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Radio Free HPC Looks at the Aurora Supercomputer Coming to Argonne in 2018

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the 180 Aurora supercomputer coming to Argonne in 2018. “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.”

Radio Free HPC on the Silence of the Google

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Google’s investment in artificial intelligence does more than just create better search results; it allows Google’s engineers to make constant algorithm changes right under our noses.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Recent Trends of Chipmaker Consolidation

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some interesting industry developments from the past week. Samsung is reportedly looking at buying AMD, Intel may acquire Altera, and Micron has snapped up Convey Computer.

Radio Free HPC Wraps up the 2015 GPU Technology Conference

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team wraps up the GPU Technology Conference. The theme of the show this year was Deep Learning, a topic that is heating up the market for GPUs with challenges like image recognition and self-driving cars. As a sister conference, the OpenPOWER Summit this week in San Jose showcased the first OpenPower hardware, including a prototype HPC server from IBM that will pave the way to the two IBM/Nvidia/Mellanox Coral supercomputers expected in 2017.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Big Data Analytics in the Big Leagues

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team takes a look at Big Data Analytics in sports. According to recent reports, at least one team in Major League Baseball is using a Cray Urika system in a bid to gain competitive advantage.

Radio Free HPC Polarizes Over Net Neutrality

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team splits on the topic of Net Neutrality. The FCC will soon publish its new rules for ensuring an even playing field for Internet Bandwidth. “Dan doesn’t like the idea one bit. Henry disagrees and thinks we need Net Neutrality to keep the Comcasts of the world from running amok. As for Rich, he just finds the whole argument rather amusing since it’s pretty much a done deal.”

Radio Free HPC on Lenovo’s Slipup with Superfish

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While Lenovo now scrambles into Damage Control mode in the wake of the Superfish scandal, the question for our readers is: how will this affect Lenovo’s ability to sell to the U.S. Federal supercomputing market?

Radio Free HPC Looks at Archive Debacle at WGBH

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“Does your archive strategy match up with today’s storage economics? Henry contends that this is really worth a look as the notion that “write once to tape and forget” is a recipe for disaster. In an era where this WGBH archive could easily fit on 38 hard drives, does migration to tape still make sense?”

Radio Free HPC Sorts Through the News Grab Bag

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In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team digs into the Grab Bag for Topics of the Week. Dan attended the Lenovo Analyst Conference, and they have him convinced that the company is Going Big on HPC. Rich notes that D-Wave Systems has just landed an additional $29 Million in financing. Is Quantum Computing ready for Prime Time? Finally, Henry is looking forward to seeing what the President’s science priorities are going to be when his budget comes out this week.

Radio Free HPC Compares Providers at CloudHarmony

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at CloudHarmony, an online service that measures and compares cloud provider uptime. “At CloudHarmony, we simplify the comparison of cloud services by providing reliable and objective performance analysis, reports, commentary, metrics and tools.”