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RIVALRY: Ocean City vs. Mainland

first_imgSammy Williams is escorted by Mike Gray and Jake Schneider. Photo Credits: Ian Crowley Written by: Phoebe PrettymanOn a crisp fall night under the lights, the Ocean City Red Raiders played the Mainland Mustangs, a classic South Jersey rivalry. The Red Raiders set the tone of the game with some good defense early on. They proved that they were ready to defend anything that the Mainland Mustangs tried. The Raiders gained possession on their 43-yard line, thanks to a reception by Jake Schneider (Sr.). Jake has over 100 receptions which is 17 away from the CAL record. Joe Repetti (Sr.) got some good yardage on the outside right before he drove to score the first touchdown of the game. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) added a successful extra point to make the score 7-0, with Ocean City in the lead.Mainland played with a lot of side-to-side offense, but due to some incomplete passes and the Raider’s strong defense, they could not make it down the field before OC took possession. Jake Schneider (Sr.) had a great reception, his 102nd, and gave the raiders some good yardage. Jake Inserra (Sr.) made a run on the inside to make it to 1st & goal which was then followed by a touchdown. This was Inserra’s 7th of the year. He also leads the team in tackles. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) added another point to the board making the score 14-0. The Raiders stayed steady on defense for the rest of the quarter, despite Mainland’s attempt to spread them.Jake Schneider showed they how it was done.Jake Schneider (Sr.) kept the momentum up with a double coverage reception from Joe Repetti (Sr.) early on in the second quarter. Shortly after, Repetti ran to the outside to the end zone as there was a flag thrown on the play, the first penalty of the game. After the penalty and two good sacks from Mainland, the Raiders were pushed back. However, that didn’t stop Ocean City as Joe Repetti (Sr.)  threw a pass, avoiding a sack, to Brad Jamison (Sr.) for a touchdown. With the addition of a successful extra point by Brendan McGonigle (Jr.), the score was 21-0 with the Raiders in the lead.Another great throw from Joe Repetti (Sr.) received by Jake Schneider (Sr.) at the 10-yard line prefaced a drive down the center that led to another touchdown by Joe Repetti (Sr.), his second of the game. With an extra point by Brendan McGonigle (Jr.), the score stood at 28-0, the Raiders in the lead. Ocean City’s defense stayed strong, with 5:45 left in the second quarter the Raiders had had 4 possessions and 4 touchdowns.Jake Inserra had another big game.Another touchdown was scored due to a phenomenal pass from Joe Repetti (sr.) to Jake Schneider (Sr.)  in the back of the end zone. With the addition of a extra point, the score was 35-0, with Ocean City in the lead. This was the 29th touchdown pass by Repetti, that gets him very close to the school the record, which is 30. In the last minute of the game, Charley Cossabone (Jr.) scooped up the ball and ran to score a 16-yard punt return touchdown. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) added an extra point to make the score 42-0.Mainland started off the third quarter with some more energy, holding Ocean City back a little bit. However, early on the Raiders gained some momentum with an interception by Sam Williams (Jr.), at the 43-yard line, who then ran down to score a touchdown. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) added a point to make the score 49-0. Mainland pushed forward, however Red Raider Kyle Hendricks (Jr.) scooped up the ball and ran it down to the 35-yard line before he was pushed out-of-bounds. Riley Gunnels (So.) handed off to Jack Hoag (So.) who ran down the field to score a touchdown. Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) successfully kicked his 8th extra point of the game. With one minute left in the quarter, the score was 56-0, with Ocean City in the lead.Mike Gray had his way.Ocean City made a good effort to gain some yardage in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Mainland held a sturdy defense and made the Raiders fight for their next touchdown. Riley Gunnels (So.) made a strong drive to the end zone to score his first varsity touchdown! Then Brendan McGonigle (Jr.) kicked a successful extra point which broke the record of most extra points in one game. The score stood 63-0, with Ocean City as the victors. The quarter ended with Ocean City showing some good coverage and high intensity to keep Mainland from making any major advances.The final score said it all.last_img read more

