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Retooled Aurora Supercomputer Will Be America’s First Exascale System

The US Department of Energy is in the process of revamping the contract for the Aurora supercomputer, shifting its deployment from 2018 to 2021, and increasing its performance from 180 petaflops to over 1 exaflop. That will more than likely make it the first supercomputer in the US to leap over the exascale hurdle.

Intel Unveils Programmable Acceleration Card for Servers

Intel has announced its first full-fledged FPGA card for accelerating datacenter workloads. Known as the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card, or PAC for short, the device is powered by the Arria 10 GX FPGA.

Server Vendors Jump on Volta GPU Bandwagon

The world’s largest server OEMs announced they will be soon be shipping systems equipped with NVIDIA’s latest Volta-generation V100 GPU accelerator. Included in this group are Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Dell EMC, IBM, Supermicro, Lenovo, Huawei, and Inspur, all of which took the opportunity to reveal their Volta-powered servers at this week’s GPU Technology Conference in China.

Intel Takes Aim at AI with New Neuromorphic Chip

Intel Labs has developed a neuromorphic processor that researchers there believe can perform machine learning faster and more efficiently than that of conventional architectures like GPUs or CPUs. The new chip, codenamed Loihi, has been six years in the making.

DARPA Seeks Workarounds to Moore’s Law; Tianhe-2 Gets Its Upgrade

Episode 193: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss DARPA's latest initiative and the upgrade to Tianhe-2.

Cray Closes Seagate Deal, Folds in ClusterStor Business

On Monday, Cray announced it had completed the acquisition of Seagate’s ClusterStor business and would begin transitioning the new storage line into its array of HPC offerings.

Paderborn University Will Offer Intel CPU-FPGA Cluster for Researchers

Paderborn University, in Germany, has announced it has been selected to host an Intel cluster, powered by Intel Xeon CPUs and Arria 10 FPGAs.

Cray Racking Up Big Wins in Asia

Cray has announced three new supercomputers in Asia: one in the pipeline that will be installed in South Korea next year, and two Japanese systems that went into production earlier this week.

Tianhe-2 Supercomputer Being Upgraded to 95 Petaflops

The number two-ranked Tianhe-2 supercomputer, installed at the National Super Computer Center in Guangzhou, is being upgraded to 94.97 petaflops, nearly doubling its current peak performance of 54.9 petaflops.

DARPA Looks for Life Beyond Moore’s Law

Moore’s Law, the engine that has driven the electronics industry for the past 50 years, is running on fumes. But DARPA, the US Defense Advanced Project Agency, is looking to refill the gas tank with new research initiatives, backed by a $216 million investment.