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Briefing Alert: SoftBank will Purchase ARM Ltd for $32B

Jul 18, 2016 |

ARM Ltd has agreed to be bought by Japanese technology company SoftBank for $32B according to both companies. ARM-based chips are already dominant players in the mobile computing market and recently efforts to push ARM processors into servers, including HPC, have gained momentum. For example, Japan’s next flagship supercomputer, the post K Computer, will be Read more…

RISC-V Startup Aims to Democratize Custom Silicon

Jul 13, 2016 |

Momentum for open source hardware made a significant advance this week with the launch of startup SiFive and its open source chip platforms based on the RISC-V instruction set architecture. The founders of the fabless semiconductor company — Krste Asanovic, Andrew Waterman, and Yunsup Lee — invented the free and open RISC-V ISA at the University of California, Berkeley, six years ago. The progression of RISC-V and the launch of SiFive opens the door to a new way of chip building that skirts prohibitive licensing costs and lowers the barrier to entry…

SDSC to Participate in Obama Administration’s Smart Manufacturing Initiative

Jun 27, 2016 |

June 27 — The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego will participate in a comprehensive national initiative announced by the White House this week to spur advances in digital process controls to improve the efficiency of U.S. manufacturing. UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and UC Los Angeles are also participating Read more…

KALEAO and FORTH Announce New Development Centre

Jun 23, 2016 |

June 23 — FORTH and KALEAO announced today the creation of the KALEAO’s Heraklion development centre that officially seals their on-going collaboration towards a joint research lab on low power computing and shows a clear indication of the growing international high-tech involvement in Crete, Greece. The centre is going to be inaugurated on the 30th of Read more…

HPE Tackles Phi, Debuts Mfg. Solution and New HPC Software Environment

Jun 20, 2016 |

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), now about eight months into its transition as a separate entity, retained the prestige of fielding the most systems of any vendor on the Top500 list announced at the ISC2016. HPE had 127 systems (25.4 percent) though the number was down from 155 just six months ago. Other ISC news included Read more…

NVIDIA Debuts PCIe-based P100; Broadens Aim at CPU Dominance

Jun 19, 2016 |

NVIDIA seems to be mounting a vigorous effort to dethrone the CPU as the leader of the processor pack for HPC and demanding datacenter workloads. That’s a tall order. Introduction at ISC 2016 of a PCIe-based version of is new Tesla P100 card is one element in the strategy. It should ease the upgrade path Read more…

Heading into ISC16, OpenHPC Releases Latest Stack with 60-plus Packages

Jun 16, 2016 |

SC15 was sort of a muted launch party for OpenHPC – the nascent effort to develop a ‘plug-and-play’ software framework for HPC. There seemed to be widespread agreement the idea had merit, not a lot of knowledge of details, and some wariness because Intel was a founding member and vocal advocate. Next week, ISC16 will mark the next milestone for OpenHPC, which has since grown into a full-fledged Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and today released version 1.0.1 of OpenHPC (build and test tools).

STULZ USA Announces Partnership With CoolIT Systems

May 24, 2016 |

May 24 — Leading global mission critical cooling solutions provider STULZ, through its US entity STULZ Air Technology Systems, Inc. (STULZ USA), has engaged in a strategic investment and commercial partnership with CoolIT Systems, Inc. (CoolIT), a global manufacturer of energy efficient Direct Contact Liquid Cooling (DCLC) technologies for High Performance Computing, Cloud and Enterprise markets. The Read more…

Nielsen and Intel Migrate HPC Efficiency and Data Analytics to Big Data

May 16, 2016 |

Nielsen has collaborated with Intel to migrate important pieces of HPC technology into Nielsen’s big-data analytic workflows including MPI, mature numerical libraries from NAG (the Numerical Algorithms Group), as well as custom C++ analytic codes. This complementary hybrid approach integrates the benefits of Hadoop data management and workflow scheduling with an extensive pool of HPC tools and C/C++ capabilities for analytic applications. In particular, the use of MPI reduces latency, permits reuse of the Hadoop servers, and co-locates the MPI applications close to the data.

