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Samsung, IBM, Tencent Lead AI Patent Race, Europe Lags

Three companies – Samsung, IBM and Tencent – dominate the global AI patent race over the past 10 years, while fierce competition between the U.S, and China overshadows other countries and regions, including the EU. These are the key findings of OxFirst, a specialist in IP law and economics (and spin out of Oxford University), […]

Reinventing HPC Architectures with In-Package Optical I/O

In this sponsored post, our friends over at Ayar Labs indicate that although the industry has long recognized the potential of optical I/O as a solution for many HPC challenges, it is only in recent years that economic in-package optical solutions have become available. At last, optical I/O has emerged as the best solution to drive the next phase of Moore’s Law-like advances in post-exascale systems performance. In part this is because there have not been game-changing breakthroughs in the materials used in traditional interconnects.

Lenovo Launches ThinkSystem Servers with GPU Support, Increased NVMe Storage

Lenovo this morning launched two new ThinkSystem servers, the SR860 V2 and SR850 V2, utilizing 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Intel Deep Learning Boost, along with introduction of GPU support on the SR860 V2 (four double-wide 300W or eight single-wide GPUs). The servers also offer increased NVMe storage capacity for handling AI workloads, high end VDI deployments and data analytics.

Sandia Selects SoftIron File and Object Storage for Stria Cluster

Sandia National Laboratories Vanguard program has selected SoftIron, Ltd., to provide supplemental file and object storage for Sandia’s ARM-based Stria high performance computing cluster.

Stria supports the petascale Astra supercomputer – which Sandia said is the fastest ARM-based system on the TOP500 listing of the world’s most powerful computers – as a development system for preparing software releases and codes to be used on Astra.

NetApp Deploys Iguazio’s Data Science Platform for Optimized Storage Management

Previously built on Hadoop, NetApp said it was also looking to modernize the service infrastructure “to reduce the complexities of deploying new AI services and the costs of running large-scale analytics. In addition, the shift was needed to enable real-time predictive AI, and to abstract deployment, allowing the technology to run on multi-cloud or on premises seamlessly.”

The UK Innovation Corridor: HPC and the Bio-Technology Revolution

Today there are more patents being approved in the Innovation Corridor per capita than in Silicon Valley, USA. In 2019, it was named as the UK’s fastest growing economic region, with businesses in the corridor reporting a turnover of around £121 billion per annum. With a growing population of around 2 million within the corridor, urbanisation is fast becoming a key trend, but there is more to draw the world’s brightest minds here than by its reputation alone. There are, for example, organisations like AstraZenca, which are changing the way medicines and therapies are developed globally, businesses that are influencing how the financial markets are evolving and incubator projects leveraging HPC and AI to drive development at the forefront of many fields of industry.

Purdue’s ‘Anvil’ to Be Driven by Dell, AMD ‘Milan’ CPUs, Nvidia A100 Tensor Core GPUs

Another in a series of National Science Foundation supercomputing awards has been announced, this one a $10 million funding for a system to be housed at Purdue University to support HPC and AI workloads and scheduled to enter production next year. The system, dubbed Anvil, will be built in partnership with Dell and AMD and […]

HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand: The Key to Success for Supercomputers Around the World

HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand delivers the interconnect industry’s highest data throughput, extremely low latency and world-leading performance to HPC systems across the globe. With a foundation based on HDR 200Gb/s InfiniBand, high-performance systems are changing the way we understand the world we live in through scientific discoveries, environmental research, advanced medical research and realizing the potential for innovation in countless areas of business that are sure to drive change within the social and global landscape of tomorrow.

Maintaining Business Continuity with the Spectra Logic Remote Installation Program

Spectra Logic launched a new Remote Installation Program to support customers during the global coronavirus outbreak. Through this program, customers will realize the benefits of their purchased Spectra solutions much sooner than would otherwise be possible where onsite assistance is not permitted. “Our new Remote Installation Program is really an extension of the outstanding onsite service and support we already provide to our customers, except that we will walk our customers through the entire installation, configuration and setup processes using remote activation, monitoring, testing and videoconferencing.”

Inspur Launches 5 New AI Servers with NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs

Inspur released five new AI servers that fully support the new NVIDIA Ampere architecture. The new servers support up to 8 or 16 NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPUs, with remarkable AI computing performance of up to 40 PetaOPS, as well as delivering tremendous non-blocking GPU-to-GPU P2P bandwidth to reach maximum 600 GB/s. “With this upgrade, Inspur offers the most comprehensive AI server portfolio in the industry, better tackling the computing challenges created by data surges and complex modeling. We expect that the upgrade will significantly boost AI technology innovation and applications.”