Intel AI at SC18

Today’s high-performance computing (HPC) systems are unleashing discovery and insights at an unprecedented pace. The intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and HPC is transforming industries from healthcare to transportation while solving some of the toughest socio-economic and scientific challenges in our world. Intel offers a hardware and enabling software portfolio of unprecedented choice and scale to power this next wave of discovery. To highlight the convergence of HPC and AI, Intel is pleased to be sharing seven technical papers – one of them a Best Paper finalist – as well as five conference tutorials, five workshops, one panel, and two posters.

For a look at exciting examples of how organizations around the globe are using Intel technology to power their AI applications, plus the opportunity to take home some BunnyPeople™collectible pins, come visit us at Booth #3223. For even more demos and presentations, along with a series of AI-focused hands-on tutorials, check out our off-site One Intel Station at the historic Dallas Union Station.

Demos in Intel Booth #3223:

GE Healthcare: CT Scanner Technology Powered by Intel AI: A collaboration with GE Healthcare, this demo shows Intel is bringing the power of AI to clinical diagnostic scanning and other healthcare workflows. Featured Intel technologies: Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, Intel optimizations for TensorFlow*, and deep learning tools included in the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit

Novartis: nClassification of high content Cellular Images on Intel AI: See scale out training of a multi-scale CNN-based high content imaging (HCI) classifier on 330K images in under an hour. Featured Intel technologies: Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA), Intel® Optimization for TensorFlow*, Intel® Math Kernel Library for Deep Neural Networks (Intel® MKL-DNN)

RocketML*: A Convergence Platform for HPC and AI: RocketML, a hardware and software co-optimized platform tuned for rapid experimentation, shows real-time training on any data size on CPUs. Featured Intel technologies: Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel® Math Kernel Library

Inspur: FPGA Accelerator Empowers Object Detection Application: This live demo shows how the Intel-based Inspur F10A FPGA Accelerator and TF2 Compute Acceleration Engine, supporting the TensorFlow* machine learning frAMework, delivers high performance and low latency for AI applications. Featured Intel technology: Intel® Arria® 10 GX 1150 FPGA Device.

You’ll find us making contributions across SC18 in paper presentations, tutorials, workshops, panels, and talks.

Paper Presentations






On Wednesday, November 14, Vikram Saletore, Intel principal engineer, will be giving a talk on the convergence of HPC, data analytics, & AI at the Lenovo booth #3617 from 2 – 3 PM.

You’ll find us outside the hall, too – at One Intel® Station

During SC18, Dallas Union Station at 400 S. Houston Street is One Intel Station.  Just a short walk from the Hutchinson Convention Center, it’s the place to experience AI theory in action. You can see real-world use cases from Intel® AI Builders members, attend tutorials, and more. Although seats for our AI Crash Course on Wednesday, November 14, 2:00PM-5: 30 PM are already booked, One Intel Station offers a wide array of events and demos in the “AI Zone” located in the Station’s Grand Hall. We’ll provide snacks and drinks in the reCharge Lounge, and you’ll have a chance to talk with our HPC and AI subject experts on the latest trends and implementations in AI.

Demos at One Intel Station

  • Using Intel Optimization for TensorFlow* to Accelerate Unity ML-Agents* training
  • Training a Chatbot Using Intel Optimization for TensorFlow*
  • Multi-threaded Reinforcement Learning
  • Parallelized Word2Vec on Intel Xeon Processors

Hands-on Tutorials at One Intel Station

  • An Introduction to OpenHPC*: Monday, November 12 from 12-2:30 PM
  • Compiling and Tuning for Performance Using Intel® AVX-512: Monday, November 12 from 4–5:30PM
  • HPC+AI Convergence: Running Machine Learning & Deep Learning along with Big Data Analytics in HPC Environments: Tuesday, November 13 from 12-1:30 PM
  • Performance Tuning with Cache-aware Roofline Model in Intel® Advisor: Tuesday, November 13 from 4–5:30 PM
  • Parallel Fortran* 2018: Achieving Asynchronous Execution with Events and Visualizing Performance with TAU*: Wednesday, November 14 from 12-1:30 PM

Posters from Intel AI Student Ambassadors at One Intel Station

The Intel Student Ambassador Program, part of the Intel AI Academy, works with Graduate & Ph.D. students at top academic institutions around the world to drive innovative new AI research and use cases across numerous verticals and industries. Selected members of the program have been chosen to present their work:

  • RAIL – Risk Averse Imitation Learning – Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Explaining the Unexplained: A Class-Enhanced Attentive Response (CLEAR) Approach to Understanding Deep Neural Networks – University of Waterloo/Vector Institute Toronto
  • Towards Autonomous UAV Flight in Cluttered Forestry Environments – DurhAM University, UK
  • Deep Learning for Cryptocurrency Trading – Rutgers University
  • Where’s the Bear? – Automating Wildlife Image Processing Using IoT and Edge Cloud Systems – University of California Santa Barbara
  • Self-Driving Vehicles and Risk Analysis – University of Southern California Virtebai School of Engineering

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