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Call for Workshops: HiPEAC 2020 in Bologna

The HiPEAC 2020 conference has issued its Call for Workshops. The event takes place January 20-22, 2020 in Bologna, Italy. “The HiPEAC conference is the meeting place for computing systems researchers in Europe. Put your research on the map with a paper presentation and get your paper published in the open access journal ACM TACO: Transactions on Architecture and Code Optimization.”

Catalyst UK Program Fosters Arm-based HPC Systems

“Clearly Arm will fit in as part of a broader HPC ecosystem, as we move towards systems that involve multiple chip architectures. In terms of scientific research, it may mean we run one stage of a simulation workflow on an Arm processor, while another stage is best carried out on another processor. By building a common fabric with multiple architectures on it, we can allow users to use the most appropriate hardware for each stage of their particular research problem.”

Barcelona Supercomputing Centre opens Arm Centre of Excellence for HPC

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) and Arm Research have signed a multi-year agreement to establish the Arm-BSC Centre of Excellence. The move reflects a long history of BSC pioneering Arm technologies in HPC with the MontBlanc project. “The establishment of this Centre of Excellence will enable us to continue our close collaboration in order to advance the presence of Arm technologies in High Performance Computing and High Performance Data Analytics in Europe and worldwide.”

AI Chipmaker Hailo Releases Power-efficient Deep Learning Processor

Today AI chipmaker Hailo announced the “world’s top performing deep learning processor.” The company is now sampling its breakthrough Hailo 8 chip with select partners across multiple industries, with a focus on automotive. The chip is built with an innovative architecture that enables edge devices to run sophisticated deep learning applications that could previously run only on the cloud.

Quadric.io to Build “Supercomputer for Edge Devices”

Today chip startup Quadric.io announced plans to build the world’s first “supercomputer” specifically designed for the real-time needs of autonomous systems. “Instead of building a heterogeneous system with CPUs/GPUs/FPGAs & AI chips and dealing with that complexity of software and hardware integration, Quadric has the technology to handle most of the application in a single unified hardware architecture and software model.”

Qualcomm to bring power-efficient AI Inference to the Cloud

Today Qualcomm announced that it is bringing the Company’s artificial intelligence expertise to the cloud with the Qualcomm Cloud AI 100. “Our all new Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 accelerator will significantly raise the bar for the AI inference processing relative to any combination of CPUs, GPUs, and/or FPGAs used in today’s data centers,” said Keith Kressin, senior vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Video: Defining A New Efficiency Standard for HPC Data Centers

Björn Brynjulfsson from Etix Everywhere gave this talk at CloudFest 2019. “Benefiting from very favorable ambient conditions and drawing on a background of designing, building and operating both high end facilities and super economical blockchain facilities we will show how the Etix team meet the challenge in Blönduós Iceland. The presentation describes how Etix delivered a 45 MW, ultra-green, HPC facility with lowest TCO in class, in under 9 months from start to finish.”

Video: Arm in HPC

Brent Gorda from ARM gave this talk at the Rice Oil & Gas Conference. “With the recent Astra system at Sandia Lab (#203 on the Top500) and HPE Catalyst project in the UK, Arm-based architectures are arriving in HPC environments. Several partners have announced or will soon announce new silicon and projects, each of which offers something different and compelling for our community.  Brent will describe the driving factors and how these solutions are changing the landscape for HPC.”

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.”