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HP Enterprise and SGI Make it Official; Startup Graphcore Takes Aim at NVIDIA

Episode 148: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss the finalization of HP Enterprises' acquisition of SGI and take a look at Graphcore's new microprocessor aimed at the machine learning space.

Improving Supercomputing Accuracy by Sacrificing Precision

In what seems paradoxical, a group of computer scientists have demonstrated that reducing the mathematical precision in a supercomputing computation can actually lead to more accurate solutions.  The premise of the technique is to apply the energy savings reaped from lower precision calculations toward additional computation that will improve the quality of the results.

HPC Market Picks Up in Latest Forecast; NVDIMMs Brighten Up

Episode147: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss Intersect360's latest HPC market forecast, and the trend toward NVDIMMs.

Ethernet Will Get Spotlight at SC16

In two weeks, the Ethernet Alliance will be talking up its namesake technology and roadmap at SC16 in front of more than 10,000 conference attendees. While Ethernet tends to get short shrift in most HPC circles these days, the November supercomputer conference provides an opportunity for Ethernet’s backers to remind users that the standards bodies and its commercial adopters have been busy pushing the technology to much faster speeds.

HPE and SGI Become One

Hewlett Packard Enterprise made it official today, completing the acquisition of SGI that was announced back in August. HPE paid $7.75 per share for SGI, bringing the final purchase price to just over $283 million.

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UK Startup Takes On GPUs with Neural Network Accelerator

AI startup Graphcore has emerged from stealth mode with the announcement of $30 million in initial Series A funding. The Bristol, UK-based company will use the cash infusion to complete development of its Intelligent Processing Unit (IPU), a custom-built chip aimed at machine learning workloads. The funding was led by Robert Bosch Venture Capital GmbH and Samsung Catalyst Fund; also joining were Amadeus Capital Partners, C4 Ventures, Draper Esprit plc, Foundation Capital and Pitango Venture Capital.