Nvidia Responds to Google TPU Benchmarking

April 10, 2017

Nvidia highlights strengths of its newest GPU silicon in response to Google's report on the performance and energy advantages of its custom tensor processor. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Google Pulls Back the Covers on Its First Machine Learning Chip

April 6, 2017

This week Google released a report detailing the design and performance characteristics of the Tensor Processing Unit (TPU), its custom ASIC for the inference Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Biomedical Simulation at PSC Gets Major Performance Boost with Anton 2

February 5, 2016

Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computationally difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analys Read more…

By John Russell

Chelsio Looks to Close Ethernet-InfiniBand Gap

January 24, 2013

This week Chelsio Communications unveiled its latest Ethernet adapter ASIC, which brings 40 gigabit speeds to its RDMA over TCP/IP (iWARP) portfolio. The fifth-generation silicon, dubbed Terminator T5, brings bandwidth and latency within spitting distance of FDR InfiniBand, and according to Chelsio, will actually outperform its IB competition on real-world HPC codes. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Novel Chip Technology to Power GRAPE-8 Supercomputer

May 10, 2012

With the fastest supercomputers on the planet sporting multi-megawatt appetites, green HPC has become all the rage. The IBM Blue Gene/Q machine is currently number one in energy-efficient flops, but a new FPGA-like technology brought to market by semiconductor startup eASIC is providing an even greener computing solution. And one HPC project in Japan, known as GRAPE, is using the chips to power its newest supercomputer. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

SeaMicro Launches High-End Microserver

February 1, 2012

Server maker SeaMicro has unveiled the SM10000-XE, a new microserver aimed squarely at the burgeoning ultra-scale datacenter market. The company is best known for pioneering the microserver space using Intel's power-sipping Atom CPUs, but in this latest offering, SeaMicro has opted for high powered, low-wattage Sandy Bridge Xeons, which expands the application horizons of microservers considerably. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

T-Platforms Places Bet on Switchless Supercomputing Interconnect

October 27, 2010

Russian supercomputer maker T-Platforms is continuing its push into the elite end of the HPC market. On Monday, the company announced a joint venture with a group at the University of Heidelberg to develop a new ultra-fast interconnect for high-end supercomputing. The goal is to bring the technology to market in the form of an ASIC, which can be incorporated into a network interface controller for HPC servers. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

3Leaf Launches Virtual SMP Platform

November 3, 2009

Startup 3Leaf Systems has launched its first product offering, the Dynamic Data Center Server (DDC-Server). It is a combination of silicon and software that pools server CPU and memory into dynamically-sized virtual servers. Essentially it aggregates hardware resources so that a cluster farm can be turned into one or more SMP systems. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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