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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 […]

AMD in $1.9B Acquisition of Data Center Solutions Company Pensando

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 26, 2022 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced that it has completed its acquisition of Pensando Systems in a transaction valued at approximately $1.9 billion. AMD said Pensando’s distributed services platform will expand AMD’s data center product portfolio with a high-performance data processing unit (DPU) and software stack that are deployed […]

@HPCpodcast: Satoshi Matsuoka on the TOP500, Fugaku and Arm, Quantum and Winning Japan’s Purple Ribbon Medal of Honor

A leading figure in the HPC community, Prof. Satoshi Matsuoka, director of the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) and professor of computer science at Tokyo Institute of Technology, joined our @HPCpodcast for a far ranging discussion of supercomputing – past, present and future. At RIKEN, Matsuoka has overseen development of Fugaku, number 1 on the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers (the list will be updated next week during the ISC 2022 conference in Hamburg — as of now it’s not known if Fugaku will retain its position). Previously, Matsuoka was lead developer of another well-know supercomputer, TSUBAMI, the most powerful supercomputer in Japan at the time.

DOE Announces $40M for Research Training for Underrepresented Groups in STEM and Climate Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $40 million to provide research opportunities to historically underrepresented groups in STEM and diversify American leadership in the physical and climate sciences through internships, training programs, and mentor opportunities. Beneficiaries will include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs), and other research institutions. Harnessing America’s […]

HPE and Cerebras to Install AI Supercomputer at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre

The Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), Cerebras Systems, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), today announced the joint development of a system designed to accelerate scientific research and innovation in AI at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ), an institute of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BAdW). The system is purpose-built for scientific research and is comprised […]

UK’s Durham University Using Rockport Switchless Network for COSMA7 Workload Modeling

Rockport Networks today announced that Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) has selected the Rockport Switchless Network as part of the ExCALIBUR program around new networking technologies for its COSMA7 supercomputer at the DiRAC HPC facility. The 232 Rockport nodes are intended to reduce congestion in the COSMA7 cluster and as they model exascale workloads and use codes to run […]

Atos Takes Fight Over Met Office-Microsoft $1.6B Weather HPC Contract to UK High Court

Atos’ fight over the UK Met Office awarding a $1.56 billion contract to Microsoft to build the world’s biggest weather and climate supercomputer will soon go to the UK High Court, according to a story in the Financial Times. Atos, the leading Europe-based HPC vendor,  argues that is was excluded unfairly from bids for the […]

Hello World! ISC Is ON And We Are Back!

As the HPC world gathers in Hamburg, Germany for the International Supercomputing (ISC) conference, a deep and heartfelt sigh of relief can be heard from every corner of the globe.  After two years of virtual events, Zoom calls, webinars, working from home and travel restrictions we can finally gather together in person for an ISC show.  And as we share a handshake and a beer in Hamburg, we are at a much different place in the HPC community than we were in 2020.

Intel Puts $700M into Hillsboro Liquid Cooling, Sustainability R&D ‘Mega Lab’

Intel announced a $700 million “mega lab” at its Jones Farm campus in Hillsboro, OR, to be used for R&D in liquid cooling and other sustainability technologies with implications for power-insatiable HPC data centers. The company said it plans to build a 200,000-square-foot, facility “focused on innovative data center technologies and addressing areas such as […]

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 […]