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Rack Room Shoes Announces Dr. Heinz-Horst Deichmann Scholarship Program Winners

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Rack Room Shoes recently held its annual Dr. Heinz-Horst Deichmann Scholarship Program in partnership with Scholarship America. This program is exclusively for Rack Room Shoes associates, selecting five students who receive a $2,000 renewable scholarship to support their educational goals. The scholarship recipients for the 2024-2025 academic year are: Marwan Abdelgawad – Sr. Sales Associate – Store #618, Morrisville, N.C. Bessie Brown – Sales Associate – Store #376, Ashland, Ky. Diego Martinez – Assistant Store Manager 2nd – Store #3069, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Kayla Rickman – Assistant Store Manager Lead – Store #499, Concord, N.C. Tara Shivji – Sr. Sales Associate – Store #73, Knoxville, Tenn. The exceptional individuals have demonstrated their dedication, commitment and leadership in both their academic studies and their communities. By investing in these young scholars' education, Rack Room Shoes aims to empower and support their valued associates’ personal and professional development. "Investing in the next generation of talent is essential," said Mark Lardie, president and chief executive officer of Rack Room Shoes. "Congratulations to our scholarship winners and their commitment to furthering their education, we're excited to see what the future holds for these bright minds.” Additionally, scholarship winners from the previous year were renewed for another year of scholarship support, bringing the total to 10 scholarship recipients awarded for the 2024-2025 school year. Through initiatives like the Dr. Heinz-Horst Deichmann Scholarship Program, Rack Room Shoes remains committed to fostering a positive work environment and providing opportunities for the growth and success of its associates. About Rack Room Shoes Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Rack Room Shoes is known as an innovator in the shoe industry for over 100 years. Rack Room Shoes operates more than 520 locations nationwide under the Rack Room Shoes and Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse brands. Both brands offer a great variety of on-trend styles for women, men and children in athletic, comfort and dress categories, while providing a delightful and trusted shopping experience for our valued customers. Through Rack Room Shoes Gives, our ongoing philanthropic program, we provide ways in which customers and employees can seek support for charitable organizations, instilling trust and inspiration in the communities we serve. Contact Details Rack Room Shoes Dejah Gilliam +1 704-501-4567 dejah.gilliam@rackroom.com Brenda Christmon +1 704-491-1850 brenda.christmon@rackroom.com

June 26, 2024 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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iLearningEngines - This AI-Powered Learning SaaS Company Has Amazing Retention

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By Johnny Rice, Benzinga Balakrishnan A.P., president and CEO of iLearningEngines (NASDAQ: AILE), was recently a guest on Benzinga’s All-Access. iLearningEngines is an Applied AI platform for learning & work automation. It is one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. AI can help revolutionize learning in big and small organizations, and iLearningEngines is proving that. The company has grown rapidly, with a nearly 50% average CAGR over the last 5 years. It has done this by consistently delivering a product customers are satisfied with, leading to a retention rate that well exceeds the industry standard. Learn more here: Featured photo by NASA on Unsplash. Benzinga is a leading financial media and data provider, known for delivering accurate, timely, and actionable financial information to empower investors and traders. This post contains sponsored content. This content is for informational purposes only and not intended to be investing advice. Contact Details Benzinga +1 877-440-9464 info@benzinga.com Company Website http://www.benzinga.com

June 26, 2024 08:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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FuelRod Launches Free Battery Swaps at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

