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HPC Processor Competition Heats Up

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World explores efforts to diversify the HPC processor market. “With the arrival of Arm and now the reintroduction of AMD to HPC, there are signs of new life in an HPC processor market that has been dominated by Intel Xeon processors for a number of years.”

Optalysys Optical Processing Achieves 90 percent energy savings for DNA Sequence Alignment

The GENESYS project applied Optalysys’s unique optical processing technology to perform large-scale DNA sequence alignment. “The collaboration with EI has been a great success,” said Dr. Nick New, founder and CEO of Optalysys. “We have demonstrated the technology at several international conferences including Advances in Genome Biology and Technology, Plant and Animal Genome Conference and Genome 10K/Genome Science, to an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response. We are looking forward to continuing our strong relationship with EI through the beta program and beyond.”

Supercomputing Frontiers Europe Announces Keynote Speakers

The Supercomputing Frontiers conference has announced it Full Agenda and Keynote Speakers. The event takes place March 12-15 in Warsaw, Poland. “Supercomputing Frontiers is an annual international conference that provides a platform for thought leaders from both academia and industry to interact and discuss visionary ideas, important visionary trends and substantial innovations in supercomputing.”

Ampere Computing Startup to Bring Arm to the Datacenter

Today a new Arm server company called Ampere launched with a mission to address memory performance, cost, space and power constraints for the datacenter. Of note is the company’s leadership team, which is comprised of semiconductor and cloud computing experts, including several well-known architects from the industry. Renee James, former president of Intel, is the CEO.

First Public Disclosure of Isambard Supercomputer Performance Results

Prof. Simon McIntosh-Smith from the University of Bristol gave this talk at the GoingARM Workshop. “Isambard is a unique system that will enable direct ‘apples-to-apples’ comparisons across architectures, thus enabling UK scientists to better understand which architecture best suits their application.”

Video: Lustre File System on ARM

Carlos Thomaz from DDN gave this talk at LAD’17 in Paris. “With the first set of Arm-based HPC servers debuting at SC17 in Denver, the platform is being evaluated for Lustre performance by a number of other organizations including Cray, DDN, and ORNL.”

Video: HiPEAC Conference Looks at Innovations in Computer Architecture

This video features highlights from the first day at the HiPEAC conference, which took place last week in Manchester. HiPEAC is the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. “HiPEAC Coordinator Koen De Bosschere tells us what’s been going on, including a great keynote talk from Maria Girone at CERN. Meanwhile, Arm’s John Goodacre tells us why Manchester is a great location for the conference and why it’s important for companies like Arm to be involved in HiPEAC.”

Job of the Week: Research Scientist specializing in HPC Processor Architectures at Jülich

The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) is one of the three national supercomputing centres in Germany. It is partnering with leading technology providers on co-design hardware architectures for future supercomputers. In this context we research on current and future ARM-based architectures for high-performance computing. The research will be performed within the European project “MB2020”.

HiPEAC18 Conference to Focus on Performance and Security Next Week in Manchester

Coming up next week in Manchester, the HiPEAC 2018 conference will once again bring together the best minds in computer architecture and compilation to exploit the enormous potential of new computing paradigms. “The HiPEAC conference is the flagship networking event of our 2000-strong community of computing experts,’ says HiPEAC coordinator Koen de Bosschere of Ghent University. “This year we are very happy to have two leading European companies (ARM for mobile computing and DeepMind for deep learning) as the main sponsors of the event. They are creating the key technological components of future smart devices.”

Video: Red Hat Showcases ARM Support for HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17, Jon Masters from Red Hat describes the company’s Multi-Architecture HPC capabilities, including the new ARM-powered Apollo 70 server from HPE. “At SC17, you will also have an opportunity to see the power and flexibility of Red Hat Enterprise Linux across multiple architectures, including Arm v8-A, x86_64 and IBM POWER Little Endian.”