Microsoft Boosts HPC Cloud Aspirations with Acquisition of Cycle Computing

Microsoft has bought Cycle Computing, an established provider of cloud orchestration tools for high performance computing users. The acquisition offers the prospect of tighter integration between Microsoft Azure’s infrastructure and Cycle’s software, but suggests an uncertain future for the technology on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google’s cloud platform.

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Swinburne University Makes Leap to Petascale with New Supercomputer

Melbourne’s Swinburne University is going to deploy its first petascale supercomputer, a Dell EMC machine that will be tasked to support cutting-edge astrophysics and other scientific research.

NASA Launches Supercomputer Servers into Space

Using off-the-shelf servers, NASA and HPE are devising a way to allow a Mars-bound spacecraft to house an on-board supercomputer.

Nimbus Data Unveils 50TB Flash Drive, on Path to 500TB

Flash storage specialist Nimbus Data has announced ExaDrive, an SSD that offers more capacity than any commercial hard disk drive (HDD) available today.

Free Supercomputing Course Offered Online

A free online course on the basics of supercomputing will be available on August 28 for anyone who signs up this month.

ORNL Begins Construction of Summit Supercomputer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has begun to install Summit, the IBM-NVIDIA-powered system that is likely to become the most powerful supercomputer in the world when completed.

NIH Receives Major Supercomputer Upgrade

CSRA, a system integrator and service company, has installed the second phase of the Biowulf supercomputer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than doubling the system’s capacity.

Chinese Supercomputer Runs Record-Breaking Simulation of Universe

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Science have run the largest simulation of the universe on TaihuLight, the world’s fastest supercomputer. 

AMD Demos Petaflop-in-a-Rack Supercomputer

AMD has demonstrated a supercomputer based on its latest AMD EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs that can deliver one petaflop of single precision floating point performance in a single rack.

Cray Brings ClusterStor Product Line In-House

Cray has signed an agreement with Seagate to take over its ClusterStor high performance storage array business.

NVIDIA Releases First V100 GPUs into the Wild

NVIDIA has donated 15 V100 Tesla GPUs to researchers attending the recent Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Honolulu. The giveaway was described in a blog posted by the company on July 22. More News

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Startup Aims to Ease the Pain of Developing Machine Learning Applications

One of the biggest impediments to more widespread use of AI is the lack of developer expertise in machine learning software.  Bonsai, a startup based in Berkeley, California, is looking to change that in a big way by offering a platform that abstracts away a lot of the low-level nuts and bolts that makes machine learning such a daunting challenge for businesses.

IBM Pushes Envelope in Deep Learning Scalability

This week IBM demonstrated software that was able to significantly boost the speed of training deep neural networks, while improving the accuracy of those networks. The software achieved this by dramatically increasing the scalability of these training applications across large number of GPUs.

China Puts Forth Plan to Become World Leader in Artificial Intelligence

The Chinese government has released a three-phase plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence. According to a document published by the country’s State Council, the development and deployment of AI is seen as a strategic opportunity to the country, and will be worth 10 trillion yuan (1.49 trillion USD) to the nation’s economy by 2030.

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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IBM Brews Strong Caffe; Oak Ridge Begins Climb to Summit

Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss IBM's record benchmark and Oak Ridge's Summit build.

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