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First-ever APAC HPC-AI competition launched at Supercomputing Asia 2018

First-ever APAC HPC-AI competition launched at Supercomputing Asia 2018

Earlier this month, the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore and the HPC AI Advisory Council opened
the 2018
APAC HPC-AI Competition
 for registration. The competition which aims
to foster international exchange in the areas of high-performance computer
(HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI), was launched at the ongoing Supercomputing Asia Conference yesterday.

Established in 2015, NSCC Singapore manages Singapore’s
first national petascale facility with available HPC resources to support
science and engineering computing needs for academic, research and industry
communities. The HPC AI Advisory Council is a leading organisation for
high-performance computing and artificial intelligence research, outreach and
education.

Since HPC and AI applications share the same underlying
technologies and infrastructures, new developments in HPC are immediately being
adopted for AI, and vice versa. Participants in the competition will get the opportunity
to showcase their expertise in these two intersecting fields of HPC and AI.

The competition will continue
through
until August 2018 and it isopen
to university and technical institute teams from the entire APAC region, and
includes both creating missions and addressing challenges around AI development
and testing, and high-performance computing workloads.

The target of this competition is to improve and enhance the
performance of TensorFlow and/or Caffe2 distributed training implementation
over RDMA and GPUDirect technologies.

The competition consists of two parts. The first part
focuses on AI. The mission of Part 1 is to reach the highest distributed
training performance. The teams can choose from two framework options, TensorFlow over RDMA (Remote Direct
Memory Access) and Caffe2 over RDMA.

TensorFlow is
an open source software library for numerical computation using data flow
graphs. Caffe is
a deep learning framework made with expression, speed, and modularity in mind.
It is developed by Berkeley AI Research (BAIR) and by community contributors.

The RDMA implementation code information is available here.
The benchmark is distributed training based on Imagnet dataset

The HPC-AI competition committee has tested the benchmark on
a particular system to set baseline performance criteria. The participating
teams are also asked to run the benchmark to define a baseline on their own
cluster and on the NSCC-available supercomputer. They will be awarded points
based on performance improvement based on the HPC-AI competition committee
results and also on the team’s own baseline.

In the second part,
on HPC,the teams are asked to benchmark the Weather Research and
Forecasting (WRF)
Model, a next-generation mesoscale numerical weather prediction system,
designed to serve both operational forecasting and atmospheric research
needs. 

The competition’s website currently lists 17
participating teams
, from 7 countries (1 from Bangladesh, 5 from China, 1 from Japan, 2 from Korea, 3 from Singapore, 3 from Taiwan and 2 from Thailand).

The winning team will get a reserved spot representing APAC
at the 2019 International
HPC-ISC Student Cluster Competition
, Germany, along with a cash prize of US$4,000.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.