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@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.

Post-Exascale Fabric: NNSA Awards Cornelis Networks $18M for High Performance Network R&D

Those who gave up for dead Intel’s Omni-Path fabric, which Intel began working on 2012 and stopped supporting seven years later, may want to re-think that. Cornelis Networks, the company breathing life into Omni-Path since 2020, has won an $18 million R&D contract from the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The award is part of DOE’s Next-Generation High Performance Computing Network (NG-HPCN) project….

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 […]

ExaIO: Access and Manage Storage of Data Efficiently and at Scale on Exascale Systems

As the word exascale implies, the forthcoming generation exascale supercomputer systems will deliver 1018 flop/s of scalable computing capability. All that computing capability will be for naught if the storage hardware and I/O software stack cannot meet the storage needs of applications running at scale—leaving applications either to drown in data when attempting to write to storage or starve while waiting to read data from storage. Suren Byna, PI of the ExaIO project in the Exascale Computing Project (ECP) and computer staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, highlights the need for preparation to address the I/O needs of exascale supercomputers by noting that storage is typically the last subsystem available for testing on these systems.

DOE Announces $10M for Novel Algorithms for Understanding Energy Systems and Processes

April 19, 2022 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $10 million for basic research in the design, development, and scalability of randomized algorithms for scientific computing. The funding opportunity announcement, sponsored by the Advanced Scientific Computing Research program within the Department’s Office of Science, can be found here. “Randomized algorithms are accelerating the time to […]

AMD: EPYC Delivers Edge to Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — April 19, 2022 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One (F1) Team today showcased how AMD EPYC processors improved aerodynamics testing capacity, contributing to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team winning its eighth Constructors’ Championship in the 2021 racing season. By using AMD EPYC processors, the team was able to achieve […]

Altada Partners With Data Management Platform SlyceData

CORK, Ireland & NEW YORK — Apr 12, 2022: Altada Technology Solutions, a global provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions that supercharge data-driven decision making in the financial services, travel/security and healthcare sectors, today announced a strategic partnership with SlyceData, a data management platform for investment researchers that automates the data wrangling process and provides tools […]

DOE: $84M Funding Opportunity for Urban Climate Research

March 25, 2023 — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced a plan to provide $84 million for new observational, modeling, and simulation studies to improve the accuracy of community-scale climate research and inform equitable climate solutions to minimize adverse impacts caused by climate change. Research will focus on three tightly related scientific topics—atmospheric and environmental […]

NVIDIA Announces DGX H100 ‘AI Infrastructure’ Systems

San Jose, March 22, 2022 — NVIDIA today announced the fourth-generation NVIDIA DGX system, which the company said is the first AI platform to be built with its new H100 Tensor Core GPUs. DGX H100 systems deliver the scale demanded to meet the massive compute requirements of large language models, recommender systems, healthcare research and climate science. […]