ISC pitted the world’s biggest names in HPC against each other in a Vendor Showdown Session — and gave the top nod to Dell EMC’s Jay Boisseau.The annual international supercomputing conference (ISC) is a time when the world’s biggest and best HPC system vendors come together to share their insights in presentations, showcase their latest innovations, and compete for the attention of the industry and its customers.That was certainly the case this year at the ISC 2019 conference in Frankfurt. The approximately 3,500 attendees who made it to the five-day gathering got a look at the best of the best in the HPC world and to hear from some of the brightest minds in the industry. And that’s the way it was when distinguished technologists went head-to-head in the annual ISC Vendor Showdown session.Unique to ISC High Performance, the Vendor Showdown comprises an afternoon of presentations by industry powerhouses in computing, networking, data and storage. Speakers are allowed just a few minutes to present their organizations’ newest strategies, products or research developments. A panel of expert moderators asks each speaker a few in-depth, follow-up questions, and the speakers have just five minutes to offer their responses. When the presentations are complete, the audience votes to select a winner.In this fast-paced showdown, Dell EMC’s Jay Boisseau, an AI and HPC technology strategist, gave the Dell EMC presentation. Here are a few highlights from his presentation:Dell EMC has 20 years of leadership in the HPC cluster space. The company built it first HPC cluster in 1999, and now builds TOP500 clusters for the likes of Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC), and the University of Michigan — to name a few of the organizations that have recently rolled out new Dell EMC supercomputers.The Dell EMC solutions portfolio covers the wide world of HPC needs, from simulation and data analytics to artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning. It’s a portfolio based on open standards, optimal configurations and customer choice, and it includes technologies from such HPC leaders as Intel, NVIDIA, AMD, Mellanox, Bright Computing and OpenHPC.New entries in the Dell EMC server portfolio include the Dell EMC DSS 8440 server, a computing powerhouse built for the challenges of machine learning. It packs up to 10 full-size accelerator cards in 4U of space, up to 205W CPUs with accelerators in 35C environments, up to 10 drives of local storage and extensive I/O options. Even better, it’s all based on a design that enables accelerators, storage and interconnect on the same switch for maximum performance.Let’s add a little drama here. The competition in the Vendor Showdown session was stiff, pitting Dell EMC against such HPC powerhouses as Amazon Web Services, Cray and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. And now, the envelope, please…After all of the speakers had their 15 minutes of fame, the audience voted to give the top spot to the Jay Boisseau presentation made on behalf of Dell EMC. So hats off to Jay for a great presentation that knocked the socks off the ISC audience.To learn moreTo hear some of Jay insights, check out the just-released video with Jay discussing the convergence of AI and HPC with Bill Magro, Intel’s chief technologist for HPC, at ISC 2019.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNYNewsNow File Image.CORNING — Congressman Tom Reed is taking a different stance when discussing who should make the final decision on reopening school districts in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a news conference Wednesday morning that the state should make the call, while President Donald Trump says the Federal Government is responsible for the call.Reed, however, tells WNYNewsNow that the local school districts should be the ultimate decision maker.“Since the Governor believes, and I agree, that the call in ultimately opening the schools is not the national government, the President’s prerogative, I would hope the Governor would look himself in the mirror say, well that’s true for him, in regards to the schools are run by the school districts and superintendents,” Reed said. “The school districts should be the ones making the determination whether or not to keep the schools open for their respective districts in the state.” Reed, however, says that he believes Cuomo will say that the school districts won’t have “the authority to make the decision. Only the Governor, King Cuomo, can make this determination.”The Congressman also says that the Federal Government could have some influence on the reopening of schools because they have the “power of the purse,” which he says “is not a bad thing” in terms of encouraging reopening of the schools.Cuomo stated during his briefing that guidance from his office would be finalized Monday for school stakeholders, with plans from the stakeholders to be submitted by July 31 for a final decision for reopening slated for the first week of August.With that, WNYNewsNow asked Reed about what he’d like to see in the Governor’s guidance. He says he wants the Governor to acknoweledge that each school will have an individualized plan, and he additionally wants the Governor to say what metrics and risks the Governor would be observing.“How are you going to make sure you have access to the personal protective equipment necessary to do this? What is your standardization plan for the school district? What are you expecting in regards to the sharing of information for teachers, employees and administrators, vis-à-vis, also students? And how are you going to expect the interaction of the information being exchanged between the school officials, the private entities such as parents, loved ones, and also the public health officials?”Reed says that’s just “a sampling” of the guidance that he would like the Governor to issue.WNYNewsNow will continue to follow the story of the schools potentially reopening as it develops.