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FuelRod, a leading provider of portable power solutions, today announced an exclusive promotion sponsored by Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). This groundbreaking initiative, which runs through November 30, allows travelers at AUS to swap their depleted FuelRod chargers for fresh ones at no cost. This marks the first promotion of its kind at any airport, highlighting FuelRod’s commitment to ensuring travelers have reliable access to power and a stress-free travel experience. Travelers passing through AUS can now enjoy the convenience of swapping their depleted FuelRods for fully charged ones up to 10 times per month, free of charge. This hassle-free process can be completed at any of the several FuelRod kiosks throughout the airport by simply selecting the “swap” button, entering a phone number, and exchanging the used rod for a fresh one. Phone numbers are collected to track the 10-use limit. For travelers who prefer not to provide a phone number, the standard swap fee of $1 applies. Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is the first airport to offer such a promotion, setting a new standard for passenger comfort and convenience. This collaboration with FuelRod reflects a shared commitment to keeping travelers charged and connected by ensuring a reliable portable power source for their devices. FuelRod aims for this promotion to inspire similar initiatives nationwide, bringing sustainable charging solutions to travelers across the country. “We are extremely proud of our partnership with Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and their support of our vision for easily accessible, eco-friendly charging for travelers on the go,” said Joe Yeagley, FuelRod Co-founder. “AUS, as the first airport to sponsor the FuelRod “Swap” service, exemplifies Texas hospitality and demonstrates their commitment to providing an elevated experience for their passengers.” About FuelRod FuelRod is a California-based company specializing in portable power solutions. The developer of the FuelRod kit, the first reusable, portable charging system, FuelRod allows you to charge your mobile device on the go and then recharge or swap it for a fresh one. With a growing network of kiosks nationwide, FuelRod ensures your devices stay powered virtually wherever you go. Learn more at fuel-rod.com. Contact Details Razor Sharp PR Ray Young +1 512-694-6097 ray@razorsharppr.com Company Website https://www.fuel-rod.com/

June 20, 2024 09:00 AM Central Daylight Time

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Classiq Collaborates with BMW Group and NVIDIA to Drive Quantum Computing Applicability in Electrical Systems Engineering

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Classiq today announced a collaboration with NVIDIA and the BMW Group to optimize mechatronic systems, marking a significant advance in the sophistication of quantum computing implementation in the automotive sector. The initiative is focused on solving a complex computational challenge to find the optimal architecture of electrical and mechanical systems. This problem involves defining the optimal combination of components, from electrical engines and batteries to coolers, and how these should be connected. The goal of this project is to enhance efficiency and reduce energy waste, which can result – among other things – in the increased efficiency of electric vehicles. Classiq’s sophisticated approach demonstrated how cutting-edge quantum algorithms may be used to address the problem, including the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA) and the Harrow-Hassidim-Lloyd (HHL) algorithm. The latter of these approaches leverages amplitude and digital encoding to efficiently solve and convert complex linear equations, utilizing a novel Quantum Analog to Digital Conversion (QADC) process. The project resulted in the BMW Group’s quantum experts creating a highly sophisticated quantum program, with many quantum sub-routines, among the most complex quantum programs implemented to date. The implementation was enabled by the advanced modeling and compilation capabilities of the Classiq platform. The large and complex quantum circuit implementation was simulated using NVIDIA GPUs and the powerful NVIDIA CUDA-Q platform. “Our collaboration with Classiq and NVIDIA has enabled an innovative quantum implementation that pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the application to automotive technologies,” said Lukas Mueller, Lead Future Compute at BMW Group IT. “NVIDIA’s quantum stack has been instrumental in simulating this complex algorithm, facilitating its detailed testing and refinement.” “This project exemplifies the power of collaboration in the quantum computing sphere. By bringing together the best of quantum hardware, software and automotive domain expertise, we have achieved groundbreaking advancements in a remarkably short time,” said Nir Minerbi, CEO of Classiq Technologies. “Quantum computing, which has the potential to transform society, will require accelerated computing with extreme performance for users to take full advantage of its value,” said Tim Costa, director of HPC and quantum computing at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA’s collaboration with innovators such as the BMW Group and Classiq is pushing the boundaries of quantum simulation and helping to usher in an era of useful quantum computing.” Quantum computing is still a nascent technology, and further effort is required to bring the developed solution to industrial applicability. Classiq and its collaborators continue to develop the interface between automotive technology and quantum computing by expanding the boundaries of quantum design, implementation, and computation. About Classiq Classiq Technologies, the leading quantum software company, provides an all-encompassing platform (IDE, compiler and OS) with a single point of entry into quantum computing, taking you from algorithm design to execution. The high-level descriptive quantum software development environment, tailored to all levels of developer proficiency, automates quantum programming. This ensures that a broad range of talents, including those with backgrounds in AI, ML and linear algebra, can harness quantum computing without requiring deep, specialized knowledge of quantum physics. Classiq democratizes access to quantum computing and equips its users to take full advantage of the quantum computing revolution, including access to a broad range of quantum hardware. Classiq’s core technology, algorithmic quantum circuit compilation, is engineered to power the quantum ecosystem of today and the future. Classiq works closely with quantum cloud providers and advanced computation hardware developers providing software for use with quantum computers, HPC and quantum simulators. Backed by investors such as HPE, HSBC, Samsung, Intesa Sanpaolo and NTT, Classiq’s world-class team of scientists and engineers has distilled decades of quantum expertise into its groundbreaking quantum engine. Follow Classiq on LinkedIn, X (formerly Twitter) or YouTube, and visit the Slack community and https://www.classiq.io to learn more. Contact Details Rainier Communications Michelle McMahon mmcmahon@rainierco.com Company Website http://www.classiq.io/

