Category – sticky-green

China Pulls Ahead of U.S. in Latest TOP500 List
Nov. 13, 2017
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 lists inception 25 years ago.

TOP500 Meanderings: Supercomputers Take Big Green Leap in 2017
Sept. 5, 2017
Over the last year, the greenest supercomputers in the world more than doubled their energy efficiency the biggest jump since the Green500 started ranking these systems more than a decade ago. If such a pace can be maintained, exascale supercomputers operating at less than 20 MW will be possible in as little as two years. But thats a big if.

TOP500 List Refreshed, US Edged Out of Third Place
June 18, 2017
FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.— The 49th edition of the TOP500 list was released today in conjunction with the opening session of the ISC High Performance conference, which is taking place this week in Frankfurt, Germany. The list ranks the world’s most powerful supercomputers based on the Linpack benchmark and is released twice per year.

Google Reveals Technical Specs and Business Rationale for TPU Processor
April 6, 2017
Although Googles Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) has been powering the companys vast empire of deep learning products since 2015, very little was known about the custom-built processor. This week the web giant published a description of the chip and explained why its an order of magnitude faster and more energy-efficient than the CPUs and GPUs it replaces.

Cray to Deliver ARM-Powered Supercomputer to UK Consortium
Jan. 17, 2017
Cray is going to build what will looks to be the worlds first ARM-based supercomputer. The system, known as Isambard, will be the basis of a new UK-based HPC service that will offer the machine as a platform to support scientific research and to evaluate ARM technologies for high performance computing. Installation of Isambard is scheduled to begin in March and be up and running before the end of the year.