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China Spills Details on Exascale Prototypes

At SC18, Depei Qian delivered a talk where he revealed some of the beefier details of the three Chinese exascale prototype systems installed in 2018. The 45-minute session confirmed some of the speculation about these machine that we have reported on, but also offered a deeper dive into their design and underlying hardware elements.

But Is That Really HPC?

It used to be easy to understand what supercomputing was. Those days are gone.

China Extends Supercomputer Share on TOP500 List, US Dominates in Total Performance

The 52nd edition of the TOP500 list saw five US Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers in the top 10 positions, with the first two captured by Summit at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Sierra at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).

What to Expect from SC18

Here’s a rapid-fire run through of things that we expect to see on the show floor and hear discussions of – some whispered – over the course of next week and beyond.

AMD Takes Aim at Performance Leadership with Next-Generation EPYC Processor

AMD has offered a tantalizing preview of “Rome,” the Zen 2 EPYC processor that will offer up to 64 cores and four times the floating point performance as its predecessor. If the claims hold up, the second-generation processor has a shot at being the highest performing datacenter CPU in 2019.

Intel Steers Back to HPC with Cascade Lake AP Processor

Intel has officially unveiled Cascade Lake Advance Performance (AP), a 48-core Xeon variant aimed at the high performance computing crowd.

Cray Unveils Shasta, Its Supercomputer Platform for the Exascale Era

Cray has introduced Shasta, its next-generation supercomputer platform that will serve as the company entry into the realm of exascale computing. The architecture will offer a flexible design that supports a wide array of processors, coprocessors, node configurations, and system interconnects, including one developed by Cray itself.

Intel on Defensive Again Regarding Chip Manufacturing Plans

Intel has issued a firm denial of a media report alleging the chipmaker is abandoning its 10nm semiconductor manufacturing process. The truth may be lie somewhere between those two claims.

Europeans Launch Next Phase of Exascale Weather Forecasting Project

The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and its partners have begun the second phase of an EU-funded project to develop extreme-scale computing for numerical weather prediction (NWP) and climate modeling.

Xilinx Unveils Its Most Ambitious Accelerator Platform

Xilinx has introduced Versal, a new product family based on its heterogeneous Adaptive Computer Accelerator Platform (ACAP). The initial product offerings integrate FPGA technology with Arm CPU cores, DSPs, and AI processing engines. The new platform aims to accelerate a wide array of machine learning and data-intensive workloads running in the datacenter and on edge devices.