June 20, 2024 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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تزامناً مع احتفالها بمرور عقدين على التأسيس الكلية الملكية للجراحين في أيرلندا – جامعة البحرين الطبية تعلن عن توسعة حرمها الجامعي بقيمة 45 مليون دولار أميركي

RCSI Medical University of Bahrain

أعلنت الكلية الملكية للجراحين في إيرلندا (RCSI)– جامعة البحرين الطبية عن خططها لتوسعة حرمها الجامعي وذلك عبر مشروع استراتيجي بقيمة 45 مليون دولار أميركي، والذي يأتي تزامناً مع احتفالها بمرور عقدين على تأسيسها في مملكة البحرين. ويأتي ذلك تماشياً مع الالتزام الراسخ للجامعة بالمساهمة في تحسين الصحة البشرية وتقديم الرعاية للمرضى وتحقيق رفاهية المجتمع، إذ تمكنت الجامعة من الاستمرار في تحقيق العديد من الإنجازات المهمة منذ إنشائها، حيث وضعت البحوث المبتكرة في صميم خدماتها من خلال كلية الدراسات العليا والبحث مع التركيز على البحوث السريرية متعددة التخصصات والتي تركز على المريض، فضلاً عن المساهمة بدورها في معالجة التحديات الصحية الوطنية والإقليمية والعالمية الرئيسية. وكانت جامعة البحرين الطبية قد وقعت مؤخراً اتفاقاً مع شركة ناس لإنشاء مشروع توسعة الحرم الجامعي، والذي سيتضمن مباني أكاديمية جديدة تم تصميمها لتلبية الاحتياجات المتزايدة للتعليم الطبي المتقدم ومرافق الأبحاث مع إضافة 7912متر مربع من المساحات للاستخدام. كما ويضم المشروع مرافق تعليمية ومختبرات بحثية متطورة، ومكتبة حديثة ومساحات للمناسبات الاجتماعية وقاعة فعاليات واسعة، إذ يؤكد المشروع على الالتزام تجاه تحقيق الاستدامة البيئية من خلال تبني خيارات المواصلات منخفضة الكربون عبر إتاحته مواقف مهيأة للدراجات الهوائية، ومحطات شحن السيارات الكهربائية. وعلاوة على ذلك، سيشمل التصميم ميزات موفرة للطاقة مثل الألواح الشمسية وإضاءة LED وأنظمة الحفاظ على المياه، مع التركيز على دمج ممارسات الحد من الحرارة من خلال دمج النباتات المحلية والمساحات الخضراء في المناظر الطبيعية. وفي تصريح للبروفيسور سمير العتوم رئيس جامعة البحرين الطبية بهذه المناسبة قال فيه: "نود أن نعبر عن اعتزازنا بما تم تحقيقه من إنجازات وذلك مع حلول الذكرى العشرين لتأسيسنا في البحرين، فنحن نفخر بكوننا نشكل شبكة متنوعة تضم أكثر من 3000 خريج ومتخصص في الرعاية الصحية من 56 جنسية تضم 459 طبيبًا و1321 ممرض في البحرين، وهو ما ساهم بشكل كبير في تعزيز نظام الرعاية الصحية الشامل في البحرين". وأضاف البروفيسور سمير العتوم: "يعتبر مشروع توسعة الحرم الجامعي المخطط له انعكاساً لتوجه الكلية نحو تبني قيم الاستدامة والالتزام بتوفير بيئة مثالية لأعضاء هيئة التدريس والطلاب وتطوير برامج جديدة، وهو ما يتواكب مع رؤية مملكة البحرين نحو ترسيخ المملكة كمركز إقليمي رائد للرعاية الصحية والتعليم، إلى جانب الاستفادة مما تحظى به البحرين من قوة عاملة موهوبة للغاية ومجتمع متسامح وأسلوب حياة استثنائي". ومن جانبه قال السيد منذر المداوي المدير التنفيذي لإدارة تطوير الأعمال (قطاع الرعاية الصحية