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Primeur weekly 2019-10-07

Quantum computing

Argonne receives more than $1 million for quantum information science ...

Department of Energy announces $21,4 million for quantum information science research ...

Focus on Europe

SHAPE Tenth Call for Applications is open from 1 October 2019 until 1 December 2019 ...

Fifth Call for Expression of Interest for Human Brain Project's final phase opened ...

The new supercomputer in Ostrava is called Barbora ...

Middleware

Solid Sands introduces license-free service to ease compiler qualification ...

Cortical.io collaborates with Xilinx to bring natural language understanding supercomputing to enterprise applications ...

The search for quantum-resistant cryptography: Understanding the future landscape ...

Hardware

Rescale named #39 on Y Combinator’s 2019 list of top 101 companies ...

Mural for Perlmutter system unveiled ...

Supermicro expands European manufacturing facilities to support increased server and storage volume in EMEA markets ...

Applications

New research center for artificial intelligence at Mainz University ...

Modelling the complexity of the world's water ...

RUDN University mathematicians help improve efficiency of data centres using Markov chains ...

Heart from the computer helps physicians ...

Supercomputing and neutrons unite to unravel structures of intrinsically disordered protein ...

ORNL scientists shed light on microbial 'dark matter' with new approach ...

Gaute Hagen: Supercomputing the universe's building blocks ...

ORNL develops and deploys AI capabilities across research portfolio ...

SDSC and UC San Diego awarded two NSF Convergence Accelerator Grants ...

Eurolab4HPC subsidizes Short Term Collaborations and Business Prototyping Projects of a total of 55.000 euro ...

The Cloud

Excelero awarded patent for latency reduction in large-scale private Clouds ...

ORNL develops and deploys AI capabilities across research portfolio

24 Sep 2019 Oak Ridge - Processes like manufacturing aircraft parts, analyzing data from doctors' notes and identifying national security threats may seem unrelated, but at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, artificial intelligence is improving all of these tasks. To accelerate promising AI applications in diverse research fields, ORNL has established a labwide AI Initiative, and its success will help to ensure U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.

Led by ORNL AI Programme Director David Womble, this internal investment brings the lab's AI expertise, computing resources and user facilities together to facilitate analyses of massive datasets that would otherwise be unmanageable. Multidisciplinary research teams are advancing AI and high-performance computing to tackle increasingly complex problems, including designing novel materials, diagnosing and treating diseases and enhancing the cybersecurity of U.S. infrastructure.

"AI has the potential to revolutionize science and engineering, and it is exciting to be part of this", David Womble stated. “With its world-class scientists and facilities, ORNL will make significant contributions."

Across the lab, experts in data science are applying AI tools known as machine learning algorithms - which allow computers to learn from data and predict outcomes - and deep learning algorithms - which use neural networks inspired by the human brain to uncover patterns of interest in datasets) to accelerate breakthroughs across the scientific spectrum. As part of the initiative, ORNL researchers are developing new technologies to complement and expand these capabilities, establishing AI as a force for improving both fundamental and applied science applications.

Home to the world’s most powerful and smartest supercomputer, Summit, ORNL is particularly well-suited for AI research. The IBM system debuted in June 2018 and resides at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, a DOE Office of Science User Facility located at ORNL. With hardware optimized for AI applications, Summit provides an ideal platform for applying machine learning and deep learning to groundbreaking research. The system's increased memory bandwidth allows AI algorithms to run at faster speeds and obtain more accurate results.

Other AI-enabled machines include the NVIDIA DGX-2 systems located at ORNL's Compute and Data Environment for Science. These appliances allow researchers to tackle data-intensive problems using unique AI strategies and to run smaller-scale simulations in preparation for later work on Summit.

"AI is rapidly changing the way computational scientists do research, and ORNL's history of leadership in computing and data makes it the perfect setting in which to advance the state of the art", stated Associate Laboratory Director for Computing and Computational Sciences Jeff Nichols. "While Summit's rapid training of AI networks is already assisting researchers across the scientific spectrum in realizing the potential of AI, we have begun preparing for the post-Summit world via Frontier, a second-generation AI system that will provide new capabilities for machine learning, deep learning and data analytics."

