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China Aims to Be Global Leader in Superconducting Computers

China is investing $145 million to become a world leader in superconductor-based computing, a technology that could make semiconductor-powered supercomputers and datacenter servers obsolete.

The Anatomy of Winning Teams

In the second installment of our two-part report on the Student Cluster Competition (SCC), we trace the history of the top three teams at the recent ISC High Performance conference (ISC18) and look at the factors that drove their success.

Fujitsu Reveals Details of Processor That Will Power Post-K Supercomputer

Fujitsu has announced the specifications for A64FX, an Arm CPU that will power Japan’s first exascale supercomputer. The system, known as Post-K, is scheduled to begin operation in 2021.

The Obstacles of Fielding a Student Cluster Competition Team

Every contest has winners and losers. If you have spent much time following student cluster competitions at HPC conferences, you may wonder, as I have, why some win time and again, while others have a difficult time placing. You may also wonder why some never make it on the field.

NVIDIA Breaks New Ground with Turing GPU Architecture

In a bid to reinvent computer graphics and visualization, NVIDIA has developed a new architecture that merges AI, ray tracing, rasterization, and computation.The new architecture, known as Turing, was unveiled this week by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang in his keynote address at SIGGRAPH 2018.

Intel Lays Out Roadmap for Next Three Xeon Products

Intel used this week’s Data-Centric Innovation Summit to reveal the timeline and technology updates for its upcoming Cascade Lake, Cooper Lake and Ice Lake Xeon processors.

Prototypes of China’s Exascale Supercomputers Point to Some New Realities

Two prototypes of China’s initial batch of exascale supercomputers are now up and running according to local news reports. And neither of them appears to be based on x86 technology.

DARPA Picks Research Teams for Post-Moore’s Law Work

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has selected the teams for two research programs that the agency hopes will provide technologies to transcend the limits of Moore’s Law.

HPC Disruptors

In my role as an independent advisor to industry users of high performance computing, I recently helped to coordinate a private gathering of leading industry users of HPC – no HPC centers, or vendors, just the users of HPC in industry meeting as peers. One key topic we discussed was things that might significantly change how industry deploys and uses high performance computing, what I refer to as “HPC disruptors.”

AMD May Be About to Beat Intel at Its Own Game

The upcoming battle between AMD’s “Rome” server CPU and Intel’s “Ice Lake” Xeon scalable processor promises to be an interesting matchup. But this time around, AMD could have an advantage it has never had before.