Viewing posts from May, 2017

University of Bristol Launches 600-Teraflop Supercomputer

The University of Bristol’s newest supercomputer, Blue Crystal 4 (BC4), is three times faster than its predecessor and promises to accelerate the work of more than 1,000 researchers and engineers.

Google and IBM Battle for Quantum Supremacy

Building a quantum computer that can outperform conventional systems on certain types of algorithms looks to be tantalizingly close. As it stands today, Google and IBM appear to be the most likely candidates to claim that achievement. 

HPE Refreshes The Machine; Google Levels up TPU

Episode 174: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman consider HPE's newest iteration of The Machine, and Google's move to leverage its TPU.

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University of Michigan Demonstrates Novel Memory Disaggregation Technology

The lack of memory capacity in traditional computer clusters is a significant limitation to application performance in the datacenter. A new memory disaggregation technology developed at the University of Michigan is designed to help alleviate this critical obstacle.

The New DOE Budget: A Model for Supply-Side Supercomputing

The FY 2018 Congressional budget request for the Department of Energy has been released, reflecting a White House that favors supercomputing infrastucture over scientific research. That turns out to be both good news and bad news for the HPC community.

Microsoft’s Plans for FPGAs in Azure Should Worry Traditional Chipmakers

At Microsoft’s recent Build conference, Azure CTO Mark Russinovich presented a future that would significantly expand the role of FPGAs in their cloud platform. Some of these plans could sideline the use of GPUs and CPUs used for deep learning from the likes of NVIDIA, Intel, and other chipmakers.

Cray Takes the Plunge into Cloud Computing

Cray is now offering its Urika-GX supercomputer for rent. One of the last HPC system vendors to give cloud computing a whirl, the company’s initial foray into supercomputer-as-a-service will target life science customers looking for compute cycles on something more sophisticated than a traditional cluster.

Nvidia Launches Volta into AI; Updates and Analysis from GTC17

Episode 173: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman discuss Nvidia's Volta and the GTC17 conference.

Intel Demos 3D XPoint Memory Modules

Intel has demonstrated its much-anticipated non-volatile DIMMs based on its 3D XPoint technology. The chipmaker is claiming this product will revolutionize the storage hierarchy by enabling terascale-sized datasets to be brought into the memory subsystem of conventional servers.

Google Reveals Major Upgrade and Expanded Role for TPU

In a blog post, penned by Google veterans Jeff Dean and Urs Hölzle, the company announced it has developed and deployed its second-generation Tensor Processing Units (TPUs). The newly hatched TPU is being used to accelerate Google’s machine learning work and will also become the basis of a new cloud service.