The New DOE Budget: A Model for Supply-Side Supercomputing

The FY 2018 Congressional budget request for the Department of Energy has been released, reflecting a White House that favors supercomputing infrastucture over scientific research. That turns out to be both good news and bad news for the HPC community.

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University of Michigan Demonstrates Novel Memory Disaggregation Technology

The lack of memory capacity in traditional computer clusters is a significant limitation to application performance in the datacenter. A new memory disaggregation technology developed at the University of Michigan is designed to help alleviate this critical obstacle.

Cray Takes the Plunge into Cloud Computing

Cray is now offering its Urika-GX supercomputer for rent. One of the last HPC system vendors to give cloud computing a whirl, the company’s initial foray into supercomputer-as-a-service will target life science customers looking for compute cycles on something more sophisticated than a traditional cluster.

Intel Demos 3D XPoint Memory Modules

Intel has demonstrated its much-anticipated non-volatile DIMMs based on its 3D XPoint technology. The chipmaker is claiming this product will revolutionize the storage hierarchy by enabling terascale-sized datasets to be brought into the memory subsystem of conventional servers.

AMD Sets Launch Date for Next-Generation Processor

AMD has revealed that servers based on its future x86 datacenter processors, codenamed “Naples,” will be available in June. The company has branded the upcoming family of Zen-based server SoCs with the moniker, EPYC.

Cray Storms Machine Learning Market with New Accelerated Clusters

Cray has launched two variants of its CS-Storm platform, which are designed principally for the fast-moving AI and data analytics markets. The new systems can be configured with up to 10 GPUs or FPGAs per node, offering some of the most computationally dense accelerator solutions on the market today.

NVIDIA Reports Strong First Quarter on Record Datacenter Revenue

NVIDIA has reported Q1 revenue of $1.94 billion, buoyed by record datacenter sales of $409 million. The datacenter business has been growing by leaps and bounds for the graphics chipmaker, thanks largely to the rapidly expanding market for high GPUs in deep learning.

Intel Consolidates Xeon Product Lines

The much-anticipated unification of Intel’s Xeon E3, E5 and E7 product lines is upon us. Starting with the upcoming “Skylake” datacenter chips, all Xeons will now fall under the new Xeon Scalable Processor (SP) family.

SDSC Doubles Down on GPUs for Comet Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC) will double the number of GPUs on Comet, a two-petaflop supercomputer that came online in 2015. The new coprocessors are being added in response to a growing demand for GPU computing by researchers using the system. More News

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Microsoft’s Plans for FPGAs in Azure Should Worry Traditional Chipmakers

At Microsoft’s recent Build conference, Azure CTO Mark Russinovich presented a future that would significantly expand the role of FPGAs in their cloud platform. Some of these plans could sideline the use of GPUs and CPUs used for deep learning from the likes of NVIDIA, Intel, and other chipmakers.

Google Reveals Major Upgrade and Expanded Role for TPU

In a blog post, penned by Google veterans Jeff Dean and Urs Hölzle, the company announced it has developed and deployed its second-generation Tensor Processing Units (TPUs). The newly hatched TPU is being used to accelerate Google’s machine learning work and will also become the basis of a new cloud service.

HPE Unveils New Prototype of Memory-Driven Computer

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has introduced what looks to be the final prototype of “The Machine,” an HPE research project aimed at developing a memory-driven computing architecture for the era of big data. According to HPE CTO Mark Potter: “The architecture we have unveiled can be applied to every computing category—from intelligent edge devices to supercomputers.”

With Volta, NVIDIA Pushes Harder into the Cloud

Amid all the fireworks around the Volta V100 processor at the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) last week, NVIDIA also devoted a good deal of time to their new cloud offering, the NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC). With NGC, along with its new Volta offerings, the company is now poised to play both ends of the cloud market: as a hardware provider and as a platform-as-a service provider.

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HPE Refreshes The Machine; Google Levels up TPU

Episode 174: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman consider HPE's newest iteration of The Machine, and Google's move to leverage its TPU.

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