Although ORNL researchers are applying the lab's unique combination of AI expertise and powerful computing resources to address a range of scientific challenges, three areas in particular are poised to deliver major early results: additive manufacturing, health care and cyber-physical security.

Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, enables researchers at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, a DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy User Facility located at ORNL, to develop reliable, energy-efficient plastic and metal parts at low cost. Using AI, they can consistently create high-quality, specialized aerospace components. AI can instantly locate cracks and other defects before they become problems, thereby reducing costs and time to market.

Additionally, AI makes it possible for the machines to detect and repair errors in real time during the process of binder jetting, in which a liquid binding agent fuses together layers of powder particles.

Researchers at ORNL are also optimizing AI techniques to analyze patient data from medical tests, doctors' notes and other health records. These techniques use language processing to identify patterns among notes from different doctors, extracting previously inaccessible insights from mountains of data. When combined with results from x-rays and other relevant tests, these results could improve health care providers' ability to diagnose and treat problems ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to cancer.

For example, ORNL Health Data Sciences Institute Director Gina Tourassi uses AI to automatically compile and analyze data and determine which factors are responsible for the development of certain diseases. Her team is running machine learning algorithms on Summit to scan millions of medical documents in pursuit of these types of insights.

Cybersecurity platforms such as "Situ" monitor thousands of events per second to detect anomalies that human analysts would not be able to find. Situ sorts through massive amounts of raw network data, freeing up network operators to focus on small, manageable amounts of activity to investigate potential threats and make more informed decisions.

And through partnerships with power companies, ORNL has also used AI to improve the security of power grids by monitoring data streams and identifying suspicious activity.

To date, ORNL researchers have earned two R&D 100 Awards and 10 patents for work related to AI research and algorithm development. The lab plans to recruit additional AI experts to continue building on this foundation.

To ensure that U.S. researchers maintain leadership in R&D innovation and continue revolutionizing science with AI, ORNL also provides professional development opportunities including the Artificial Intelligence Summer Institute, which pairs students with ORNL researchers to solve science problems using AI, and the Data Learning Users Group, which allows OLCF users and ORNL staff to practice using deep learning techniques.

ORNL also collaborates with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to support the Bredesen Center Ph.D. programme in data science and engineering, a curriculum that combines data science with scientific specialties ranging from materials science to national security.

Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory - ORNL

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Primeur weekly 2019-10-07

Quantum computing

Argonne receives more than $1 million for quantum information science ...

Department of Energy announces $21,4 million for quantum information science research ...

Focus on Europe

SHAPE Tenth Call for Applications is open from 1 October 2019 until 1 December 2019 ...

Fifth Call for Expression of Interest for Human Brain Project's final phase opened ...

The new supercomputer in Ostrava is called Barbora ...

Middleware

Solid Sands introduces license-free service to ease compiler qualification ...

Cortical.io collaborates with Xilinx to bring natural language understanding supercomputing to enterprise applications ...

The search for quantum-resistant cryptography: Understanding the future landscape ...

Hardware

Rescale named #39 on Y Combinator’s 2019 list of top 101 companies ...

Mural for Perlmutter system unveiled ...

Supermicro expands European manufacturing facilities to support increased server and storage volume in EMEA markets ...

Applications

New research center for artificial intelligence at Mainz University ...

Modelling the complexity of the world's water ...

RUDN University mathematicians help improve efficiency of data centres using Markov chains ...

Heart from the computer helps physicians ...

Supercomputing and neutrons unite to unravel structures of intrinsically disordered protein ...

ORNL scientists shed light on microbial 'dark matter' with new approach ...

Gaute Hagen: Supercomputing the universe's building blocks ...

ORNL develops and deploys AI capabilities across research portfolio ...

SDSC and UC San Diego awarded two NSF Convergence Accelerator Grants ...

Eurolab4HPC subsidizes Short Term Collaborations and Business Prototyping Projects of a total of 55.000 euro ...

The Cloud

Excelero awarded patent for latency reduction in large-scale private Clouds ...