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HPC News Roundup for Friday, May 8

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It can be tough to keep up with all that’s happening in HPC these days. Here are some notable items that may have not made it to the front page.

Purdue to Build Rice Supercomputer in a Single Day

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Today Purdue University announced that staff and volunteers will build it’s newest HPC cluster in a single day. The “Install Day” event will take place May 8.

New Intel Xeons Target Realtime Analytics

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Today Intel announced the new Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families, delivering accelerated business insight through real-time analytics.

Petascale Comet Supercomputer Enters Early Operations

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“Comet is really all about providing high-performance computing to a much larger research community – what we call ‘HPC for the 99 percent’ – and serving as a gateway to discovery,” said SDSC Director Michael Norman, the project’s principal investigator. “Comet has been specifically configured to meet the needs of researchers in domains that have not traditionally relied on supercomputers to solve their problems.”

OCF Deploys Lenovo Arcus Cluster at University of Oxford

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Today the University of Oxford unveiled its new Arcus Phase B cluster. Integrated by OCF in the UK, the 5000 core Lenovo cluster will support research across all four Divisions at the University; Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; Social Sciences; and Humanities.

Feds Restrict Intel Processors in China

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Intel has been banned by the US Government from selling any more Xeon processors for use in the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Tiahane-2 ‘Milky Way’ machine at the Guangzhou Supercomputer Centre in China.

Dedicated Computing Goes Cluster Ready for Bioinformatics

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This week Dedicated Computing announced its participation in the Intel Cluster Ready program to deliver integrated HPC cluster solutions to the Life Sciences market.

Video: Penguin Computing Showcases OCP Hardware for HPC

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“Powered by Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor, Penguin Computing’s Tundra OpenHPC platform delivers density, performance and serviceability for demanding and extraordinary customers. Built to be compatible with Open Compute Open Rack specifications, the Tundra OpenHPC platform provides customers with a powerful and compact HPC server designed to reduce infrastructure costs when moving to the next generation of technology.”

This Week in HPC: Major IT Players Explore Alternate Architectures and Interest Accelerates for FPGAs and Quantum Computing

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research look at FPGAs for high performance computing. After that, they discuss the latest news on quantum computing.

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.”