The prospects for OpenPower got a big boost this week, with the announcement that Google has deployed Power9 servers in its datacenters. That revelation was joined by the news that Tencent, PayPal, Uber, Alibaba, and LimeLight Networks are all adopting Power-based technology to support their various businesses. The announcements were made at the OpenPower Summit taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After just three years in the field, the High Performance Gradients (HPCG) benchmark is emerging as the first viable new metric for the high performance computing crowd in decades. The latest HPCG list compiled last November shows 115 supercomputer entries spread across 16 countries.
Chinese-base tech giant Alibaba is challenging American cloud providers in Europe with an HPC service designed for users running a variety of compute-intensive and data-intensive workloads. The company also unveiled a new cloud-based quantum computing platform.
Lenovo has unveiled the ThinkSystem SD650, a densely constructed, direct water cooled server aimed at the HPC market. Its first big test will come later this year when it's deployed in Germany's most powerful supercomputer, the SuperMUC-NG.
During Congressional testimony last week, Intel and NVIDIA proposed that the US government institute policies that would speed development of artificial intelligence. The testimony was submitted to the House Subcommittee on Information Technology, headed by Texas Congressman Will Hurd.