Google Rolls Out GPU Cloud Service

The largest Internet company on the planet has made GPU computing available in its public cloud. Google announced this week that it has added the NVIDIA Tesla K80 to its cloud offering, with more graphics processor options on the way. The search giant follows Amazon, Microsoft and others into the GPU rental business.

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Intel Skylake Xeon Processors Debut on Google Cloud

Google has revealed its cloud customers will get first crack at Intel’s next-generation “Skylake” Xeon processors. The company is targeting the new cloud instances for HPC workloads in healthcare, media and entertainment, financial services, and other industries.

NASA Buys into Modular Supercomputing with New Facility that Saves Energy and Water

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has built a new modular supercomputing facility at its Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley that could be the template for future HPC infrastructure at the agency.

First Autonomous Car Race Ends in Crash

The world’s first auto race between self-driving vehicles didn’t exactly go according to plan. One of the two robotic racecars misjudged a corner at high speed, crashing into the barrier and ending its hopes of finishing the contest.

Next-Generation TSUBAME Will Be Petascale Supercomputer for AI

The Tokyo Institute of Technology, also known as Tokyo Tech, has revealed that the TSUBAME 3.0 supercomputer scheduled to be installed this summer will provide 47 half precision (16-bit) petaflops of performance, making it one of the most powerful machines on the planet for artificial intelligence computation. The system is being built by HPE/SGI and will feature NVIDIA’s Tesla P100 GPUs.

Startup Unveils Machine Learning Products Based on Novel Approach to AI

Gamalon Inc, emerged from stealth mode this week, announced two machine learning products, based on an in-house technology known as Bayesian Program Synthesis (BPS). The company claims BPS can perform machine learning tasks 100 times faster than conventional deep learning techniques, while providing more accurate results.

Intel CEO Announces New $7 Billion Fab at White House

In an unusual spectacle that injected politics into what would have been a fairly typical announcement of a new semiconductor manufacturing facility, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the company’s upcoming 7nm fab in the Oval Office as part of a nationally televised meeting with President Trump.

NVIDIA Intros Pascal GPU for Desktop Supercomputing

NVIDIA has launched the Quadro GP100, the workstation version of its Pascal Tesla P100 product. The new five-teraflop GPU card is designed for desktop users doing HPC simulations, image rendering, and deep learning work.

Intersect360 Offers Topside View of HPC Market

As a horizontal market, HPC encompasses a fairly wide range of product segments dominated by different vendors. To offer some perspective on this diversity, Intersect360 Research recently provided a synopsis of the leading suppliers of the major hardware and software categories that circumscribe the HPC space. More News

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IBM Pushes Machine Learning into Cloud, IoT, and Beyond

If you’ve been tracking IBM’s newsfeed lately, you’ll notice the company is expanding its cognitive computing strategy to encompass more and more platforms, not to mention customers. Recent platform upgrades include IBM’s BlueMix cloud, private clouds in general, the internet of things (IoT), the z Systems mainframe, and even whiteboards.

Exabyte Measures Linpack Performance Across Major Cloud Vendors

Exabyte, a materials discovery cloud specialist, has published a study that compares Linpack performance on four of the largest public cloud providers. Although the study’s methodology had some drawbacks, the results suggested that with the right hardware, HPC applications could not only scale well in cloud environments, but could also deliver performance on par with that of conventional supercomputers.

Cray Ends Year on High Note as it Closes the Books on 2016

Thanks to a record fourth quarter, Cray posted a modest profit in 2016, representing its seventh straight year of profitability. The company also recorded its second highest annual revenue in its history. Unfortunately though, Cray finds itself in the midst of a lethargic supercomputing market, which has shown few signs of improving.

Chinese Firms Racing to the Front of the AI Revolution

While US-based firms such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft still dominate the artificial intelligence space, Chinese counterparts like Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba are quickly catching up, and in some cases, surpassing their US competition. As a consequence, China appears to be on a path to reproduce its success in supercomputing in AI.

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Burst Buffers Accelerate Scientific Discovery at NERSC

Episode 163: Addison Snell discusses how burst buffers are accelerating scientific solutions at NERSC with special guests Debbie Bard, Big Data Architect, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Mark Wiertalla, Product marketing director of the storage solutions team at Cray.

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