IDC’s Latest Forecast for the HPC Market: “2016 is Looking Good”

A couple of weeks ago, at SC16 in Salt Lake City, analyst firm IDC presented its bi-annual review of the latest trends in the HPC market. Overall, IDC is projecting annual growth of about 6 to 7 percent in 2016, which would put total HPC revenue at around $24.6 billion dollars for the year.

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Seagate Preps New ClusterStor System for Commercial Debut

Seagate Technology is getting ready to release ClusterStor 300N, the company’s latest scale-out storage system for high performance computing. Announced in November at SC16 in Salt Lake City, the system will be generally available for purchase in January.

Barcelona Supercomputer Center Opts for Diversity in Next Iteration of MareNostrum

The next-generation MareNostrum 4 supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC) will have an unusual configuration, to say the least. Instead of selecting a single architecture for the new machine, the powers that be at BSC have decided to build a system that consists of multiple platforms, incorporating a diverse set of technologies from IBM, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Intel and NVIDIA.

K Computer Comes Out on Top in HPCG Supercomputing Benchmark

The latest rankings of supercomputers based on the High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) benchmark were released last week at SC16. The K computer, installed at RIKEN in Japan, captured the number one spot on the HPCG rankings, with a mark of about 603 teraflops.

NVIDIA Keeps AI Front and Center at SC16

NVIDIA had a trio of announcements at this week’s supercomputing conference (SC16), all of which revolved around the company’s activities in artificial intelligence. Although the it was certainly not the only company touting its devotion to AI at this year’s event, NVIDIA seems to have a singular focus on the topic these days.

IBM, NVIDIA Team on Enterprise-Ready Deep Learning Solution

IT soul mates IBM and NVIDIA are at it again, this time collaborating on a deep learning (DL) toolkit, known as PowerAI, optimized for IBM’s Power S822LC for High Performance Computing platform. The integration of the toolkit and the IBM hardware is being aimed at what NVIDIA and IBM believe to be a burgeoning market in enterprise AI.

Cray Unveils XC50 Supercomputer, Swiss Get First Look

Cray has launched the XC50, the latest iteration of its XC supercomputer line. The big change from the XC40 is the additional support for the new NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs, as well as the latest Xeon and Xeon Phi processors from Intel. Thanks to the more powerful silicon, the XC50 can scale to 500 petaflops.

US Department of Defense to Add Cray and SGI Systems to Supercomputing Stable

The US DoD has purchased three supercomputers under its High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). Collectively the new systems, one from Cray and two from SGI, will provide an additional 10 petaflops of computational power to the agency, bringing HPCMP’s aggregate total to 31.1 petaflops.

Ethernet Will Get Spotlight at SC16

In two weeks, the Ethernet Alliance will be talking up its namesake technology and roadmap at SC16 in front of more than 10,000 conference attendees. While Ethernet tends to get short shrift in most HPC circles these days, the November supercomputer conference provides an opportunity for Ethernet’s backers to remind users that the standards bodies and its commercial adopters have been busy pushing the technology to much faster speeds. More News

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Japan to Blaze New Territory with 130-Petaflop AI Supercomputer

The Tokyo-based National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is taking bids for a new supercomputer that will deliver more than 130 single precision petaflops when completed in late 2017. The system, known as the AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI), is mainly being built for artificial intelligence developers and providers, and will be made available as a cloud resource to researchers and commercial organizations.

Intel Retools Product Roadmap with AI Silicon

At Intel’s recent AI Day, the chipmaker previewed a series of future products that it intends to use to unseat GPUs as the de facto standard for machine learning. The one-day event was Intel’s most assertive pronouncement of its intentions to become a major player in the artificial intelligence market.

Green500 Reaches New Heights in Energy-Efficient Supercomputing

The new Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers demonstrates some significant progress from last year. Thanks to the new manycore processors from Intel and NVIDIA that are starting to penetrate the top systems, performance per watt numbers are on the rise.

US Exascale Computing Project Ramps Up Software Effort, Hardware R&D in Pipeline

At SC16, during a birds-of-a-feather (BoF) session held Wednesday afternoon, a room full of supercomputing enthusiasts listened attentively to the latest developments at the Exascale Computing Project (ECP). Department of Energy (DOE) representatives were on hand to deliver updates on the software and hardware efforts that the project is undertaking.

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Shifting HPC Vendor Landscape; Final Takeaways from SC16

Episode 153: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman review the shifting market share among top HPC vendors and some final notes on SC16.

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Sunway TaihuLight - Sunway MPP, Sunway SW26010 260C 1.45GHz, Sunway
Tianhe-2 (MilkyWay-2) - TH-IVB-FEP Cluster, Intel Xeon E5-2692 12C 2.200GHz, TH Express-2, Intel Xeon Phi 31S1P
Titan - Cray XK7 , Opteron 6274 16C 2.200GHz, Cray Gemini interconnect, NVIDIA K20x
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Sequoia - BlueGene/Q, Power BQC 16C 1.60 GHz, Custom
Cori - Cray XC40, Intel Xeon Phi 7250 68C 1.4GHz, Aries interconnect
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Oakforest-PACS - PRIMERGY CX1640 M1, Intel Xeon Phi 7250 68C 1.4GHz, Intel Omni-Path
K computer, SPARC64 VIIIfx 2.0GHz, Tofu interconnect
Piz Daint - Cray XC50, Xeon E5-2690v3 12C 2.6GHz, Aries interconnect , NVIDIA Tesla P100
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Mira - BlueGene/Q, Power BQC 16C 1.60GHz, Custom
Trinity - Cray XC40, Xeon E5-2698v3 16C 2.3GHz, Aries interconnect
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