DARPA Looks to Unclog Networks

DARPA will seek to unclog the networking bottlenecks that are hindering wider use of powerful hardware in computing-intensive applications. The Pentagon research agency has unveiled another in a

By George Leopold

Are Printed Circuit Boards on Their Way Out?

Has the time come to say goodbye to printed circuit boards? Maybe not today, but soon, say two researchers from UCLA. Puneet Gupta and Subramanian Iyer make the case for what they call ‘silic

By John Russell

IBM Deepens Plunge into Open Source; OpenPOWER to Join Linux Foundation

IBM today announced it was contributing the instruction set (ISA) for its Power microprocessor and the designs for the Open Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface (OpenCAPI) and Open Memory Int

By John Russell

Ayar Labs to Demo Photonics Chiplet in FPGA Package at Hot Chips

Silicon startup Ayar Labs continues to gain momentum with its DARPA-backed optical chiplet technology that puts advanced electronics and optics on the same chip using standard CMOS fabrication. A

By Tiffany Trader

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Intel Confirms Retreat on Omni-Path

August 1, 2019

Intel Corp.’s plans to make a big splash in the network fabric market for linking HPC and other workloads has apparently belly-flopped. The chipmaker confirmed to us the outlines of an earlier report by the website CRN that it has jettisoned plans for a second-generation version of its Omni-Path interconnect... Read more…

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Mellanox Partners with Storage Startups

July 10, 2019

As GPU leader Nvidia closes its $6.9 billion acquisition of Mellanox Technologies announced earlier this year, the HPC network interconnect specialist’s venture arm remains active, investing in two storage startups. Read more…

By George Leopold

BlueField SmartNIC Backs Transformation to Bare Metal Kubernetes

May 21, 2019

Hardware vendors are betting the transition to 5G wireless networks supporting myriad connected consumer and industrial devices also will accelerate the shift t Read more…

By George Leopold

Ten Great Reasons to Build the 1.5 Exaflops Frontier

May 7, 2019

It’s perhaps obvious that the fundamental reason for building expensive exascale computers is to drive science and industry forward, realizing the resulting b Read more…

By John Russell

Cray, AMD to Extend DOE’s Exascale Frontier

May 7, 2019

Cray and AMD are coming back to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to partner on the world’s largest and most expensive supercomputer. The Department of Energy’s Read more…

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UC Berkeley Researchers Build Largest Integrated Optical Switch

April 24, 2019

A team of UC Berkeley researchers has reported fabricating the “largest integrated photonic switch ever.” Their achievement comes at a time when there are m Read more…

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GTC 2019: Chief Scientist Bill Dally Provides Glimpse into Nvidia Research Engine

March 22, 2019

Amid the frenzy of GTC this week – Nvidia’s annual conference showcasing all things GPU (and now AI) – William Dally, chief scientist and SVP of research, Read more…

By John Russell

Why Nvidia Bought Mellanox: ‘Future Datacenters Will Be…Like High Performance Computers’

March 14, 2019

“Future datacenters of all kinds will be built like high performance computers,” said Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang during a phone briefing on Monday after Nvidia revealed scooping up the high performance networking company Mellanox for $6.9 billion. Read more…

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