“This is an exciting time in high performance computing,” said Prof Simon McIntosh-Smith, leader of the project and Professor of High Performance Computing at the University of Bristol. “Scientists have a growing choice of potential computer architectures to choose from, including new 64-bit ARM CPUs, graphics processors, and many-core CPUs from Intel. Choosing the best architecture for an application can be a difficult task, so the new Isambard GW4 Tier 2 HPC service aims to provide access to a wide range of the most promising emerging architectures, all using the same software stack.”
“Writing and deploying software that exploits the ever increasing computing power of clusters and supercomputers is a demanding challenge – it needs to run fast, and run right, and that’s exactly what our suite of tools is designed to enable,” said David Lecomber, CEO, Allinea. “As part of ARM, we’ll continue to work with the HPC community, our customers and our partners to advance the development of our cross-platform technology, and take advantage of product synergies between ARM’s compilers, libraries and advisory tools and our existing and future debugging and analysis tools. Our combined expertise and understanding of the challenges this market faces will deliver new solutions to this growing ecosystem.”
Today ThinkParQ announced the immediate availability of BeeGFS version 6.0. As the first release in a new versioning scheme, release 6.0 is the direct successor of the 2015.03 release series, which was in fact the 5th BeeGFS major release. “This new release is another big step for the development of BeeGFS”, says Christian Mohrbacher, development lead of BeeGFS. “In combination with the high availability features of the BeeGFS storage service, which were introduced in the 2015.03 major release last year, fully fault-tolerant storage systems can now be built by solely using BeeGFS-internal functionality.”
Today at GTC Europe, Nvidia unveiled Xavier, an all-new SoC based on the company’s next-gen Volta GPU, which will be the processor in future self-driving cars. According to Huang, the ARM-based Xavier will feature unprecedented performance and energy efficiency, while supporting deep-learning features important to the automotive market. A single Xavier-based AI car supercomputer will be able to replace today’s fully configured DRIVE PX 2 with two Parker SoCs and two Pascal GPUs.
In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, a select panel of HPC vendors describe their disruptive technologies for high performance computing. Vendors include: Altair, SUSE, ARM, AMD, Ryft, Red Hat, Cray, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances.”
Yutaka Ishikawa from Riken AICS presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Slated for delivery sometime around 2022, the ARM-based Post-K Computer has a performance target of being 100 times faster than the original K computer within a power envelope that will only be 3-4 times that of its predecessor. RIKEN AICS has been appointed as the main organization for leading the development of the Post-K.”
This week at the Hot Chips conference, Phytium Technology from China unveiled a 64-core CPU and a related prototype computer server. “Phytium says the new CPU chip, with 64-bit arithmetic compatible with ARMv8 instructions, is able to perform 512 GFLOPS at base frequency of 2.0 GHz and on 100 watts of power dissipation.”
The Fujitsu Journal has posted details on a recent Hot Chips presentation by Toshio Yoshida about the instruction set architecture (ISA) of the Post-K processor. “The Post-K processor employs the ARM ISA, developed by ARM Ltd., with enhancements for supercomputer use. Meanwhile, Fujitsu has been developing the microarchitecture of the processor. In Fujitsu’s presentation, we also explained that our development of mainframe processors and UNIX server SPARC processors will continue into the future. The reason that Fujitsu is able to continuously develop multiple processors is our shared microarchitecture approach to processor development.”
Over at the ARM Community Blog, Nigel Stephens writes that the company has introduced scalable vector extensions (SVE) their A64 instruction set to bolster high performance computing. Fujitsu is developing a new HPC processor conforming to ARMv8-A with SVE for the Post-K computer.