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Nvidia Dominates MLPerf AI Benchmark Competition Again

Nvidia said it has extended its lead on the MLPerf Benchmark for AI inference with the company’s A100 GPU chip introduced earlier this year. Nvidia won each of the six application tests for data center and edge computing systems in the second version of MLPerf Inference. These tests are an expansion beyond the initial two […]

HPE Cray EX with AMD CPUs-GPUs to Deliver 552PFLOPS for Finland’s CSC

The HPE-AMD supercomputing tandem has had a bang-out week for systems wins and installations – and it’s only Wednesday. On Monday, Australia’s Pawsey Supercomputing Centre announced HPE has been awarded a $48 AUD million systems contract. Yesterday, Los Alamos National Lab said it has stood up “Chicoma,” based on AMD processors and the HPE Cray […]

HPE to build Australia’s No. 1 Supercomputer at Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced it was awarded a $48 AUD million contract to build a new supercomputer for Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, one of Australia’s leading national supercomputing centers, located in Western Australia. The new supercomputer is part of the Pawsey Capital Refresh Program, which is a $70 AUD million program funded by the Australian government to […]

Getting to Exascale: Nothing Is Easy

In the weeks leading to today’s Exascale Day observance, we set ourselves the task of asking supercomputing experts about the unique challenges, the particularly vexing problems, of building a computer capable of 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second. Readers of this publication might guess, given Intel’s trouble producing the 7nm “Ponte Vecchio” GPU for its delayed Aurora system for Argonne National Laboratory, that compute is the toughest exascale nut to crack. But according to the people we interviewed, the difficulties of engineering exascale-class supercomputing run the systems gamut. As we listened to exascale’s daunting litany of technology difficulties….

EuroHPC: 4 Nvidia-based AI Supercomputers Coming from Atos, HPE; 4 More on Way

Four new supercomputers backed by a pan-European initiative will use Nvidia data center accelerators, networks and software for AI and high-performance computing. They include a system dubbed Leonardo, unveiled today at Italy’s CINECA research center, using Nvidia technologies to deliver what the company said is the world’s most powerful AI system. The four systems are […]

Where Have You Gone, IBM?

The company that built the world’s nos. 2 and 3 most powerful supercomputers is to all appearances backing away from the supercomputer systems business. IBM, whose Summit and Sierra CORAL-1 systems set the global standard for pre-exascale supercomputing, failed to win any of the three exascale contracts, and since then IBM has seemingly withdrawn from the HPC systems field. This has been widely discussed within the HPC community for at least the last 18 months. In fact, an industry analyst told us that as long ago as the annual ISC Conference in Frankfurt four years ago, he was shocked when IBM told him the company was no longer interested in the HPC business per se….

DOE Under Secretary for Science Dabbar’s Exascale Update: Frontier to Be First, Aurora to Be Monitored

As Exascale Day (October 18) approaches, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar has commented on the hottest exascale question of the day: which of the country’s first three systems will be stood up first? In a recent, far-reaching interview with us, Dabbar confirmed what has been expected for more than two months, that the first U.S. exascale system will not, as planned, be the Intel-powered Aurora system at Argonne National Laboratory. It will instead be HPE-Cray’s Frontier, powered by AMD CPUs and GPUs and designated for Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Nearly 1000 AMD GPUs Added to NNSA’s ‘Corona’ Cluster for COVID-19 Research

AMD and Supermicro have upgraded the “Corona” cluster at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for COVID-19 drug discovery and vaccine research. The addition of nearly 1,000 AMD Radeon Instinct MI50 GPU accelerators to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Corona system (named for the solar eclipse of 2017) increases the throughput of the cluster from about 4.5 […]

Dell Technologies HPC Community Interviews: Nvidia’s Geetika Gupta on a Decade of Driving GPUs into the Data Center

Geetika Gupta, senior product manager at Nvidia, is a veteran of the company’s drive to bring GPU processing power to the data center. In this conversation, part of our Dell Technologies HPC Community series of interviews, Gupta talks about her work  in product management of multiple generations of Nvidia GPUs – including Kepler, Pascal and […]

GTC: A Summary of Today’s Announcements from Nvidia

Here is a summary of today’s news and announcement released by Nvidia at its GPU Technology Conference (GTC), this year held virtually: Data Center and Networking New Family of BlueField DPUs for Center Networking, Storage and Security Performance – The company announced a new kind of processor — the DPU, or data processing unit — featuring DOCA, […]