LEADER Contents Machine learning with FPGAs

Bill Jenkins looks at the role of FPGA technology in machine learning

OpenMP 5.0 release

Matthijs van Waveren shares highlights of the latest iteration of the parallel computing API OpenMP

Scaling up computing capacity

Wim Slagter highlights the importance HPC for engineering simulation

Laboratory informatics Big data in biomedicine

Clare Sansom looks at the changing ways that scientists can use data

AI advances healthcare research

Sophia Ktori explores the role of AI and deep learning in healthcare

Data ecosystems in the cloud 24

Faisal Mushtaq explains the role of cloud informatics in overcoming the challenges associated with modern pharmaceutical R&D

Modelling and simulation Decentralised systems buck data-sharing trend

Adrian Giordani reports on the use of blockchain in the automotive industry

Intelligent optimisation

Gemma Church looks at the role of optimsation software in modern engineering practices

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High performance computing Deep learning

Rob Farber looks at the impact that AI is having on HPC hardware and application development


Robert Roe Editor


AI boosts HPC This issue leads with coverage exploring the impact that AI and deep learning technology is having on HPC development. This has been a continuing theme throughout the year, as AI technology has been rising rapidly, both in performance and the number of applications using the technology. This is driving new users to start using HPC – they would not have done so just a few years ago.

In this issue we have a broad overview 18

of news and updates covering the HPC industry, starting on page 4 with Rob Farber’s piece on the impact of AI in computing and HPC. The theme of AI research continues on page 8 with Intel’s Bill Jenkins, who discusses the use of FPGAs in machine learning research. On page 12 we have an update on the OpenMP specification, which will be announced formally at SC18. Finally, we have an article looking at the creation of a free benchmark tool that demonstrates performance increase on a user’s model if they were to move to a HPC infrastructure. The laboratory informatics coverage


starts on page 18, with an article from Clare Sansom on the use of big data in biomedicine. On page 21 Sophia Ktori explores the use of AI technology in healthcare in the first of a two-part series. We also have an article from Thermo’s

Faisal Mushtaq, which looks at the role of cloud-based informatics software and its use in modern pharmaceutical R&D. Modelling and simulation coverage begins with a feature from Adrian Giordani, on page 26, which highlights the use of blockchain in the automotive industry, with a particular focus on autonomous vehicles. On page 30, Gemma Church looks at the use of optimisation in modern engineering simulation.



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