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China’s Next Supercomputer May Spoil America’s Plans to Retake TOP500 Crown

According to a news report in People’s Daily Online, China is planning to launch a pre-exascale supercomputer this year that could outperform Summit, a US machine developed for the Department of Energy that is expected to top 200 petaflops when deployed later this year.

DOE Witholds Details of First Exascale Supercomputer, Even as it Solicits Researchers to Apply for Early Access

The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for research projects that will receive early access to Aurora, the first exascale supercomputer to be deployed in the US. There’s one catch though: the DOE is not telling anyone about machine’s architecture.

HPC4E Project Outlines Case for Exascale Computing in Energy Sector

A consortium of European and Brazilian organizations dedicated to pushing the boundaries of HPC for the energy sector has released a report on how exascale computing will be needed to move the industry forward.

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.