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Japan Captures TOP500 Crown with Arm-Powered Supercomputer
June 22, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The 55th edition of the TOP500 saw some significant additions to the list, spearheaded by a new number one system from Japan. The latest rankings also reflect a steady growth in aggregate performance and power efficiency.


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David Patterson Kicks Off AI Hardware Summit Championing Domain Specific Chips

The 2020 AI Hardware Summit kicked off yesterday with long-time computer luminary David Patterson digging into all things TPU and extolling on how they outrun GPUs for AI needs. After presenting data in which the TPUv3 bested Nvidia’s V100, he was asked about Google’s forthcoming TPUv4 versus Nvidia A100. Expect the same kind of advantage for […]

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Los Alamos Announces Details of New HPE Crossroads Supercomputer

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., Sept. 30, 2020—The Alliance for Computing at Extreme Scale (ACES), a partnership between Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories, announced the details of a $105 million contract awarded to Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) to deliver Crossroads, a next-generation supercomputer to be sited at Los Alamos. “This machine will advance our […]

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US Department of Energy Contracts with HPE for Crossroads Supercomputer

Sept. 30, 2020 — The National Nuclear Security Administration’s new system features the HPE Cray EX supercomputer using future Intel Xeon processors to simulate nuclear weapons and maintain safety of stockpile Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced it is building a new supercomputer with quadrupled performance for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). […]

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New Cloud Computing Infrastructure for European Research at CEA’s TGCC

September 2020 – The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) deployed new computing and storage resources and services in its TGCC computing centre, for the benefit of research communities in Europe. Aside from conventional HPC resources, the new systems provide services such as sovereign cloud computing, object storage, and interactive computing. These systems […]

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It’s Back To The Future For Omni-Path InfiniBand

People in the modern era sometimes forget that networking predates the rise of Cisco Systems and the commercialization of the Internet.

It’s Back To The Future For Omni-Path InfiniBand was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

VMware Embraces Nvidia GPUs, DPUs To Drive Enterprise AI

AI is too hard for most enterprises to adopt, just like HPC was and continues to be.

VMware Embraces Nvidia GPUs, DPUs To Drive Enterprise AI was written by Jeffrey Burt at The Next Platform.

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Submer: Highly Efficient, Sustainable Solutions for Datacenters that Make sense
Sept. 1, 2020

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Datacenters can be considered as a sort of nervous system of the contemporary society. Just like the human nervous system, datacenters are not single structures, working on their own. Quite the contrary, “datacenters” are heterogeneous systems with multiple layers of complexity and integration and interaction, internally and externally. This apparently obvious statement should nevertheless be never forgotten because we are entering an era in which datacenters will play a fundamental role in our daily lives. And to make the next digital revolution (in fact, already undergoing), sustainable, we as an industry must find …


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06/2020 Highlights

The new top system, Fugaku, turned in a High Performance Linpack (HPL) result of 415.5 petaflops, besting the now second-place Summit system by a factor of 2.8x.  Fugaku, is powered by Fujitsu’s 48-core A64FX SoC, becoming the first number one system on the list to be powered by ARM processors. In single or further reduced precision, which are often used in machine learning and AI applications, Fugaku’s peak performance is over 1,000 petaflops (1 exaflops). The new system is installed at RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan.

The most energy-efficient system on the Green500 is the MN-3, based on a new server from Preferred Networks. It achieved a record 21.1 gigaflops/watt during its 1.62 petaflops performance run. The system derives its superior power efficiency from the MN-Core chip, an accelerator optimized for matrix arithmetic. It is ranked number 395 in the TOP500 list.

In second position is the new NVIDIA Selene supercomputer, a DGX A100 SuperPOD powered by the new A100 GPUs. It occupies position seven on the TOP500.

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