والتعليم والسياحة) بمجلس التنمية الاقتصادية في البحرين: "نعمل في مجلس التنمية الاقتصادية على توفير الدعم للمستثمرين في مختلف المراحل من تجربتهم وحتى ما بعد تأسيس أعمالهم في المملكة، حيث استمرت الكلية الملكية للجراحين في أيرلندا بريادتها في تعليم الرعاية الصحية منذ إنشائها في عام 1784، ونحن نعتز بنجاحات الجامعة في البحرين وبتاريخها الحافل في دعم الابتكار وذلك على مدى 20 عاماً. ونتطلع إلى أن نشهد تطوير مشروع توسعة الحرم الجامعي المستدام، والذي سيضيف قيمة إلى تنوع أنظمة التعليم والرعاية الصحية المتطورة في البحرين، والتي تهدف إلى توفير الخدمات ذات الجودة العالية بالتواكب مع أرقى الممارسات العالمية." وأشارت برايس ووتر هاوس كوبرز " PwC" في تقرير شامل حول المساهمة الاقتصادية الوطنية إلى أن تأثير جامعة البحرين الطبية على الاقتصاد الوطني للبحرين يبلغ سنوياً 91 مليون دولار أميركي، وتشمل هذه المساهمة التي جرى قياسها جوانب مختلفة من عمليات الجامعة بما في ذلك الأنشطة اليومية والمرافق المتطورة والمعدات الحديثة ونفقات الطلاب والتأثير الاقتصادي الناتج عن إنفاق الأصدقاء والأقارب الزائرين للطلاب الدوليين المسجلين. كما أنه من المتوقع أن يضخ مشروع توسعة الحرم الجامعي الجديد 102 مليون دولار أمريكي إضافية في الاقتصاد على مدى أربع سنوات. جدير بالذكر تلعب جامعة البحرين الطبية دوراً محورياً في التنمية الاجتماعية والاقتصادية في البحرين من خلال إطلاق برامج لتعزيز مهارات القوى العاملة المحلية في مجال الرعاية الصحية، والمساهمة في أولويات البحث الوطنية، ودعم الاستدامة البيئية والاجتماعية والحوكمة، إذ تدعم أنشطة الجامعة بشكل مباشر وغير مباشر 437 وظيفة، مما يعزز النمو والفرص داخل المجتمع. كما وتستمر متطلبات التوظيف في الجامعة في النمو لتلبي الاحتياجات الطلابية المتنامية وجهود البحث، ويشكل البحرينيون حوالي 50% من بين 227 عضواً يعملون بدوام كامل، ويستفيدون من مجموعة واسعة من برامج التطوير المهني المستمر. انتهى للمزيد من المعلومات، يرجى الاتصال على: خالد المطوع قسم الاتصال مجلس التنمية الاقتصادية بذة عن مجلس التنمية الاقتصادية مجلس التنمية الاقتصادية في البحرين هيئة مسؤولة عن جذب الاستثمارات إلى البحرين، ودعم المبادرات التي من شأنها تعزيز بيئة الاستثمار في المملكة. ويحرص المجلس على جعل البحرين بيئة استثمار جاذبة، من خلال العمل جنباً إلى جنب مع الحكومة والقطاع الخاص والمستثمرين لتسليط الضوء على دعائم الاقتصاد في المملكة وتحديد الفرص الاستثمارية لتنميتها. ويركز مجلس التنمية الاقتصادية في البحرين على عدد من القطاعات الاقتصادية التي تستفيد من المزايا التنافسية للمملكة وتوفر فرصاً استثمارية مهمة وهي قطاعات الخدمات المالية والصناعة والخدمات اللوجستية وتكنولوجيا المعلومات والاتصالات والسياحة. لمزيد من المعلومات حول مجلس التنمية الاقتصادية في البحرين، يرجى زيارة الموقع الالكتروني www.bahrainedb.com. Contact Details خالد المطوع قسم الاتصال مجلس التنمية الاقتصادية +973 3979 8919 internationalmedia@bahrainedb.com

