AMD Challenges Intel’s Datacenter Dominance with New EPYC Processors

For the first time in several years, AMD has brought a server chip to market that provides some real competition to Intel and its near total domination of the datacenter market. The new AMD silicon, known as the EPYC 7000 series processors, come with up to 32 cores, along with a number of features that offer some useful differentiation against its Xeon competition.

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ISC Launches First STEM Student Day, Aims to Bridge Skills Gap

The whole point of supercomputing is to enable new scientific discovery. The whole point of a conference about supercomputing is to further the conversation about how we’re going to achieve that.

Cray Brings Graph Analytics, Deep Learning Capabilities to XC Supercomputers

Cray has launched the Urika-XC, a software suite that brings the capabilities of the Urika-GX big data appliance machine to the XC supercomputer platform. The idea is to offer customers a single system that can host both simulations and advanced data analytics.

Atos Reveals First Commercial ARM-Based Supercomputer

On the opening day of the ISC High Performance conference, Atos announced the Bull Sequana X1310, an ARM-based variant of the company’s Sequana X1000 supercomputer line.

TOP500 List Refreshed, US Edged Out of Third Place

FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The 49th edition of the TOP500 list was released today in conjunction with the opening session of the ISC High Performance conference, which is taking place this week in Frankfurt, Germany. The list ranks the world’s most powerful supercomputers based on the Linpack benchmark and is released twice per year.

DOE Shells Out $258 Million to Six Vendors to Develop Exascale Hardware

The US Department of Energy announced that it will funnel $258 million into six tech companies as part of its PathForward program to develop new HPC technologies for exascale supercomputers. The awardees include AMD, Cray, HPE, IBM, Intel, and NVIDIA.

GPU-Accelerated Supercomputers Provide Ground-Breaking Simulations of Universe

Researchers at the University of Zurich have devised software that is able to simulate the entire universe, employing the two fastest GPU-powered supercomputers in the world.

MIT Demos Optical Deep Learning with Nanophotonic Processor

A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has come up with a novel approach to deep learning that uses a nanophotonic processor, which they claim can vastly improve the performance and energy efficiency for processing artificial neural networks.

New Zealand to Join Petaflop Club

NIWA, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, is spending $18 million to upgrade its stable of supercomputers used for weather forecasting and climate research.

DARPA Taps Intel for Graph Analytics Chip Project

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Intel to develop a graph analytics processor that will be a thousand times faster than anything available today.

IBM Cloud Adopts Science Grid Used for Humanitarian Causes

IBM has announced its World Community Grid project is now hosted on the company’s own Bluemix cloud. The grid supports scientific research into societal problems affecting human health, energy, and the environment. More News

In Depth

New MareNostrum Supercomputer Reflects Processor Choices Confronting HPC Users

The fourth-generation MareNostrum supercomputer is up and running at the Barcelona Supercomputer Centre (BSC), or at last the first phase of it is.  When completed, it will contain the most interesting medley of processors of any supercomputer in existence. We asked Sergi Girona, Director of Operations at BSC, to describe the makeup of the new system and explain the rationale for building such a diverse machine.

Swiss Deploy World’s Fastest GPU-Powered Supercomputer

The recent upgrade to the Piz Daint supercomputer at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), has thrust the machine into limelight here at the ISC High Performance conference on opening day. The Cray XC50 system turned in a Linpack result of 19.6 petaflops, which was good enough to capture the number three spot on the latest TOP500 list, and displace Titan, the former GPU supercomputing champ, running at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Lustre Architect Peter Braam Talks About His Latest Venture

In 1999, Peter Braam introduced Lustre, an open-source parallel file system which went on to become one the most popular software packages for supercomputing. Braam’s success with Lustre was just the start of a career in which he founded five companies and guided technology development in numerous others -- Sun Microsystem, Red Hat, and Xyratex, among them. He’s currently working with Cambridge University on the Square Kilometer Array project and its Science Data Processor effort.

Tracking the World’s Top Storage Systems

When assessing the fastest supercomputers in the world, system performance is king, while the I/O componentry that feeds these computational beasts often escapes notice. But a small group of storage devotees working on a project at the Virtual Institute for I/O (VI4IO) want to change that.

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New Systems for ARM, ShenWei and Skylake: Updates from ISC 17

Episode 181: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman explore the most compelling stories coming out of ISC 17.

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