Building upon the success of the initial phase of its Centres of Excellence (CoE) program, the EuroHPC JU (European HPC Joint Undertaking) recently announced the launch of ten new Centres of Excellence to support research and innovation targeted to develop and adapt HPC applications for the exascale and post-exascale era. The domain-area CoEs will work collaboratively with EU National Competency Centers focused on country-specific resources and research initiatives.
MLCommons Adds Edge/Embedded AI Inference Benchmark
Alex Norton and Bob Sorensen
MLCommons, an international artificial intelligence (AI) standards body formed in 2018, launched MLPerf Tiny, their first benchmark targeted at the inference capabilities of edge and embedded devices, or what they call "intelligence in everyday devices". The new benchmark is now part of the overall MLPerf benchmark suite, which measures AI training and inference performance on a wide variety of workloads, including natural language processing and image recognition. The benchmark covers four machine learning (ML) tasks focused on camera and microphone sensors as inputs: keyword spotting, visual wake words, tiny image classification, and anomaly detection. Some important use cases include smart home security, virtual assistants, and predictive maintenance.
6 202021 | HYP_Link
Israeli Government Launches Comprehensive Quantum Computing Development Program
Bob Sorensen, Tom Sorensen
The Israel Innovation Authority and the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD) recently announced a $62 million USD collaborative effort to establish a domestic quantum computing (QC) infrastructure. The two-pronged approach calls for the Israel Innovation Authority, part of Israel's Ministry of Economy charged with fostering domestic industrial R&D, to focus on developing QC algorithms, applications, and a related software stack to support both on-premises or cloud QC access models. For its part, the IMOD will stand up a national center to develop a complete quantum computer including a quantum processor expected to consist of 30-40 qubits, quantum control capabilities, and I/O interfacing hardware.