Share on: WhatsApp “You’ve had a magnificent 2017 @HKane. You deserve to hold the record of most @premierleague goals in a calendar year. Well done and keep up the good work,” he tweeted.Kane’s third goal took him to 56 for club and country in 2017 — lifting him above Barcelona’s Lionel Messi to become Europe’s top-scorer over the past 12 months in the five major countries (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France).Kane said it had been a “fantastic” year.“To get compared to those players — the Messis and Shearers — is what it is all about,” he said. “To get another hat-trick is a great way to end the year.“It is always about improving every year. That’s what I always have done throughout my career and it is what I will continue to do.”Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed the achievement of his star forward.“It does not surprise us because every day we see how he works, how determined he is and how professional he is,” he said. “That can only be good for him.“Professional is a massive word — you need to include everything there inside and he is a good example of that.” London, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane said beating Alan Shearer’s Premier League record for goals in a calendar year was a “great feeling” after he netted a hat-trick on Tuesday.Kane’s three goals in a 5-2 rout of Southampton also guaranteed he would finish as Europe’s leading scorer for 2017.“It was hard not to think about it, being level going into the game,” said Kane. “I wanted to win the game but of course I wanted to score as a striker. Getting that record was a great feeling.”Kane has 39 Premier League goals in 2017, three more than Shearer’s previous Premier League record of 36, set in 1995.“I’ve improved physically — recovery for games, getting ready for each game, eating right and ice baths,” added Kane. “I feel good and sharp and at my best at this busy period.“They are fantastic players here. It’s fantastic to play with them. We’re a hard team to stop and I said to them before the game to try and set me up and they did that, so I’ll have to take them out for dinner.” Former England captain Shearer was quick to congratulate the new record-holder.
The Indian River Sheriffs Department is reporting that they have arrested a man who was reportedly walking down a street with a shot gun and shooting at random cars.The incident was reported Friday near 3800 block of 44th Street in Gifford.Officials say they received a call about a driver who was shot in the shoulder by a man who was walking with a shotgun and a flag.The suspect, 33-year-old Torrevio Ealy, was later located by police as he was walking near a home on 44th Place. Authorities say when Ealy spotted them, he then ran inside the home. Seconds later, Ealy attempted to flee the area, however, he was captured by officials with the SWAT team.Investigators searched the home and found three other firearms and a large amount of drugs. Officials also reported that at least two of the guns were stolen.Ealy has since been arrested and taken to the Indian River County Jail on charges of attempted felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public, and resisting arrest without violence.His bond has been set at $217,000.
Sunday’s sailing conditions were a complete opposite to the first day’s racing as a strong north-easterly averaging 17 knots proved a challenge for some teams and caused multiple capsizings to be witnessed. After the second round robin, which needed to be called short due to the blustery conditions, Bangkok Prep was in the lead followed closely by Pattana, both commendable results and qualifying both teams for the finals.In the first of three final races, Bangkok Prep produced one of the strong results of the competition, beating an enthusiastic Pattana. In the second race Patana A came back strongly to beat Bangkok Prep and set up a showdown between the teams for the final championship deciding race.The juniors battled for supremacy of the seas.The final race was set amid a carnival atmosphere of spectators at the Sunset Bar as the contenders, Bangkok Prep and the 2014 Champions Pattana, jockeyed for position at the race start line. Blustery conditions continued and the race was on. The crowd at this point were on their feet with cheering at a fever pitch for their respective teams. After a hard fought battle in windy conditions, Patana was narrowly beaten by Bangkok Prep who deservedly won the Championship. Lycée Français placed third overall, with Harrow fourth and Regents in fifth.High winds on Day 2 made sailing conditions tough for everyone.RVYC Commodore Thomas Whitcraft congratulated all the sailors for their competitive spirit and thanked all schools, parents and members who contributed to such a spectacular event. Presenting the awards, Commodore Whitcraft commented: “We’ve had a spectacular weekend of match racing and it’s encouraging to see the professional level of youth sailing in Thailand. I would also like to thank the international schools involved, our sponsor JVK International Movers, who helps make this all possible, and also the commitment of the parents and friends.“Finally, congratulations to Bangkok Prep School who have the honour of holding and defending the Thailand Junior Team Racing Championships perpetual trophy at the next regatta to be held in 2016,” the Commodore said in closing. Amid mixed sailing conditions out in the bay, the second Thailand Junior Team Racing Championships were held at Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) in Pattaya on Saturday and Sunday January 10-11. Five teams competed in RVYC sponsored RS Quba two-handed dinghies, representing leading international schools teams from; Bangkok Patana School, Bangkok International Preparatory & Secondary School, Harrow International School Bangkok, Lycée Français International de Bangkok and Regents International School Pattaya.Junior sailors from Bangkok Prep. School stand atop the podium with the trophy as the teams from Bangkok Patana School (left) and Lycée Français (right) look on.The first day of racing on Saturday saw a ‘round robin’ of elimination races with each team sailing three boats with two crew each, over a challenging course. Unfortunately light winds on the day, down to two knots, proved challenging for the crews and some of the races needed to be postponed until the following day. At the end of the first round robin and after four hard fought races, Bangkok Prep came out on top with four wins followed by Patana with three wins, with Lycée Français in third, Harrow in fourth and Regents bringing up the rear.
