Weekly Wire Roundup: June 2-June 7, 2024

By Drew Jolly

June 8, 2024

Computex (and Jensen Huang) gave us an extra day of news this week, compensating for last week’s shorter, holiday-driven news cycle.

On Sunday ahead of the official start of Computex, Nvidia’s CEO Jensen Huang delivered a keynote addressing the transformative potential of generative AI and the company’s accelerated platforms. His speech set the tone for the conference, highlighting how Nvidia’s technologies are reshaping industries and driving innovation.

Supermicro announced a collaboration to build a large-scale AI data center in Japan, showcasing their cutting-edge liquid-cooled AI superclusters. Northern Data Group launched an AI Accelerator program, aiming to fast-track AI innovations with Nvidia HGX H100 GPU servers.

In the realm of quantum computing, NEC demonstrated significant progress in qubit control, while Atom Computing established its European headquarters in Denmark.

Finally, Sandia National Laboratories is experimenting with submerging computer hardware in liquid coolant, presenting a novel approach to cooling HPC systems.

Computer Industry Joins NVIDIA to Build AI Factories and Data Centers for the Next Industrial Revolution

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 2, 2024 — NVIDIA and the world’s top computer manufacturers on Sunday unveiled an array of NVIDIA Blackwell architecture-powered systems featuring Grace CPUs, NVIDIA networking and infrastructure for enterprises to build AI factories and data centers to drive the next wave of generative AI breakthroughs.

“The next industrial revolution has begun. Companies and countries are partnering with NVIDIA to shift the trillion-dollar traditional data centers to accelerated computing and build a new type of data center — AI factories — to produce a new commodity: artificial intelligence,” said Jensen Huang. “From server, networking and infrastructure manufacturers to software developers, the whole industry is gearing up for Blackwell to accelerate AI-powered innovation for every field.”

Read the article here.

‘Accelerate Everything,’ NVIDIA CEO Says Ahead of COMPUTEX

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 3, 2024 — “Generative AI is reshaping industries and opening new opportunities for innovation and growth,” NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang said in an address ahead of this week’s COMPUTEX technology conference in Taipei.

Huang spoke ahead of one of the world’s premier technology conferences to an audience of more than 6,500 industry leaders, press, entrepreneurs, gamers, creators and AI enthusiasts gathered at the glass-domed National Taiwan University Sports Center set in the verdant heart of Taipei.

The theme: NVIDIA accelerated platforms are in full production, whether through AI PCs and consumer devices featuring a host of NVIDIA RTX-powered capabilities or enterprises building and deploying AI factories with NVIDIA’s full-stack computing platform.

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COMPUTEX 2024 Kicks Off with Keynote by AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su on ‘Connecting AI’

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 3, 2024 — COMPUTEX Keynotes focused on “Connecting AI” and covered topics such as AI Computing, Advanced Connectivity, Future Mobility, Immersive Reality, Sustainability, and Innovations. AMD Chairman and CEO, Dr. Lisa Su delivered the first keynote speech, kicking off exciting show activities.

More speakers included Qualcomm President and CEO Cristiano Amon, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, MediaTek Vice Chairman and CEO Dr. Rick Tsai, Supermicro President and CEO Charles Liang, NXP Semiconductors Lars Reger, EVP and CTO, Dr. Tzi-cker Chiueh, General Director of Delta Research Center, and other global industry leaders to share trends and insights in the AI field.

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Supermicro Liquid-Cooled AI SuperClusters Will Power Large-Scale AI Data Center in Japan

SAN JOSE, Calif. and TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 3, 2024 — Supermicro, Inc. this week announced a collaboration with Datasection, Foxconn, KDDI, and Sharp to create a large scale Asia AI data center. Supermicro, working with system integrator Datasection, will develop Total IT Rack-scale liquid-cooled solutions leveraging advanced NVIDIA GPUs for a new data center. In addition, there are plans for Supermicro to construct a liquid-cooled system with piping, water towers, and monitoring equipment.

“Our new industry-leading Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC) solutions are exactly the best for hyper-dense AI rack deployments that can lower energy costs and have a smaller environmental impact,” said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro. “The new AI data center and the companies involved are a great example of the industry’s commitment to green computing and the global expansion of AI.”

Read the full announcement here.

Northern Data Group Launches AI Accelerator to Fast-Track AI Innovation

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 3, 2024 — Northern Data Group, a leading provider of High-Performance Computing (HPC) solutions, on Monday announced the launch of its inaugural AI Accelerator, designed to fast-track AI innovation and bring the world’s best ideas to life. Selected startups will be able to rapidly establish or scale a proof of concept for their AI innovations.

