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Radio Free HPC Looks at 3D XPoint Non-Volatile Memory


In this video, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the newly announced 3D XPoint technology from Intel and Micron. “3D XPoint ushers in a new class of non-volatile memory that significantly reduces latencies, allowing much more data to be stored close to the processor and accessed at speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage.”

HP Doubles Down on HPC & Big Data at ISC 2015

Scott Misage, HP

In this video from ISC 2015, Scott Misage from HP describes the company’s new strategy for High Performance Computing. With a new business unit centered around HPC and Big Data, the company is poised to grow its market leadership with purpose-built systems like the liquid-cooled Apollo 8000 system.

Radio Free HPC Looks Back at ISC 2015


In this video, Dan Olds and Rich Brueckner from Radio Free HPC discuss the latest news in High Performance Computing from the ISC 2015 conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

Eurotech Delivers Booster to DEEP Project


Today Eurotech announced the installation of the DEEP “Booster”, a tightly coupled cluster of manycore coprocessors, at Jülich Supercomputing Centre.

A New Direction in HPC System Fabric: Intel’s Omni-Path Architecture


In this special guest feature, John Kirkley writes that Intel is using its new Omni-Path Architecture as a foundation for supercomputing systems that will scale to 200 Petaflops and beyond. “With its ability to scale to tens and eventually hundreds of thousands of nodes, the Intel Omni-Path Architecture is designed for tomorrow’s HPC workloads. The platform has its sights set squarely on Exascale performance while supporting more modest, but still demanding, future HPC implementations.”

IBM Research Alliance Develops First 7nm Node


Today IBM Research announced that working with alliance partners at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering it has produced the semiconductor industry’s first 7nm node test chips with functional transistors. According to IBM, the breakthrough underscores the company’s continued leadership and long-term commitment to semiconductor technology research.

Researchers Build Memcomputing Prototype

Simplified schematic of the memprocessor architecture used in this work to solve the SSP.

Over at Scientific Advances, a newly published paper describes a new high-efficiency computing paradigm called memcomputing. Modeled after the human brain, a memprocessor processes and stores information within the same units by means of their mutual interactions. Now, researchers have built a working prototype.

D-Wave Breaks 1000 Qubit Quantum Computing Barrier


“Temperature, noise, and precision all play a profound role in how well quantum processors solve problems. Beyond scaling up the technology by doubling the number of qubits, we also achieved key technology advances prioritized around their impact on performance.”

Video: Mont-Blanc Prototype One Step Closer to Exascale


“Early in February, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) successfully deployed the Mont-Blanc prototype. After three years of intensive research effort, the team installed a two-rack prototype which is now available to the Mont-Blanc consortium partners. This has been a formidable challenge as this is the first time that a large HPC system based on mobile embedded technology has been deployed and made fully operational to a scientific community composed of scientists of six of the most important research centers in Europe.”

Podcast: Geoffrey Hinton on the Rise of Deep Learning


“In Deep Learning what we do is try to minimize the amount of hand engineering and get the neural nets to learn, more or less, everything. Instead of programing computers to do particular tasks, you program the computer to know how to learn. And then you can give it any old task, and the more data and the more computation you provide, the better it will get.”