A Tightening Exascale Race Reveals Underlying Forces Shaping Supercomputing

The competition between the US, China, and Japan to field the first exascale supercomputer looks a lot closer than it did a couple of years ago. But the real significance of the narrowing schedules reflects a shift in technology preferences and a trend toward domestic control of HPC hardware.

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Mellanox Turns in Record Quarter on Strength of Ethernet Business

Mellanox Technologies booked $268.5 million for the second quarter of 2018, establishing a new high-water mark for the company.

AWS Unveils New HPC Instances with Fast Cores

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a new set of instances designed for applications that can benefit from high core performance.

Intel and Micron Will Part Ways on 3D XPoint

After six years of joint development on 3D XPoint technology, Intel and Micron have decided to call it quits.

Neuromorphic Computing Breaks New Ground in Brain Simulation

A massively parallel neuromorphic computer, known as SpiNNaker, has been used to perform a brain simulation on par with the best results obtained on a conventional supercomputer.

AI Predicts Side Effects of Drug Interactions

Computer scientists from Stanford University have developed a convolutional neural network that can predict side effects when drugs are taken in combination.

Blue Brain Project Installs HPE Supercomputer

The Blue Brain Project has deployed its fifth-generation supercomputer to support its mission of simulating an entire mammalian brain by 2020.

China Begins Domestic Production of AMD Server CPUs

Chinese chipmaker Hygon is now manufacturing Zen-based x86 CPUs using a licensing agreement it signed with AMD in 2016.

JUWELS Becomes Germany’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

The first module of JUWELS, a supercomputer that is expected to be a model for future exascale systems, is now up and running at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC).

World’s Largest CFD Simulation Upends Conventional Wisdom in Bicycle Racing

ANSYS, Cray, and a university researcher have conducted the first aerodynamic simulations of a full peloton of road cyclists, yielding some unexpected results.

DDN Acquires Lustre Business from Intel

DataDirect Network (DDN) announced this week that it has bought Intel’s Lustre file system business and related assets. More News

In Depth

European Program to Develop Supercomputing Chips Begins to Take Shape

The European Processor Initiative (EPI), an ambitious program to develop a pair of chips for domestic supercomputers, is poised to change the way Europe does HPC. And although the work is still very much in its early stages, it looks like the Europeans have selected their preferred processor architectures: Arm and RISC-V.

Benchmarks in Hand, UK Academics See Promising Future for Arm Chips in HPC

Researchers at the Great Western 4 (GW4) Alliance have benchmarked the Cavium ThunderX2 processor that will soon power the Isambard supercomputer. But the most significant advantage of the Arm processor may have nothing to do with performance numbers.

Cloud Computing in HPC Surges

According to the two leading analyst firms covering the high performance computing market, the use of the cloud for HPC workloads is looking a lot more attractive to users these days.

New GPU-Accelerated Supercomputers Change the Balance of Power on the TOP500

For the first time in history, most of the flops added to the TOP500 list came from GPUs instead of CPUs. Is this the shape of things to come?

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Achieving Zen in China; HPE Wins Blue Brain 5

Episode 234: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss China's Zen and Switzerland's Big Blue Brain.

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