Simon Fraser University (SFU) has officially launched Canada’s most powerful academic supercomputer. The new 3.6-petaflop system, known as “Cedar,” is just the beginning of a big push by the Canadian government to upgrade the network of its 50 aging HPC machines used to serve the nation’s academic research community.
In a surprise announcement sent out on Wednesday, Intel revealed it will discontinue their biggest tradeshow of the year: the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). The company explained the move as a result of an evolving event calendar that features more targeted product sets.
Rescale, Intel, and R Systems have teamed up to provide an HPC cloud equipped with Intel’s “Knights Landing” Xeon Phi processors and the Omni-Path interconnect. The new platform, known as ScaleX Labs with Intel, is the first to bring this technology duo into the cloud computing realm.
As part of IBM’s continuing effort to expand its AI portfolio, IBM is adding Anaconda, an open source analytics platform, to its Power-based cognitive computing offerings, as well as integrating it into its own PowerAI software distribution.
When a poker-playing AI program developed at Carnegie Mellon university challenged a group of machine learning-savvy engineers and investors in China, the results were the same as when the software went up against professional card players: it beat its human competition like a drum. And that points to AI’s greatest strength, as well as its greatest weakness.
A supercomputing application that can figure out if state legislative districts have been unfairly drawn, has the potential to change electoral politics in the United States. According to its inventors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the application could be used by courts to determine if partisan gerrymandering has been used to unfairly manipulate these maps.
Cori, the fifth fastest supercomputer in the world, has been used to model a 45-qubit circuit, which, by all accounts, is the largest simulation of a quantum computer ever achieved. The virtual circuit is just a handful of qubits short of a quantum computing system that would be more powerful than any conventional computer currently devised.