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.

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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).

Mont-Blanc 2020 Project Sets Sights on Exascale Processor

Launched on December 11, the European Commission’s Mont-Blanc 2020 project will focus on the production of an ARM-based system-on-chip (SoC) capable of powering exascale supercomputers.

LRZ to Install 26.7-Petaflop Supercomputer

Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) has contracted Lenovo and Intel to build its next-generation SuperMUC cluster, which is slated to be up and running in 2018.

IBM Enters Quantum Computing Business with First Paying Customers

Twelve organizations, which include top-flight companies like JPMorgan Chase, Daimler AG, and Samsung, have signed up as the first customers for the IBM Q Network, the company’s initial foray into commercial quantum computing. More News

In Depth

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.

TOP500 Meanderings: InfiniBand Fends Off Supercomputing Challengers

Ethernet remains the most popular interconnect on the TOP500 list, but InfiniBand still rules the roost when it comes to true supercomputing performance. We run the numbers and show how InfiniBand still dominates the top supercomputers in the world.

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This Week in HPC

Microsoft to Acquire Storage Startup; Foxconn Builds Six-Petaflop Supercomputer

Episode 207: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss Microsoft's new storage acquisition, Foxconn's six-petaflop supercomputer, and LRZ's upgrade.

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