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NSF Partnerships Expand National AI Research Institutes to 40 states

WASHINGTON — July 29, 2021 –Today, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced the establishment of 11 new NSF National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes, building on the first round of seven institutes funded in 2020. The combined investment of $220 million expands the reach of these institutes to include a total of 40 states and the […]

Drop in Intel Earnings Expected Today

Pat Gelsinger’s got one foot on a tiger, the other on an aircraft carrier – one side is a rough, volatile ride; the other plows a course set years ago, hard to change direction. Intel’s new CEO has been pulled in different, difficult directions since returning to the company last February. But at a personal […]

Double-precision CPUs vs. Single-precision GPUs; HPL vs. HPL-AI HPC Benchmarks; Traditional vs. AI Supercomputers

If you’ve wondered why GPUs are faster than CPUs, in part it’s because GPUs are asked to do less – or, to be more precise, to be less precise. Next question: So if GPUs are faster than CPUs, why aren’t GPUs  the mainstream, baseline processor used in HPC server clusters? Again, in part it gets […]

Report: Intel Weighing Acquisition of GlobalFoundries

New Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger’s vow earlier this year to move the company into the foundry business – making chips not just for itself but also for others – may take the form of acquiring GlobalFoundries in a deal that could be worth $30 billion, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. The […]

HPC in the News: Data Management Automation and Faster Processor Gates; Intel and TSMC in Arizona, Europe

The everlasting rat’s nest that is scientific computing data management, the permanent quest for more advanced-level processing power, and investments in new fabs for advanced chips are HPC topics in the news this week. Taking on data management at the upper reaches of data-intensive workloads is Harvard University Associate Professor Stratos Idreos, who two years […]

Pentagon Document Shows HPC Key to DoD’s Post-JEDI Cloud Strategy; Early Co-favorites: AWS and Azure

The Pentagon’s cancellation of the $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract won in 2019 by Microsoft – the biggest tech story of the week and surely one of the biggest of the year – has major implications for the HPC and Big AI sectors. Though just what they are or will be is, for now, […]

New Supermicro Servers Featuring NVIDIA A100 80GB PCIe GPUs

San Jose, June 28, 2021 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a maker of enterprise computing, storage, networking and green computing technology, announced Supermicro servers that will support the latest NVIDIA technologies. Both 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors or 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processor-based servers will be available that incorporate the new NVIDIA A100 80GB PCIe Tensor Core GPUs. […]

Fugaku Stays on Top of Top500 Supercomputer List – But Is China Holding Back?

The new edition of the Top500 saw the Japanese Fugaku supercomputer solidify its number one status in a list that the list organizers said shows a somewhat static and flattening performance growth curve.  Just one new system made it into the top 10 (here’s the complete list). Fugaku performance is now at 442 petaflops on […]

Lenovo at ISC: ‘Exascale to Every Scale’

For at least four years, Lenovo has been vocal about its high ambitions in high performance computing, and by all appearances the company is progressing toward its objectives. This is the eighth year since China-based Lenovo purchased IBM’s Intel x86-based server business, an acquisition that marked the company’s entrance into HPC, and despite some U.S. […]

Atos Comes into ISC off Strong Year in HPC

Atos, with its BullSequana line of supercomputers, will no doubt be a prominent player at this year’s ISC conference. While ISC is an international HPC event, it has, after all, a strong European flavor – even if this year’s edition isn’t in Frankfurt but instead is virtual (for the last time, we hope). Atos has […]