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Chinese Chipmaker Unveils Speedy 64-Core ARM Processor

Phytium Technology has announced a 64-core ARM server CPU, which according to the press release will deliver 512 gigaflops of performance. The new chip, known as FT-2000/64, is aimed at “high throughput and high performance servers.”

IBM Ups Its Game with the Power9 Processor

IBM is looking to take a bigger slice out of Intel’s lucrative server business with Power9, the company’s latest and greatest processor for the datacenter. Scheduled for initial release in 2017, the Power9 promises more cores and a hefty performance boost compared to its Power8 predecessor. The new chip was described at the Hot Chips event, which took place in Silicon Valley this week.

Supercomputing Gets a Shot in the ARM

The prospects for another serious rival to the x86 processor in the high performance computing space are looking much better this week after ARM Holdings presented the company’s plan to offer an HPC version of its 64-bit architecture. Known as ARMv8-A SVE, the design incorporates a technology known as the Scalable Vector Extension (SVE), which will provide a unique type of flexibility with regard to vector processing -- the basis of many scientific and engineering workloads.

Knights Mill, Machine Learning and Silicon Photonics; News From the Intel Developer Forum

Addison Snell and Michael Feldman review the biggest HPC news of the week and the announcements coming out of the Intel Developer Forum.

Next-Generation 3D Memory in the Works

At the Hot Chips symposium taking place in Cupertino, California this week, Samsung and SK hynix touted their latest efforts for high bandwidth memory (HBM), including the third iteration of the technology, known as HBM3. This new version promises to double bandwidth and density, while taking more direct aim at the high performance computing market.

Intel Paves the Way for Silicon Photonics with First Shipping Products

The goal of integrating lasers and semiconductors reached its commercial fruition this week as Intel announced it is shipping 100G silicon photonics transceivers to customers. The technology, which puts lasers onto a CMOS substrate, promises to bring down the costs and power of optical communications in the datacenter.

Optimism Abounds at AMD as Zen Flexes Its Performance Muscles

On Wednesday evening, just a stone’s throw away from where Intel was holding its developer forum in San Francisco, AMD was previewing its upcoming Zen CPU to an audience of analysts and reporters. Zen is AMD’s newest x86 microarchitecture, which is in line replace the older Bulldozer design. At the event, the company demonstrated an 8-core version of chip outrunning an Intel Broadwell CPU on Blender, a multi-threaded rendering application.

Intel Unveils Plans for Knights Mill, a Xeon Phi for Deep Learning

At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week in San Francisco, Intel revealed it is working on a new Xeon Phi processor aimed at deep learning applications. Diane Bryant, executive VP and GM of Intel's Data Center Group, unveiled the new chip, known as Knights Mill, during her IDF keynote address on Wednesday.