On Friday, 30 March, representatives of the leading Russian companies in the area of supercomputer technologies and high performance computing gave open lectures at the Faculty of Computer Sciences of Voronezh State University.
The development director of “Niagara Computers”, Valery Egorshev, presented his lecture “Innovative Enterprise Computing Technologies”. He told the audience about the revolutionary and evolutionary events of 2017 and 2018 in the development of elements of high performance computer systems: servers, data storage systems, and network sub-systems. He discussed new, game changing components of supercomputing systems. In the last couple of years, new processors, accellerated graphics cards, solid state drives for storing large volumes of data, and network interfaces and protocols have appeared and become accessible. Computing complexes based on these components have been successfully used to solve complex research and technology tasks in various areas of physics, chemistry, materials studies as well as for forecasting in economics and finances and in the area of management of large industrial complexes.
The second lecture “Intel Technologies for Machine Learning and AI Systems: New Processing, New Memory Hierarchy, and New Neuromorphic Chip” was presented by the Head of the Intel technical team in Russia, Mikhail Tsvetkov. It was dedicated to Intel technologies which were developed to solve tasks within a large artificial intelligence project. Mikhail Tsvetkov gave an overview of new Intel® 3D XPoint™ devices that allow extending the memory of a standard server to terabytes. He also talked about new Intel® Xeon®, Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processor, and Intel® FPGA processors. Artificial intelligence embedded systems use Intel Myriad devices. Also, a part of his report was dedicated to Intel's research in the area of neuromorphic computing, which opens opportunities for spiking neural networks.