In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Tom Wilkie reports on two US initiatives for future supercomputers, announced at the ISC in Frankfurt in July.
Today Compute Canada announced funding to renew and consolidate the Canadian national platform for advanced research computing. Compute Canada and its regional partners ACENET, Calcul Quebec, Compute Ontario, and WestGrid will receive close to $75 million through the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s Cyberinfrastructure Initiative competition launched in 2014.
Today the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) announced plans to collaborate on HPC research and technology innovation. Both organizations have signed an agreement to help promoting “a globally competitive HPC value chain and flagship industry”, echoing the European Union strategy in the domain.
“Exascale computers are going to deliver only one or two per cent of their theoretical peak performance when they run real applications; and both the people paying for, and the people using, such machines need to have realistic expectations about just how low a percentage of the peak performance they will obtain.”
Today the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) announced that its new Chameleon testbed is in full production for researchers across the country. Designed to help investigate and develop the promising future of cloud-based science, the NSF-funded Chameleon is a configurable, large-scale environment for testing and demonstrate new concepts.
Today Intel Corporation and Micron Technology unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a non-volatile memory that has the potential to revolutionize any device, application or service that benefits from fast access to large sets of data. Now in production, 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989.