Selected startups will receive complimentary access to ultra-fast NVIDIA HGX H100 GPU servers connected with NVIDIA Quantum-2 InfiniBand networking.

Northern Data Group encourages applications from innovative AI and ML-focused companies looking to accelerate their AI proof of concept or scale up a product. Applications are welcome from all sectors, with the review panel looking to progress concepts that have the potential to scale quickly and make the most impact on the future of the AI sector. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of industry leaders.

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NEC and Partners to Enhance Qubit Control Within Large-scale Quantum Computer Systems

NECTOKYO, June 3, 2024 – In support of the development of large-scale superconducting quantum computers, researchers with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), one of the largest public research organizations in Japan, in collaboration with Yokohama National University, Tohoku University, and NEC Corporation, proposed and successfully demonstrated a superconducting circuit that can control many qubits at low temperature.

In the study, a superconducting circuit that can control multiple qubits via a single cable using microwave multiplexing was successfully demonstrated in proof-of-concept experiments at 4.2 K in liquid helium.

The results were published in “npj Quantum Information” on June 3. Read more here.

AMD Unveils New CPU, NPU, and GPU Architectures at COMPUTEX 2024

AMDTAIPEI, Taiwan, June 3, 2024 — At the COMPUTEX 2024 opening keynote, AMD detailed new leadership CPU, NPU and GPU architectures powering end-to-end AI infrastructure from the data center to PCs. AMD unveiled an expanded AMD Instinct accelerator roadmap, introducing an annual cadence of leadership AI accelerators including the new AMD Instinct MI325X accelerator with industry-leading memory capacity planned to be available in Q4 2024.

AMD detailed its expanded multi-generational accelerator roadmap, showing how it plans to deliver performance and memory leadership on an annual cadence for generative AI. The expanded roadmap includes the AMD Instinct MI325X accelerators, with planned availability in Q4 2024, delivering industry leading memory capacity with 288GB of ultra-fast HBM3E memory that extends AMD generative AI performance leadership.

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Atom Computing Picks Denmark for European Headquarters, Receives Danish Funding

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, June 4, 2024 — The Export and Investment Fund of Denmark (EIFO) this week announced an investment of 70 million DKK (~US$10.21 million) in Atom Computing. On the basis of this investment, the California-based company has chosen Denmark as the location of its European headquarters.

“Denmark has already established itself as an important player in the international quantum industry,” said Morten Bødskov, Danish Minister for Industry, Business and Financial Affairs. “We have had a strong tradition of tying close bonds across the Atlantic, which benefits both our society, as well as business. It is with pride that we have managed to succeed in making Denmark an attractive country to locate a business. It is evidence to the fact that the visions of the current administration’s quantum strategy makes a tangible difference and creates new partnerships as well as international collaboration.”

Read the full announcement here.

COMPUTEX 2024 Formally Begins with 1,500 Companies Showcasing Future Tech

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 4, 2024 — COMPUTEX 2024 and InnoVEX 2024 were formally launched on Tuesday at the Nangang Exhibition Center, Halls 1 and 2. This year’s COMPUTEX focused on “Connecting AI” as the main theme. A total of 1,500 companies from 36 countries are participating in the exhibition, using 4,500 booths. The organizers expect to attract 50,000 domestic and international industry experts to visit.

This year’s edition covered six major themes: AI computing, advanced connectivity, future mobility, immersive reality, sustainability, and innovations, with the addition of AI Computing and System Integration, Components and Battery Energy Storage, and Smart Mobility exhibition areas.

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Intel Showcases Next-Gen AI Innovations in Keynote at COMPUTEX

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 4, 2024 — At COMPUTEX, Intel unveiled cutting-edge technologies and architectures poised to accelerate the AI ecosystem – from the data center, cloud and network to the edge and PC. With more processing power, leading-edge power efficiency and low total cost of ownership (TCO), customers can now capture the complete AI system opportunity.

“AI is driving one of the most consequential eras of innovation the industry has ever seen,” said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. “The magic of silicon is once again enabling exponential advancements in computing that will push the boundaries of human potential and power the global economy for years to come.”

Read the announcement here.

Hammerspace Appoints Mike Snitzer, Veteran Linux Kernel Developer, as Senior Principal Software Engineer

Mike Snitzer

SAN MATEO, Calif., June 4, 2024 — Hammerspace on Tuesday announced the appointment of Mike Snitzer, a long-time leader in the Linux kernel community, as Senior Principal Software Engineer. Snitzer joins Trond Myklebust, Hammerspace CTO, as the second Linux kernel maintainer on the Hammerspace engineering staff.