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Durham University Puts New SmartNIC to the Test

first_imgNVIDIA BlueField-2 in use at Durham UniversityAs a group, HPC practitioners are on the cutting edge of innovation, and are always willing to push the boundaries of performance to get to the next big breakthrough. For example, Dell Technologies customer Durham University is a leading research institution in the fields of astrophysics and particle physics. The University is using BlueField-2 DPUs to enable direct access to remote memory and improve the performance of massively parallel codes, which they believe may pave the way for future exascale systems.The Durham University team has been using the half-height, half-width NVIDIA BlueField-2 SmartNIC cards in their “Durham Intelligent NIC Environment” (DINE), a 16-node supercomputer powered by Dell EMC PowerEdge C6525 servers. Each card is then connected with a 25G Ethernet cable, and configured to operate in a “host-separated” mode, providing direct access to the Arm cores on the DPU. Researchers can then launch HPC MPI codes across the cluster making use of both the AMD® EPYC™ server processors, and the Arm processors on the DPUs.To test the DPU technology, the Durham team decided to compile two versions of their code—one that executes on the server processors, and one that executes on the DPU Arm cores. The team reported that recompiling the code for the Arm cores took seconds, while installing the necessary libraries took longer. However, they believe this will be faster in the future now that they have a recipe for the process. When they run a job across the DINE cluster, they direct MPI jobs to run on the DPUs instead of the CPUs, which allows the CPUs to carry on with their tasks without MPI interruptions.The team believes the technology has the potential to become mainstream. Their faculty, staff, students, collaborators and other fundamental researchers will benefit from working with cutting-edge technologies that help them design algorithms and investigate ideas which will help redefine the future of HPC for facilities around the world.Tobias Wienzieri, Project Principal Investigator (PI) for DINE said, “We have been suffering from a lack of MPI progress and, hence, algorithmic latency for quite a while and invested significant compute effort to decide how to place our tasks on the system. We hope that BlueField will help us to realize these two things way more efficiently. Actually, we started to write software that does this for us on BlueField.”Based on the results at Durham University, the new NVIDIA SmartNICs with BlueFiled-2 DPUs are one step further on the journey to the infrastructure-as-code data center, where users can send a job out and have it run where it’s most optimized for performance and efficiency.Ever increasing data drives the need for advanced computing innovationsAs data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and High Performance Computing (HPC) converge and mainstream, they’re driving new innovations designed to feed insatiable demands for compute performance. Accelerators—such as graphics processing units (GPUs) and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)—have revolutionized advanced computing over the last few decades, by offloading certain tasks from the CPU to speed workloads by several orders of magnitude compared to CPUs alone.However, once Ethernet reaches 10 GB/s, the network interface card (NIC) starts to become the bottleneck, sapping cycles from the processor to handle increasingly complex system and data center networks. For example, when message passing interface (MPI) traffic is running on the CPU, HPC threads have to wait their turn, wasting compute cycles and slowing workload performance.To counter this performance drain, the industry has been pushing the boundaries of software-defined networking (SDN), making the NIC smarter so that it can take over some of the processing functions that can slow down the CPU.NVIDIA announces the SmartNIC, powered by NVIDIA BlueField-2 DPUAfter acquiring networking powerhouse Mellanox in April of this year, NVIDIA began leading the charge on novel SDN technologies by announcing the NVIDIA® Mellanox® ConnectX-6 Lx SmartNIC. The SmartNIC is powered by the new NVIDIA BlueField technology, a high-performance, software programmable, multi-core system on a chip (SOC) CPU based on the Arm processing architecture.The BlueField-2 Data Processing Unit (DPU) offloads critical network, security, and storage tasks from the CPU to boost performance, networking efficiency and security. With the BlueField-2 DPU enabled SmartNIC, the full infrastructure stack—compute, storage and networking—can be more granularly software-defined and disaggregated to handle larger volumes of data faster and more efficiently.Dive into the detail:Durham University will deepen understanding of the universeDurham’s Universe of StorageDell Technologies solutions for HPClast_img read more

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Wolf Administration Welcomes 20 Students with Disabilities for Summer Internship Program

