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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.

A Tightening Exascale Race Reveals Underlying Forces Shaping Supercomputing

The competition between the US, China, and Japan to field the first exascale supercomputer looks a lot closer than it did a couple of years ago. But the real significance of the narrowing schedules reflects a shift in technology preferences and a trend toward domestic control of HPC hardware.

European Program to Develop Supercomputing Chips Begins to Take Shape

The European Processor Initiative (EPI), an ambitious program to develop a pair of chips for domestic supercomputers, is poised to change the way Europe does HPC. And although the work is still very much in its early stages, it looks like the Europeans have selected their preferred processor architectures: Arm and RISC-V.

Benchmarks in Hand, UK Academics See Promising Future for Arm Chips in HPC

Researchers at the Great Western 4 (GW4) Alliance have benchmarked the Cavium ThunderX2 processor that will soon power the Isambard supercomputer. But the most significant advantage of the Arm processor may have nothing to do with performance numbers.

Cloud Computing in HPC Surges

According to the two leading analyst firms covering the high performance computing market, the use of the cloud for HPC workloads is looking a lot more attractive to users these days.