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National Supercomputing Centre Singapore announces the 2018 APAC HPC-AI Competition

National Supercomputing Centre Singapore announces the 2018 APAC HPC-AI Competition

To foster international exchange in the areas of
high-performance computer (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI), the National
Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore and the HPC AI Advisory Council opened
the 2018 APAC HPC-AI
Competition
for registration.

The competition is open 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.

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. 

Source: National Supercomputing Centre Singapore

Funded by its stakeholders, including Agency for Science
Technology and Research (A*STAR), Nanyang Technological University (NTU),
National University of Singapore (NUS), and Singapore University of Technology
and Design (SUTD), with substantial funding from Ministry of Trade and
Industry, NSCC’s vision is to democratise access to supercomputing, and is
catalytic in supporting national research and development initiatives,
attracting industrial research collaborations and enhancing Singapore’s
research capabilities.

The HPC
Advisory Council
mission is
to bridge the gap between HPC use and its potential, bring the beneficial
capabilities of HPC to new users for better research, education, innovation and
product manufacturing, bring users the expertise needed to operate HPC systems,
provide application designers with the tools needed to enable parallel
computing, and to strengthen the qualification and integration of HPC system
products.

The APAC HPC-AI
competition encourages international teams in the APAC region to
showcase their HPC and AI expertise through a competition that builds critical
skills, professional relationships, competitive spirits and lifelong
comraderies.

AI is a pillar of today’s technological world, offering
solutions that enable better and more accurate decisions based on the massive
amounts of data being collected. It encompasses a wide range of trends and use
cases that apply to nearly every industry today, ranging from security,
finance, and image and voice recognition, to self-driving cars and smart
cities.

HPC enables universities, research laboratories and
commercial vendors to develop the products and services of tomorrow – from
safer cars and airplanes, to accurate weather and storm prediction, to finding
new cures, and much more.

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.

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.

TensorFlow is
an open source software library for numerical computation using data flow
graphs. TensorFlow 1.5 supports RDMA and GPUDirect to accelerate distributed
training.

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.
Caffe2 adds support for RDMA.

The winning team will be invited to participate in the 2019
International HPC-ISC Student Cluster Competition, to be held in Germany, June
2019.

The competition will
start on March 27, 2018
and continue through until August 2018.

Registration
for the competition will close on March 23, 2018.

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

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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.

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