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DOE PathForward Awards for Exascale; A Look Ahead at ISC 17

Episode 179: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman comment on the DOE's exascale awards and discuss the things to watch at ISC 17.

DOE Shells Out $258 Million to Six Vendors to Develop Exascale Hardware

The US Department of Energy announced that it will funnel $258 million into six tech companies as part of its PathForward program to develop new HPC technologies for exascale supercomputers. The awardees include AMD, Cray, HPE, IBM, Intel, and NVIDIA.

IBM Paves Path to Five Nanometers; DARPA Hires Intel for a New Project

Episode 178: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss interesting chip developments coming from IBM and Intel.

Lustre Architect Peter Braam Talks About His Latest Venture

In 1999, Peter Braam introduced Lustre, an open-source parallel file system which went on to become one the most popular software packages for supercomputing. Braam’s success with Lustre was just the start of a career in which he founded five companies and guided technology development in numerous others -- Sun Microsystem, Red Hat, and Xyratex, among them. He’s currently working with Cambridge University on the Square Kilometer Array project and its Science Data Processor effort.

GPU-Accelerated Supercomputers Provide Ground-Breaking Simulations of Universe

Researchers at the University of Zurich have devised software that is able to simulate the entire universe, employing the two fastest GPU-powered supercomputers in the world.

MIT Demos Optical Deep Learning with Nanophotonic Processor

A research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has come up with a novel approach to deep learning that uses a nanophotonic processor, which they claim can vastly improve the performance and energy efficiency for processing artificial neural networks.

Tracking the World’s Top Storage Systems

When assessing the fastest supercomputers in the world, system performance is king, while the I/O componentry that feeds these computational beasts often escapes notice. But a small group of storage devotees working on a project at the Virtual Institute for I/O (VI4IO) want to change that.

New Zealand to Join Petaflop Club

NIWA, New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, is spending $18 million to upgrade its stable of supercomputers used for weather forecasting and climate research.

Power What's Next at ISC - An Interview With Molly Presley of Quantum

Episode 177: Addison Snell and Molly Presley discuss data management trends in HPC and Quantum's ISC plans.

DARPA Taps Intel for Graph Analytics Chip Project

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected Intel to develop a graph analytics processor that will be a thousand times faster than anything available today.