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Record Number of Student Teams to Participate in the APAC HPC and AI Competition

The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) in collaboration with the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore today announced the teams competing in the co-organized, third annual APAC HPC-AI Competition supporting student development and mastery in high performance computing and AI disciplines. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate competitors from some of Asia Pacific’s leading academic institutions, 30 teams […]

A2I POWER Processor Core Contributed to OpenPOWER Community

The IBM-led OpenPOWER Foundation announced the contribution of the IBM A2I POWER processor core design and associated FPGA environment to the open source ecosystem. The release, which took place today at the Linux Foundation Open Source Summit, follows the opening of the POWER Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) last August and is intended to enable the […]

ARM-based Fugaku Supercomputer on Summit of New Top500 – Surpasses Exaflops on AI Benchmark

The new no. 1 system on the updated  ranking of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, released this morning, is Fugaku, a machine built at the Riken Center for Computational Science in Kobe, Japan. The new top system turned in a High Performance LINPACK (HPL) result of 415.5 petaflops (nearly half an exascale), outperforming Summit, the former no. 1 system housed at the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Lab, by a factor of 2.8x. Fugaku, powered by Fujitsu’s 48-core A64FX SoC, is the first ARM-based system to take the TOP500 top spot.

‘Rocky Year’ – Hyperion’s HPC Market Update: COVID-19 Hits Q1 Revenues, Cloud HPC Boom, Shift in Server Vendor Standings

Instead of its usual mid-year HPC market update presented at the ISC conference in Frankfurt, industry analyst firm Hyperion Research has virtually released its latest findings – including estimates of COVID-19 ‘s impact on the industry, on growth of HPC in public clouds and a significant shift in the competitive standing among the leading HPC server vendors. Taking 2019 in total, Hyperion sized the HPC server market at $13.7 billion, record revenues

SC20 General Chair: We’re Planning for In-Person and Virtual Conference

SC20, scheduled for November 15-20 in Atlanta, is in the throes of planning for this year’s conference amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic – and conference General Chair Christine E. Cuicchi today said that in the months since the coronavirus outbreak, “the SC20 committee began planning for both in-person and virtual attendance.” Noting that  open registration for the conference will begin on August 14, Cuicchi also said the conference planning committee will provide updates (here) on the event’s status as the course of the pandemic unfolds.

PRACE Awards Hundreds of Millions More Core Hours to Combat COVID-19

PRACE, the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, has issued an additional 10 awards of supercomputing resources, with a total of 227.6 million core hours for the European Union’s effort to combat COVID-19. This follows the first 10 awards recently announced by the organization. Here’s a summary of the latest PRACE awards….

DDN Unveils New Branding, Expands Market Positioning into the Enterprise – ‘Intelligent Infrastructure’

The long march of HPC-class technologies into high end enterprise IT took another step forward today with the unveiling by HPC storage stalwart DataDirect Networks of new corporate branding and  market positioning focused on the broader enterprise market.

Calling itself a “premier provider of AI and data management software and hardware solutions enabling intelligent infrastructure,” privately held DDN’s announcement caps a series of acquisitions in recent years to address standard IT workloads, such as virtualization, databases and file sharing, in support of its expanded market mission. In 2019, DDN purchased the IntelliFlash business from Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), as well as Nexenta, maker of software defined storage (SDS) for 5G and IoT.

Anton 2 at PSC for Coronavirus Binding Simulation, COVID-19 Test Development

A team at the University of Arkansas is using the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center’s Anton 2 system to simulate molecular systems for microseconds or longer to investigate how the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 attaches to human cells, PSC reported. Anton 2, developed by privately held D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) of New York, is a special-purpose, […]

Purdue’s ‘Anvil’ to Be Driven by Dell, AMD ‘Milan’ CPUs, Nvidia A100 Tensor Core GPUs

Another in a series of National Science Foundation supercomputing awards has been announced, this one a $10 million funding for a system to be housed at Purdue University to support HPC and AI workloads and scheduled to enter production next year. The system, dubbed Anvil, will be built in partnership with Dell and AMD and […]