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OpenPower Gathers Momentum with Major Deployments

The prospects for OpenPower got a big boost this week, with the announcement that Google has deployed Power9 servers in its datacenters. That revelation was joined by the news that Tencent, PayPal, Uber, Alibaba, and LimeLight Networks are all adopting Power-based technology to support their various businesses. The announcements were made at the OpenPower Summit taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Optalysys Claims AI Breakthrough Using Optical Processing Technology

Optalysys says they have built the world’s first implementation of a convolutional neural network using its optical coprocessor.

Japan Will Deploy the World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Dedicated to Fusion Science

The National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology (QST) has selected a Cray XC50 supercomputer to support its mission to advance nuclear fusion research and development.

TOP500 Meanderings: HPCG Gains Steam as Alternative Benchmark for Supercomputers

After just three years in the field, the High Performance Gradients (HPCG) benchmark is emerging as the first viable new metric for the high performance computing crowd in decades. The latest HPCG list compiled last November shows 115 supercomputer entries spread across 16 countries.

Researchers Build Memristor-Transistor Hybrid Device That Mimics Neurons

A research team at Northwestern University has developed a “memtransitor,” a device that could be the basis for advanced neuromorphic computers.

Startup Launches Solver-as-a-Service Cloud Offering for Manufacturers

OnScale has emerged from stealth mode, unveiling a suite of CAE tools and plugins designed to run in HPC cloud environments.

Software Breakthrough Paves the Way for Full Brain Simulations on Exascale Supercomputers

An international team of researchers have developed an algorithm that represents a big step toward simulating an entire human brain on future exascale systems.

Lenovo Launches New HPC Platform; White House Floats Budget for Exascale

Episode 214: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman analyze this week's top HPC news, including Lenovo's new water-cooled HPC system and the latest US Exascale project budget.

Google Takes Aim at Quantum Supremacy with 72-Qubit Chip

Google’s Quantum AI Lab has revealed it is testing a 72-qubit quantum processor in its bid to become the first company to demonstrate quantum supremacy.

Canadian Researchers Get Their Third Multi-Petaflop Supercomputer

Niagara, Canada’s newest multi-petaflop supercomputer tasked for academic use, is now available to researchers across the country.