SEA Changes: How EuroHPC Is Preparing for Exascale

Back in June, the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking — which serves as the EU’s concerted supercomputing play — announced its first exascale system: JUPITER, set to be installed by the Jülich Super

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Not Just Cash for Chips – The New Chips and Science Act Boosts NSF, DOE, NIST

After two-plus years of contentious debate, several different names, and final passage by the House (243-187) and Senate (64-33) last week, the Chips and Science Act will soon become law. Besides

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CXL Brings Datacenter-sized Computing with 3.0 Standard, Thinks Ahead to 4.0

A new version of a standard backed by major cloud providers and chip companies could change the way some of the world's largest datacenters and fastest supercomputers are built. The CXL Consortium on Tuesday announced a new specification called CXL 3.0 – also known as Compute Express Link 3.0...

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12 Midwestern Universities Team to Boost Semiconductor Supply Chain

August 8, 2022

The combined stressors of Covid-19 and the invasion of Ukraine have sent every major nation scrambling to reinforce its mission-critical supply chains — including and in particular the semiconductor supply chain. In th Read more…

Quantum Pioneer D-Wave Rings NYSE Bell, Begins Life as Public Company

August 8, 2022

D-Wave Systems, one of the early quantum computing pioneers, has completed its SPAC deal to go public. Its merger with DPCM Capital was completed last Friday, and today, D-Wave management rang the bell on the New York St Read more…

Supercomputer Models Explosives Critical for Nuclear Weapons

August 6, 2022

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is one of the laboratories that operates under the auspices of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which manages the United States’ stockpile of nuclear we Read more…

HPC Career Notes: August 2022 Edition

August 5, 2022

In this monthly feature, we’ll keep you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high-performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ Read more…

Sniff Test: Supercomputer Research Investigates Odor Neutralizers

August 4, 2022

Factories, farms and landfills are functionally essential to our daily lives, but the less-than-desirable smells they often produce may be somewhat less necessary. Researchers from the University of New Orleans, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs in Jefferson, Louisiana... Read more…

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Expanded filesystems support in AWS ParallelCluster 3.2

Data is critical to HPC, and ensuring your simulations have the data they need — when they need it — is essential. However, data can originate from many sources and need to be consumed by diverse resources. Read more…

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Using Cloud-Based, GPU-Accelerated Systems for AML Fraud Detection

A major issue facing financial services organizations is tracking fraud due to money laundering. Trying to track money laundering is an expensive and time-consuming process due to the large volumes of financial data which must be analyzed. Read more…

AQT Reports Optimizing SWAP Networks for Quantum Computing

August 4, 2022

A research partnership at the Advanced Quantum Testbed (AQT) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Chicago-based Super.tech (acquired by ColdQuanta in May 2022) has demonstrated how to optimize the execution of the ZZ SWAP network protocol, important to quantum computing. The team also introduced a new technique... Read more…

Inside an Ambitious Play to Shake Up HPC and the Texas Grid

August 2, 2022

With HPC demand ballooning and Moore’s law slowing down, modern supercomputers often undergo exhaustive efficiency efforts aimed at ameliorating exorbitant energy bills and correspondingly large carbon footprints. Others, meanwhile, are asking: is min-maxing the best option, or are there easier paths to reducing the bills and emissions of... Read more…

UCIe Consortium Incorporates, Nvidia and Alibaba Round Out Board

August 2, 2022

The Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCIe) consortium is moving ahead with its effort to standardize a universal interconnect at the package level. The c Read more…

OpenCAPI to Be Folded into CXL

August 1, 2022

As the need for speed drives computational workloads, more standards organizations are coalescing around a standard called Compute Express Link – also known a Read more…

US CHIPS Act Close to Being Signed into Law

July 28, 2022

The U.S. House today passed the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which authorizes $280 billion in funding to boost semiconductor research and production in the country. The passage of the bill paves the way for U.S. president Joe Biden to sign the legislation into law, which would officially open up funding... Read more…

GE Research Enters the Exascale Era

July 28, 2022

The pitch for GE Research is easy, as Richard Arthur, senior director of computational methods research for GE Research, explained at the latest meeting of the DOE’s Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC): a third of the electrons in the world that flow through devices are generated on GE equipment; every two seconds... Read more…

Does Quantum Entanglement Hold the Key to Unhackable Communications?

July 28, 2022

Scientists have uncovered a new type of quantum cryptography that utilizes one of the same laws of physics used in building quantum computers: quantum entanglement. Quantum entanglement, or what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance,” refers to the phenomenon of two subatomic particles being linked to one another in an exclusive... Read more…

Zapata’s Orquestra Targets the Hybrid Quantum-Classical Challenge

July 28, 2022

As it’s become clearer that hybrid quantum-classical computing solutions will likely be necessary to achieve practical quantum computing, there’s been an in Read more…

SDSC’s Expanse System Models West Coast Fish Communities

July 28, 2022

Tracking wildlife is much different — and harder — in water. Beyond the difficulties with visibility, fish are also buffeted by currents in a way that terre Read more…

