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Meet OLCF’s Gina Tourassi, Director of National Center for Computational Sciences

Since Gina Tourassi began her career, computer science has come a long way. Tourassi learned programming in the 1980s starting with QBasic. It’s a programming environment that hasn’t been included with Microsoft operating systems for more than 20 years. When she first discovered her love of computational research, computer scientists were programming artificial intelligence (AI) […]

Thoughts on SC21: Exascale, TOP500, Diversity in HPC, Quantum, the Metaverse

We pulled together a quartet of HPC thought leaders from the technology analyst and national lab communities to gather their reflections on SC21, ranging from big-picture insights on how the event reflects the state of HPC to the keynotes, sessions and announcements they think were particularly notable. Topics covered: The need for diversity in recruiting […]

ECP Brings Visualization Software to Exascale and GPU-accelerated HPC Systems

The development of the VTK-m toolkit, a scientific visualization toolkit for emerging architectures, is a critical advancement in support of scientific visualization on exascale and GPU-accelerated systems for high-performance computing (HPC) users. VTK-m is needed because—counterintuitively—GPUs currently have software challenges when supporting large-scale scientific visualization tasks. For historical reasons, their massively multithreaded architecture, separate memory subsystems, and advent of new visualization workflows, such as in situ and in transit visualization, that bypass data movement for big-data simulations are currently problematic for scientific visualization.

TOP500: Little Change to HPC Top 10

The newest edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers was released today at SC21 in St. Louis — with little change in the Top10. The Microsoft Azure system called Voyager-EUS2 was the only machine to shake up the top spots, claiming No. 10. Based on an AMD EPYC processor with […]

HPE Builds Supercomputer for France’s GENCI-CINES

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced it is building what it said will be one of Europe’s most powerful supercomputers to be installed and operated next year at CINES (National Computing Center for Higher Education), one of the three high performance computing (HPC) centers in France. The system was procured by GENCI, a national […]

AMD Announces 4.9x HPC and AI Jump from Instinct MI200 Multi-die GPU

Continuing its long and impressive march back to prominence in data center and HPC-AI chips, AMD this morning announced the new Instinct MI200 GPU series, labeled by the company as “the first exascale-class GPU accelerators.” The product line includes the Instinct MI250X HPC-AI accelerator, built on AMD CDNA 2 architecture and providing up to 4.9X […]

HPE’s HPC Leader Justin Hotard on the Broader Impacts and Implications of Exascale

In this interview with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s SVP/GM of High Performance Computing & Mission Critical Solutions Justin Hotard, he discusses the new world to be enabled by exascale supercomputing. Among the topics he delves into: why exascale is applicable to more market sectors (read: the enterprise) than some may think and how the Cray programming environment is facilitating supercomputing’s rapidly evolving heterogeneous super power: HPC combined with AI.

‘Nice Win’ for Ponte Vecchio – SiPearl Picks Intel GPU for European Exascale

SiPearl, designing the microprocessor for European supercomputers, today announced it will incorporate Intel’s forthcoming “Ponte Vecchio” GPU, along with Intel’s oneAPI cross-architecture programming model, in a partnership for the first European exascale supercomputers. SiPearl said the Intel partnership allows European customers “the possibility” to combine SiPearl’s HPC CPU, called Rhea, with Intel’s family of general-purpose […]

Let’s Talk Exascale: Guiding the Construction of Frontier’s Mechanical Systems

In this episode of the Let’s Talk Exascale podcast, David Grant, high performance computing engineer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, talks with the lab’s Scott Gibson about Frontier, the nation’s first exascale supercomputer scheduled to be installed by the end of this year. Grant, who works in ORNL’s Laboratory Modernization Division is responsible for ensuring that supercomputers installed at the lab have the cooling capacity required to operate 24/7.

AMD to Showcase New EPYC and Instinct Data Center Chips at Nov. 8 Virtual Event

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) will host its Accelerated Data Center premiere on Monday, Nov. 8 at 11 am ET, showcasing the company’s upcoming EPYC CPU processors and Instinct GPU accelerators. While AMD declined comment, it’s assumed the EPYC and Instinct technology to be shown will be processing technology that will drive the U.S.’s first exascale system, […]