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Dell Technologies HPC Community Interview: Bob Wisniewski, Intel’s Chief HPC Architect, Talks Aurora and Getting to Exascale

We’re recognizing that HPC is expanding to include AI. But it’s not just AI, it is big data and edge, too. Many of the large scientific instruments are turning out huge amounts of data that need to be analyzed in real time. And big data is no longer limited to the scientific instruments – it’s all the weather stations and all the smart city sensors generating massive amounts of data. As a result, HPC is facing a broader challenge and Intel realizes that a single hardware solution is not going to be right for everybody.

Lenovo Standing Up Liquid-cooled Neptune System at Max Planck Society

Lenovo is installing a Neptune liquid cooled supercomputer at the Max Planck Society, a delivery that began two months ago and is scheduled to be completed early next year. The €20 million project includes a 100,000-core Neptune comprised of Lenovo ThinkSystem servers with  Intel CPUs (unspecified) and Nvidia Tesla A100 GPUs, software and operational support, […]

Google Unveils 1st Public Cloud VMs using Nvidia Ampere A100 Tensor GPUs

Google today introduced the Accelerator-Optimized VM (A2) instance family on Google Compute Engine based on the NVIDIA Ampere A100 Tensor Core GPU, launched in mid-May. Available in alpha and with up to 16 GPUs, A2 VMs are the first A100-based offering in a public cloud, according to Google. At its launch, Nvidia said the A100, built on the company’s new Ampere architecture, delivers “the greatest generational leap ever,” according to Nvidia, enhancing training and inference computing performance by 20x over its predecessors.

Reports: TSMC May Commercialize Production of Cerebras-style AI Supercomputing Chips

Published reports state that TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) may begin commercial production within two years of specialized supercomputer AI chips, an outgrowth of the company’s customized fabrication of the Wafer Scale Engine (WSE) developed by AI start-up Cerebras Systems. Last August, Cerebras unveiled the WSE (price: US$2 million), which it said is the largest […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Rich Brueckner Talks with Jack Collins about the Emergence of ‘HPC Everywhere’ and Its Impact on Science

HPC industry veteran Jack Collins, long-time fixture in the scientific supercomputing community, has seen it all in HPC, from the days when his input/output device for storing integrals was nine-track tape to today’s 750-GPU monster systems. So he has a full appreciation for how far HPC has come. At the same time, he’s concerned about the power of HPC for dark purposes, such as deepfakes: “’Seeing is believing,’ is what people used to say,” he told the late Rich Brueckner. “I can hack a video and make it look like anything in an afternoon. That’s potentially societal altering. We have to be very careful with that.”

Car as ‘Computing Device’: Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia Team to Build Software-defined Vehicles for 2024

Nvidia and Mercedes-Benz today said they plan to create an in-vehicle computing system and AI infrastructure for 2024 Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with “upgradable automated driving functions.” The resulting cars and trucks will be capable of automated address-to-address driving of regular routes, such as commutes and repeat deliveries, according to the companies.

Lenovo Launches ThinkSystem Servers with GPU Support, Increased NVMe Storage

Lenovo this morning launched two new ThinkSystem servers, the SR860 V2 and SR850 V2, utilizing 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Intel Deep Learning Boost, along with introduction of GPU support on the SR860 V2 (four double-wide 300W or eight single-wide GPUs). The servers also offer increased NVMe storage capacity for handling AI workloads, high end VDI deployments and data analytics.

Interview: Mark Papermaster, CTO and EVP, Technology and Engineering, AMD

In this interview, Mark Papermaster, CTO and EVP, Technology and Engineering from AMD describes the company’s presence in the HPC space along with new trends in the industry. At a higher level, Mark also offers his views of the semiconductor industry in general as well as areas of innovation that AMD plans to cultivate. The discussion then turns to the exascale era of computing.

BittWare Introduces New TeraBox FPGA Accelerated Edge Server

Today BittWare introduced their new TeraBox 200DE edge server. The TeraBox series of certified server platforms feature the latest FPGA accelerators enabling customers to develop and deploy quicker with reduced risk and cost. “Working with Dell OEM for many years, we learned about the PowerEdge XE2420 and jumped at the chance to qualify our latest generation of FPGA accelerators. The combination has resulted in the TeraBox 200DE, the first enterprise-class FPGA edge server purpose-built for harsh environments and complex, compute-intensive workloads.”

Xilinx Alveo U50 Accelerator Cards come to Nimbix Cloud with Broad Application Support

Today Nimbix announced the availability of Xilinx Alveo U50 Accelerator Cards on the Nimbix Cloud. “Nimbix has paved the way for FPGA-accelerated cloud computing and today leads with the broadest portfolio of cloud FPGA solutions in the industry,” said Steve Hebert, CEO of Nimbix. “The availability of U50 accelerators in the Nimbix Cloud and JARVICE XE are helping ISVs and developers bring new applications and solutions to market in the cloud.”