This morning Intel and the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $200 million supercomputing investment coming to Argonne National Laboratory. As the third of three Coral supercomputer procurements, the deal will comprise an 8.5 Petaflop “Theta” system based on Knights Landing in 2016 and a much larger 180 Petaflop “Aurora” supercomputer in 2018. Intel will be the prime contractor on the deal, with sub-contractor Cray building the actual supercomputers.
Today Intel announced that the company will deliver two next-generation supercomputers to Argonne National Laboratory. “The contract is part of the DOE’s multimillion dollar initiative to build state-of-the-art supercomputers at Argonne, Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories that will be five to seven times more powerful than today’s top supercomputers.”
“Facebook had the forethought to create the Open Compute Foundation and share IP from designing a highly efficient computing infrastructure at an extremely low cost. We are now building on that collaborative development model to bring expanded flexibility with regard to form factors, processors and configurations for a broad range of customer requirements.”
IEEE has launched something it calls Rebooting Computing (RC), “an initiative that proposes to rethink the computer through a holistic look that addresses all aspects of computing.” Through exponential performance scaling, the IEEE RC initiative aims to help the computing industry turn the corner to surpass its current setbacks and challenges—specifically regarding the deceleration of computational power and capacity.
“Over the last five years HPC performance growth has been slowing measurably, and in this presentation several reasons for this slowdown will be analyzed. To reach usable exascale performance over the next decade, some fundamental changes will have to occur in HPC systems architecture. In particular, a transition from a compute centric to a data movement centric point of view needs to be considered. Alternatives including quantum and neuromorphic computing have also been considered. The prospects of these technologies for post-Moore’s Law supercomputing will be explored.”
“The silver bullet in HLS is the ability to take a sequential description that has been written in C and then find this parallelism, the concurrencies, without the user having to think. That was a necessary technology before we could do anything. It has been adopted by thousands of users already as a standalone technology, but what we do is embed that technology inside OpenCL compilers so that now it can be utilised in full software mode and it is fully compatible with OpenCL.”