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UC Berkeley Researchers Build Largest Integrated Optical Switch

A team of UC Berkeley researchers has reported fabricating the “largest integrated photonic switch ever.” Their achievement comes at a time when there are many R&D efforts seeking ways to improve and expand the use of optical interconnect on-chip and at the system level. “For the first time in a silicon switch, we are approaching […]

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Xilinx to Acquire Solarflare

Today Xilinx announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Solarflare Communications. "The acquisition will enable Xilinx to combine its industry-leading FPGA, MPSoC and ACAP solutions with Solarflare's ultra-low latency network interface card (NIC) technology and Onload application acceleration software, to enable new converged SmartNIC solutions, accelerating Xilinx's "data center first" strategy and transition to a platform company."

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Why Single-Socket Servers Could Rule the Future

Multi socket servers have been around since the dawn of enterprise computing.

Why Single-Socket Servers Could Rule the Future was written by Nicole Hemsoth at .

DOE Announces $20 Million in AI Research Funding

DOE’s Office of Electricity has selected eight projects to receive nearly $7 million in total to explore the use of big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning technologies to improve existing knowledge and discover new insights and tools for better grid operation and management. DOE’s Office of Science announced a plan to provide $13 million in total funding for new research aimed at improving A.I. as a tool of scientific investigation and prediction.

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Pulling Apart Containers or Why Containers Are Like Tupperware

Panels tend to be among the livelier conference sessions and the “Containers” panel at Tabor’s Advanced Scale Forum last week in Jacksonville, Fla., was certainly no exception. Moderated by Ryan Quick (principal, Providentia Worldwide — formerly with PayPal), the session aimed to catalyze debate about the evolving container landscape in HPC, and “hopefully get rid […]

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Why AI Adoption Leaves Customers Dazed and Confused

Businesses and government agencies are deploying AI at breakneck speeds. But in the rush to stay ahead, or at least not fall too far behind, organizations are having to confront some hard truths.

Why AI Adoption Leaves Customers Dazed and Confused was written by Nicole Hemsoth at .

Quantum computing start-up Zapata Computing raises $21 million in Series A financing

Quantum computing start-up Zapata Computing has raised $21 million in Series A financing. Led by Comcast Ventures and Prelude Ventures, the round includes participation from new and existing investors Pitango Ventures, BASF Venture Capital, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, Pillar VC, and The Engine..

World-record quantum computing result for Sydney teams

A world-record result in reducing errors in semiconductor electron 'spin qubits', a type of building block for quantum computers, has been achieved using the theoretical work of quantum physicists at the University of Sydney Nano Institute and School of Physics. .

The List

11/2018 Highlights

  • Summit and Sierra improved in performance and brought the #1 and #2 spot back to the USA

  • The No 7 system SuperMuc is newly installed. A few other systems (No 1, 2, 6) improved in performance.

  • Summit, an IBM-built system at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee, USA, remains at the #1 spot with an improved performance of 143.5 Pflop/s on the HPL benchmark, which is used to rank the TOP500 list. Summit has 4,356 nodes, each one housing two Power9 CPUs with 22 cores each and six NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs each with 80 streaming multiprocessors (SM). The nodes are linked together with a Mellanox dual-rail EDR InfiniBand network.

  • Sierra, a system at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA, USA moved up one rank and is now listed at #2. It’s architecture is very similar to the new #1 systems Summit. It is build with 4,320 nodes with two Power9 CPUs and four NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs. Sierra achieved 94.6 Pflop/s.

  • Sunway TaihuLight, a system developed by China’s National Research Center of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology (NRCPC) and installed at the National Supercomputing Center in Wuxi, which is in China's Jiangsu province was in the lead for 2 years, but was mow pushed to the #3 position with 93 Pflop/s.

  • Tianhe-2A (Milky Way-2A), a system developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) and deployed at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China was upgraded earlier this year by replacing the Xeon PHI accelerators with the new proprietary Matrix-2000 chips. It is now the No. 4 system with 61.4 Pflop/s.

  • The No. 5 is the Piz Daint, a Cray XC50 system installed at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland and the most powerful system in Europe.

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