Exabyte, a materials discovery cloud specialist, has published a study that compares Linpack performance on four of the largest public cloud providers. Although the study’s methodology had some drawbacks, the results suggested that with the right hardware, HPC applications could not only scale well in cloud environments, but could also deliver performance on par with that of conventional supercomputers.
Thanks to a record fourth quarter, Cray posted a modest profit in 2016, representing its seventh straight year of profitability. The company also recorded its second highest annual revenue in its history. Unfortunately though, Cray finds itself in the midst of a lethargic supercomputing market, which has shown few signs of improving.
In an unusual spectacle that injected politics into what would have been a fairly typical announcement of a new semiconductor manufacturing facility, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced the company’s upcoming 7nm fab in the Oval Office as part of a nationally televised meeting with President Trump.
While US-based firms such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft still dominate the artificial intelligence space, Chinese counterparts like Baidu, Tencent, and Alibaba are quickly catching up, and in some cases, surpassing their US competition. As a consequence, China appears to be on a path to reproduce its success in supercomputing in AI.
NVIDIA has launched the Quadro GP100, the workstation version of its Pascal Tesla P100 product. The new five-teraflop GPU card is designed for desktop users doing HPC simulations, image rendering, and deep learning work.
As a horizontal market, HPC encompasses a fairly wide range of product segments dominated by different vendors. To offer some perspective on this diversity, Intersect360 Research recently provided a synopsis of the leading suppliers of the major hardware and software categories that circumscribe the HPC space.
Quantum computing is back in the news – this time courtesy of a research team that has published a blueprint for what they are calling “the most powerful computer on Earth.” According to the press release issued on Wednesday, a quantum computer based on this blueprint can be built with currently available technologies and would have nearly unlimited computational power.