With EPYC, AMD Offers Serious Competition to Intel in HPC

While a number of commentators have written off AMD’s prospects of competing against Intel in HPC, testing of the latest server silicon from each chipmaker has revealed that the EPYC chip offers some surprising performance advantages against Intel’s newest "Skylake" Xeon destined for the datacenter. 

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Cray Sheds 14 Percent of Workforce

Supercomputer-maker Cray is implementing a “restructuring plan” in which the company will lay off approximately 190 of its 1,300 workers.

New Supercomputer Brings Deep Learning Capabilities to CSIRO

Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has deployed a Dell EMC supercomputer outfitted with NVIDIA’s P100 GPUs.  The system, known as “Bracewell,” will nearly double the computational power available to CSIRO researchers.

High Performance Storage Provider WekaIO Emerges from Stealth Mode

WekaIO, a startup offering a cloud-based storage platform that can support exabytes of data in single namespace, emerged from stealth earlier this week. The company is touting the new product as “the world’s fastest distributed file system.”

Growing Core Count Led Intel to Mesh Architecture

One of the more significant architectural advancements in Intel’s new Xeon scalable processor, aka Skylake, is the use of a mesh interconnect that link cores and other on-chip componentry.

Mellanox Opens Up Ethernet Performance Lead with 200GbE Switches

Mellanox has entered new territory with its recently announced Spectrum-2 line of Ethernet switches, which supports speeds of 200 gigabits per second and beyond.

Baidu Deepens Partnership with NVIDIA, Will Bring Volta GPUs Into Their Cloud

Chinese web giant Baidu announced it will use some of the latest NVIDIA hardware and software to augment a number of its AI-based services.

Atos Launches 40-Qubit Quantum Computing Simulator

With universal quantum computers on the horizon, Atos has developed a simulation platform for programming the qubit-based machines.

Jülich Supercomputing Center Turns to Modular Approach to Deal with HPC-HPDA Divide

The Jülich Supercomputing Center (JSC) has kicked off DEEP-EST, an EU-funded project that aims to build a supercomputer capable of handling both high performance computing and high performance data analytics workloads.

AMD Plays Catch-Up in Deep Learning with New GPUs and Open Source Strategy

AMD is looking to penetrate the deep learning market with a new line of Radeon GPU cards optimized for processing neural networks, along with a suite of open source software meant to offer an alternative to NVIDIA’s more proprietary CUDA ecosystem.

Where Will Future HPC Leaders Come From?

There are many people whose primary role is running HPC centres, fighting for funding, architecting and delivering HPC services to users. Unfortunately, the development and training opportunities to help future HPC service managers learn essential skills are scarce. More News

In Depth

Financial Analyst Takes Critical Look at IBM Watson

A report published by James Kisner, an equity analyst at global investment banking firm Jeffries, shot a few holes in IBM’s Watson and the company’s cognitive computing strategy. Along the way, Kisner offered some interesting insights into the AI market and some of the major players competing in the space.

Intel Forges New Xeon Line Under Scalable Processor Banner

After already shipping more than half a million of its next-generation Xeon products to customers, Intel officially launched its new Xeon scalable processor product line. The chipmaker is calling it the “biggest data center advancement in a decade.”

Fujitsu Will Pursue AI with Custom-Built Processor

Japanese computer-maker Fujitsu is developing an AI-specific microprocessor called the Deep Learning Unit (DLU). The company’s goal is to produce a chip that delivers 10 times better performance per watt than the competition.

TOP500 Meanderings: Sluggish Performance Growth May Portend Slowing HPC Market

For all the supercomputing trends revealed on recent TOP500 lists, the most worrisome is the decline in performance growth that has taken place over the over the last several years – worrisome not only because performance is the lifeblood of the HPC industry, but also because there is no definitive cause of the slowdown.

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This Week in HPC

Skylake Goes for Gold… and Platinum; Intel Launches Xeon Scalable Platform

Episode 185: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss the latest announcement from Intel.

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