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Intel Dumps Knights Hill, Future of Xeon Phi Product Line Uncertain

While vendors are busy announcing new HPC offerings at this week’s Supercomputing Conference (SC17), Intel announced it is removing its next-generation “Knights Hill” Xeon Phi product from its roadmap. And that might just be the beginning.

Oak Ridge Readies Summit Supercomputer for 2018 Debut

Summit, the most powerful supercomputer in the United States, is currently under construction at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). ORNL director Thomas Zacharia updates us on its status and reveals the opportunities the new machine will provide scientists when it comes online next summer.

China Pulls Ahead of U.S. in Latest TOP500 List

The fiftieth TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world has China overtaking the US in the total number of ranked systems by a margin of 202 to 143. It is the largest number of supercomputers China has ever claimed on the TOP500 ranking, with the US presence shrinking to its lowest level since the list’s inception 25 years ago.

Cray Adds ARM Option to XC50 Supercomputer

Cray has announced it is offering an ARM blade option on its XC50 supercomputer, which will be based on Cavium’s second-generation ThunderX2 processor.

IBM Ups Its Quantum Computing Game

IBM has revealed it has a working prototype of 50-qubit quantum computer, along with a 20-qubit system that will be made available to clients before the end of the year.

SC17 Conference Preview

Episode 200: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman predict the hot trends and topics of SC17.

HPE Upgrades Superdome with SGI NUMA; Australian Supercomputer Adds Power8 Cluster

Episode 199: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman give their analysis of the HPE Superdome NUMA upgrade and Australia's Raijin upgrade.

Square Kilometre Array Project Takes Center Stage at SC17

On Tuesday, November 14, attendees to this year’s Supercomputing Conference (SC17) keynote address will get an in-depth look into the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project, one of the most ambitious international research efforts ever undertaken. We talked with SKA principles Professor Phil Diamond and Dr. Rosie Bolton about what the project entails and what kinds of supercomputing resources that will be needed to drive the science.

University of Michigan Opts for ARM-Powered Cluster Using Cavium ThunderX Chips

The University of Michigan is deploying a $3.5 million “big data” compute cluster powered by Cavium’s ARM ThunderX SoC. 

How to Measure HPC

Measuring high performance computing can be very powerful for the businesses that rely on it and the end users that directly employ it. Based on NAG’s experience helping organizations with HPC measurement, we have put together this overview of the subject for TOP500 News.