Viewing posts from May, 2016

The Four-Way Race to Exascale

Until fairly recently, Japan was the only country in the world with a definitive roadmap to its first exascale supercomputer. But over the last three months, specific plans for exascale systems in China, France, and the US have been revealed. If those schedules hold, between 2020 and 2023, all four countries will stand up their first exascale machines. The race to the next supercomputing milestone is finally starting to take shape.

IBM Pushes Envelope in Phase Change Memory

IBM Research has demonstrated an advancement in phase change memory (PCM) that moves the technology closer to its potential of a “universal memory.” PCM is a technology that takes advantage of the unique amorphous-crystalline phase change properties of chalcogenide glass to store memory bits in a non-volatile manner. IBM has devised a unique variant that is able to store 3 bits of data per cell, enabling much denser storage arrays to be built.

DDN Adds All-Flash Offering to Portfolio

HPC specialist DataDirect Networks (DDN) has introduced Flashscale, a new all-flash storage solution aimed broadly across the high performance computing, enterprise/big data, and web/cloud markets. DDN is positioning the product for “scale-up and scale-out” storage installations, which implies customers with extra-large data sets. It is DDN’s first pure flash offering and joins a growing list of such products from other storage vendors.

Fujitsu to Build 25-Petaflop Supercomputer and Facebook Unveils Machine Learning Framework

Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss the week's top HPC stories.

More Angst for Moore’s Law

An article published this week in MIT Technology Review ponders the fate of the computing industry after Moore’s Law.  The “law” is actually an observation made in 1965 by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore that transistors were shrinking with each iteration of semiconductor technology, doubling in density every year -- later modified to every 18 months, then to every two years.

Genomic Research Institute Installs Pair of SGI UV Machines

The Genomic Analysis Centre (TGAC) has deployed what SGI says are the two largest UV 300 supercomputers in the world used for life sciences applications. The systems will be used to analyze genomic data, and in particular wheat genomes, for the bioscience research community.

Japanese Universities Order 25 Petaflop Supercomputer from Fujitsu

By Michael Feldman, Managing Editor; Fujitsu is building what will be Japan’s floppiest supercomputer to date. On Tuesday, the company announced it received an order from the University of Tokyo and the University of Tsukuba for a 25 petaflop system, which will be used for scientific research and engineering. The supercomputer will be housed at the Joint Center for Advanced High-Performance Computing (JCAHPC) and is scheduled to be operational in December 2016.

Facebook Lifts Curtain on Its Machine Learning Platform

Machine learning is all the rage these days at hyperscale companies, which are using them to drive key applications like search, image recognition, and language translation. Mostly these companies keep such proprietary technology under wraps, but occasionally the unwashed masses get a glimpse of the kind of software that is shaping their online lives.

Watson Makes a Korean Connection

IBM Watson, Big Blue’s iconic AI-style supercomputing system, has made its way to the Korean Peninsula. Under an agreement with SK Holdings C&C Ltd., a South Korean IT services company, IBM will offer Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities for native applications in the country. SK Holdings C&C will be the preferred distributor for these services.


FRANKFURT, Germany; May 10 – The ISC Group, promoter of the TOP500 list, is pleased to announce the appointment of high performance computing (HPC) industry journalist Michael Feldman to the position of managing editor of TOP500 News. In his new role, Feldman will expand the TOP500 project’s information portal into a comprehensive news site reporting on the HPC industry.