June 20, 2024 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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As it Celebrates Two Decades of Success RCSI Medical University of Bahrain Announces a USD 45 Million Campus Expansion

RCSI Medical University of Bahrain

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) announced its plans for the expansion of its campus in a strategic project valued at USD 45 million, as it marked the celebration of its 20th anniversary in Bahrain. In line with a steadfast commitment to contributing with excellence towards the improvement of human health, patient care, and societal well-being, the University has consistently achieved pivotal milestones since its establishment, placing innovative research at the heart of its services through the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research, with a focus on interdisciplinary clinical and patient-centred research, as well as addressing key national, regional, and global health challenges. Recently, RCSI Medical University of Bahrain signed an agreement with Nass Corporation for the construction of the University’s campus expansion project. The ambitious expansion includes a brand new state-of-the-art academic building designed to address the growing demand for advanced medical education and research facilities with the addition of 7,912 sqm of usable space, featuring the addition of enhanced teaching facilities, cutting-edge research labs, a modern library, social spaces, and a spacious event hall. Emphasising a vested commitment towards sustainability, the project includes adopting low-carbon transportation options through bike racks and EV charging stations. Beyond this, the design will incorporate energy-efficient features such as solar panels, LED lighting, and water conservation systems, with a focus on incorporating heat-reduction practices through the incorporation of native plants and green spaces into the landscape, as part of RCSI Bahrain’s commitment to fostering an environmentally friendly ecosystem that nurtures a sense of well-being. Professor Sameer Otoom, President of RCSI Medical University of Bahrain, said, “As we celebrate our 20 th anniversary in Bahrain, we are proud to celebrate this milestone, boasting a diverse network of over 3,000 alumni and healthcare professionals from 56 nationalities comprising 459 doctors and 1,321 nurses, which have significantly contributed to strengthening Bahrain's comprehensive healthcare system.” The President of RCSI Bahrain added, “ A living reflection of RCSI's dedication to sustainability and commitment to providing an ideal environment for our faculty and students to thrive and developing new programmes, our planned campus expansion aligns with Bahrain's vision to cement itself as a leading regional hub for healthcare and education, benefiting from a highly skilled workforce, welcoming and tolerant community, and exceptional lifestyle.” Munther Almudawi, Executive Director of Business Development for Healthcare, Education, and Tourism at Bahrain EDB said, “At Bahrain EDB, we offer our support to investors through every step of their journey, long after they first set up in Bahrain. First founded as the national training body for surgery in Ireland, RCSI has continued to be at the forefront of healthcare education since its establishment in 1784. With a long-standing history of innovation, we take pride in RCSI Bahrain’s 20 years of milestone successes on the island and look forward to witnessing the development of its sustainably-led campus expansion project, which will add value to the diversity of Bahrain’s highly-developed education and healthcare ecosystems, which aims to provide service quality on par with the global playing field.” In a comprehensive National Economic Contribution Report delivered by PwC Ireland, the impact of RCSI Medical University of Bahrain on the national economy was determined to be an estimated annual contribution of USD 91 million. The calculated contribution encompasses various aspects of the University's operations, including day-to-day activities, cutting-edge facilities, state-of-the-art equipment, student expenditures, and the economic ripple effect generated by the spending of visiting friends and relatives of international students enrolled. Furthermore, the upcoming construction and outfitting of the new academic building is projected to inject an additional USD102 million into the economy over a four-year period. Beyond its economic impact, RCSI Medical University of Bahrain continues to play a pivotal role in Bahrain's socio-economic development by initiating programs to enhance the skills of the local healthcare workforce, contributing to national research priorities, and championing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) sustainability. The University's activities directly and indirectly support 437 jobs, fostering growth and opportunity within the community. Furthermore, the university's staffing requirements continue growing to meet the expanding student body and research endeavours. Of the 227 full-time staff members employed by RCSI Bahrain, 50% are Bahraini nationals who benefit from a wide range of continuous professional development programs. # ENDS # For more information, please contact: Abdulelah Abdulla Communications Department Economic Development Board Phone: +973-39798919 E-mail: internationalmedia@bahrainedb.com About Bahrain Economic Development Board (Bahrain EDB) The Bahrain EDB is an investment promotion agency with the overall responsibility of attracting investment into the Kingdom and supporting initiatives that enhance the investment climate. The Bahrain EDB works with the government and both current and prospective investors to ensure that Bahrain’s investment climate is attractive, to communicate the key strengths, and to identify where opportunities exist for further economic growth through investment. The Bahrain EDB focuses on several economic sectors that capitalise on Bahrain’s competitive advantages and provide significant investment opportunities. These sectors include financial services, manufacturing, technology and innovation, tourism, education, healthcare, logistics and transport. For more information on the Bahrain EDB visit www.bahrainedb.com Contact Details Communications Department - Bahrain Economic Development Board Abdulelah Abdulla +973 3979 8919 internationalmedia@bahrainedb.com