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN – After nearly two hours of back-and-forth discussion on Monday evening, the township zoning board decided more information was necessary for a crematorium proposal at a 19th century cemetery.“I’m not as comfortable as I’d like to be,” board chairman James Hinckley said as the April 24 meeting came to a close.In its proposal to the zoning board, Fair View Cemetery is seeking to construct an 18-foot-tall, 1,128 square foot crematory building along the Route 35 side of the property. The proposed structure would be only 50 feet from the street line, where 200 feet is required in Middletown. No graves exist in the proposed location.The crematorium would have two chambers, with a single 21-foot-tall stack dedicated for each chamber.Michael B. Steib, the attorney representing Fair View Cemetery, said the cemetery would be able to perform 10 cremations per day, while operating during normal business hours from 8 or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cremation services would be open to anyone, he added, saying it was not exclusive to Fair View Cemetery. There is no proposed visitation or viewing area proposed on this site.Fair View Cemetery spans nearly 90 acres and borders Route 35 South, Oak Hill Road, Union Square Shopping Center, Normandy Road and the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line. It has operated since the 1850s.Many locations were discussed when looking at where to place the new building, said civil engineer James Kennedy.The first was west of The Orthocenter, located at 80 Oak Hill Road, in an undeveloped area of land behind three properties on Oak Hill Road. The second was the cemetery’s maintenance yard, also along Oak Hill Road, which was not considered due to proximity to residential areas. The last area studied by Fair View was the back corner of the property, which would abut with the tennis courts and pool area at McGuire’s Grove, a multi-family home development.“We had to find the most viable place,” Kennedy said. “And I think for a number of reasons, this (proposed location) works the best.”Board members had a number of concerns about how the crematorium would impact Middletown.Not only would McGuires Grove residents be close to the facility, but the crematorium would be visible for residents of The Village at Chapel Hill, an upscale complex with 150 units. The residential area sits along Route 35 North, across from Union Square Shopping Center.“Keep in mind there are people living across Route 35 not on ground floor, but on the second and third floor,” said board member Emil Werde. “(The cemetery) is all visual.”Also concerning were the emissions that would flow from the crematorium.Putting to rest any concerns about shoddy cremation equipment from the 1970s and 1980s was Tom Krowl, a vice president of marketing for Amril CFS, the manufacturer of the proposed crematorium. “The equipment is extremely sophisticated now,” he said.Krowl said his company would conduct annual inspections for the site, while it isn’t required by law in New Jersey.The crematorium would consume a body at somewhere between 1,700 and 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit at a rate of 150 pounds per hour, he said. Krowl added that the sound coming from the building would be at nearly 60 decibels and is similar to that of an air conditioner.He also said the stacks should not stick out like a sore thumb on the premises, adding that “it should look like a residential gas fireplace.”Despite needing the variance from the zoning board, Fair View already has necessary approvals from other entities to move forward. Middletown Health Department said in February that it had no issue with the proposal at that time. The cemetery also obtained a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Air Pollution Control and Preconstruction Permit.The cemetery is looking to join the growing trend of cremation across the country, said cemetery president Nicholas Barbato.“We know the business has changed, and we’re trying to meet the marketplace,” he said. “That’s our business, and we have a lot of people coming to us.”According to the National Funeral Directors Association, an organization that oversees death care services nationally, the rate of cremation is growing at a fast pace. In their Cremation and Burial Report from last year, which identified data from 2015, the percentage of cremation surpassed that of traditional burial – 48.5 percent versus 45.4 percent.The group anticipates that by 2020, 56 percent of people will utilize cremation services compared to a projected 38 percent for burial.Steib, the attorney for Fair View, said 40 percent of the remains that come to the cemetery are cremated.While the room was occupied with lawyers and expert witnesses, only one Middletown resident came to voice her opposition.Regina Mackiewicz explained why she opposes the project. “A lot of it is the ‘ick factor’ of suddenly now having a crematorium in our area,” she said.Mackiewicz said what concerned her the most were the contaminants released into the air from the stacks, namely pollutants and the possible smell.She also brought up the issue with how the crematorium would be open for anyone to use, as the service would not be exclusive for Fair View.“I don’t want a crematorium,” she said. “I don’t want people from all around coming in and using this.”Hinckley, the zoning board chairman, said he wants to see more of an “overall summary” of the health regulations associated with crematoriums in New Jersey.The board unanimously decided to carry the proposal to the May 8 zoning board meeting, when Hinckley said he hopes to take action on a decision.This story was originally published in the April 27 print edition of The Two River Times.