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.
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.
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.
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.