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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.