June 20, 2024 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Stupid Cancer Announces CancerCon Live 2024 in Austin, Texas

Stupid Cancer

Stupid Cancer, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering everyone affected by adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer, is thrilled to announce that CancerCon Live 2024 will take place in Austin, Texas for the first time ever. This landmark event, scheduled for August 15 - 18, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Austin, promises to bring together hundreds of young adult cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates from across the country to share their experiences, gain valuable insights/resources, and build lasting connections. “We look forward to creating an unforgettable experience that empowers young adults affected by cancer and helps them connect with others who truly understand their journey.” says Alison Silberman, CEO of Stupid Cancer. CancerCon Live is the premier annual gathering for the AYA cancer community, offering a unique blend of education, support, and empowerment. This year's event in Austin will feature: Keynote Speakers: Hear from leading voices in the AYA cancer community, including survivors, healthcare professionals, and advocates, sharing their stories and insights on topics ranging from advancements in cancer treatment to survivorship challenges. Workshops and Panels: Participate in interactive sessions on a wide range of topics tailored to the unique needs of AYA cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers, covering mental health, fertility preservation, advocacy, career development, and more. Meet the AYA Community: Dedicated time for attendees to connect with peers, build lasting friendships, and expand their support networks in a supportive and inclusive environment. Exhibit Hall: Explore resources, products, and services from leading organizations committed to supporting the AYA cancer community as well as a few local small businesses. Social Events: Enjoy fun and engaging social activities designed to foster connections and create memorable experiences with some local Austin flavor. Local excursions: Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the city’s unique attractions, including Bat Watching under Congress Bridge and unlimited Skee-Ball at Full Circle Bar, to name a few, all while engaging in meaningful activities that support their personal and collective growth. “Austin’s dynamic and inclusive culture aligns perfectly with our mission to build a strong, supportive community for AYA cancer patients and survivors. We look forward to welcoming everyone to what promises to be our most impactful CancerCon yet,” says Eddie Mouradian, Director of Development. For over a decade, Stupid Cancer has brought together hundreds of patients, survivors, caregivers, advocates, and health professionals at the largest gathering of the AYA community - CancerCon (R). Now gathering both online and off, every CancerCon event is an immersive experience, led by transformative connection and education. The majority of conference attendees are AYA (age 15-39) cancer patients and survivors, but caregivers and health professionals of all ages are also welcome. CancerCon Live is hosted in a different US city each year as we seek to make the event always be within reach of our community at all times. Registration for CancerCon Live 2024 is now open. To register or learn more about the event, please visit cancercon.org. About Stupid Cancer Stupid Cancer’s mission is to help empower everyone affected by adolescent and young adult cancer by ending isolation and building community. Through innovative programming and strategic communications, the organization aims to provide support, resources, education, and a sense of community both online and in-person. For more information, please visit stupidcancer.org. For media inquires, contact: media@stupidcancer.org About Stupid Cancer:Stupid Cancer's mission is to help empower everyone in the adolescent and young adult (AYA) community by ending isolation and building community. Contact Details Alison Silberman +1 646-868-0087 media@stupidcancer.org Company Website https://stupidcancer.org/

June 12, 2024 02:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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bluSPARC™ Expands Executive Team for Next Phase of Growth

