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Virtual SC20 Retrospective: Thinkers’ Thoughts on HPC Today and Tomorrow

Check out this assemblages’ reflections on last week’s virtual SC20. Their thoughts range from big-picture insights on how the event reflects the state of HPC to the keynotes, sessions and announcements they think were particularly notable (and worth going back and watching, if you missed them). Among the topics covered: The convergence of the Top500 and Green500 supercomputer lists, the emerging earmarks of machine learning HPC workloads and the validity of supercomputing predictions made at SC in 2006 over against predictions for 2035.

HPC-Scale Data Management for the Enterprise That’s Easier and More Cost-Efficient than NAS

In this sponsored post, Shailesh Manjrekar, Head of AI and Strategic Alliances, WekaIO, discusses how WekaFS is designed to enable organizations to maximize the full value of their high-powered IT investments – compute, networking and storage. The latest evolution of Weka technology includes new features designed to deliver ease-of-management and performance, at any scale, with a unified global namespace from flash to object storage to the cloud.

Atos Launches HPC Software Suites

Paris, November 19, 2020 – Atos today announces its new HPC Software Suites designed to enable users to better manage their supercomputing environments, optimize performance and reduce energy consumption. These software suites can be used on Atos’ BullSequana X supercomputer product line. HPC Software Suites includes: Smart Data Management Suite, Smart Energy Management Suite, Smart Performance Management Suite and Smart Management […]

At SC20: Hyperion Sees COVID HPC Impact Sharp but Short; HPE in Server Lead; Aurora 12+/- Months Late; Cloud HPC Heating Up

One thing – another thing – regular SC conference attendees have to do without this pandemic year is industry analyst firm Hyperion Research’s annual HPC market update breakfast, always held in a large hotel function room before a well-fed, SRO crowd. Instead, Hyperion delivered its update virtually, and much of the discussion, not surprisingly, revolved […]

Univ of Florida Implementing DDN HPC Storage with Nvidia DGX SuperPOD Architecture for AI-Centric Supercomputing

DDN today announced its AI400X all-NVME flash storage system will help amplify capabilities of the University of Florida’s flagship supercomputer, “HiPerGator,” to make it the world’s fastest AI supercomputer in academia, according to DDN and Nvidia. Building on DDN’s partnership with UF, this third-generation HiPerGator will integrate 10 DDN AI400X appliances intended to deliver maximum […]

At SC20: Fugaku Extends HPC Top500 Lead, Benchmarks 2 ExaFLOPS on HPC-AI; Summit, Sierra Nos. 2 and 3; China at Nos. 4 and 6

The Arm-based Fugaku supercomputer, residing at the Riken Center for Computational Science in Japan, solidified the lead it seized in June atop the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Announced today at virtual SC20, the 56th edition of the bi-annual list reflects a “flattening performance growth curve,” according to the organizations, which said […]

AWS Launches Nvidia GPU-Driven EC2 P4d Instances for AI, HPC

Amazon Web Services today announced the general availability of Amazon EC2 P4d Instances powered by Nvidia GPUs with EC2 UltraClusters capability delivering 3x faster performance, up to 60 percent lower cost, and 2.5x more GPU memory for machine learning training and HPC workloads compared to previous-generation P3 instances, according to AWS. The company said P4d […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: NERSC’s Jeff Broughton on the End of the Top500 and Exascale Begetting Petaflops in a Rack

NERSC’s Jeff Broughton career extends back to HPC ancient times (1979) when, fresh out of college, he was promoted to a project management role at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – a big job for a young man. Broughton has taken on big jobs in the ensuing 40 years. In this interview, he talks about such […]

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….