HPC4E Project Outlines Case for Exascale Computing in Energy Sector

A consortium of European and Brazilian organizations dedicated to pushing the boundaries of HPC for the energy sector has released a report on how exascale computing will be needed to move the industry forward.

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TSMC Expects HPC to be Fastest Growing Segment

Chip manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reported double-digit growth for its HPC segment in 2017 and expects that trend to continue through 2018.

Eni Launches 18.6-Petaflop Supercomputer

Eni S.p.A., an Italian oil and gas multinational, has deployed an 18.6-petaflop supercomputer, making it the most powerful commercially-owned system in world.

India Installs Multi-Petaflop Supercomputers at Two Weather and Climate Centers

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) in India has deployed the country’s two fastest supercomputers, which will be used to conduct earth science research and improve weather and climate forecasts.

AI Software Outperforms Humans on Reading Comprehension Test

Microsoft and Alibaba have independently developed AI models that scored better than humans in a Stanford University reading comprehension test.

DOE Selects Seven Companies for Its HPC for Manufacturing Program

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is investing 1.87 million in seven projects intended to advance manufacturing using high performance computing.

Intel Reveals 49-Qubit Quantum Computing Chip

Intel announced it has built a 49-qubit processor, suggesting it is on par with the quantum computing efforts at IBM and Google.

NOAA To Add 2.8 Petaflops to Supercomputing Capacity

Later this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will install two Dell supercomputers to its datacenters in Reston, Virginia, and Orlando, Florida.

Microsoft Snaps Up Avere Systems

Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Avere Systems, bringing its high-performance storage technology in-house.

Foxconn Builds Taiwan’s Largest Supercomputer

A six-petaflop system has been installed at Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Software Technology Park, making it the most powerful supercomputer in the country.

Intel Launches FPGA Accelerator Aimed at HPC and HPDA Applications

Intel has released the Stratix 10 MX, the company’s first FPGA family that includes integrated High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2). More News

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European Commission Looks to Invest a Billion Euros in HPC

The European Commission (EC) has announced a financial framework for investing €1 billion in European supercomputers over the next two years. Under this framework, known as the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, the European Union (EU) would contribute around €486 million, while the remainder would be supplied by EU member states and associated countries.

Vendors Scramble to Fix Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Two recently uncovered security problems that affect nearly every CPU on the planet have forced companies to issue fixes that could seriously impact performance. While Intel has taken the brunt of bad press, chips supplied by AMD, IBM, and ARM vendors are also affected.

What’s in Store for HPC in 2018

Chris Downing, senior consultant at Red Oak Consulting, takes a look at what's ahead for high performance computing in the coming year. In particular, he focuses on what's in store for some of the major HPC suppliers – AMD, Nvidia, Intel, and niche hardware providers – as well as the prospects for cloud computing.

High Performance Computing in 2017: Hits and Misses

The past 12 months encompassed a number of new developments in HPC, as well as an intensification of existing trends. TOP500 News takes a look at the top eight hits and misses of 2017.

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This Week in HPC

What Meltdown and Spectre Mean for HPC; Intel Plays Catch-Up in Quantum Computing

Episode 208: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, plus news on Intel's quantum computing push.

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