Intel Holds Pep Rally for Moore’s Law

This week in San Francisco, Intel held its first Manufacturing and Technology Day, an event designed to reassure investors and customers that Moore’s Law is alive and well and delivering the cost and performance benefits it has for the last 50 years. However, to make that claim viable, the chipmaker has recast the law to deal with the realities of a slowdown in transistor shrinkage.

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Tencent Will Outfit Its Public Cloud with Latest NVIDIA Tesla GPUs

NVIDIA has revealed that Chinese internet giant Tencent will deploy Tesla GPUs in its public cloud infrastructure. The GPUs are being deployed to help enterprise customers develop machine learning services.

World’s Largest Chemical Firm Buys Petaflop Supercomputer

BASF has announced it will purchase a supercomputer from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for its chemical R&D efforts. The HPE system will provide more than a petaflop of peak performance.

Intel Intros First Optane SSD for Datacenter

Intel has released the DC P4800X, the company’s first SSD equipped with 3D XPoint, a next-generation non-volatile memory that offers performance and endurance that approaches DRAM. The device can be used accelerate workloads in the datacenter bound by memory capacity.

DOE Office of Science Would Have to Grapple with $900 Million Cut Under Trump Budget

The Trump administration outlined dramatic cuts for nearly every federal agency in order to pay for a $54 billion increase in Department of Defense spending. Those rollbacks would include a 20 percent annual reduction at the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science, which would almost certainly put the agency’s pre-exascale and exascale programs in jeopardy.

D-Wave Adds Customers for Latest 2000-Qubit System

Quantum computing specialist D-Wave Systems has revealed that it has sold a 2000Q machine to Virginia Tech, while simultaneously announcing that Google, NASA and the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) will also upgrade their 1000-qubit system with a new 2000Q.

Microsoft, Facebook Build Dualing Open Standard GPU Servers for Cloud

It was only a matter of time until someone came up with an Open Compute Project (OCP) design for a GPU-only accelerator box for the datacenter. That time has come.

Fujitsu to Deliver Deep Learning Supercomputer to RIKEN

Japanese computer maker Fujitsu has announced it will build a deep learning supercomputer for RIKEN that will be used to spur research and development of AI technology. The new machine, which is schedule to go into operation in April, will be a blend of NVIDIA DGX-1 and Fujitsu PRIMERGY RX2530 M2 servers.

Investors Place Their Bet on AI-Generated Music

Amper, a startup that has offers an AI platform that composes new music, is garnering the attention of venture capitalists. Last week it attracting $4 million in additional funding, adding to a previous round of seed funding that took place last year. More News

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UK Antes Up £20 Million for Six New Supercomputer Centers

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has allocated £20 million for six new tier 2 supercomputing centers spread across the United Kingdom. The facilities are aimed at supporting both academic and industrial users and will house medium-sized supercomputers for scientific research and engineering.

The DOE and NSA Construct Doomsday Scenario for American HPC

As China, the US and Japan near the finish line in exascale race, the DOE and NSA are sounding the alarm that the United States is at grave risk of losing its dominant position in high performance computing. According to the assessment of the two agencies, “absent aggressive action by the US – the US will lose leadership and not control its own future in HPC.”

Moore’s Law Is Breaking Down, But That’s OK

The long-predicted demise of Moore’s Law appears to be playing out. Over the last couple of years, Intel and other chipmakers have struggled to keep their semiconductor technology plans on schedule, paving the way for fundamental changes in the computer industry.

Applied Micro Claims Third-Generation ARM Chip Ready to Take on Intel Xeon

Applied Micro announced it is sampling X-Gene 3, its third-generation ARM SoC for servers. According to a report by The Linley Group, the new platform will provide comparable performance to the latest Intel Xeon processors, but at a significantly lower price point.

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IBM Sets Quantum Computing on Commercialization Path; Microsoft and Facebook Offer GPU Server Designs

Episode 165: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss IBM's path to commercializing quantum computing and take a look at Microsoft and Facebook's GPU server designs.

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