TOP500 News

HPE Moves ‘The Machine’ into Enterprise Group

Changes are in store for “The Machine,” the R&D effort at Hewlett Package Enterprise that recasts the computer as a memory-centric system. According to a blog post by HPE CEO Meg Whitman, the project, along with HP Labs, the unit that manages the The Machine's development, will be placed under the Enterprise Group. The decision is related to the exit of HPE CTO Martin Fink, who will be retiring from the company at the end of the year.  

10th Anniversary of Intel Threaded Building Blocks with Special Guest James Reinders

Addison Snell welcomes HPC and parallel computing expert James Reinders to discuss Intel's Threaded Building Blocks on its tenth anniversary.

MIT Takes Multicore in a Different Direction

A team of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has devised a 64-core processor design that tackles the major impediment to utilizing multicore chips: programming them. The novel device, which is known as Swarm, incorporates extra circuitry that makes it much easier for programmers to parallelize their applications. At least that’s the claim of the research team.

Machine Learning Takes Aim at Blindness Prevention

For the first time, Google’s DeepMind machine learning technology is being used in a medical research application, in this case, for the detection of two of the most common eye diseases: diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). If the software is as successful in this endeavor as it was with AlphaGo, the DeepMind-powered application that vanquished Go champions Fan Hui and Lee Sedol, ophthalmology may never be the same.

Aussies Build HPC Cluster/Cloud Hybrid

The University of Melbourne has deployed a new type of HPC system that combines both a physical cluster and a virtual one. Called Spartan, the new machine is built around the idea that there are basically two types of HPC users: the so-called power users, who want lots of compute, memory, and bandwidth for long-running applications; and those with more modest requirements, who need to run a plethora of much smaller jobs. Spartan provides resources aimed at both audiences.

Watson Spawns Digitized Legal Assistant

If ROSS was an actual human, he would certainly be the highest paid legal assistant in history. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of legal texts, and devours new ones quickly and effortlessly. Better yet, he can work seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and requires no office supplies, health insurance or retirement programs. Yes, ROSS is a computer program and his designation as a male is just one of convenience.

Petaflop Club Closes in on 100 Members

In the latest TOP500 rankings, the number of supercomputers that reached a Linpack petaflop or more grew to 95 systems – nearly a fifth of the list. The number of such systems has been growing steadily since IBM’s Roadrunner broke the petaflop barrier in 2008. And while machines of this magnitude are still considered elite, hardly a month goes by now without a new system or two being deployed.

Knight's Landing and Pascal GPU Face Off at ISC and Fujitsu Surprises With ARM

Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss the top news items coming out of the ISC'16 conference.