first_imgWolf Administration Welcomes 20 Students with Disabilities for Summer Internship Program SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works,  Innovation,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In support of the Employment First initiative to help people with disabilities find employment, the Wolf Administration is welcoming 20 Pennsylvania college students who will participate in summer internships with state agencies, while a first-of-its kind state partnership with Microsoft will promote accessibility best practices and tools.“Internships are an important way for students to gain experience in their field of study and establish relationships with potential employers,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “This program will provide valuable opportunities in public service to students with disabilities.”The students will take part in a 12-week paid internship in the Harrisburg area beginning this month. The interns will work in positions related to their academic backgrounds and career interests.Governor Wolf signed the executive order to establish the Employment First policy in March 2016 to increase competitive-integrated employment for people with disabilities and make Pennsylvania a model state when it comes to creating a climate hospitable to disabled workers.The internship program was developed by the Department of Labor and Industry’s (L&I) Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and the Office of Administration (OA). OVR recruited college students for the inaugural class, while OA facilitated placement within state offices.“We want to thank the commonwealth’s leaders and supervisors for supporting the disability internship program and welcoming these students for the summer,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich. “We think it will be an enriching experience for everyone involved.”OVR provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. In 2017, the office helped place more than 9,300 OVR customers into employment, and connected with 6,000 Pennsylvania employers to achieve hiring results.“When it comes to providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities, we need to lead by example,” said L&I Secretary Jerry Oleksiak. “We are excited to work with the Office of Administration to offer this internship program for state government.”The administration also announced that Pennsylvania is the first state government to partner with Microsoft Corporation to provide training and other resources on accessibility to employees. The training will focus on tools available within Office 365 to make documents and other files accessible to people with disabilities, as well as features that can assist commonwealth employees who are themselves disabled. Employees will also have access to a help desk staffed by accessibility experts to answer questions and provide guidance. These services are being provided at no additional cost to the commonwealth.“We are incredibly excited about working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to educate employees on how to be more inclusive and accessible using the built-in tools in Microsoft365,” said Megan Lawrence, Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist.center_img May 22, 2018last_img read more

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New Chinese FA Rule Thwarts Costa, Benzema, Cavani Move to China

first_imgPreviously, teams were allowed to field an Asian player in addition to three non-Asian foreigners, but that spot in the starting line-up will now be taken by a Chinese player under the age of 23. Clubs must also include a second Chinese player under 23 in their matchday squads.“In order to realise ‘The General Plan of Chinese Football Reform and Development’ and to benefit the overall development of Chinese football and Chinese local players, to enhance the quality of the national team and to keep the professional league on a healthy, stable and consistent track, the CFA has adjusted the regulations of the 2017 Chinese Super League and the China League,” the statement said.The new regulations were drawn up during a meeting of the CFA’s Professional Leagues Committee in Wuhan on Sunday before clubs were informed of the ruling. The current transfer window opened on Jan. 1 and many of the 16 Chinese Super League clubs have already signed their full quota of foreign players ahead of the league’s opening round on March 4.Tianjin Quanjian owner Shu Yuhui confirmed the cashed-up Chinese Super League outfit had plans to sign Diego Costa, Karim Benzema, Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao until China’s Football Association (CFA) made changes to the limit of foreigners.Having already lured Belgium international Axel Witsel to the CSL, Tianjin – coached by former Real Madrid and Juventus defender Fabio Cannavaro – had been linked with further moves for Chelsea’s Costa & Co.And Shu revealed Tianjin had been in talks with the Spain international, Real Madrid striker Benzema, Paris Saint-Germain’s Cavani and Monaco hitman Falcao before the CFA announced new rules regarding foreign players, with teams in the CSL forced to name only three of their imports in starting XIs from this season.“Our club had a massive investment plan for the new season but it was tightened up by the new rules,” Shu told Tianjin Sports Channel.“We need an out-and-out striker so we made a bid for Benzema. We also made an attempt for Falcao.“As a matter of fact, the club had even prepared the contracts for Falcao and [Benfica striker] Raul Jimenez. We had already reached agreement with them on wages and bonus. The pair were expected to sign the contracts, but the new rules forced us to give up on them.”Delving deeper into Tianjin’s transfer plans, Shu revealed meetings with Jorge Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo among others.“I made an appointment with Mendes and he came to my hometown to visit me. At that time, we were interested in signing Costa,” he added.“PSG told us Cavani would only be allowed to leave in June, even though the player himself was willing to join us. The same can be said for Costa because Chelsea would only let him leave in June. However, the new season of CSL will almost reach the halfway stage in June, we can’t wait so long.”While the arrivals of these players appear unlikely, Fiorentina star Nikola Kalinic is nearing a move to Haihe Educational Football Stadium in Tianjin.“We are currently discussing whether to hold onto [former Brazil international] Luis Fabiano,” Shu said. “But Cannavaro told us he preferred Kalinic, who would perfectly fit into the team’s style of play.”Tianjin are set to play in China’s top flight in 2017 after Cannavaro guided the club to promotion last season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WINTER TRANSFERChinese Super League clubs’ player recruitment plans for the coming season were thrown into disarray on Monday morning as the Chinese Football Association confirmed last week’s reports it would limit the number of foreign players permitted to play in the 2017 season.In a statement published on the federation’s website, the CFA announced clubs would be permitted to field a maximum of three foreign players per game, with that quota including players from within the area governed by the Asian Football Confederation.last_img read more

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