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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for pre-exascale supercomputing, failed to win any of the three exascale contracts, and since then IBM has seemingly withdrawn from the HPC systems field.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….

Canonical Launches HA MicroK8s, Minimal Kubernetes

Oct. 15, 2020 — Canonical today announced autonomous high availability (HA) clustering in MicroK8s, the lightweight Kubernetes. Already popular for IoT and developer workstations, MicroK8s now gains resilience for production workloads in cloud and server deployments. High availability is enabled automatically once three or more nodes are clustered, and the data store migrates automatically between nodes to […]

Lenovo Offers Optimal Storage Platform for Intel DAOS

In this sponsored post, our friends over at Lenovo and Intel highlight how Lenovo is doing some exciting stuff with Intel’s DAOS software. DAOS, or Distributed Asynchronous Object Storage, is a scale-out HPC storage stack that uses the object storage paradigm to bypass some of the limitations of traditional parallel file system architectures.

NTU Singapore Scientists Develop ‘Mini-brains’ to Help Robots Recognize Pain and to Self-repair

Singapore, 15 Oct. 2020 — Using a brain-inspired approach, scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a way for robots to have the artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize pain and to self-repair when damaged. The system has AI-enabled sensor nodes to process and respond to ‘pain’ arising from pressure exerted by a physical […]

Cambridge Quantum Computing Announces Update to t|ket⟩ Quantum Software Development Kit (Q-SDK)

Oct. 15, 2020 – Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC) today announced the latest version of t|ket〉(pronounced “ticket”), its high-performance quantum software development kit (Q-SDK), which now enables quantum circuit execution on Amazon Braket, a fully managed quantum computing service from Amazon Web Services (AWS), and IonQ quantum computers as well as application development on the Windows […]

Sandia: Material in House Paint Could Spur ‘Technology Revolution’

A new method to make non-volatile computer memory may have unlocked a problem been holding back machine learning and has the potential to revolutionize technologies like voice recognition, image processing and autonomous driving, according to a team of researchers at Sandia National Laboratories. Working with collaborators from the University of Michigan, the Sandia team published […]

NCSA’s Bill Gropp Voted IEEE CS 2022 President

Oct. 14, 2020 — The National Center for Supercomputing Application’s (NCSA) Director and Chief Scientist William “Bill” Gropp has been voted IEEE Computer Society 2021 president-elect and will serve as president in 2022. The president oversees IEEE CS programs and operations and is a nonvoting member of most IEEE CS program boards and committees. The IEEE CS is the […]

What May Come from Exascale? Improved Medicines, Longer-range Batteries, Better Control of 3D Parts, for Starters

As Exascale Day (Oct. 18) approaches, we thought it appropriate to post a recent article from Scott Gibson of the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), an overview of the anticipated advances in scientific discovery enabled by exascale-class supercomputers. Much of this research will focus on atomic physics and its impact on such areas as catalysts used in industrial conversion, molecular dynamics simulations and quantum mechanics used to develop new materials for improved medicines, batteries, sensors and computing devices.