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ISC 2022: HPC Experts Share Thoughts on Making the Most of Next Week’s Conference

ISC 2022, one of the biggest HPC confabs of the year, will be an in-person event (along with virtual streming) for the first time since 2019. Getting the most of the conference in Hamburg calls for good time management and good judgment. As an assist to both in-person and virtual attendees we spoke with three […]

LLNL and Amazon Web Services Team on Standardized HPC Software Stack

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have signed a memorandum of understanding to define the role of leadership-class high performance computing (HPC) “in a future where cloud HPC is ubiquitous,” the two organizations said. LLNL and AWS said they will explore software and hardware solutions spanning cloud and on-premises HPC environments, with the […]

Azure Adopts AMD Instinct MI200 GPU for Large-Scale AI Training

SANTA CLARA, Calif. May 26, 2022 — Microsoft has announced the use of AMD Instinct MI200 GPU accelerators for large-scale AI training workloads. Microsoft also announced it is working with the PyTorch Core team and AMD data center software team to optimize the performance and developer experience for customers running PyTorch on Microsoft Azure. AMD […]

Lenovo Talks TruScale HPC-as-a-Service, Supply Chain Strategy and ISC 2022

This Q&A was conducted by Nages Sieslack of the ISC 2022 organizing team who spoke with Noam Rosen, Managing Director for High Performance Computing at Lenovo EMEA. Lenovo will be exhibiting in person at ISC 2022 in Hamburg from May 30 to June 1. Nages Sieslack: What was the impetus behind Lenovo’s new TruScale HPC as-a-service and tell us what sets it apart from HPC as-a-service offerings from other OEMs?

AMD to Use AMD EPYC-Powered Google Cloud’s C2D VM Instance for EDA

Google Cloud and AMD today announced a partnership in which AMD will run electronic design automation (EDA) for its chip-design workloads on Google Cloud, extending the on-premises capabilities of AMD data centers. AMD will also leverage Google Cloud’s global networking, storage, artificial intelligence, and machine learning capabilities to improve upon its hybrid and multicloud strategy […]

@HPCpodcast: Google Cloud’s 9 Exaflop AI Supercomputer, Chip Price Hikes, HPC Helps Photograph a Black Hole in Our Galaxy and IBM’s Quantum Ambitions

@HPCpodcast was so pleased with our last episode, an extensive interview with the University of Tennessee’s (and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s) Jack Dongarra (our followers liked it too), that we decided to let that episode stand as a special, double podcast edition podcast. Now Shahin and Doug are back behind our mics talking about a raft of interesting news in the HPC/AI world, including what Google Cloud bills as the fastest AI supercomputer, price hikes on chips from TSMC and Samsung, the role of the Frontera supercomputer in the visualization of a black hole in our Milky Way galaxy and IBM’s ambitious and well-executed quantum computing roadmap.

Google Cloud Says TPU-Powered Machine Learning Cluster Delivers 9 Exaflops Aggregate Power

As HPC enters the exascale era, watchers of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers will look to see if the updated list, to be released this month at the ISC conference in Hamburg, will include systems that break the vaunted exaflops barrier. That said, Google Cloud yesterday unveiled what it called the […]

IBM to Deliver Software as-a-Service on AWS

ARMONK, N.Y., May 11, 2022 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has signed a Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), with plans to offer a broad array of its software catalog as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) on AWS. Building on IBM Software being available as-a-Service (aaS) on IBM Cloud, this first-of-its-kind agreement between IBM […]

Dell Technologies Interview: Univ. of Liverpool’s Hybrid HPC Strategy Boosts Scientific Computing with a Burst

[SPONSORED CONTENT]  In a recent Dell Technologies interview on this site, we talkied about HPC-as-a-Service with R Systems, provider HPC-on-demand resources and technical expertise in partnership with Dell HPC Cloud Services. Now, in this interview, we have a variant within this HPC segment: bursting to the cloud when an on-premises cluster needs a resource boost. Faced with this situation was the University of Liverpool’s Advanced Research Computing within the Computer Services Department. The group, led by Cliff Addison, uses the Dell-based “Barkla” Linux cluster for its scientific computing needs. For times when the group’s needs overtax Barkla, the university worked with Dell Technologies and UK-based Alces Flight, which designs and builds HPC environments for scientists, engineers and researchers. UK-based Alces and Dell engineered a burst capability to Amazon Web Services, placing priority on creating a seamless environment easily adopted and accessed by Advanced Research Computing scientists.
Faced with this need was the University of Liverpool’s Advanced Research Computing within the University’s Computer Services Department. The group, led by Cliff Addison, uses the Dell-based “Barkla” Linux cluster for its scientific computing needs. For times when the group’s needs overtax Barkla’s resources, the university worked with Dell Technologies and UK-based Alces Flight, which designs and builds HPC environments for scientists, engineers and researchers. UK-based Alces and Dell engineered a burst capability to Amazon Web Services, placing priority on creating a seamless environment easily adopted and accessed by Advanced Research Computing scientists….

AWS Launches Storage-Optimized EC2 Instances (I4i) Powered by Intel Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake) Processors

April 27, 2022 — Amazon Web Services has launched new new I4i instances powered by the latest generation Intel Xeon Scalable (Ice Lake) Processors with an all-core turbo frequency of 3.5 GHz. The company said The instances offer up to 30 TB of NVMe storage using AWS Nitro SSD devices that are custom-built by AWS, and are […]