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E4 teams with bluechip Computer AG in Germany for HPC

Today Italian HPC and AI specialist E4 Computer Engineering announced a strategic partnership with bluechip Computer AG, a leading German manufacturer of server, storage, workstation and client systems. Under the agreement, the two companies will co-market bluechip servers and storage along with consulting, installation, and support services for HPC and AI applications. “Thanks to the strategic partnership with E4 Computer Engineering, we will be able to implement HPC solutions in a much more efficient way in the DACH region. Both companies will benefit from their specialized knowledge, which complements each other and will enable bluechip to deliver an excellent German-language support to its customers in this area.“, said Bogdan Kruszewski, Head of product marketing at bluechip Computer AG. 

New Funding and DARPA Grant to Propel Optical Interconnects at Ayar Labs

Today Ayar Labs announced that the company has secured additional funding to fuel its growth as it drives to productize its TeraPHY optical I/O chiplets and SuperNova multi-wavelength lasers in 2019. The company aims to disrupt the traditional performance, cost, and efficiency curves of the semiconductor and computing industries by driving a” 1000x improvement” in interconnect bandwidth density at 10x lower power.

Bill Dally from NVIDIA presents: Accelerating AI

Bill Dally from NVIDIA gave this talk at the Matroid Scaled Machine Learning Conference. “The world of computing is experiencing an incredible change with the introduction of deep learning and AI. Deep learning relies on GPU acceleration, both for training and inference, and NVIDIA delivers it everywhere you need it—to data centers, desktops, laptops, the cloud, and the world’s fastest supercomputers.”

Liqid Enables Multi-Fabric Support for Composable Infrastructure

Today Liqid announced unified multi-fabric support for composability across all major fabric types including PCIe Gen 3, PCIe Gen 4, Ethernet, Infiniband, and laying the foundation for the up-coming Gen-Z specifications. “Providing Ethernet and Infiniband composability in addition to PCIe is a natural extension of our expertise in fabric management and aligns with our mission to facilitate data center disaggregation,” said Sumit Puri, CEO and Co-founder, Liqid.

Long Live Posix – HPC Storage and the HPC Datacenter

Robert Triendl from DDN gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “The Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX) is a family of standards specified by the IEEE Computer Society for maintaining compatibility between operating systems. Since it was developed over 30 years ago, storage has changed dramatically. To improve the IO performance of applications, many users have called for the relaxation in POSIX IO that could lead to the development of new storage mechanisms to improve not only application performance, but management, reliability, portability, and scalability.”

Micron steps up with NVMe SSDs

Micron recently unveiled its new series of flagship solid-state drives (SSDs) featuring the NVMe protocol, bringing industry-leading storage performance at higher capacities to cloud and enterprise computing markets. The Micron 9300 series of NVMe SSDs enables companies with data-intensive applications to access and process data faster, helping reduce response time.

Xilinx to Acquire Solarflare

Today Xilinx announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Solarflare Communications. “The acquisition will enable Xilinx to combine its industry-leading FPGA, MPSoC and ACAP solutions with Solarflare’s ultra-low latency network interface card (NIC) technology and Onload application acceleration software, to enable new converged SmartNIC solutions, accelerating Xilinx’s “data center first” strategy and transition to a platform company.”

Supermicro Shipping new Scale-Up In-Memory Computing Platforms with Intel Xeon Scalable processors

Today Supermicro announced that its new 4-socket servers featuring 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory are now shipping in volume. “Using 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors and Intel Optane DC persistent memory, these servers deliver tremendous performance boost for in-memory computing all at a dramatically lower cost compared to the previous generation architectures.”

NEC-X Opens Vector Engine Data Acceleration Center in Silicon Valley

Today NEC-X launched the Vector Engine Data Acceleration Center (VEDAC) at its Silicon Valley facility. This new VEDAC is one of the company’s many offerings to innovators, makers and change agents. The NEC X organization is focused on fostering big data innovations using NEC’s emerging technologies while tapping into Silicon Valley’s rich ecosystem. “We are gratified to see the developing innovations that are taking advantage of the cutting-edge technologies from NEC’s laboratories.”

Call for Papers: Hot Interconnects Conference in Silicon Valley

The Hot Interconnects conference has issued its Call for Papers. The event takes place August 14-16 in Silicon Valley. “Hot Interconnects is the premier international forum for researchers and developers of state-of-the-art hardware and software architectures and implementations for interconnection networks of all scales, ranging from multi-core on-chip interconnects to those within systems, clusters, datacenters and Clouds. This yearly conference is attended by leaders in industry and academia. The atmosphere provides for a wealth of opportunities to interact with individuals at the forefront of this field.”