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How the European Processor Initiative is Leveraging RISC-V for the Future of Supercomputing

In this special guest feature, Calista Redmond writes that the European Processor Initiative is designing an HPC accelerator based on RISC-V. “The accelerator will be designed for high throughput and power efficiency within the general purpose processor (GPP) chip. The EPI explains that using RISC-V enables the program to leverage “open source resources at [the] hardware architecture level and software level, as well as ensuring independence from non-European patented computing technologies.”

Xilinx Launches Alveo U50 FPGA Datacenter Accelerator Card

Today Xilinx launched the new Alveo U50 data center accelerator card, the industry’s first low profile adaptable accelerator with PCIe Gen 4 support. Designed for the datacenter, the Alveo U50 is uniquely designed to supercharge a broad range of critical compute, network and storage workloads, all on one reconfigurable platform. “We believe the combination of low-profile form-factor, HBM2 memory performance, and PCIe Gen 4 speed to interface with IBM Power processors will enable the OpenPOWER ecosystem to provide cutting edge adaptable acceleration solutions.” 

Pricing American Options with the NEC SX-Aurora TSUBASA Vector Engine

The Aldwin division of ANEO is now working together with NEC to leverage the leading-edge vector technology of SX-Aurora TSUBASA for porting and optimizing Aldwin’s in-house software for American option pricing. The code is implemented in C++17 and designed to capitalize on the full capabilities of both scalar and vector architectures. It uses OpenMP to multithread the application, while the vectorization is implemented using the Eigen library.

EPI delivers first design for high-performance processor

The European Processor Initiative (EPI) has delivered its first architectural design to the European Commission and is welcoming new partners. “Energy efficient high-performance families of EPI processors will include most advanced general-purpose and accelerator cores that will deliver unprecedented processing capabilities, enabling EU researchers from academia and industry to most efficiently address global challenges. The business sustainability of the initiative is supported by carefully balanced target markets, with primary focus on exascale HPC/AI and automotive markets.”

GPU Hackathon gears up for Future Perlmutter Supercomputer

NERSC recently hosted its first user hackathon to begin preparing key codes for the next-generation architecture of the Perlmutter system. Over four days, experts from NERSC, Cray, and NVIDIA worked with application code teams to help them gain new understanding of the performance characteristics of their applications and optimize their codes for the GPU processors in Perlmutter. “By starting this process early, the code teams will be well prepared for running on GPUs when NERSC deploys the Perlmutter system in 2020.”

NEC-X Opens Vector Engine Data Acceleration Center in Silicon Valley

Today NEC-X launched the Vector Engine Data Acceleration Center (VEDAC) at its Silicon Valley facility. This new VEDAC is one of the company’s many offerings to innovators, makers and change agents. The NEC X organization is focused on fostering big data innovations using NEC’s emerging technologies while tapping into Silicon Valley’s rich ecosystem. “We are gratified to see the developing innovations that are taking advantage of the cutting-edge technologies from NEC’s laboratories.”

Video: Enabling Applications to Exploit SmartNICs and FPGAs

Sean Hefty and Venkata Krishnan from Intel gave this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop in Austin. “Advances in Smart NIC/FPGA with integrated network interface allow acceleration of application-specific computation to be performed alongside communication. Participants will learn about the potential for Smart NIC/FPGA application acceleration and will have the opportunity to contribute application expertise and domain knowledge to a discussion of how Smart NIC/FPGA acceleration technology can bring individual applications into the Exascale era.”

GPU Technology Conference to put HPC and Ai front and center

NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) kicks off today in Silicon Valley. In this video, Ned Finkle from NVIDIA previews some of the public sector sessions this week at GTC. “GTC is the premier AI and deep learning conference, providing training, insights, and direct access to experts from leading research institutions and national labs. At GTC, you can explore hundreds of sessions on cutting edge AI research and applications across industries.”

Optalysys launches FT:X 2000 – The world’s first commercial optical processing system

Today Optalysys announced the FT:X 2000, the world’s first optical co-processor system for Ai computing. “It is a really exciting time in optical computing,” said Dr. Nick New, Optalysys CEO and Founder. “As we approach the commercial launch of our main optical co-processor systems, we are seeing a surge in interest in optical methods, which are needed to provide the next level of processing capability across multiple industry sectors. We are on the verge of an optical computing revolution and it’s fantastic to be leading the way.”

Intel Pushes the Envelope at SC18

Intel has a long history of making important announcements at the annual Supercomputer shows, and this year was no exception. This guest post from Intel covers what new technology was front and center from Intel at SC18, including its Cascade Lake advanced performance processors, Intel Optane Persistent Memory and more. Learn more about these new technologies designed to accelerate the convergence of high-performance computing and AI.