Nvidia R&D Chief on How AI is Improving Chip Design

April 18, 2022

Getting a glimpse into Nvidia’s R&D has become a regular feature of the spring GTC conference with Bill Dally, chief scientist and senior vice president of research, providing an overview of Nvidia’s R&D organization and a few details on current priorities. This year, Dally focused mostly on AI tools that Nvidia is both developing and using in-house to improve... Read more…

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Intel Says UCIe to Outpace PCIe in Speed Race

May 11, 2022

Intel has shared more details on a new interconnect that is the foundation of the company’s long-term plan for x86, Arm and RISC-V architectures to co-exist in a single chip package. The semiconductor company is taking a modular approach to chip design with the option for customers to cram computing blocks such as CPUs, GPUs and AI accelerators inside a single chip package. Read more…

The Final Frontier: US Has Its First Exascale Supercomputer

May 30, 2022

In April 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to procure a trio of exascale supercomputers at a total cost of up to $1.8 billion dollars. Over the ensuing four years, many announcements were made, many deadlines were missed, and a pandemic threw the world into disarray. Now, at long last, HPE and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have announced that the first of those... Read more…

US Senate Passes CHIPS Act Temperature Check, but Challenges Linger

July 19, 2022

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed a major hurdle that will open up close to $52 billion in grants for the semiconductor industry to boost manufacturing, supply chain and research and development. U.S. senators voted 64-34 in favor of advancing the CHIPS Act, which sets the stage for the final consideration... Read more…

Top500: Exascale Is Officially Here with Debut of Frontier

May 30, 2022

The 59th installment of the Top500 list, issued today from ISC 2022 in Hamburg, Germany, officially marks a new era in supercomputing with the debut of the first-ever exascale system on the list. Frontier, deployed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, achieved 1.102 exaflops in its fastest High Performance Linpack run, which was completed... Read more…

Newly-Observed Higgs Mode Holds Promise in Quantum Computing

June 8, 2022

The first-ever appearance of a previously undetectable quantum excitation known as the axial Higgs mode – exciting in its own right – also holds promise for developing and manipulating higher temperature quantum materials... Read more…

AMD’s MI300 APUs to Power Exascale El Capitan Supercomputer

June 21, 2022

Additional details of the architecture of the exascale El Capitan supercomputer were disclosed today by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s (LLNL) Terri Read more…

PsiQuantum’s Path to 1 Million Qubits

April 21, 2022

PsiQuantum, founded in 2016 by four researchers with roots at Bristol University, Stanford University, and York University, is one of a few quantum computing startups that’s kept a moderately low PR profile. (That’s if you disregard the roughly $700 million in funding it has attracted.) The main reason is PsiQuantum has eschewed the clamorous public chase for... Read more…

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Exclusive Inside Look at First US Exascale Supercomputer

July 1, 2022

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AMD Opens Up Chip Design to the Outside for Custom Future

June 15, 2022

AMD is getting personal with chips as it sets sail to make products more to the liking of its customers. The chipmaker detailed a modular chip future in which customers can mix and match non-AMD processors in a custom chip package. "We are focused on making it easier to implement chips with more flexibility," said Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer at AMD during the analyst day meeting late last week. Read more…

Intel Reiterates Plans to Merge CPU, GPU High-performance Chip Roadmaps

May 31, 2022

Intel reiterated it is well on its way to merging its roadmap of high-performance CPUs and GPUs as it shifts over to newer manufacturing processes and packaging technologies in the coming years. The company is merging the CPU and GPU lineups into a chip (codenamed Falcon Shores) which Intel has dubbed an XPU. Falcon Shores... Read more…

Nvidia, Intel to Power Atos-Built MareNostrum 5 Supercomputer

June 16, 2022

The long-troubled, hotly anticipated MareNostrum 5 supercomputer finally has a vendor: Atos, which will be supplying a system that includes both Nvidia and Inte Read more…

India Launches Petascale ‘PARAM Ganga’ Supercomputer

March 8, 2022

Just a couple of weeks ago, the Indian government promised that it had five HPC systems in the final stages of installation and would launch nine new supercomputers this year. Now, it appears to be making good on that promise: the country’s National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) has announced the deployment of “PARAM Ganga” petascale supercomputer at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)... Read more…

Is Time Running Out for Compromise on America COMPETES/USICA Act?

June 22, 2022

You may recall that efforts proposed in 2020 to remake the National Science Foundation (Endless Frontier Act) have since expanded and morphed into two gigantic bills, the America COMPETES Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act in the U.S. Senate. So far, efforts to reconcile the two pieces of legislation have snagged and recent reports... Read more…

AMD Lines Up Alternate Chips as It Eyes a ‘Post-exaflops’ Future

June 10, 2022

Close to a decade ago, AMD was in turmoil. The company was playing second fiddle to Intel in PCs and datacenters, and its road to profitability hinged mostly on Read more…

Exascale Watch: Aurora Installation Underway, Now Open for Reservations

May 10, 2022

Installation has begun on the Aurora supercomputer, Rick Stevens (associate director of Argonne National Laboratory) revealed today during the Intel Vision event keynote taking place in Dallas, Texas, and online. Joining Intel exec Raja Koduri on stage, Stevens confirmed that the Aurora build is underway – a major development for a system that is projected to deliver more... Read more…

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