DARPA Looks for Life Beyond Moore’s Law

Moore’s Law, the engine that has driven the electronics industry for the past 50 years, is running on fumes. But DARPA, the US Defense Advanced Project Agency, is looking to refill the gas tank with new research initiatives, backed by a $216 million investment.

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Paderborn University Will Offer Intel CPU-FPGA Cluster for Researchers

Paderborn University, in Germany, has announced it has been selected to host an Intel cluster, powered by Intel Xeon CPUs and Arria 10 FPGAs.

Cray Racking Up Big Wins in Asia

Cray has announced three new supercomputers in Asia: one in the pipeline that will be installed in South Korea next year, and two Japanese systems that went into production earlier this week.

Tianhe-2 Supercomputer Being Upgraded to 95 Petaflops

The number two-ranked Tianhe-2 supercomputer, installed at the National Super Computer Center in Guangzhou, is being upgraded to 94.97 petaflops, nearly doubling its current peak performance of 54.9 petaflops.

Argonne Supercomputer Aims to Map All the Neurons in the Brain

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are going to be using the Theta supercomputer to generate a map of all the neural connections in a brain.

TSMC Teams Up with Xilinx, Cadence, and ARM on CCIX Chip

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is collaborating with Xilinx, Cadence Design Systems, and ARM to develop a test chip that support the new high performance interconnect standard, known as CCIX.

Huawei Launches Intelligent Cloud Platform using New Heterogeneous Servers

 Huawei intends to be a big player in the public cloud space and is starting out by building a new intelligent cloud hardware platform powered by its with own FusionServer gear.

NVIDIA Ships First Volta DGX-1

Researchers at the Center for Clinical Data Science (CCDS) are the proud owners of the world’s first DGX-1 appliance powered by the new Tesla V100 GPUs.

IBM Commits $240 Million to Joint AI Lab with MIT

IBM and MIT announced they will team up to create a new AI lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts that will advance technologies driving artificial intelligence.

Walmart to Build GPU Cloud for Machine Learning

Retail giant Walmart is going to deploy an GPU-accelerated cloud to be used for machine learning – that according to an investor note penned by Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research.

EU Pledges 20 Million Euros for New Exascale Computing Project

A new European exascale computing project, known as EuroEXA, kicked off at the Barcelona Supercomputer Center this week during a meeting that brought together the 16 organizations involved in the effort. More News

In Depth

HPC Market Hits Record Revenues in 2016, Looks Ahead to Double-Digit Growth in AI

Hyperion Research says 2016 was a banner year for sales of HPC servers. According to the analyst firm, HPC system sales reached $11.2 billion for the year, and is expected to grow more than 6 percent annually over the next five years. But it is the emerging sub-segment of artificial intelligence that will provide the highest growth rates during this period.

TOP500 Meanderings: Supercomputers Take Big Green Leap in 2017

Over the last year, the greenest supercomputers in the world more than doubled their energy efficiency – the biggest jump since the Green500 started ranking these systems more than a decade ago. If such a pace can be maintained, exascale supercomputers operating at less than 20 MW will be possible in as little as two years. But that’s a big if.

Machine Learning Pulls Processor Architectures onto New Path

If there was any question that machine learning would spawn chip designs aimed specifically at those applications, those doubts were laid to rest this year. The last 12 months have seen a veritable of explosion of silicon built for this new application space.

Microsoft Takes FPGA-Powered Deep Learning to the Next Level

At the Hot Chips conference this week, Microsoft has revealed its latest deep learning acceleration platform, known as Project Brainwave, which the company claims can deliver “real-time AI.” The new platform uses Intel's latest Stratix 10 FPGAs. 

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This Week in HPC

Huawei HPC Aspirations Grow with the Cloud; EU Jumpstarts Another Exascale Project

Episode 192: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss HPC announcements coming out of Huawei Connect 2017 and the EU's latest Exascale project.

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