Wave Computing Launches Machine Learning Appliance

Silicon Valley startup Wave Computing announced its dataflow compute appliance for machine learning is now available via an early access program, with general availability scheduled for Q4 2017. According to the company, its custom-built appliance can deliver 2.9 petaops of performance and train neural networks an order of magnitude faster than the current crop of GPU-accelerated hardware.

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Huawei and Intel Sign Up For HPC Collaboration

Huawei and Intel have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on high performance computing products and technology innovation. The MOU was made public at Hannover Messe, a conference that focuses on advanced industrial technology.

IBM "Minsky" Cluster Achieves Billion-Cell Reservoir Simulation in Record Time

A 30-node cluster of GPU-accelerated IBM “Minsky” servers has performed a billion-cell petroleum reservoir simulation in 92 minutes. Previous attempts at this scale required 20 hours using a large supercomputer with thousands of processors. 

Fujitsu Unveils Circuit Design that Optimizes Deep Learning Applications

Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a circuit technology that is said to improve the energy efficiency of deep learning workloads. According to the company, it plans to commercialize the technology in 2018 as part of its Human Centric AI Zinrai initiative.

After Almost 20 Years, Intel Jettisons IDF Event

In a surprise announcement sent out on Wednesday, Intel revealed it will discontinue their biggest tradeshow of the year: the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). The company explained the move as a result of an evolving event calendar that features more targeted product sets.

Knight Landing Xeon Phi with Omni-Path Make HPC Cloud Debut

Rescale, Intel, and R Systems have teamed up to provide an HPC cloud equipped with Intel’s “Knights Landing” Xeon Phi processors and the Omni-Path interconnect. The new platform, known as ScaleX Labs with Intel, is the first to bring this technology duo into the cloud computing realm.

IBM Beefs Up Power-Based Ecosystem with Data-Loving Anaconda

As part of IBM’s continuing effort to expand its AI portfolio, IBM is adding Anaconda, an open source analytics platform, to its Power-based cognitive computing offerings, as well as integrating it into its own PowerAI software distribution.

Berkeley Lab Supercomputer Breaks New Ground in Quantum Computing Simulation

Cori, the fifth fastest supercomputer in the world, has been used to model a 45-qubit circuit, which, by all accounts, is the largest simulation of a quantum computer ever achieved. The virtual circuit is just a handful of qubits short of a quantum computing system that would be more powerful than any conventional computer currently devised.

Hyperion Research Says HPC Server Revenues Hit Record Levels in 2016

Hyperion Research, the company that recently emerged from the spin-out of the IDC HPC analyst team, has come out with its 2016 server revenue numbers for high performance computing. Their data shows that global sales of these servers totaled $11.2 billion last year, up 4.4 percent from 2015, and beating the previous record of $11.1 billion in 2012. More News

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Canada Is Quietly Adding 10 Petaflops to Its Network of Academic Supercomputers

Simon Fraser University (SFU) has officially launched Canada’s most powerful academic supercomputer. The new 3.6-petaflop system, known as “Cedar,” is just the beginning of a big push by the Canadian government to upgrade the network of its 50 aging HPC machines used to serve the nation’s academic research community.

The Enigmatic Nature of AI is a Problem That Needs Solving

When a poker-playing AI program developed at Carnegie Mellon university challenged a group of machine learning-savvy engineers and investors in China, the results were the same as when the software went up against professional card players: it beat its human competition like a drum. And that points to AI’s greatest strength, as well as its greatest weakness.

Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?

A supercomputing application that can figure out if state legislative districts have been unfairly drawn, has the potential to change electoral politics in the United States. According to its inventors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the application could be used by courts to determine if partisan gerrymandering has been used to unfairly manipulate these maps.

TOP500 Meanderings: Russia’s New Supercomputing Rankings Reflect Sluggish Growth in HPC There

This week Russia posted its list of the 50 most powerful supercomputing systems installed in the country. From the looks of things, not much is happening in the HPC space there. System turnover across the Top50 during the last six months was minimal and aggregate performance barely budged.

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Gerrymandering Meets Supercomputing; Russian HPC Shows Its Age

Episode 169: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss a new supercomputing application that could be used in a gerrymandering case before the Supreme Court, and a Russian attempt to display its HPC prowess backfires.

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Titan - Cray XK7 , Opteron 6274 16C 2.200GHz, Cray Gemini interconnect, NVIDIA K20x
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Mira - BlueGene/Q, Power BQC 16C 1.60GHz, Custom
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