Chipmakers Look Beyond Accelerators to ‘Balanced’ Systems

The Cambrian explosion of about 500 million years ago is a popular metaphor for the tail end of Moore’s Law scaling and the emergence of a variety of processing accelerators used primarily to d

By George Leopold

Inspur collaborating with Intel to accelerate AI innovation

On November 13th at SC18, the international conference for high performance computing, Inspur announced a collaboration with Intel to accelerate artificial intelligence (AI) performance and ease

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US Chip Initiative Aims For ‘Moore’s (Law) Inflection’

It is telling that the keynote speaker at a major U.S. computer engineering conference represents the Department of Defense, which is pouring billions of R&D dollars into new chip architectur

By George Leopold

CEA’s Pick of ThunderX2-based Atos System Boosts Arm

Europe’s bet on Arm took another step forward today with selection of an Atos BullSequana X1310 system by CEA’s (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission) Military Application

By John Russell

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Brookhaven Fires up ‘Minerva’ DGX-2 in Pursuit of Data Science and AI

November 6, 2018

As part of its ongoing Computational Science Initiative (CSI) targeting data-intensive science and AI workloads, Brookhaven National Laboratory added a Nvidia DGX-2 supercomputer last month. The move is perhaps not surprising given the gush of data Brookhaven deals with. Read more…

By John Russell

SC18 Preview: Going Big in Dallas

November 6, 2018

The annual festival of supercomputing is only a few days away. Over 10,000 members of the global HPC community will gather in Dallas starting this coming weekend for the SC18 conference. Read more…

By Andrew Jones (@hpcnotes)

AMD Epyc Wins Another; Debuts on AWS

November 6, 2018

AMD’s mission to add market share in the super-hot datacenter server processor market has taken its Epyc chip into the biggest datacenter of them all, Amazon Read more…

By Doug Black

Google and NASA Tackle Quantum Supremacy

November 6, 2018

According to a report yesterday in MIT Technology Review, Google is working with NASA to “prove quantum supremacy within a matter of months.” Tech Reviews r Read more…

By John Russell

Intel Confirms 48-Core Cascade Lake-AP for 2019

November 4, 2018

As part of the run-up to SC18, taking place in Dallas next week (Nov. 11-16), Intel is doling out info on its next-gen Cascade Lake family of Xeon processors, specifically the “Advanced Processor” version (Cascade Lake-AP), architected for high-performance computing, artificial intelligence and infrastructure-as-a-service workloads. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

OSC Preps Launch of 1.3PF Pitzer Cluster from Dell-EMC

November 1, 2018

The Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC) today reported it is in the final stages of firing up its new 1.3 petaflops (theoretical peak) Pitzer Cluster from Dell-EMC. Read more…

By John Russell

Preparing for the Arrival of Aurora with CPU-based Interactive Visualization

October 30, 2018

In preparation for the arrival of Aurora, slated to be the first U.S. exascale supercomputer, Argonne National Laboratory is actively working to make techniques Read more…

By Rob Farber

Cray Unveils Shasta, Lands NERSC-9 Contract

October 30, 2018

Cray revealed today the details of its next-gen supercomputing architecture, Shasta, selected to be the next flagship system at NERSC. We've known of the code-name "Shasta" since the Argonne slice of the CORAL project was announced in 2015 and although the details of that plan have changed considerably, Cray didn't slow down its timeline for Shasta. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

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