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New Systems for ARM, ShenWei and Skylake: Updates from ISC 17

Episode 181: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman explore the most compelling stories coming out of ISC 17.

AMD Challenges Intel’s Datacenter Dominance with New EPYC Processors

For the first time in several years, AMD has brought a server chip to market that provides some real competition to Intel and its near total domination of the datacenter market. The new AMD silicon, known as the EPYC 7000 series processors, come with up to 32 cores, along with a number of features that offer some useful differentiation against its Xeon competition.

New MareNostrum Supercomputer Reflects Processor Choices Confronting HPC Users

The fourth-generation MareNostrum supercomputer is up and running at the Barcelona Supercomputer Centre (BSC), or at last the first phase of it is.  When completed, it will contain the most interesting medley of processors of any supercomputer in existence. We asked Sergi Girona, Director of Operations at BSC, to describe the makeup of the new system and explain the rationale for building such a diverse machine.

ISC Launches First STEM Student Day, Aims to Bridge Skills Gap

The whole point of supercomputing is to enable new scientific discovery. The whole point of a conference about supercomputing is to further the conversation about how we’re going to achieve that.

Cray Brings Graph Analytics, Deep Learning Capabilities to XC Supercomputers

Cray has launched the Urika-XC, a software suite that brings the capabilities of the Urika-GX big data appliance machine to the XC supercomputer platform. The idea is to offer customers a single system that can host both simulations and advanced data analytics.

Atos Reveals First Commercial ARM-Based Supercomputer

On the opening day of the ISC High Performance conference, Atos announced the Bull Sequana X1310, an ARM-based variant of the company’s Sequana X1000 supercomputer line.

Swiss Deploy World’s Fastest GPU-Powered Supercomputer

The recent upgrade to the Piz Daint supercomputer at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), has thrust the machine into limelight here at the ISC High Performance conference on opening day. The Cray XC50 system turned in a Linpack result of 19.6 petaflops, which was good enough to capture the number three spot on the latest TOP500 list, and displace Titan, the former GPU supercomputing champ, running at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

GPUs, OmniPath, and Piz Daint; Highlights of the new TOP500 list

Episode 180: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman react to the news from the Top500 list at SC 17.

TOP500 List Refreshed, US Edged Out of Third Place

FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The 49th edition of the TOP500 list was released today in conjunction with the opening session of the ISC High Performance conference, which is taking place this week in Frankfurt, Germany. The list ranks the world’s most powerful supercomputers based on the Linpack benchmark and is released twice per year.

DOE PathForward Awards for Exascale; A Look Ahead at ISC 17

Episode 179: Addison Snell and Michael Feldman comment on the DOE's exascale awards and discuss the things to watch at ISC 17.