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bluSPARC, an innovator in connecting leadership development to organizational performance, announces two new members of its executive leadership team: Chief Growth Officer Michael Hubert and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Lori Bradley. Both professionals will impact client engagement with Hubert overseeing the growth strategy and Bradley managing interactions with clients and the delivery of bluSPARC’s high-touch approach. Since launching in 2019, bluSPARC has worked with organizations from start-ups to Fortune 100 firms including Amazon, Chewy, Simple Tire, and 5.11. In the past year, the company has increased the number of leaders in its development programs by nearly 300%. Grounded in evidence-based leadership theories and shaped by its founders’ decades of practical experience, bluSPARC’s approach delivers measurable results for individual and organizational growth. “With the addition of Lori and promotion of Michael to the executive team, we will be more strategic about innovation and expansion. As experts in organizational growth and performance, we knew the time was right to change the management structure and bring more expertise to the executive level,” said Co-Founder Kim Villeneuve, Ed.D. “Lori’s deep background in engagement management and talent development combined with Michael’s proven proficiency in client-centric growth strategies and data analytics will drive smart, sustainable growth.” Bradley is a prominent leadership icon and influencer in talent management having held senior talent roles at a range of companies including Chewy, Amazon, United Airlines, and PVH, one of the world’s largest global apparel companies that includes iconic brands Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. She comes to bluSPARC as a former client which gives her a unique understanding of the organization’s approach to development and succession planning. In addition, she has served as Executive Chair of the bluSPARC Elite program since January 2024. “bluSPARC’s focus on addressing the individual needs and leadership pain points of each client with its three-part approach of proprietary assessments, cohort learning for teams, and executive leadership coaching really sets it apart,” said Dr. Bradley. “After experiencing the program for myself and my work with companies through the bluSPARC Elite program, I know the changes this approach can make for executives and organizations. I am thrilled to be part of this next phase of the company.” As CGO, Hubert will lead the strategic alignment of bluSPARC’s services to customize them for each client’s specific goals. He has been serving as bluSPARC’s Vice President of Finance, Technology, and Operations for more than two years and has a deep understanding of the company’s strengths and areas for growth. Hubert’s deep background includes work in investment banking at Meridian Capital, experience leading Analytics Strategy at Starbucks, and a Master of Information and Data Science from UC Berkeley. “Michael’s talents add so much value for both bluSPARC and our clients,” said Co-Founder Andrew Rahaman, Ed.D. “His analytical background is essential for improving how we manage and implement our assessment frameworks to help organizations drive performance and growth. After working with us as a vice president, he knows the company and the best ways to optimize and expand so much of what bluSPARC does internally around technology, customer service, marketing, and financial functions.” “It is rare for an executive coaching company to have the ability to connect data to behavior change. By providing these metrics, our clients can clearly see the return on investment of the bluSPARC approach. I am looking forward to increasing the use bluSPARC’s science-based methodology to do even more to improve leaders and help organizations thrive,” said Michael Hubert. “Despite our recent growth, I’ve identified a lot of untapped potential within the organization that we can leverage by using technology in more ways and establishing systems to support consistency and efficiency.” For more information or to schedule a personal consultation, visit www.bluSPARC.com. About bluSPARC™ bluSPARC develops leadership programs tailored to the unique needs of professionals at every level of an organization. Its integrated three-part approach incorporates executive coaching, cohort learning, and competency-based assessments that align with current and future goals of both individual participants and their companies. Founded by scholars of leadership principles and honed through years of industry experience, bluSPARC’s team of diverse organizational behavior experts is committed to the science of metrics-driven leadership to create transformational change. When bluSPARC ignites leaders, the enterprise thrives. Contact Details Catbear Communications for bluSPARC Melissa Arnoff Melissa.Arnoff@catbearcomms.com Company Website https://www.blusparc.com

June 12, 2024 09:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Yandex develops and open-sources an LLM training tool that saves up to 20% of GPU resources

