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Exascale Exasperation: Why DOE Gave Intel a 2nd Chance; Can Nvidia GPUs Ride to Aurora’s Rescue?

The most talked-about topic in HPC these days – another Intel chip delay and therefore delay of the U.S.’s flagship Aurora exascale system – is something no one directly involved wants to talk about. Not Argonne National Laboratory, where Intel was to install Aurora in 2021; not the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project, guiding […]

Summit Takes Center Stage in GE Wind Power Study

Scientists at GE Research have been authorized by the U.S. Department of Energy to access Oak Ridge National Lab’s (ORNL) Summit supercomputer, the world second most powerful system, to study wind power, projected to provide 20 percent of U.S. energy in the next 10 years. GE engineers – led by GE Research Aerodynamics Engineer Jing […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Steve Conway on the Imperative of AI Ethics and Why ‘Hardware Is Easy, Software Is Hard’

Steve Conway of industry analyst firm Hyperion Research is one of those technologists with the rare talent for talking complex technology in a straightforward, comprehensible way. In this interview, he uses that talent to survey the history of HPC and look at what’s ahead for the industry.  In his view, the simultaneous convergences of HPC […]

Intersect360: HPC Industry Down 3.7% Due to COVID-19, First Decline in a Decade

Industry analyst firm Intersect360 has announced its forecast for the HPC industry for this year and next, predicting a 3.7 percent decline for 2020 with a market rebound in 2021. Pegging the size of the industry at $39 billion in 2019, a jump of 8.2 percent from 2018, the firm predicted “significant disruption” to the HPC market in the short term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic followed by a corresponding spike upward in 2021.

Another Intel 7nm Chip Delay – What Does it Mean for Aurora Exascale?

The saga of Intel’s inabilities to deliver a 7nm process chip and a supercomputer called Aurora to Argonne National Laboratory opened new chapters yesterday with Intel CEO Bob Swan’s statements that the company’s 7nm “Ponte Vecchio” GPU, integral to its Aurora exascale system scheduled for delivery next year, will be delayed at least six months. […]

Argonne Claims Largest Engine Flow Simulation Using Theta Supercomputer

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have conducted what they claim is the largest simulation of flow inside an internal combustion engine. Insights gained from the simulation – run on 51,328 cores of Argonne’s Theta supercomputer – could help auto manufacturers to design greener engines. A blog post on the […]

Dell Technologies HPC Community Interview: Bob Wisniewski, Intel’s Chief HPC Architect, Talks Aurora and Getting to Exascale

We’re recognizing that HPC is expanding to include AI. But it’s not just AI, it is big data and edge, too. Many of the large scientific instruments are turning out huge amounts of data that need to be analyzed in real time. And big data is no longer limited to the scientific instruments – it’s all the weather stations and all the smart city sensors generating massive amounts of data. As a result, HPC is facing a broader challenge and Intel realizes that a single hardware solution is not going to be right for everybody.

Frédéric Hannoyer Appointed COO of SiPearl, Designer of Europe’s Exascale Chip

Frédéric Hannoyer (48, Ecole Polytechnique Paris, Ecole des Ponts Paris, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has been appointed chief operating officer of  SiPearl, the microprocessor designer for the European exascale supercomputer. In April, SiPearl signed a technological licensing agreement with Arm, the global semiconductor IP provider, granting the organization access to the Arm Neoverse platform, codenamed […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Rich Brueckner and ECP’s Doug Kothe Talk Exascale, Containers of the Future and Multiple Machine Coordination

As director of the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), Doug Kothe leads one of the United State’s most important strategic computing efforts, one that promises significant impacts on scientific research and national competitiveness. The position draws upon Kothe’s more than three decades of experience as a physicist and computer scientist at several of the Department of […]

Let’s Talk Exascale: Forecasting Water Resources and Severe Weather with Greater Confidence

In this episode of Let’s Talk Exascale, Mark Taylor of Sandia National Laboratories talks about using exascale supercomputers for severe weather and water resource forecasting. A sub-project within the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) called E3SM-MMF is working to improve the ability to simulate the water cycle and the processes around precipitation. Our guest on the latest episode of ECP’s podcast, Let’s Talk Exascale, is Mark Taylor of Sandia National Laboratories, principal investigator of the E3SM-MMF project.