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Exascale Exasperation: Why DOE Gave Intel a 2nd Chance; Can Nvidia GPUs Ride to Aurora’s Rescue?

The most talked-about topic in HPC these days – another Intel chip delay and therefore delay of the U.S.’s flagship Aurora exascale system – is something no one directly involved wants to talk about. Not Argonne National Laboratory, where Intel was to install Aurora in 2021; not the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project, guiding […]

vScaler Integrates SLURM with GigaIO FabreX for Elastic HPC Cloud Device Scaling

Open source private HPC cloud specialist vScaler today announced the integration of SLURM workload manager with GigaIO’s FabreX for elastic scaling of PCI devices and HPC disaggregation. FabreX, which GigaIO describes as the “first in-memory network,” supports vScaler’s private cloud appliances for such workloads such as deep learning, biotechnology and big data analytics. vScaler’s disaggregated […]

MUG ’20, Altair, Arm DevSummit Announce Conference Agendas

Several organizations have released updates on upcoming conferences and user group meetings. Here’s a summary with links to further information. The MVAPICH User Group Meeting (MUG ’20), built around an implementation of the MPI standard developed by Ohio State University, will be an online event held on Monday, August 24th through Wednesday, August 26th. This […]

ORNL Offers Virtual Tour of Summit’s Supercomputer Center

Oak Ridge National Lab has released a virtual tour of the facility that houses Summit, the world’s second most power supercomputer. The tour is offered by the National Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS) and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). They’re giving access to Building 5600 on the Oak Ridge campus where resides Summit, […]

Prying an Integrated HPC Cluster from Vendors’ Hands: ‘We Had to Force Them to Get into the Same Room’

Sometimes, vendors just won’t take customers’ money for a cluster no matter how hard the customer pleads. Last month, HPC technology strategist Ryan Quick, co-founder and principal at Providentia Worldwide consulting firm, told us that while vendors have technologies capable of delivering solutions across the stack, too often they have disconnects between business units that makes buying an integrated solution difficult, if not impossible. In this interview, Quick expands on those comments with problem scenarios and advice on handling vendors.

Hyperion Research Invites Submissions for HPC Innovation Excellence Awards

Hyperion Research is accepting submissions for the 16th round of the HPC Innovation Excellence Awards, to be announced at the SC20 (virtual) conference in November. Award entries are invited all countries and must be submitted by Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, by completing the form at https://www.hpcuserforum.com/innovationaward/. Hyperion asks that submissions include a clear description of the achievement’s […]

Summit Takes Center Stage in GE Wind Power Study

Scientists at GE Research have been authorized by the U.S. Department of Energy to access Oak Ridge National Lab’s (ORNL) Summit supercomputer, the world second most powerful system, to study wind power, projected to provide 20 percent of U.S. energy in the next 10 years. GE engineers – led by GE Research Aerodynamics Engineer Jing […]

RadioFreeHPC: HPC Market Growth; Student Cluster Competition — Winter Classic Invitational

by RadioFreeHPC Podcast HPC Market Projected Growth It’s a few weeks since we recorded this episode so maybe things have changed, but as of the recording the HPC market is projected to grow according to Hyperion’s studies. The RadioFreeHPC team delves in, looking for validations and new insights. Armed with the halo effect of big systems like Isambard and now Fugaku, […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Steve Conway on the Imperative of AI Ethics and Why ‘Hardware Is Easy, Software Is Hard’

Steve Conway of industry analyst firm Hyperion Research is one of those technologists with the rare talent for talking complex technology in a straightforward, comprehensible way. In this interview, he uses that talent to survey the history of HPC and look at what’s ahead for the industry.  In his view, the simultaneous convergences of HPC […]

Intersect360: HPC Industry Down 3.7% Due to COVID-19, First Decline in a Decade

Industry analyst firm Intersect360 has announced its forecast for the HPC industry for this year and next, predicting a 3.7 percent decline for 2020 with a market rebound in 2021. Pegging the size of the industry at $39 billion in 2019, a jump of 8.2 percent from 2018, the firm predicted “significant disruption” to the HPC market in the short term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic followed by a corresponding spike upward in 2021.