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Deep Learning Paves Way for Better Diagnostics

Sep 19, 2016 |

Stanford researchers are leveraging GPU-based machines in the Amazon EC2 cloud to run deep learning workloads with the goal of improving diagnostics for a chronic eye disease, called diabetic retinopathy. The disease is a complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness if blood sugar is poorly controlled. It affects about 45 percent of diabetics and 100 million people worldwide, many in developing nations.

In Search of the Next Circuit Building Method – ORNL has Ideas

Sep 14, 2016 |

No one knows what the next, best way to build electronic circuits will be. That said there’s no shortage of efforts to invent something beyond current lithography. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, perhaps not surprisingly, is in the thick of the race and two recent studies from ORNL researchers showcase promising but very different approaches. One Read more…

On-Chip Device Accelerates Core-to-Core Communication

Sep 13, 2016 |

A team of engineers from North Carolina State University and Intel have joined forces to address on-chip communications bottlenecks that hamper performance scaling for workloads that share data frequently. Their paper, “CAF: Core to Core Communication Acceleration Framework,” describes a novel core-to-core Communication Acceleration Framework (CAF). The technique could provide relief for many HPC applications Read more…

Nvidia Launches Pascal GPUs for Deep Learning Inferencing

Sep 12, 2016 |

Already entrenched in the deep learning community for neural net training, Nvidia wants to secure its place as the go-to chipmaker for datacenter inferencing. At the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in Beijing Tuesday, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the latest additions to the Tesla line, Pascal-based P4 and P40 GPU accelerators, as well as new software all aimed at improving performance for inferencing workloads that undergird applications like voice-activated assistants, spam filters, and recommendation engines.

Supermicro Unveils NVIDIA Pascal GPU-Enabled Server Offerings

Sep 9, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 9 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in compute, storage, networking technologies and green computing, has announced the general availability of its SuperServer solutions optimized for NVIDIA Tesla P100 accelerators with the new Pascal GPU architecture. Supermicro’s density optimized 4U SuperServer 4028GR-TR(T)2 supports up to 10 PCI-E Tesla P100 accelerators Read more…

Cirrascale Launches Expanded Multi-GPU Solutions With NVIDIA Tesla P100 Accelerated Computing Platform

Sep 9, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Sept. 9 — Cirrascale Corporation, a premier developer of blade and rackmount solutions enabling GPU-driven deep learning infrastructure, has announced it will begin shipping the recently announced NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerators with 16GB HBM2 memory throughout its high-performance, deep learning product lines. Utilizing the company’s proprietary 96-lane Gen3 PCIe switch-enabled risers, the GX Series and GB5600 Read more…

Japan’s Post-K Computer Hits 1-2 Year Speed Bump

Sep 8, 2016 |

At the HPC User Forum in Austin, Texas, Dr. Yutaka Ishikawa, project lead for RIKEN AICS, confirmed that Japan’s next-generation supercomputer, the Post-K computer, has been delayed by one-to-two years, slipping from its original 2020 target to either 2021 or 2022. The additional time is needed to ensure sufficient processor volume, sources report. With the adjusted Read more…

OSS Announces Availability of NVIDIA Tesla P100 for PCIe With GPUs for Demanding Datacenters

Sep 8, 2016 |

ESCONDIDO, Calif., Sept. 8 — One Stop Systems (OSS), a leading provider of high performance computing appliances for HPC applications, today announced that its High Density Compute Accelerator (HDCA) and its Express Box 3600 (EB3600) are now available for purchase with the NVIDIA Tesla P100 for PCIe GPU. These high-density platforms deliver teraflop performance with greatly Read more…

IBM Debuts Power8 Chip with NVLink and Three New Systems

Sep 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. One of the servers – Power S822LC for High Performance Computing (codenamed “Minsky”) – uses the new chip (Power8 with Read more…

SAVE Project to Improve HSA Energy Use Wraps Up

Sep 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. SAVE is the somewhat abbreviated acronym for Self-Adaptive Virtualization-Aware High-Performance/Low-Energy Heterogeneous System Architectures, a EU collaborative research project, funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Read more…

Intel’s Fryman: “It’s not that we love CMOS; it’s the only real choice.”

Sep 1, 2016 |

Forget for a moment the prevailing high anxiety over Moore’s Law’s fate. In the near-term – which could easily mean a decade – CMOS will remain the only viable, volume technology driving computing. Pursue alternatives? Of course, urged Josh Fryman, principal engineer and engineering manager, Intel.

AMD, GlobalFoundries Renew Vows, Focus on Path to 7nm

Sep 1, 2016 |

AMD and its primary fab partner GlobalFoundries have signed an updated five-year wafer supply agreement that will extend through the end of 2020. The restructuring simultaneously deepens the commitment between the partners and gives AMD limited freedom to see other…

IBM Advances Against x86 with Power9

Aug 30, 2016 |

After offering OpenPower Summit attendees a limited preview in April, IBM is unveiling further details of its next-gen CPU, Power9, which the tech mainstay is counting on to regain market share ceded to rival Intel. Built on GlobalFoundries 14nm finFET process technology, Power9 will be the centerpiece in Power-based servers starting in the second half of Read more…

Manycore ‘Piton’ Climbs Toward 200,000-Core Peak

Aug 25, 2016 |

It was a week for chip launches with Hot Chips setting the stage for the unveiling of the IBM Power9 processor and a custom ARM-based 64-core CPU from Chinese firm Phytium Technology. A 25-core academic manycore processor out of Princeton University also made its debut from the Silicon Valley event.

NVIDIA Adds ‘Parker’ CPU to ‘Brain of Autonomous Vehicles’

Aug 25, 2016 |

NVIDIA’s autonomous vehicle strategy took a step forward this week with the announcement of a new mobile CPU, called “Parker,” offered to automakers as a single unit or integrated into the company’s DRIVE PX 2 platform, announced at CES earlier this year. Along with two Parker chips, DRIVE PX 2 will include two Pascal GPUs Read more…

NERSC is Busily Using Dungeons to Slay Code Dragons

Aug 24, 2016 |

Work to modernize codes for use on the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) Cori supercomputer and its Intel Xeon Phi Knight’s Landing manycore architecture is making steady progress, says NERSC, which has now held eight Dungeon code development sessions with Intel and Cray. The most recent was held earlier this month. These Dungeon Read more…

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…

ARM Unveils Scalable Vector Extension for HPC at Hot Chips

Aug 22, 2016 |

ARM and Fujitsu today announced a scalable vector extension (SVE) to the ARMv8-A architecture intended to enhance ARM capabilities in HPC workloads. Fujitsu is the lead silicon partner in the effort (so far) and will use ARM with SVE technology in its post K computer, Japan’s next flagship supercomputer planned for the 2020 timeframe. This is an important incremental step for ARM, which seeks to push more aggressively into mainstream and HPC server markets.

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.

Altair Technology Now Available to NVIDIA HPC Customers Using Data Center GPU Management Tool

Aug 18, 2016 |

TROY, Mich., Aug. 18 — NVIDIA customers worldwide using the power of Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) High-Performance Computing (HPC) to address vital work in fields including artificial intelligence, deep learning, self-driving cars, and virtual reality now have the ability to improve the speed and reliability of their computations through a new technology collaboration with Altair to integrate PBS Read more…