Cray Reports Big Losses for 2017, Looks to Turn It Around In 2018

Closing the books on 2017, Cray announced one of the worst financial reports in recent memory, reporting a net loss of $133.8 million. It marks the first time since 2009 that the company went into the red and represents the second worst net loss in its history.

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First Specification for Gen-Z Interconnect Released

The Gen-Z Consortium has released Gen-Z Core Specification 1.0, clearing the way for chip vendors, device makers, and switch manufacturers to develop products based on the new standard.

Sylabs Brings Singularity Containers into Commercial HPC

Tech startup Sylabs Inc. has emerged from stealth mode and released Singularity Pro, the enterprise version of the popular container platform for high performance computing.

Chip Startup Looks to Shake Up ARM Server Market

Ampere Computing, a chip startup headed by former Intel president Renee James, emerged from stealth mode this week, announcing it will be delivering a 64-bit ARM processor for the hyperscale market.

IBM Brings V100 GPUs to its Cloud

The popularity of NVIDIA’s Tesla V100 GPUs got another boost this week with IBM’s announcement that it has added them to its cloud offerings.

Samsung Launches First Z-SSDs, Targets HPC and AI

Samsung Electronics has released its first-generation Z-SSD product, a high-performance solid state drive that is meant to compete with Intel’s Optane SSDs.

Nyriad, Netlist, HPC Systems Collaborate on GPU-Accelerated Storage Solution

New Zealand-based storage start-up Nyriad has teamed up with Netlist and HPC Systems to develop a Linux storage platform accelerated by GPUs and NVDIMMs.

Atos Will Build Germany’s Fastest Supercomputer

Forschungszentrum Jülich has contracted Atos to build and deploy a 12-petaflop supercomputer, which, when operational, will be the most powerful system in Germany.

TSMC Expects HPC to be Fastest Growing Segment

Chip manufacturer Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reported double-digit growth for its HPC segment in 2017 and expects that trend to continue through 2018.

Eni Launches 18.6-Petaflop Supercomputer

Eni S.p.A., an Italian oil and gas multinational, has deployed an 18.6-petaflop supercomputer, making it the most powerful commercially-owned system in world.

India Installs Multi-Petaflop Supercomputers at Two Weather and Climate Centers

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) in India has deployed the country’s two fastest supercomputers, which will be used to conduct earth science research and improve weather and climate forecasts. More News

In Depth

TPUs Go Public on Google Cloud

Google has announced a beta program to make its in-house Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) available to cloud customers, marking the first time a custom-built machine learning chip will be accessible to a wide array of users.

Photonic Computing Company Takes Aim at Artificial Intelligence

Chip startup Lightmatter has received an infusion of $11 million from investors to help bring the world’s first  silicon photonics processor for AI to market. Using technology originally developed at MIT, the company is promising “orders of magnitude performance improvements over what’s feasible using existing technologies.”

China’s Next Supercomputer May Spoil America’s Plans to Retake TOP500 Crown

According to a news report in People’s Daily Online, China is planning to launch a pre-exascale supercomputer this year that could outperform Summit, a US machine developed for the Department of Energy that is expected to top 200 petaflops when deployed later this year.

DOE Witholds Details of First Exascale Supercomputer, Even as it Solicits Researchers to Apply for Early Access

The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for research projects that will receive early access to Aurora, the first exascale supercomputer to be deployed in the US. There’s one catch though: the DOE is not telling anyone about machine’s architecture.

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China to Defend TOP500 Title; Samsung Launches Challenge to Intel Operations

Episode 211: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss China's bid to stay atop the TOP500 list and Samsung's surprising takeover of the #1 chip supplier spot.

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