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Oak Ridge Readies Summit Supercomputer for 2018 Debut

Summit, the most powerful supercomputer in the United States, is currently under construction at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL). ORNL director Thomas Zacharia updates us on its status and reveals the opportunities the new machine will provide scientists when it comes online next summer.

China Pulls Ahead of U.S. in Latest TOP500 List

The fiftieth TOP500 list of the fastest supercomputers in the world has China overtaking the US in the total number of ranked systems by a margin of 202 to 143. It is the largest number of supercomputers China has ever claimed on the TOP500 ranking, with the US presence shrinking to its lowest level since the list’s inception 25 years ago.

Square Kilometre Array Project Takes Center Stage at SC17

On Tuesday, November 14, attendees to this year’s Supercomputing Conference (SC17) keynote address will get an in-depth look into the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project, one of the most ambitious international research efforts ever undertaken. We talked with SKA principles Professor Phil Diamond and Dr. Rosie Bolton about what the project entails and what kinds of supercomputing resources that will be needed to drive the science.

How to Measure HPC

Measuring high performance computing can be very powerful for the businesses that rely on it and the end users that directly employ it. Based on NAG’s experience helping organizations with HPC measurement, we have put together this overview of the subject for TOP500 News.

How the Best HPC Managers Make the Best Procurement Decisions

Purchasing HPC hardware and software, as well as time spent developing and supporting applications, involve numerous options and trade-offs, meaning that making optimal decisions is far from easy. In a conversation with NAG's Andrew Jones, James Reinders describes what those options and trade-offs are and how managers can reach the best decisions on how to invest.

AI Engineers Commanding Six-Figure Salaries

A report this week in the New York Times describes how the growing demand for AI is forcing big web companies to ratchet up salaries in this red-hot job category and sucking up all available talent. But the technology itself may provide the final solution.

Intel Will Ship First Neural Network Chip This Year

In an editorial posted on Intel’s news site, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced they would be releasing the company’s first AI processor before the end of 2017. The new chip, formally codenamed “Lake Crest,” will be officially known as the Nervana Neural Network Processor, or NNP, for short.

The Intersection of HPC, Analytics, and AI: The View from Hyperion Research

Over the last several years, the realm of high performance computing has grown appreciably beyond its roots in scientific simulations. Today it encompasses a lot more data analytics, including emerging areas like artificial intelligence, as well as more established applications like business intelligence. But, if you’re an HPC market research company like Hyperion Research, tracking the high-end analytics space is no easy task.

Study Ranks Google as Most Intelligent AI

Chinese researchers have developed a method to measure the intelligence quotient (IQ) of AI applications and found that Google’s technology scored nearly as well as a human six-year old. The researchers also measured applications developed by Baidu, Microsoft and Apple, all of which fared less well.

Retooled Aurora Supercomputer Will Be America’s First Exascale System

The US Department of Energy is in the process of revamping the contract for the Aurora supercomputer, shifting its deployment from 2018 to 2021, and increasing its performance from 180 petaflops to over 1 exaflop. That will more than likely make it the first supercomputer in the US to leap over the exascale hurdle.