Bridges-DL (Deep Learning)
Our XSEDE production GPU capability has been greatly enhanced to include the most powerful AI servers in the world, Bridges-DL. This new capability addresses the changing nature of research, as observed at PSC and across the community. It builds on Bridges’ strength in converged HPC, AI and Big Data to provide our national community with an extraordinary platform for AI and AI-enabled simulation.
DGX-2 Installation at PSC
Last month PSC took delivery of the NVIDIA DGX-2. The NVIDIA DGX-2 has about 107 times as many GPU “CUDA cores” and 128 times as much GPU memory as a high-end laptop. The HPE Apollo 6500 servers each have eight Volta GPUs internally connected by NVIDIA’s NVLink 2.0, providing substantial capacity to run many models concurrently.
The NVIDIA DGX-2 has about 107 times as many GPU “CUDA cores” and 128 times as much GPU memory as a high-end laptop. The HPE Apollo 6500 servers each have eight “Volta” GPUs internally connected by NVIDIA’s NVLink 2.0, providing substantial capacity to run many models concurrently.
While Bridges-DL is primarily focused on AI, its GPUs can also accelerate certain other important applications.
Stop by the booth to see the DGX station
We’ve made some new friends and started some new projects since last fall.
A collaboration of Pittsburgh institutions (PSC, the University of Pittsburgh and the Department of Bioinformatics at Pitt’s School of Medicine) will play a key role in enabling biologists to explore the human body in exquisite detail. By flipping among digital maps of different features revealed by modern molecular biology and imaging techniques, scientists will be able to chart a path through human health and disease using massive datasets that would otherwise be too complex to navigate.
Brain Image Library
PSC is partnering with the Center for Biologic Imaging at the University of Pittsburgh and the Molecular Biosensor and Imaging Center at Carnegie Mellon University to build and host a Brain Image Library, a national public resource where researchers can deposit, analyze, mine, share, and interact with large brain image datasets.
PSC is part of the new Research Security Operations Center (SOC) helping to provide the research and education community with the cybersecurity services, training and information sharing necessary to make scientific computing resilient to cyberattacks.
In our booth this year, we’ll be displaying electronic posters and discussing some of the amazing research happening at PSC. This research includes:
- The first detection of cosmic neutrinos by the IceCube Neutrino Observatory
- Advances in understanding how “good cholesterol” forms
- Discovering that, when organized in the same way, the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) acts the same in frogs as mice, leading to work designing drugs to treat human neuromuscular diseases
- Understanding how proteins work in cell movement, pointing to ways to encourage good cell movement (infection fighting white blood cells) and discourage bad movement (cancer cells)
- Pinpointing how rough winds can lead to early component failure in wind turbines, offering a way to better component design and improved economic feasibility for wind power
- Insights into beta amyloid, the characteristic component of plaque tangles, offering the possiblity of drug therapies for Alzheimers
- Finding causal relationships between areas of the human brain