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European Commission Looks to Invest a Billion Euros in HPC

The European Commission (EC) has announced a financial framework for investing €1 billion in European supercomputers over the next two years. Under this framework, known as the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, the European Union (EU) would contribute around €486 million, while the remainder would be supplied by EU member states and associated countries.

Vendors Scramble to Fix Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

Two recently uncovered security problems that affect nearly every CPU on the planet have forced companies to issue fixes that could seriously impact performance. While Intel has taken the brunt of bad press, chips supplied by AMD, IBM, and ARM vendors are also affected.

What’s in Store for HPC in 2018

Chris Downing, senior consultant at Red Oak Consulting, takes a look at what's ahead for high performance computing in the coming year. In particular, he focuses on what's in store for some of the major HPC suppliers – AMD, Nvidia, Intel, and niche hardware providers – as well as the prospects for cloud computing.

High Performance Computing in 2017: Hits and Misses

The past 12 months encompassed a number of new developments in HPC, as well as an intensification of existing trends. TOP500 News takes a look at the top eight hits and misses of 2017.

TOP500 Meanderings: InfiniBand Fends Off Supercomputing Challengers

Ethernet remains the most popular interconnect on the TOP500 list, but InfiniBand still rules the roost when it comes to true supercomputing performance. We run the numbers and show how InfiniBand still dominates the top supercomputers in the world.

IBM Launches Power9 Servers, Initial Offering Takes Aim at Enterprise AI

IBM today unveiled its first Power9-based server, the AC922, which the company is promoting as a platform for AI workload acceleration. The new dual-socket server was announced in conjunction with the official launch of the Power9 processor.

ORNL Expands Quantum Computing Effort

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently acquired the Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM), a quantum computing simulator that lets researchers create qubit-friendly algorithms. The deployment is part of a larger effort at ORNL to develop quantum computing technologies at the US Department of Energy.

AMD Solidifies HPC Story with Latest Chips, Vendor Partnerships

After largely ignoring the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2017) in Frankfurt this past June, AMD made good use of its time at SC17 in Denver last week to flesh out its high performance computing strategy and show off its latest EPYC CPUs and Radeon Instinct GPUs.

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.