system for precise answers or using statistical analysis to examine a distribution of events, the results sought from these methods are intended to increase our clarity and knowledge of how the world works.

Written by Vasilis Kapsalis

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HPC | Industry | 11 November 2018

SC18 - My Schedule Highlights

SC18 gets underway in Dallas, Texas, today, kicking off a week of panels, workshops and tutorials. This is the 30th year of the conference, which is properly known as the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. It's an exhausting schedule to navigate and even experienced attendees will have to do some diligent research to pick out the highlights. Here are mine...

Written by Shane Richmond (Guest)

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HPC | Industry | 7 November 2018

What to look out for at SC18

SC: The big show with an international HPC audience celebrates its 30th year in 2018. It’s the World Cup of supercomputing and now it’s more than “just” supercomputing. Advancements in data analytics have topics like artificial intelligence (AI), including machine learning and deep learning, as stars of the show. Here's what I am looking forward to seeing in Dallas...

Written by Brendan McGinty (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | 31 October 2018

AI Icelandic Style – Deep Learning in Reykjavik

Last week I was privileged to be part of our AI and HPC Field Trip to Iceland. The goal of the trip was to share insight and observations around the evolution of AI deep neural network (DNN) training and to tour our HPC-optimised data center. The attendees spanned DNN veterans like Eric Sigler of OpenAI, large enterprise data science leaders like Pardeep Bassi of Liverpool Victoria Insurance (LVE) and start-up pioneers like Max Gerer of e-bot7. By intention (and very much to the surprise of the attendees) there was no hard selling involved. For sure, the group were impressed by our CTO - Tate Cantrell's passion for designing high quality, industrial scale data centers and his healthy obsession with the small details that together make the campus so optimal for intensive compute. Here are my learnings and observations from the Field Trip...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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AI / ML / DL | 30 October 2018

Deep Learning at Scale

Deep learning is a current hot topic in HPC and I am sure it will be one of the key themes at SC18. In many cases, we have been hearing about artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning discussed together, though in reality, machine learning is a type of AI, and deep learning is a subset of machine learning. In this article, we will try to best define deep learning and its industrial applications and, more specifically, the benefits of scale - from big data to high-performance computing - to the successful implementation of deep learning.

Written by Brendan McGinty (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | Tech Trends | 21 October 2018

AI needs to be ‘explainable’ but is that possible?

Amazon's AI made the news early in October after it was revealed that the company had scrapped a recruitment engine because it was 'sexist'. Private Eye, the UK's satirical news magazine, described it as "a reminder to take an extra big pinch of salt whenever you hear that AI will improve the world". However, the reality is more complicated...

Written by Shane Richmond (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | 18 October 2018

GTC Munich – Rumours from the trade show floor

It was a treat to be in Germany for the last two weeks attending NVIDIA's GTC Europe in Munich and prior to this the HPC User Forum in Stuttgart. The Autumn weather was mostly warm and sunny - great for the Octoberfest but certainly not “free air cooling” for computer clusters despite most of Europe’s AI, HPC and Virtual Reality boffins being in town! Once again, here are some observations and insights from my travels...

Written by Bob Fletcher

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HPC | Research | 12 October 2018

Welcome to Centro Epson Meteo

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog so I thought there was no better opportunity to pick up where I left off and write something about my recent trip to the Meteorological Technology World Expo in Amsterdam. This was also the venue for where we announced our latest customer win – Centro Epson Meteo, one of Europe’s most innovative meteorological forecasting organisations who I am delighted to say chose Verne Global for their high performance computing (HPC) requirement.

Written by Nick Dale

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HPC | Industry | 5 October 2018

Opportunities in Applied Research and HPC

Data-intensive research and the use of advanced digital resources are key to addressing research grand challenges of our age, for the benefit of science, society, and industry. This article focuses on industrial opportunities, including potentially neglected applied research topics, and how access to high-performance computing (HPC) can provide companies with a competitive advantage.

Written by Brendan McGinty (Guest)

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HPC | Research | 1 October 2018

Meet us in Amsterdam to discover how HPC is transforming weather simulation

As we at Verne Global prepare to attend the Meteorological Technology Expo in Amsterdam later this month, it occurred to me that as a society we have an extraordinary number of superstitious methods for predicting the weather, from cows lying down meaning that it’s going to rain (though there’s actually no truth in that) to “red sky at night, shepherd’s delight” (which might actually have a little truth in it).

Written by Spencer Lamb

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HPC | 25 September 2018

HPC continues to drive Formula 1 success

Formula 1 seems to crop up quite often in my work. I’ve been given a tour of McLaren’s headquarters, discussed wheel-nut troubles with the CIO of Williams and even interviewed the people responsible for making the batteries that store brake energy in the cars. I’m a technology writer, not a sport or motoring journalist but F1 is perhaps the most tech-enabled sport in the world so it comes up frequently. And even to someone like me, who has little interest in what happens on the track, the sport is fascinating off the circuit.

Written by Shane Richmond (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | HPC | Tech Trends | 19 September 2018

Trends Advancing Industrial HPC

As we build-up to SC18, Verne Global is delighted to welcome Brendan McGinty, Director of Industry for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as a Guest Blogger. In his first blog Brendan looks at the industry trends around supercomputing and industrial HPC, and how these are advancing innovation in key markets.

Written by Brendan McGinty (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | Insights | 11 September 2018

My Ai Summer – Rumours from the trade show floor

It’s been almost a couple of months since my last blog and my marketing team are getting unpeaceful! Luckily there is nothing like the energy and bustle of an industry trade show to get you back into the groove.

Written by Bob Fletcher

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HPC | Research | 3 September 2018

CERN - When science can't use the cloud

Demand for high performance computing (HPC) is growing fast - and you might expect it to become kind of generic. But leading research sites like CERN still make extreme demands.

Written by Peter Judge (Guest)

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AI / ML / DL | Finance | 29 August 2018

AI is a great opportunity, but banks must innovate faster

The impact of AI on the lives of consumers and the operation of businesses is slowly growing. Whether it’s the increasing visibility of autonomous vehicles or the small conveniences of a voice assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa, we’re beginning to get a sense of what AI can do. However, we’re still at the beginning. The truly significant changes are yet to come.

Written by Shane Richmond (Guest)

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