Viewing posts from August, 2016

Moore’s Law Coming Back in 3D and Cray Revenue Goes Up in Smoke

Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss Cray's disappointing quarterly earnings and a report offering a new path to the continuation of Moore's Law.

Microsoft Adds High-Performance GPUs to Azure Cloud

Microsoft has added two of NVIDIA’s premier GPUs into its Azure public cloud offering.  According to a blog post by Azure Director of Program Management Cory Sanders, the company has created two new lines of virtual machine instances, one based on the Tesla K80, the other on the Tesla M60.

International Team Builds 20-GPU Server for Deep Learning

A server equipped with 20 overclocked NVIDIA K40 GPUs and intended for deep learning work, has been built by a team of developers from CoCoLink, a South Korean HPC provider, and Orange Silicon Valley, a California-based technology innovation group. According to the press release, the constructed prototype is capable of delivering 100 single precision teraflops and is “the world’s highest density deep learning supercomputer.”

Panasas Upgrades ActiveStor Line with Bigger, Faster Drives

It’s that time of year again when Panasas rolls out its latest ActiveStor offering, the company’s scale-out network attached storage (NAS) product aimed at high performance computing customers. This season's offering, the ActiveStor 20, raises the bar on both capacity and speed, promising support for more than 45 PB in a single namespace, with aggregate I/O speeds of up 360 GB/second and 2.6 million IOPS.

Next-Generation 3D Transistors Could Rejuvenate Moore’s Law

A new report put out by a consortium of semiconductor industry groups is predicting that Moore’s Law will be renewed in the next decade by transitioning from CMOS technology to something called “3D Power Scaling.” The transition will rely on developing a new breed of low-power transistors that can be manufactured into three-dimensional structures. According to the report, the technology could even accelerate the cadence of Moore’s Law beyond its nominal 2x-per-2-year rhythm.