HPC Career Notes: June 2020 Edition

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 ev

By Mariana Iriarte

$100B Plan Submitted for Massive Remake and Expansion of NSF

Legislation to reshape, expand - and rename - the National Science Foundation has been submitted in both the U.S. House and Senate. The proposal, which seems to have bipartisan support, calls for

By John Russell

IBM Boosts Deep Learning Accuracy on Memristive Chips

IBM researchers have taken another step towards making in-memory computing based on phase change (PCM) memory devices a reality. Papers in Nature and Frontiers in Neuroscience this month present

By John Russell

Discovering Alternative Solar Panel Materials with Supercomputing

Solar power is quickly growing in the world’s energy mix, but silicon – a crucial material in the construction of photovoltaic solar panels – remains expensive, hindering solar’s expansio

By Oliver Peckham

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Exascale: Cleaner-burning Gasoline Engines, Cities Powered by Wind, Nuclear Reactors That Fit on a Tabletop

May 18, 2020

When the US Department of Energy (DOE) boots up the world’s first generation of exascale supercomputers next year, researchers hope to find some of the most e Read more…

By Matt Lakin, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Nvidia’s Ampere A100 GPU: Up to 2.5X the HPC, 20X the AI

May 14, 2020

Nvidia's first Ampere-based graphics card, the A100 GPU, packs a whopping 54 billion transistors on 826mm2 of silicon, making it the world's largest seven-nanom Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Trump, Chipmakers Mull Jump-starting U.S. Chip-making Capacity

May 10, 2020

The Trump administration is in talks with Intel and TSMC to spur development of new chip factories in the U.S. according to a report in the Wall Street Journal Read more…

By John Russell

HPC Career Notes: May 2020 Edition

May 1, 2020

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 Read more…

By Mariana Iriarte

IBM Quantum Celebrates Milestone with a Contest to Pump Up Momentum

April 29, 2020

Four years ago IBM made the first quantum computer available via the cloud. It was the start of what remains a rather astounding initiative that has only gotten stronger. Today IBM’s quantum network has around 250,000 users, a fleet of 18 cloud-based quantum systems, more than 100 clients for its IBM Q Network, and IBM has begun a legitimate... Read more…

By John Russell

Imec Debuts Spiking Neural Network Chip for RF Applications

April 29, 2020

Emulating the low power and high efficiency of spiking neural networks (SNN) found in brain biology has long been a goal in electronics. By comparison the human Read more…

By John Russell

ColdQuanta – Life in Quantum’s Slow (and Cold) Lane Heats Up

April 23, 2020

Work using cold atoms to leverage quantum effects for useful applications isn’t new. Think, for example, of atomic clocks and various sensing devices. But put Read more…

By John Russell

John Martinis Reportedly Leaves Google Quantum Effort

April 21, 2020

John Martinis, who led Google’s quantum computing effort since establishing its quantum hardware group in 2014, has left Google after being moved into an advi Read more…

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