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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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BioTeam’s Berman Charts 2017 HPC Trends in Life Sciences

January 4, 2017

Twenty years ago high performance computing was nearly absent from life sciences. Today it’s used throughout life sciences and biomedical research. Genomics and the data deluge from modern lab instruments are the main drivers, but so is the longer-term desire to perform predictive simulation in support of Precision Medicine (PM). There’s even a specialized life sciences supercomputer, ‘Anton’ from D.E. Shaw Research, and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is standing up its second Anton 2 and actively soliciting project proposals. There’s a lot going on. Read more…

By John Russell

Tuesday’s SC16 Twitter Roundup

November 15, 2016

The highly anticipated SC16 Twitter Roundup is finally here! In celebration of the event, we’re bringing you a list of some of the top SC16 tweets that were tweeted throughout the day. Read more…

By Thomas Ayres

Intel’s SC16 Barrage Includes AI, Broadwell, Lustre and More

November 15, 2016

Intel made a flurry of announcements at SC16 today. Artificial intelligence figured prominently with new offerings and portfolio details. Here are a few highlights. Read more…

By John Russell

IBM Launches PowerAI Suite Optimized for its Highest Performing Server

November 14, 2016

Last year at SC15, IBM offered its vision of an accelerator-assisted computing paradigm enabled by the OpenPOWER ecosystem of diverse partners and focused on cognitive computing as the key application driver. Read more…

By John Russell

Heading into SC16 CENATE Flexes its Growing Muscle

November 8, 2016

In September, the Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation (CENATE) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) took possession of NVIDIA’s DGX-1 GPU-based (Pascal 100) supercomputer. 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

IBM Debuts Power8 Chip with NVLink and Three New Systems

September 8, 2016

Not long after revealing more details about its next-gen Power9 chip due in 2017, IBM today rolled out three new Power8-based Linux servers and a new version of its Power8 chip featuring Nvidia’s NVLink interconnect. Read more…

By John Russell

SAVE Project to Improve HSA Energy Use Wraps Up

September 6, 2016

The three-year European SAVE project, which wraps up this week, has produced tools and technologies that can help reduce heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) energy costs by 20 percent say its organizers. Read more…

By John Russell

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