Microsoft Closes Confidential Computing Loop with AMD’s Milan Chip

September 22, 2022

Microsoft shared details on how it uses an AMD technology to secure artificial intelligence as it builds out a secure AI infrastructure in its Azure cloud service. Microsoft has a strong relationship with Nvidia, but is also working with AMD's Epyc chips (including the new 3D VCache series), MI Instinct accelerators, and also... Read more…

Rigetti Readies Ankaa and Lyra Quantum Processors for 2023, Says Quantum Advantage Close

September 16, 2022

Full-stack quantum computing startup Rigetti announced a number of new partnerships and strategic updates at its inaugural investor day meeting, held in-person Read more…

Microsoft Rolls Out Ampere Altra Arm CPUs in Azure

April 5, 2022

There was a time when “the cloud” ran on pretty vanilla x86 architecture, save for boutique firms like Nimbix (acquired by Atos last year) that pioneered the use of then-exotic hardware like GPUs and FPGAs and other Intel alternatives. If further evidence was needed of the... Read more…

Big Three Cloud Providers Halt New Business in Russia

March 10, 2022

Add Amazon Web Services to the growing list of companies (tech and otherwise) that are curtailing business with Russia in opposition to President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. As reported in the New York Times and then by Amazon itself, Amazon Web Services is blocking new sign-ups from Russia and Belarus. Existing customers are not impacted. “We’ve suspended shipment of retail... Read more…

ISC Keynote: Why Quantum Computing Matters and the Race for Practical Uses

June 29, 2021

Matthias Troyer, who leads Microsoft’s quantum computing research, is on a mission, actually two missions. One is to develop practical applications for quantum computing. The other, also important, is to convince the HPC community that efforts to develop quantum computing – so frequently overhyped and off-putting... Read more…

Behind the Met Office’s Procurement of a Billion-Dollar Microsoft System

May 13, 2021

The UK’s national weather service, the Met Office, caused shockwaves of curiosity a few weeks ago when it formally announced that its forthcoming billion-dollar supercomputer – expected to be the most powerful weather and climate-focused supercomputer in the world when it launches in 2022... Read more…

Google Cloud Nvidia A100 GPU A2 VM Instances Now Generally Available

March 19, 2021

Eight months after making its Nvidia A100 A2 VM cloud services available on Google Cloud as a beta service for customers, Google Cloud has announced that they a Read more…

AMD Partners Unveil Their Plans for Integrating New AMD Epyc CPUs in Servers, Services

March 18, 2021

Now that AMD unveiled its latest third-generation Epyc CPU product line for HPC, enterprise and cloud workloads on March 15, the company’s server and services partners continue to announce their own plans for bringing Epyc-equipped products to market. Read more…

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