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Arm Throwing Elbows: LRZ to Deploy Arm-based HPE Cray CS500

It’s been a good week for Arm: the Fugaku supercomputer at Japan’s Riken research center was named no. 1 on the TOP500 listing of the world’s most powerful HPC systems, and today, the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Munich announced it will deploy HPE’s Cray CS500 with Fujitsu A64FX chips based on the Arm architecture – the same processor used in Fugaku (and then there’s Apple switching from x86 for new Arm chips).

‘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

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.

HPE (Cray) SVP, HPC Luminary Steve Scott Leaving for Microsoft

In news disclosed via tweet, Microsoft Azure Principal Program Manager for HPC & Big Compute Evan Burness disclosed that Steve Scott, long-time industry luminary and senior manager at Cray, is leaving HPE for Microsoft to become technical fellow and corporate vice president of hardware architecture. Mostly at Cray off and on for nearly 30 years […]

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, […]

COVID Camouflage: TACC’s Frontera Reveals Virus’s ‘Sugar Coating’

Researchers using the Frontera supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) have uncovered the atomic makeup of the sugary shield on the coronavirus that could prove instrumental to the workings of the contagion, now spreading death, illness and economic destruction around the world. UCSD scientists have used about 2.3 million Frontera node hours for molecular dynamics simulations and modeling. 

AWS: GA of Arm-based Instances Boost Price/Performance 40% for HPC, Inferencing Workloads

Launched last December, Amazon Web Services today announced general availability of its sixth generation of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, with three new instances powered by AWS-designed, Arm-based Graviton2 processors, that the company said delivers 40 percent better price/performance over current x86-based instances.

The UK Innovation Corridor: HPC and the Bio-Technology Revolution

Today there are more patents being approved in the Innovation Corridor per capita than in Silicon Valley, USA. In 2019, it was named as the UK’s fastest growing economic region, with businesses in the corridor reporting a turnover of around £121 billion per annum. With a growing population of around 2 million within the corridor, urbanisation is fast becoming a key trend, but there is more to draw the world’s brightest minds here than by its reputation alone. There are, for example, organisations like AstraZenca, which are changing the way medicines and therapies are developed globally, businesses that are influencing how the financial markets are evolving and incubator projects leveraging HPC and AI to drive development at the forefront of many fields of industry.

AI Supercomputer at PSC to Combine Cerebras ‘World’s Largest Chip’ and HPE Superdome Flex

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has won a $5 million award from the National Science Foundation to build Neocortex, an AI supercomputer that incorporates the Cerebras Systems Wafer Scale Engine technology introduced last year along with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s shared memory Superdome Flex hardware. PSC, a joint research organization of Carnegie Mellon University and the University […]

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 […]