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DOE Task Force Releases Recommendations for Exascale Investment

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A new report on the problems and opportunities that will drive the need for next generation HPC has been released by the Task Force on High Performance Computing of Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Commissioned by Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, the report includes recommendations as to where the DOE and the NNSA should invest to deliver the next class of leading edge machines by the middle of the next decade.

IBM Looks to Synaptic Computing with TrueNorth Chip

The TrueNorth chip redefines what is possible in the field of brain-inspired computers, in terms of size, architecture, efficiency, scalability, and design techniques.

“We have designed an end-to-end ecosystem complete with a new simulator, a new programming language, an integrated programming environment, new libraries, new (and old) algorithms as well as applications, and a new teaching curriculum. The goal of the ecosystem is to dramatically increase programmer productivity. Metaphorically, if TrueNorth is “ENIAC”, then our ecosystem is the corresponding “FORTRAN.”

Danish Researchers Archieve World Record 43 Tbps Data Transfer

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The High-Speed Optical Communications team at DTU Fotonik have a world record data transfer rate of 43 Terabits per second.

Is Light-speed Computing Only Months Away?

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In this video, Professor Heinz Wolff explains the Optalysys Optical Processor. The Cambridge UK based startup announced today that the company is only months away from launching a prototype optical processor with “the potential to deliver Exascale levels of processing power on a standard-sized desktop computer.”

Station Q Tackles Quantum Computing at Microsoft

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“Our belief is that trying to build a quantum machine by controlling electron spin and using surface codes is like trying to build a computer using vacuum tubes. Labs all over the world can do that, but you’ll never be able to scale up.”

IBM Announces $3 Billion Research Initiative to Create Post-silicon Future

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Today IBM announced a new $3 billion dollar R&D investment to create the next generation of chip technologies for the post-silicon era.

Interview: Designing DNA Sequences in Synthetic Biology with HPC

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In a quest to design synthetic microorganisms for alternate fuel sources, Howard Salis from Penn State leveraged AWS to bring supercomputing resources to scientists. “The DNA Compiler has fundamentally changed the way that genetic engineering takes place by providing a way to quantitatively control and optimize the expression of many proteins working together, instead of performing trial-and-error DNA mutagenesis.”

Video: Intel Unveils Knights Landing Details at ISC’14

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In the course of this talk, Intel’s Raj Hazra unveils details of the Knights Landing architecture including the new Omni Scale Fabric, an integrated, high performance interconnect designed for CPU to CPU communications. “The industry ecosystem needs to work together to tackle challenges in system architecture, programming models, and energy efficiency – all while lowering the thresholds for broader user access and usability.”

Video: Intel Omni Scale Fabric to Power Next-Generation HPC

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In this video, Barry Davis from Intel describes the company’s new Omni Scale Fabric, an integrated, high performance interconnect designed for CPU to CPU communications. “”Intel is re-architecting the fundamental building block of HPC systems by integrating the Intel Omni Scale Fabric into Knights Landing, marking a significant inflection and milestone for the HPC industry,” said Charles Wuischpard, vice president and general manager of Workstations and HPC at Intel. “Knights Landing will be the first true many-core processor to address today’s memory and I/O performance challenges. It will allow programmers to leverage existing code and standard programming models to achieve significant performance gains on a wide set of applications. Its platform design, programming model and balanced performance makes it the first viable step towards exascale.”

Complete Archives of The Exascale Report Now Available

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Welcome to the new home of The Exascale Report! Acquired by insideHPC Media in February, the complete archives of The Exascale Report are now available free of charge to anyone who registers for premium content.