“I am particularly excited to contribute to the most compelling advancement of distributed file systems in the past 20 years,” said Snitzer. “I am very impressed with the design and architecture of Hammerspace’s software, and the prospect of joining a talented team with highly respected technologists like David Flynn and Trond Myklebust drew me to Hammerspace. I’m looking forward to helping realize the full extent of their shared vision.”

Read the full announcement here.

Mphasis and Classiq Partner to Drive Quantum Innovation

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 4, 2024 — Mphasis on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership with quantum software company Classiq. This collaboration aims to accelerate the integration of quantum solutions into enterprise operations, driving innovation and pushing technological boundaries.

“Classiq is proud to be partnering with Mphasis to support scalable enterprise quantum computing software development,” said Nir Minerbi, co-founder and CEO of Classiq. “Together we combine depth of industry domain knowledge and quantum expertise with the technology needed to implement sophisticated optimized quantum computing programs for our clients.”

Read the full announcement here.

ISC 2024 Wrap-Up: Key Takeaways and a Glimpse into ISC 2025

HAMBURG, Germany, June 4, 2024 — ISC 2024 ended a few weeks ago as the most successful event in the conference series, post-COVID. The high performance computing–focused community forum brought together 3,416 end users, as well as 160 technology developers and providers from 59 countries for an intense exchange of insights and ideas under the theme “Reinventing HPC.”

Held from May 12 – 16, ISC 2024 was a comprehensive conference and exhibition. It was filled with tutorials, workshops, focus sessions, and keynotes, all aimed at improving computing performance in the service of doing better science and engineering.

Read more about the conclusion of ISC 2024 here.

Simr Welcomes HPC Industry Leader Peter Ungaro to Board of Directors

Peter Ungaro

LOS ALTOS, Calif., June 5, 2024 — Simr, formerly known as UberCloud, announced on Wednesday the appointment of Peter Ungaro, former President and CEO of Cray Inc., to its board of directors.

Ungaro joins Ali Kutay, Chairman and CEO at Striim, Salil Deshpande, Partner at Uncorrelated Ventures, Baris Guzel, Partner at BMW i Ventures, and Roland Manger, Co-Founder and Partner at Earlybird Venture Capital, on the Simr board of directors.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join Simr’s board of directors to help guide the company at this pivotal time in its, and the simulation market’s, growth,” said Ungaro. “Simr is bringing a high level of innovation to the space with the introduction of SimOps, and we share a vision and a passion for the beneficial changes that it introduces for all manufacturers.”

Read the full announcement here.

Quantinuum Unveils Quantum Computer Featuring 56 Trapped-Ion Qubits, Setting New Performance Benchmarks

BROOMFIELD, Colo. and LONDON, June 5, 2024 — Quantinuum on Wednesday announced the development of the industry’s first quantum computer featuring 56 trapped-ion qubits. The H2-1 model has set a new benchmark for performance, achieving a significant improvement over previous industry results. In collaboration with JPMorgan Chase, Quantinuum ran a Random Circuit Sampling (RCS) algorithm, showcasing the enhanced capabilities of the H2-1.

“We’re extending our lead in the race towards fault tolerant quantum computing, accelerating research for customers like JPMorgan Chase in ways that aren’t possible with any other technology,” said Rajeeb Hazra, CEO of Quantinuum. “Our focus on quality of qubits versus quantity of qubits is changing what’s possible, and bringing us closer to the long-awaited commercialization of quantum’s applications across industries like finance, logistics, transportation and chemistry.”

Read more here.

Q-CTRL’s New Results with IBM Hardware Mark Progress in Quantum Optimization

LONDON, June 5, 2024 — Q-CTRL on Wednesday announced newly published results demonstrating a significant boost in the size of optimization problems that can be accurately solved, showcasing that a utility-scale IBM quantum computer can outperform competitive annealer and trapped ion technologies.

“These new results reset expectations of what’s achievable with today’s machines, unambiguously demonstrating that we can now correctly solve industrially relevant optimization problems that have previously been out of reach for quantum computers. There’s a new line of sight to potential quantum advantage in quantum optimization, and best of all, this capability is accessible to anyone without the need to be a quantum expert.”

Read more about Q-CTRL’s new research here.

NSF Awards Additional $9.8M for Delta, DeltaAI

URBANA, Ill., June 5, 2024 — The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) was recently awarded $4.9 million of supplemental funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) for Delta and an additional $4.9 million for DeltaAI to expand the potential capabilities of the soon-to-launch system by nearly 50 percent.

