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Astera Labs Secures $50M in Series-C Funding

SANTA CLARA, CA – September 27, 2021 – Astera Labs, maker of connectivity solutions for intelligent systems, today announced raising $50M as part of an oversubscribed Series-C funding round led by Fidelity Management and Research. Fidelity was joined in this funding round by Atreides Management and Valor Equity Partners, with continued participation from existing investors […]

Why HPE Cray EX Is the Supercomputer of Choice at Leading Weather Centers

[SPONSORED POST] For decades, compute resources used for weather forecasting have tracked with advances in state-of-the-art supercomputing. Which is to say that the weather segment demands systems with the greatest data ingest and storage capacity combined with the most powerful processing capabilities. As the accuracy of daily weather forecasts and warnings of severe weather depend on high-performance computing combined, increasingly, with artificial intelligence, it is perhaps not surprising that weather segment IT spending has not been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hyperion Research predicts that it will in fact grow by an astonishing 33 percent between 2021–20241, significantly outpacing

HPC/AI in the Spotlight: Jensen Huang Named to Time Magazine’s Most Influential People List

Estranged royalty, movie stars and Olympic athletes have influence, sure, but if you want to build a list of people with lasting impact then Time magazine got it right when it named Jensen Huang to its list of the 100 most influential people of 2021. The CEO of Nvidia, whose GPUs are highlighted by Time […]

NCAR Official to Discuss New Supercomputer Friday at Univ. of Wyoming

September 13, 2021 — A top director with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is coming to the University of Wyoming to discuss the capabilities and uses of a new supercomputer that will be installed in the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) near Cheyenne. Thomas Hauser, director of NCAR’s Computational and Information Systems Laboratory Technology […]

The State of Quantum Computing Today: Market Sizing, CAGR Projections, Buyer Expectations

Though embryonic, the quantum computing industry is coming into focus, taking on the earmarks of a viable entity on the computing landscape – earmarks that have progressed beyond the possibilities, promises and potential that have mostly characterized the technology to date. Examples: as quantum offers increasing early-stage utility, we can foresee the way in which […]

On the Front Lines of AI Automation: Life Sciences and Chip Design

Given the right task, AI-driven machines can be empowered with supercharged IQs that make the smartest humans look dumb, or at least inefficient.  As we watch advances made in task automation, we see it burgeoning into fields previously (last week) thought unimaginable. Two recent reports underline the trend. In one, Carnegie Mellon University is teaming […]

SC21 Will Remain In-person/Virtual Hybrid, Says Conference General Chair de Supinski

Amid rumors that SC21 is on the verge of shifting to an all-virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic, conference General Chair Bronis de Supinski told us today that the rumors are unfounded: SC21 will be an in person/virtual hybrid gathering. “There’s nothing to (the rumors),” de Supinski said. He added that he and several […]

How Machine Learning Is Revolutionizing HPC Simulations

Physics-based simulations, that staple of traditional HPC, may be evolving toward an emerging, AI-based technique that could radically accelerate simulation runs while cutting costs. Called “surrogate machine learning models,” the topic was a focal point in a keynote on Tuesday at the International Conference on Parallel Processing by Argonne National Lab’s Rick Stevens. Stevens, ANL’s […]

Add UK to Nvidia-Arm Acquisition Snags

On the heels of potential regulatory problems in China and Europe for Nvidia’s planned Arm acquisition, another press report, from Bloomberg, states that UK regulators are considering blocking the $40 billion takeover on the grounds of national security risks. It’s not known what those risks may be, but the Bloomberg story said a report by the UK government’s Competition and Markets Authority “contains worrying implications for national security, with the country now leaning towards blocking the deal,” according to an article in Data Centre Dynamics.

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 […]