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Report: NREL Economic Impact Tops $1 Billion

What are the economic benefits of HPC? A new study by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business indicates that the economic impact of NREL amounted to more than $1.1 billion nationwide, while the impact on Colorado’s economy came in at nearly $748 million. “The lab’s highly skilled workforce, innovative facilities, and business partnerships are key to the region’s economic vitality.”

Submer SmartPodX Platform launches for OCP Immersion Cooling

Today the European Submer startup announced that their latest SmartPod Immersion Cooling System conforms to both standard server formats and to Open Compute Project (OCP) specifications for high-performance, supercomputing, and hyperscale infrastructures – the SmartPodX. “The Open Compute Project exists to develop open standards that bring greater efficiency, scalability, openness, and positive impact to datacenters and hardware – making all of our lives better,” said Submer CEO Daniel Pope. “This makes the OCP Global Summit the perfect opportunity to launch our hyper-efficient SmartPodX that will power the next generation of high-performance servers and supercomputers that usher in the next wave of research and technical innovation.”

In a boon for HPC, Founding Members Sign SKA Observatory Treaty

Earlier this week, countries involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project came together in Rome to sign an international treaty establishing the intergovernmental organization that will oversee the delivery of the world’s largest radio telescope. “Two of the world’s fastest supercomputers will be needed to process the unprecedented amounts of data emanating from the telescopes, with some 600 petabytes expected to be stored and distributed worldwide to the science community every year, or the equivalent of over half a million laptops worth of data.”

Calista Redmond named CEO of RISC-V Foundation

Today the RISC-V Foundation announced that Calista Redmond has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective immediately. I’ve always understood the potential short- and long-term impact of the RISC-V license-free ISA on the open source community. Having spent a lot of my career working in the open source ecosystem, I’m excited to help RISC-V grow and deliver on the Foundation’s mission of paving the way for the next 50 years of computing design and innovation,” said Redmond, CEO of the RISC-V Foundation.”

Swiss HPC Conference to Focus on Intersecting Interests, Industries, and Initiatives

Coming up in April, AI and HPC practitioners share passions for cutting-edge technology and breakthrough R&D in Lugano, Switzerland at the tenth annual Swiss Conference and HPCXXL User Group. The joint sessions take place at Palazzo dei Congressi, April 1-4, bringing leaders together from academia, government and industry to share first-hand insights on innovative research, techniques, tools and technologies that are fueling economies, productivity and progress globally.

Tachyum Chip Startup gets $17 Million Capital Infusion from Slovak Government

Today chip startup Tachyum announced that it has received capital from the Slovak government of almost $17 million dollars to help build a new R&D center within the country. This funding will assist in the final development phase of the company’s Prodigy Universal Processor Chip, the smallest and fastest general-purpose, 64-bit processor, requiring 10x lower power and 3x lower sell price than competing products with equivalent performance. Together, these two attributes result in Prodigy reducing data center annual total cost of ownership (CapEx + OpEx) by a factor of 4x.

Video: The Game Changing Post-K Supercomputer for HPC, Big Data, and Ai

Satoshi Matsuoka from RIKEN gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. “Rather than to focus on double precision flops that are of lesser utility, rather Post-K, especially its Arm64fx processor and the Tofu-D network is designed to sustain extreme bandwidth on realistic applications including those for oil and gas, such as seismic wave propagation, CFD, as well as structural codes, besting its rivals by several factors in measured performance. Post-K is slated to perform 100 times faster on some key applications c.f. its predecessor, the K-Computer, but also will likely to be the premier big data and AI/ML infrastructure.”

Video: A New Era in HPC

In this video from the 2019 Rice Oil & Gas conference, Trish Damkroger from Intel presents: A New Era in HPC. “In this keynote presentation, Trish will discuss the changing landscape of high performance computing, key trends, and the convergence of HPC-AI-HPDA that is transforming our industry and will fuel HPC to fulfill its potential as a scientific tool for business and innovation. Trish will highlight not only key forces driving this shift but discuss how this transformation requires a fundamental paradigm shift and is opening up unprecedented opportunities for HPC.”

ARCHER2 Supercomputer coming to University of Edinburgh

Today the University of Edinburgh announced plans to deploy ARCHER2, a £79 million national supercomputer that will be five times faster than the UK’s current capabilities. “ARCHER2 will provide UK science with an unparalleled capability to model and simulate the world around us,” said Professor Mark Parsons, EPCC Director. “This is a real vote of confidence in the University’s supercomputing centre, EPCC, which is internationally recognised for its excellence in computational science.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at NVIDIA’s acquisition of Mellanox. “This called for an emergency session of our crack panel. While it will be several months before the full impact of this merger is felt, the RFHPC team believes this will change both the HPC and the Datacenter markets. It also signals Nvidia’s journey towards becoming more of a systems company and gives them a better shot at the enterprise AI market.”