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Yandex introduces YaFSDP, a method for faster and more efficient large language model (LLM) training. Potentially saving users hundreds of thousands of dollars per month. Available free. Yandex, a global tech company, recently introduced YaFSDP, an open-source method for training large language models (LLMs). YaFSDP is currently the most effective publicly available tool for enhancing GPU communication and reducing memory usage in LLM training, offering a speedup of up to 26% compared to FSDP, depending on the architecture and number of parameters. Reducing the training time for LLMs through the use of YaFSDP can result in savings of up to 20% in GPU resources. “Currently, we're actively experimenting with various model architectures and parameter sizes to expand YaFSDP’s versatility,” noted Mikhail Khruschev, a senior developer at Yandex and part of the team behind YaFSDP. “We are thrilled to share our developments in LLM training with the global ML community, contributing to increased accessibility and efficiency for researchers and developers worldwide.” The case for YaFSDP LLM training is a time-consuming and resource-intensive process. Machine learning engineers and companies that develop their own LLMs invest significant time and GPU resources — which equals money — in training these models. The larger the model, the greater the time and expenses associated with its training. Yandex’s YaFSDP works by eliminating GPU communication inefficiencies, ensuring that training requires only necessary processor memory and making GPU interactions uninterrupted. YaFSDP optimizes learning speed and performance, enabling AI developers worldwide to use less computing power and GPU resources when training their models. For instance, in a pre-training scenario involving a model with 70 billion parameters, using YaFSDP can save the resources of approximately 150 GPUs, which translates to roughly $0.5 to $1.5 million (depending on the virtual GPU provider or platform) in potential monthly savings. YaFSDP’s training efficiency YaFSDP, an enhanced version of FSDP, outperforms the FSDP method in the most communication-heavy stages of LLM training like pre-training, alignment, and fine-tuning. The final speedup shown by YaFSDP on Llama 2 and Llama 3 demonstrates significant improvements in training speed, reaching 21% and 26% on Llama 2 70B and Llama 3 70B respectively. “YaFSDP has shown impressive results on models ranging from 13 to 70 billion parameters, with particularly strong performance in the 30 to 70 billion range,” said Mikhail Khruschev. “Currently, YaFSDP is best suited for widely-used open-source models based on the LLaMA architecture.” YaFSDP isn’t Yandex’s first open-source tool. The company has previously shared several other tools that have become popular with the ML community, including: CatBoost, a high-performance library for gradient boosting on decision trees. YTsaurus, a big data platform for distributed storage and processing. AQLM, one of the most advanced quantization algorithms for extreme compression of large language models, developed jointly by Yandex Research, HSE University, IST Austria, and NeuralMagic. Petals, a library designed to simplify the process of training and fine-tuning LLMs, developed in a collaboration involving Yandex Research, HSE University, University of Washington, Hugging Face, ENS Paris-Saclay, and Yandex School of Data Analysis. Accessing YaFSDP YaFSDP is freely available on Github. – – – – – For Reference During large language model (LLM) training, developers have to efficiently manage three primary resources: computing power, processor memory, and processor communications. YaFSDP conserves the first two, which helps to accelerate the LLM training process. LLM training relies on numerous GPUs organized into clusters — arrays of interconnected graphics processors that can perform the vast number of calculations necessary to train models with billions of parameters. Distributing computations among processors within a cluster requires constant communication, which often becomes a "bottleneck", slowing the training process and resulting in inefficient use of computing power. To overcome this bottleneck, Yandex developers created YaFSDP, a method that improves GPU communication and optimizes learning speed and performance. When combined with Yandex’s other performance-enhancing solutions, the method accelerated the training process by up to 45% for some of its models. YaFSDP works by eliminating GPU communication inefficiencies, which leads to optimized network usage and reduced memory load. It ensures that training requires only necessary processor memory and makes GPU interactions uninterrupted, facilitating further optimizations like minimizing processor communication time. This leads to a significant enhancement in both performance and memory efficiency. The YaFSDP method can be used effectively in transformer-based text generative models with multiple layers (multilayer perceptrons), mostly represented by LLaMA-like models. In a pre-training scenario involving a model with 70 billion parameters, using YaFSDP can save the resources of approximately 150 GPUs. When compared to FSDP, the final speedup shown by YaFSDP on Llama 2 and Llama 3 demonstrates significant improvements in training efficiency. About Yandex Yandex is a global technology company that builds intelligent products and services powered by machine learning. The company’s goal is to help consumers and businesses better navigate the online and offline world. Since 1997, Yandex has been delivering world-class, locally relevant search and information services and has also developed market-leading on-demand transportation services, navigation products, and other mobile applications for millions of consumers across the globe. 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June 12, 2024 08:55 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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