Tag: Intel

Why 2016 Is the Most Important Year in HPC in Over Two Decades

Aug 23, 2016 |

In 1994, two NASA employees connected 16 commodity workstations together using a standard Ethernet LAN and installed open-source message passing software that allowed their number-crunching scientific application to run on the whole “cluster” of machines as if it were a single entity. Their do-it-yourself, McGyver-like efforts were motivated by a frustration with the pricing, availability Read more…

Intel Launches Silicon Photonics Chip, Previews Next-Gen Phi for AI

Aug 18, 2016 |

At the Intel Developer Forum, held in San Francisco this week, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager Diane Bryant announced the launch of Intel’s Silicon Photonics product line and teased a brand-new Phi product, codenamed “Knights Mill,” aimed at machine learning workloads.

“Better Than GPU” Deep Learning Performance with Intel® Scalable System Framework

Aug 16, 2016 |

Intel Scalable Systems Framework (Intel SSF®) reduces confusion given the wealth of new technologies now available to HPC customers, and offers guidance for the right mix of balanced and validated hardware and software technologies.  Intel SSF incorporates a host of software and hardware technologies including Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA), Intel® Optane™ SSDs built on Read more…

Micron, Intel Prepare to Launch 3D XPoint Memory

Aug 16, 2016 |

Micron Technology Inc. used last week’s Flash Memory Summit to roll out its new line of 3D XPoint memory technology jointly developed with Intel Corp. while demonstrating the technology in solid-state drives. Micron claimed its Quantx line delivers PCI Express (PCIe) SSD performance with read latencies at less than 10 microseconds and writes at less Read more…

Intel to Acquire AI Startup Nervana Systems

Aug 9, 2016 |

If we needed another sign that Intel is serious about mining AI market opportunities, it came today when the chip company announced it had inked a “definitive agreement” to acquire artificial intelligence and deep learning company Nervana Systems. Financial terms haven’t been disclosed yet, but a source familiar with the deal told Recode it’s worth more Read more…

ISC 2016 Highlights—If You Didn’t Make It, This is What You Missed from Intel

Jul 11, 2016 |

While several product and technology announcements were forthcoming from Intel at ISC, first and foremost was the visionary keynote—AI, and more, on IA—from Rajeeb Hazra, VP of Intel’s  Data Center Group. In it he describes how accurately supporting just 20,000 autonomous cars would require an ExaFLOP of sustained compute. It would involve a network of Read more…

Intel Launches ‘Knights Landing’ Phi Family for HPC, Machine Learning

Jun 21, 2016 |

From ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, this week, Intel Corp. announced that its new Xeon Phi product family, formerly code-named Knights Landing, is now shipping for high-performance computing and machine learning workloads. The company had been shipping to early customers for the last six months and was waiting to ramp up production before making the product generally available. The window also gave OEMs time to complete their readiness, said Intel’s Charlie Wuischpard.

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…

What Knights Landing Is Not

Jun 18, 2016 |

As we get ready to launch the newest member of the Intel Xeon Phi family, code named Knights Landing, it is natural that there be some questions and potentially some confusion. I have found that everything is clear, when we really understand that Knights Landing is an Intel processor. That makes it NOT Knights Corner. Read more…

OpenACC Adds Support for OpenPOWER; Touts Growing Traction

Jun 13, 2016 |

In a show of strength leading up to ISC the OpenACC standards group today announced its first OpenPOWER implementation, the addition of three new members – University of Illinois, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Stony Brook University – and details of its expanding 2016 training schedule. Michael Wolfe, technical director of OpenACC, also talked with HPCwire about thorny compiler challenges still remaining as…