The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Tokyo has selected Fujitsu to construct the AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI). The system will deliver 37 double precision petaflops and will be the fastest supercomputer in Japan when it begins operations in 2018.
Chinese researchers have developed a method to measure the intelligence quotient (IQ) of AI applications and found that Google’s technology scored nearly as well as a human six-year old. The researchers also measured applications developed by Baidu, Microsoft and Apple, all of which fared less well.
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 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.