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IDC’s Latest Forecast for the HPC Market: “2016 is Looking Good”

A couple of weeks ago, at SC16 in Salt Lake City, analyst firm IDC presented its bi-annual review of the latest trends in the HPC market. Overall, IDC is projecting annual growth of about 6 to 7 percent in 2016, which would put total HPC revenue at around $24.6 billion dollars for the year.

Japan to Blaze New Territory with 130-Petaflop AI Supercomputer

The Tokyo-based National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) is taking bids for a new supercomputer that will deliver more than 130 half precision petaflops when completed in late 2017. The system, known as the AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI), is mainly being built for artificial intelligence developers and providers, and will be made available as a cloud resource to researchers and commercial organizations.

Intel Retools Product Roadmap with AI Silicon

At Intel’s recent AI Day, the chipmaker previewed a series of future products that it intends to use to unseat GPUs as the de facto standard for machine learning. The one-day event was Intel’s most assertive pronouncement of its intentions to become a major player in the artificial intelligence market.

Shifting HPC Vendor Landscape; Final Takeaways from SC16

Episode 153: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman review the shifting market share among top HPC vendors and some final notes on SC16.

Green500 Reaches New Heights in Energy-Efficient Supercomputing

The new Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers demonstrates some significant progress from last year. Thanks to the new manycore processors from Intel and NVIDIA that are starting to penetrate the top systems, performance per watt numbers are on the rise.

K Computer Comes Out on Top in HPCG Supercomputing Benchmark

The latest rankings of supercomputers based on the High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) benchmark were released last week at SC16. The K computer, installed at RIKEN in Japan, captured the number one spot on the HPCG rankings, with a mark of about 603 teraflops.

US Exascale Computing Project Ramps Up Software Effort, Hardware R&D in Pipeline

At SC16, during a birds-of-a-feather (BoF) session held Wednesday afternoon, a room full of supercomputing enthusiasts listened attentively to the latest developments at the Exascale Computing Project (ECP). Department of Energy (DOE) representatives were on hand to deliver updates on the software and hardware efforts that the project is undertaking.

AI Shapes Supercomputing; Processor News Plus Green500

Episode 152: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman wrap up the Supercomputing 16 show with an overview of AI and the Green500 list.

Intel Makes Presence Felt at Supercomputing Conference

Although Intel had no blockbuster reveals at this year’s supercomputing conference (SC16), they did issue a flurry of announcements to remind everyone that they still dominate much of the componentry in the HPC industry. And if anything, they are looking to extend their hegemony, as well as move into new areas.

SC16 Kickoff; New Technologies on Top500

Episode 151: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman talk over the new Top500 list and highlights of the first half of SC16.