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Cray Plugs Its Supercomputers Into Azure; NEC Unveils New Vector Machines

Episode 198: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman analyze Cray's new Azure colocation and NEC's promised vector co-processor.

Top Australian Supercomputer Gets Infusion of Power8 Nodes

The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) in Canberra has integrated IBM Power8 nodes into its Raijin petascale supercomputer. 

How the Best HPC Managers Make the Best Procurement Decisions

Purchasing HPC hardware and software, as well as time spent developing and supporting applications, involve numerous options and trade-offs, meaning that making optimal decisions is far from easy. In a conversation with NAG's Andrew Jones, James Reinders describes what those options and trade-offs are and how managers can reach the best decisions on how to invest.

Intel Readies Nirvana AI Chip; Updates From HPC China

Episode 197: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman analyze Intel's Nirvana chip announcement and the happenings at HPC China and the HPC Advisory Council.

Amazon is First Cloud Provider to Launch V100 GPU Instances

Amazon has created three new EC2 instances based on NVIDIA’s Volta V100 GPU, making them the first public cloud provider to offer the blazingly fast accelerators.

NEC Unveils New HPC Platform with Vector Engine Offload

NEC Corporation has launched SX-Aurora TSUBASA, the company’s latest vector-based product line for high performance computing.

AI Engineers Commanding Six-Figure Salaries

A report this week in the New York Times describes how the growing demand for AI is forcing big web companies to ratchet up salaries in this red-hot job category and sucking up all available talent. But the technology itself may provide the final solution.

Cray and Microsoft Team Up on Supercomputing-in-the-Cloud Offering

Cray and Microsoft have announced a new HPC cloud solution that brings dedicated supercomputers into Azure datacenters.

Fujitsu Wins Big Supercomputing Contract; Intel Unveils Its Quantum Computing Chip

Episode 196: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss Fujitsu's big AI win; plus Intel's Quantum Computing move.

Google Latest AlphaGo AI Program Crushes Its Predecessor

Google’s DeepMind team has reinvented AlphaGo, and this latest iteration was able to resoundingly beat the previous version that defeated Go champ Lee Sedol in 2016, by a score of 100 to 0.