Technology Test Drive: PNNL Offers Exploratory Licenses

May 10, 2016 |

Signing a two-page agreement and paying just $1,000 can get U.S. companies an opportunity to test drive promising technologies through a new, user-friendly commercialization option being offered at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL is the only DOE lab to offer this option, called an exploratory license, which gives companies six months Read more…

ITIF Report Aims to Sway Congress, Promote National HPC Agenda

Apr 28, 2016 |

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington D.C. think tank with close ties to the Office of Science and Technology Policy and government broadly, today released an expansive report – The Vital Importance of High- Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness – and also held a panel to discuss the report’s recommendation. Noteworthy, many of the panelists are familiar names in the HPC community.

IBM Expands All-Flash Storage; Takes Aim at Cognitive Computing and Cloud

Apr 27, 2016 |

Calling it the foundation of its cloud and cognitive computing strategy, IBM has significantly expanded its all-flash storage platform portfolio with the announcement today of three new array products aimed at managing massive amounts of data associated with cloud-based, high-performance workloads. Targeting hyperscale, cloud data centers and cloud service providers (CSP), the systems utilize IBM’s Read more…

France to Boost Industrial Innovation with New Petascale Supercomputer

Apr 20, 2016 |

This summer, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and 13 leading French industrial companies will boost their research capabilities when they take possession of a new shared supercomputer called COBALT, designed…

GTC16: NVIDIA Updates SDK; Expands Support for Deep Learning

Apr 5, 2016 |

As always, there’s a flood of news coming out of NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference, being held this week in San Jose. In addition to the much-anticipated Pascal debut, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed an expansive update to NVIDIA’s SDK…

The Scalability Dilemma and the Case for Decoupling

Mar 30, 2016 |

The need for extreme scale computing is driven by the seemingly forever fledgling Internet. In abstract, the entire network is already an extreme scale computing engine. The technical difficulty, however, is to harness the dispersed computing powers for a single purpose. An analogy to this would be to build an engine capable of harnessing the Read more…

EnterpriseHPC Summit: How and Why HPC Is Burgeoning in the Commercial Sphere

Mar 28, 2016 |

The annual EnterpriseHPC Summit, produced by EnterpriseTech and HPCwire and held in San Diego this week, featured presentations and participation from some of the major thought leaders at the forefront of bringing advanced scale computing into commercial environments. With delegates from leading vendors (Dell, Intel, DDN and EMC, among others) and from end user organizations such Read more…

Spring 2016 HPC4Mfg Solicitation Open

Mar 22, 2016 |

March 22 — The High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (“HPC4Mfg”) Program seeks qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects. Through support from the Advanced Manufacturing Office of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), selected projects partners will be granted access to High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities Read more…

ARM Scales Chips for Datacenters, HPC

Mar 17, 2016 |

ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. announced a multiyear agreement this week to collaborate on leading-edge 7-nanometer FinFET process technology. (FinFET stands for fin-shaped field-effect transistor, an emerging process technology that reduces leakage current in systems-on-chip, or SoCs.)

Intel May Sell $1Billion of its Venture Assets

Mar 11, 2016 |

Bloomberg Business is reporting that Intel plans to sell up to $1 billion of its venture capital unit and will consolidate the organization. “Since its start in 1991, Intel Capital has invested about $11.6 billion in more than 1,440 companies in 57 countries across a range of sectors including security, wearable technology and digital media, Read more…

Making Sense of HPC in the Age of Democratization

Mar 8, 2016 |

These are exciting times for HPC. High-performance computing and its cousin high-productivity computing are expanding such that the previous definitions of HPC as a moving performance target or as the purview of modeling and simulation are breaking down. The democratization of HPC has spurred a lot of focus on the impact that HPC-hatched technologies are Read more…