TOP500 Expands Exaflops Capacity Amidst Low Turnover
Nov. 16, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The 56th edition of the TOP500 saw the Japanese Fugaku supercomputer solidify its number one status in a list that reflects a flattening performance growth curve.  Although two new systems managed to make it into the top 10, the full list recorded the smallest number of new entries since the project began in 1993.

The entry level to the list moved up to 1.32 petaflops on the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, a small increase from 1.23 petaflops recorded in the June 2020 rankings. In a similar vein, the aggregate performance of all …


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Leonardo-IIT Project Harnesses HPC, AI & Robotics to Boost Security

GENOA, Italy, April 16, 2021 — Three Leonardo-IIT joint labs, with 30 dedicated researchers, aim to develop new robotic, supercomputing and AI solutions. Includes an investment of one million euros annually for the next three years. The new Leonardo-IIT (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia) joint research laboratories are launched in Genoa as part of the Leonardo’s […]

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DEEP Podcast Covers System Monitoring for High Performance Computing

April 16, 2021 — DEEP Projects are series of research projects on a Modular Supercomputing Architecture, funded by the European Union. In this episode of the podcast, Dr. Michael Ott from the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre is talking about the challenges of monitoring modern High Performance Computing Systems and how system monitoring might help to make […]

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The Linux Foundation Launches Research Division to Explore Open Source Ecosystems and Impact

The Linux Foundation has announced a research arm whose mission is to broaden understanding of open source projects, ecosystem dynamics and impact, the organization said. “Through a series of research projects and related content, Linux Foundation Research will leverage the Linux Foundation’s vast repository of data, tools, and communities across industry verticals and technology horizontals. The […]

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Univ. of Chicago’s Polsky Center Launches Venture Conference for Midwest Deep Tech Startups from Universities and National Labs

CHICAGO– The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of DeepTechU, a venture conference showcasing deep tech innovation and 48 investor-ready companies from universities and national labs. The virtual conference will take place April 20-22, 2021, and feature quick pitches as well as discussions with industry experts and entrepreneurs. The conference […]

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Nvidia Rounds Out “Ampere” Lineup With Two New Accelerators

In a world where GPUs have tens of billions of transistors and chip manufacturing techniques are costly and yields are particularly tough because of the largesse of these devices, every chip that comes of out the foundry is sacred.

Nvidia Rounds Out “Ampere” Lineup With Two New Accelerators was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

For Arm-Driven Supercomputing, Nvidia is Right on Time

While Marvell’s ThunderX family of server-class processors might not have taken high performance computing by storm from the outset, where there was interest and demand, it was fierce and committed.

For Arm-Driven Supercomputing, Nvidia is Right on Time was written by Nicole Hemsoth at The Next Platform.

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11/2020 Highlights

After a make-over of the Top10 in June we again see some interesting changes driven by two system upgrades (#1 Fugaku and #5 Selene) and two new systems (#7 JUWELS Booster Module and #10 Dammam-7). The full list however recorded the smallest number of new entries ever since the project started in 1993.

Supercomputer Fugaku, a system based on Fujitsu’s custom ARM A64FX processor remains the new No. 1. It is installed at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan, the location of the former K-Computer. It was co-developed in close partnership by Riken and Fujitsu and uses Fujitsu’s Tofu D interconnect to transfer data between nodes. It increased in size by about 5% which allowed it to improve its HPL benchmark score to 442 Pflop/s easily exceeding the No. 2 Summit by 3x.

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