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Photonic Computing Company Takes Aim at Artificial Intelligence

Chip startup Lightmatter has received an infusion of $11 million from investors to help bring the world’s first  silicon photonics processor for AI to market. Using technology originally developed at MIT, the company is promising “orders of magnitude performance improvements over what’s feasible using existing technologies.”

Chip Startup Looks to Shake Up ARM Server Market

Ampere Computing, a chip startup headed by former Intel president Renee James, emerged from stealth mode this week, announcing it will be delivering a 64-bit ARM processor for the hyperscale market.

IBM Brings V100 GPUs to its Cloud

The popularity of NVIDIA’s Tesla V100 GPUs got another boost this week with IBM’s announcement that it has added them to its cloud offerings.

DOE Solicits Projects for Mystery Exascale Architecture; Atos Gets Big Win in Germany

Episode 210: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman ponder the DOE's mystery Aurora architecture and Atos' 12-Petaflop German installation.

Samsung Launches First Z-SSDs, Targets HPC and AI

Samsung Electronics has released its first-generation Z-SSD product, a high-performance solid state drive that is meant to compete with Intel’s Optane SSDs.

China’s Next Supercomputer May Spoil America’s Plans to Retake TOP500 Crown

According to a news report in People’s Daily Online, China is planning to launch a pre-exascale supercomputer this year that could outperform Summit, a US machine developed for the Department of Energy that is expected to top 200 petaflops when deployed later this year.

Nyriad, Netlist, HPC Systems Collaborate on GPU-Accelerated Storage Solution

New Zealand-based storage start-up Nyriad has teamed up with Netlist and HPC Systems to develop a Linux storage platform accelerated by GPUs and NVDIMMs.

DOE Witholds Details of First Exascale Supercomputer, Even as it Solicits Researchers to Apply for Early Access

The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for research projects that will receive early access to Aurora, the first exascale supercomputer to be deployed in the US. There’s one catch though: the DOE is not telling anyone about machine’s architecture.

Multi-petaflop installations in Italy and India; AI Bests Humans at Reading Comprehension

Episode 209: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman analyze this week's big HPC stories, including two new Petaflop installations and a big leap forward for AI.

Atos Will Build Germany’s Fastest Supercomputer

Forschungszentrum Jülich has contracted Atos to build and deploy a 12-petaflop supercomputer, which, when operational, will be the most powerful system in Germany.