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IDG to Be Bought by Chinese Investors; IDC to Spin Out HPC Group

US-based publishing and investment firm International Data Group, Inc. (IDG) will be acquired by a

By Tiffany Trader

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France’s CEA and Japan’s RIKEN to Partner on ARM and Exascale

France’s CEA and Japan’s RIKEN institute announced a multi-faceted five-year collaboration to advance HPC generally and prepare for exascale computing. Among the particulars are efforts to: build out the ARM ecosystem; work on code development and code sharing on the existing and future platforms; share expertise in specific application areas (material and seismic sciences for example); improve techniques for using numerical simulation with big data; and expand HPC workforce training. It seems to be a very full agenda.

By Nishi Katsuya and John Russell

ARM Waving: Attention, Deployments, and Development

It’s been a heady two weeks for the ARM HPC advocacy camp. At this week’s Mont-Blanc Project meeting held at the Barcelona Supercomputer Center, Cray announced plans to build an ARM-based supercomputer in the U.K. while Mont-Blanc selected Cavium’s ThunderX2 ARM chip for its third phase of development. Last week, France’s CEA and Japan’s Riken announced a deep collaboration aimed largely at fostering the ARM ecosystem. This activity follows a busy 2016 when SoftBank acquired ARM, OpenHPC announced ARM support, ARM released its SVE spec, Fujistu chose ARM for the post K machine, and ARM acquired HPC tool provider Allinea in December.

By John Russell

Spurred by Global Ambitions, Inspur in Joint HPC Deal with DDN

Inspur, the fast-growth cloud computing and server vendor from China that has several systems on

By Doug Black

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For IBM/OpenPOWER: Success in 2017 = (Volume) Sales

January 11, 2017

To a large degree IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation have done what they said they would – assembling a substantial and growing ecosystem and bringing Power-based products to market, all in about three years. Read more…

By John Russell

Fast Rewind: 2016 Was a Wild Ride for HPC

December 23, 2016

Some years quietly sneak by – 2016 not so much. It’s safe to say there are always forces reshaping the HPC landscape but this year’s bunch seemed like a noisy lot. Among the noisemakers: TaihuLight, DGX-1/Pascal, Dell EMC & HPE-SGI et al., KNL to market, OPA-IB chest thumping, Fujitsu-ARM, new U.S. President-elect, BREXIT, JR’s Intel Exit, Exascale (whatever that means now), NCSA@30, whither NSCI, Deep Learning mania, HPC identity crisis…You get the picture. Read more…

By John Russell

HPE-SGI to Tackle Exascale and Enterprise Targets

November 22, 2016

At first blush, and maybe second blush too, Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s (HPE) purchase of SGI seems like an unambiguous win-win. SGI’s advanced shared memory technology, its popular UV product line (Hanna), deep vertical market expertise, and services-led go-to-market capability all give HPE a leg up in its drive to remake itself. Bear in mind HPE came into existence just a year ago with the split of Hewlett-Packard. The computer landscape, including HPC, is shifting with still unclear consequences. One wonders who’s next on the deal block following Dell’s recent merger with EMC. Read more…

By John Russell

ARM Will Be Part of OpenHPC 1.2 Release at SC16

November 10, 2016

Perhaps stealing a bit of OpenHPC’s SC16 thunder, ARM announced today that ARMv8-A will be the first alternative architecture with OpenHPC support and part of OpenHPC version 1.2 released at SC16. Read more…

By John Russell

OpenPOWER Shows Strength at First European Summit

October 27, 2016

In a show of strength in Europe before heading to SC16 next month, IBM and the OpenPOWER Foundation today unveiled several new European initiatives and European-developed solutions at the first OpenPOWER Summit Europe being held this week at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The shotgun release of so many efforts, argue IBM and OpenPOWER, demonstrates the hungry appetite for and rapid adoption of Power-based technology in Europe. Read more…

By John Russell

Dell EMC Engineers Strategy to Democratize HPC

September 29, 2016

The freshly minted Dell EMC division of Dell Technologies is on a mission to take HPC mainstream with a strategy that hinges on engineered solutions, beginning with a focus on three industry verticals: manufacturing, research and life sciences. "Unlike traditional HPC where everybody bought parts, assembled parts and ran the workloads and did iterative engineering, we want folks to focus on time to innovation and let us worry about the infrastructure," said Jim Ganthier, senior vice president, validated solutions organization at Dell EMC Converged Platforms Solution Division. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

LBNL, Cornell Researchers Push Towards Low Power Devices

September 28, 2016

Pairing ferroelectric and ferrimagnetic materials so that their alignment can be controlled with a small electric field at near room temperatures has long been challenging. Read more…

By John Russell

SGI, ANSYS Set New Record for Scaling Commercial CAE Code

September 27, 2016

SGI, the supercomputing vendor recently acquired by HPE, has teamed with ANSYS, the product engineering and simulation software company, to set a new world record for scaling commercial CAE code. Read more…

By Doug Black

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