TOP500 Meanderings: InfiniBand Fends Off Supercomputing Challengers

Ethernet remains the most popular interconnect on the TOP500 list, but InfiniBand still rules the roost when it comes to true supercomputing performance. We run the numbers and show how InfiniBand still dominates the top supercomputers in the world.

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Verne Global Jumps into HPC Cloud Business

Verne Global, a UK company offering Icelandic-based green datacenter services, has launched a bare metal HPC cloud offering.

President of PEZY Computing Arrested, Charged with Fraud

The president of PEZY Computing, Motoaki Saito, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly defrauding the government of 431 million yen ($3.8 million). Daisuke Suzuki, another PEZY employee, was also arrested.

Google’s Automated AI Tool Surpasses Human Experts

Google researchers have produced an enhanced version of AutoML that outperforms human programmers on two industrial-strength neural networks.

DOE Researchers Build Automated Neural Network Generator

Using the Titan supercomputer at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a research team has developed an evolutionary algorithm that they claim can generate custom neural networks that “match or exceed the performance of handcrafted artificial intelligence systems.”

LANL Turns to Raspberry Pi for Supercomputing Solution

Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) has installed a 750-node HPC testbed using Raspberry Pi technology.

Stephen Hawkings Research Group Will Use HPE Supercomputer for Cosmology Work

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has found a high-profile customer for its newly minted Superdome Flex in-memory computing platform.

Inspur Will Build Volta GPU-Powered Supercomputer for Chinese University

Inspur has been tasked to build a one petaflop supercomputer for Central China Normal University (CCNU), which will use the system to host both traditional HPC applications and deep learning workloads.

Cavium Notches Another ARM Win in HPC

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory announced it will install a ThunderX2-powered cluster built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as part of a collaboration to expand the ARM ecosystem for high performance computing.

Hyperion Offers Public Database Tool That Maps HPC Sites Across the US

HPC market analyst firm Hyperion Research has released an online interactive tool that maps more than 750 high performance computing sites across the United States.

Cavium ThunderX2 Chip Lures Server Makers

A handful of OEMs and other system builders have signed on to build high-performance servers using ThunderX2, Cavium’s newest 64-bit ARM chip for the datacenter. More News

In Depth

IBM Launches Power9 Servers, Initial Offering Takes Aim at Enterprise AI

IBM today unveiled its first Power9-based server, the AC922, which the company is promoting as a platform for AI workload acceleration. The new dual-socket server was announced in conjunction with the official launch of the Power9 processor.

AMD Solidifies HPC Story with Latest Chips, Vendor Partnerships

After largely ignoring the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2017) in Frankfurt this past June, AMD made good use of its time at SC17 in Denver last week to flesh out its high performance computing strategy and show off its latest EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs.

Intel Dumps Knights Hill, Future of Xeon Phi Product Line Uncertain

While vendors are busy announcing new HPC offerings at this week’s Supercomputing Conference (SC17), Intel announced it is removing its next-generation “Knights Hill” Xeon Phi product from its roadmap. And that might just be the beginning.

Oak Ridge Readies Summit Supercomputer for 2018 Debut

Summit, the most powerful supercomputer in the United States, is currently under construction at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). ORNL director Thomas Zacharia updates us on its status and reveals the opportunities the new machine will provide scientists when it comes online next summer.

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This Week in HPC

Intel Drops Next-Gen Xeon Phi; Processor Updates from SC17

Episode 202: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman cover surprising processor coming out of SC17.

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