“DeltaAI will provide powerful capabilities for simulation and data science, with a strong emphasis on support for AI, which is in growing demand across many fields of science and engineering, said NCSA Director Bill Gropp during the DeltaAI announcement. “This project seeks to expand the use of AI methods in research by providing easier access, training offerings and other support to promote a wider demographic of researchers. These project goals align with our greater mission at NCSA and the NSF effort to democratize high-performance computing.”

Read the full announcement here.

Montana State University Selects ORCA Computing to Advance Distributed Quantum Computing and Communications

BOZEMAN, Mont., June 5, 2024 — ORCA Computing has been selected by Montana State University to supply two PT-1 quantum photonics systems, advancing distributed quantum computing and critical quantum capabilities.

Funded by the U.S Air Force as part of a new Applied Quantum CORE grant, the ORCA systems will be situated at the MSU Innovation Campus within the INDUSTRY Bozeman building. These systems will support MSU’s mission to move advanced quantum technology applications in security, communications sensing and computing from concept and testing to market.

Read the announcement here.

QPerfect and QuEra Announce Collaboration to Propel Simulations of Quantum Error Correction and Logical Quantum Algorithms

STRASBOURG, France, BASEL, Switzerland, and BOSTON, June 5, 2024 — QPerfect and QuEra Computing on Wednesday announced a collaboration aimed at the development and evaluation of tensor network methods for accurate modeling of quantum error correction.

“We are excited to collaborate with QPerfect to accelerate our work on quantum error correction,” said Yuval Boger, Chief Commercial Officer at QuEra Computing. “The advanced tensor network simulation techniques developed by QPerfect complement our existing specialized tooling for Clifford circuits, allowing us to simulate challenging scenarios involving more general noise models and non-Clifford operations.”

Read more here.

AWS Announces New Leadership Structure Under CEO Matt Garman

SEATTLE, June 5, 2024 — New CEO Matt Garman recently unveiled his revamped leadership structure at AWS aimed at strengthening customer relationships, streamlining processes, and optimizing resource allocation. Effective June 3, these changes are part of an ongoing transformation within AWS’s Sales, Marketing, and Global Services organization.

“I am more optimistic than I have ever been for the potential and growth ahead of us and believe these changes will best position us for long-term success,” said Garman.

Read the full announcement here.

British Columbia Universities Receive Major Funding for HPC and Computing Infrastructure

BURNABY, British Columbia, June 5, 2024 — The Digital Research Alliance of Canada has awarded more than CA$50 million (~US$36.6 million) to two national host sites in British Columbia. Simon Fraser University will receive CA$41,525,000 to upgrade the compute infrastructure of Cedar, one of the most powerful academic supercomputers in Canada. The University of Victoria will gain CA$10,282,500 for infrastructure upgrades to Arbutus, the largest cloud computing installation for academic research in Canada.

“Advanced Research Computing is a vital tool in the Digital Research Infrastructure Strategy,” said Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada. “Today’s announcement will help ensure the researchers are better equipped to optimize research data to generate cutting-edge knowledge and ideas. Expanding the capacity of Canadian supercomputing power ensure that Canada maintains its science and research excellence and remain globally competitive.”

Read the announcement here.

IBM and Pasqal Initiate Collaboration to Define Classical-Quantum Integration for Quantum-Centric Supercomputers

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y., June 6, 2024 — IBM and Pasqal on Thursday announced their intent to partner to develop a common approach to quantum-centric supercomputing and to promote application research in chemistry and materials science.

“Quantum-centric supercomputing is the future of high-performance computing and is the way to achieve near-term quantum advantage in chemistry, materials science and other scientific applications,” said IBM Quantum’s Jay Gambetta, IBM Fellow and Vice President, IBM Quantum.

Read more here.

D-Wave Extends Agreement with Aramco to Explore Quantum-Powered Optimization of Geophysical Problems

Trevor Lanting, D-Wave

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 6, 2024 — D-Wave Quantum Inc. announced on Thursday that it has extended its agreement with Aramco, a global integrated energy and chemicals company, to manage geophysical optimization problems through quantum technologies.

For the past two years, the Aramco Research Center in the Netherlands has been working with D-Wave’s quantum technologies on solving highly complex optimization problems involved in computationally intensive seismic imaging, an ultrasound-like technology used to map the various geological strata many kilometers beneath the surface.

