Sandia to Install First Petascale Supercomputer Powered by ARM Processors

Sandia National Laboratories will soon be taking delivery of the world’s most powerful supercomputer using ARM processors. The system, known as Astra, is being built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and will deliver 2.3 petaflops of peak performance when it’s installed later this year.

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MIPS Acquired by AI Startup Wave Computing

Wave Computing, one of the myriad Silicon Valley startups designing custom-built hardware for artificial intelligence, has bought MIPS Tech Inc.

MareNostrum Supercomputer Adds Power9/V100 Racks

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has installed three new racks of IBM servers in its MareNostrum 4 supercomputer, increasing the capacity of the system by 1.5 petaflops.

Penguin Computing Acquired by SMART Global Holdings

SMART Global Holdings, a provider of specialty memory products, ruggedized SSDs, and supply chain services, has purchased Penguin Computing, a maker of clusters, servers, storage, and switches for HPC and cloud customers.

University of Sydney Adds AI to Its Repertoire with New Supercomputer

Dell EMC has installed Artemis 3, the University of Sydney’s first supercomputer with serious AI capabilities.

AMD Previews Future GPUs and CPUs for the Datacenter

This week at the Computex computer tradeshow in Taipei, AMD CEO Lisa Su outlined where her company stood with its next-generation Radeon Instinct GPU and its Zen 2 EPYC CPU.

UK AI Startups Will Get Access to Cray Supercomputers

Cray has teamed up with Digital Catapult to help UK-based startups building artificial intelligence products get access to HPC resources in Cray’s Accel AI Lab.

World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer for Astronomy Begins Operation

A three-petaflop Cray XC50 supercomputer has been installed at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and is now up and running.

Intel Announces Optane DIMMs, Aims to Disrupt Memory/Storage Hierarchy

Intel has unveiled its much-anticipated non-volatile memory (NVM) modules based on its 3D XPoint technology.

Slovenia and China Team Up on New HPC Lab

On Monday, a joint Slovenian-Chinese virtual laboratory for high performance computing was launched, kicking off a multi-year collaboration between the two countries.

Fujitsu Boots Up Quantum Computing Cloud Service

Earlier this month Fujitsu launched a quantum computing cloud service based on its very own quantum computing processor, known as the Digital Annealing Unit (DAU). More News

In Depth

Summit Up and Running at Oak Ridge, Claims First Exascale Application

The Department of Energy’s 200-petaflop Summit supercomputer is now in operation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).  The new system is being touted as “the most powerful and smartest machine in the world.”

As Moore’s Law Winds Down, Chipmakers Consider the Path Forward

At this month’s ISC High Performance conference, representatives from Intel, NVIDIA, Xilinx, and NEC will speak about the challenges they face as applications like machine learning and analytics are demanding greater performance at a time when CMOS technology is approaching its physical limits.

NVIDIA Brings HPC and AI Under Single Platform with HGX-2

At Taiwan’s GPU Technology Conference this week, NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang announced the HGX-2, a 16-GPU reference design aimed at some of the most computationally demanding HPC and AI workloads. As a reflection of its tightly integrated design, Jensen characterized the platform as the “the world’s largest GPU.”

Intel Lays Out New Roadmap for AI Portfolio

At Intel’s inaugural AI DevCon conference this week, AI Products Group chief Naveen Rao updated their roadmap for its artificial intelligence chips. The changes will impact the much-anticipated Neural Network Processor, and to a lesser degree, its general-purpose products like Xeons and FPGAs.

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Penguin Computing Sold to Holding Company; MareNostrum Supercomputer Gets IBM Upgrade

Episode 228: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman analyze the unexpected acquisition of Penguin Computing, MareNostrum's upgrade, and stories to watch at ISC.

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