IBM has unveiled OpenCAPI, an open-standard, high-speed bus interface for connecting devices in servers. The announcement coincides with the formation of a consortium of the same name that will manage the new standard, and which initially includes tech heavyweights Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Dell EMC, NVIDIA, Mellanox, Micron, Xilinx, and Google. The first OpenCAPI-supported devices and servers are expected to show up in 2017.
Artificial intelligence received a nice boost in public exposure last Sunday evening when “60 Minutes,” CBS’s iconic news magazine, aired an in-depth report on the subject. The half-hour segment described how systems like IBM’s Watson supercomputer is changing the nature of medical diagnostics, and how other AI technologies are working their way into our everyday lives.
Intel announced it is sampling its Stratix 10 FPGAs, the latest family of field programmable gate arrays that are designed to accelerate a number of datacenter workloads. The new devices, which Intel is calling “the most significant FPGA innovations in over a decade,” offer advanced features like embedded 64-bit ARM processors, second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2), and DSP blocks.
As HPC vendors like IBM and HPE have added deep learning-optimized systems to their product portfolio, Cray has been more circumspect about its plans in this area. We talked with Cray CTO Steve Scott about how they view this new application area of high performance computing and what they may have in the pipeline to serve this burgeoning market.
As Moore’s Law reaches its physical limits with silicon-based semiconductor technology, researchers are turning to more exotic materials to extend its life a few more years. A team of scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (aka Berkeley Lab) did just that by inventing a one-nanometer (1nm) transistor.
The Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) is renting out its new 2,016-core Cirrus supercomputer for businesses in need of on-demand HPC. The system, an SGI ICE XA cluster, is being offered to commercial firms for applications in automotive, aerospace, energy, oil and gas, general engineering, life sciences and financial services for what appears to be a very reasonable price.
This week, Adapteva CEO Andreas Olofsson announced his company has taped out the Epiphany-V, a 1024-core RISC chip that will likely offer the world’s best performance per watt for double precision arithmetic. This SoC is geared for high performance computing (HPC) in applications such as self-driving cars, autonomous drones and cognitive radio, where performance-per-watt is the most critical attribute.