“Together with Aramco, we are demonstrating our quantum technology’s ability to take on core data challenges in geophysical research,” said Trevor Lanting, D-Wave’s Chief Development Officer. “We look forward to helping Aramco researchers maximize quantum’s positive impact on their computational challenges as they look to turn data into usable knowledge of the subsurface.”

Read the full announcement here.

LLNL and BridgeBio Announce Trials for Supercomputing-Discovered Cancer Drug

LIVERMORE and PALO ALTO, Calif., June 6, 2024 — Clinical trials have begun for a first-in-class medication that targets specific genetic mutations implicated in many types of cancer. The development of the new drug — BBO-8520 — is the result of collaboration among LLNL, BridgeBio and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)’s RAS Initiative at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNL).

In a first for a Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory, the drug was discovered through DOE’s leadership in high performance computing (HPC) for mission applications, combined with an LLNL-developed platform integrating artificial intelligence (AI) and traditional physics-based drug discovery, and effective partnership with the FNL and NCI.

Read more here.

SiPearl Appoints Christophe Ménard as Chief Commercial Officer

Christophe Ménard

MAISONS-LAFFITTE, France, June 6, 2024 — SiPearl has announced the appointment of Christophe Ménard as Chief Commercial Officer.

Previously holding sales leadership positions of the global IT groups Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Ménard joined SiPearl on May 6, 2024. As a member of SiPearl’s Executive Committee, Christophe Ménard will report to Philippe Notton, CEO and Founder.

Read the full announcement here.

IEEE Computer Society and Partners Release Guidance in the Form of Undergraduate Computer Science Curricula

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., June 6, 2024 — The IEEE Computer Society (CS), along with industry partners the Association for Computing Machinery and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, released the latest iteration of its guidance for undergraduates on careers in computer science. “Computer Science Curricula 2023” (CS2023) outlines the knowledge and competencies students should attain for degrees in computer science and related disciplines at the undergraduate level.

Since the 1960s, IEEE CS, along with leading professional and scientific computing societies, has worked to tailor curriculum recommendations to the rapidly changing computing landscape. As the computing field continues to evolve, and new computing-related disciplines emerge, existing curriculum reports are updated.

“Computer science continues to evolve at a rapid rate across all knowledge areas,” said Rajendra K. Raj, Steering Committee Co-Chair. “Our work on these guidelines will help to ensure that educators and students recognize the paths available to them and the steps to take to investigate their options.”

Read more here.

Cleveland Clinic, IBM and the Hartree Centre Utilize AI and Quantum Computing to Advance Healthcare and Life Sciences

CLEVELAND and LONDON, June 6, 2024 — Cleveland Clinic, IBM and STFC Hartree Centre have announced a collaboration aimed at advancing healthcare and biomedical science through advanced computing technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing. Two clinical research projects have been launched to kick-start the new collaboration.

“The research teams will leverage high performance and quantum computing to advance life sciences, with the goal of improving healthcare and accelerating new treatments for patients around the world. Cleveland Clinic London will be a central link between innovative clinical care in the UK and Cleveland Clinic’s global footprint.”

Read the article here.

University of Memphis Researchers Utilize Anvil Supercomputer to Uncover Wind Turbine Wake Dynamics

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 7, 2024 — Researchers at the University of Memphis used advanced techniques to investigate the triadic interactions and energy transfers between different scales to assess what scales contribute to wind turbine wake meandering. Specifically, they utilized bispectral analyses, which examine the correlations between pairs of frequencies or wavenumbers and their sum.

“We used our ACCESS allocations on Anvil to simulate wind turbine operations with large-eddy simulation with varying atmosphere boundary layer conditions, specifically different incoming length-scales distributions,” said Daniel Foti. “We employed two cutting-edge multi-dimensional modal decomposition methods – the scale-specific energy transfer method and bispectral mode decomposition – to calculate the bispectrum. Our analysis revealed significant interactions between upwind conditions and wake meandering, generating a broad range of energy scales within the wake.”

Read more here.

Sandia Experiments with Submerging Computer Hardware in Liquid Coolant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 7, 2024 — Keeping electrical circuits dry is generally considered a vital safety measure, but at Sandia National Laboratories’ high-performance computing center, technicians adjust live circuits submerged in liquid. Complete immersion of computer components appears to be the most effective way to cool them, explains David J. Martinez, engineering program project lead for Sandia’s Infrastructure Computing Services.

“We place whole computers — their power cables, everything — in a liquefied solution,” said David J. Martinez, engineering program project lead for Sandia’s Infrastructure Computing Services. “We take an entire rack and drop it into fluid contained in big immersion tanks.”

Read the full article here.

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