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Exascale Computing Project Software Technology Issues Updated Capability Assessment Report

Jan. 15, 2021 — Tthe latest update (V2.5) of the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Exascale Computing Project (ECP) Software Technology (ST) Capability Assessment Report (CAR) is now available here from the ECP website. It provides an overview and assessment of current ECP ST capabilities and activities, giving stakeholders and the broader high-performance computing (HPC) […]

The Dell Technologies HPC Community Interviews: Dell Strategist Jay Boisseau on the Convergence of AI and HPC – Or Is It?

Industry veteran Jay Boisseau – former director of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and now AI & HPC technology strategist at Dell, among other career stops – is an HPC enthusiast with an outsized personality, a natural-born tech evangelist. Talk with him for 10 minutes and you want to go build a new high-speed interconnect that puts a dent in the universe. In this interview, he talks about his role at Dell aligning customers’ workload objectives with technology solutions, along with his background in HPC going back to the early 1990s.

Gigabyte Announces High Storage Capacity S251-3O0 for the Intel Xeon Platform

Taipei, Taiwan, January 14th 2021 – Gigabyte Technology, (TWSE: 2376), maker of high-performance servers and workstations, today announced anew storage dense server, S251-3O0, for over 400TB of storage. This Intel Xeon Scalable-based server has up to 26 drive bays and seven expansion slots, while it targets software-defined storage, big data, virtualization, and media & content […]

New Intel CEO Gelsinger Steps into Intel HPC Hot Spot

Stirring an already roiling Intel pot, two pieces of news broke this week that could have implications for the HPC industry: a report that the company has selected TSMC as its outsourced fab of choice for one of its 7nm GPUs; and that Bob Swan, after 2.5 years as interim and permanent CEO, will be […]

The Dell Technologies HPC Community Interviews: BioTeam’s Ari Berman Talks HPC-Driven Life Sciences Research

Both Dr. Ari Berman and the consulting company of which he is CEO, BioTeam, stand at the crossroads of scientific research and HPC. As the company says of itself: “BioTeam is primarily a group of scientists who were forced to learn IT, software development and high performance computing to get their research done.” Why “forced”? […]

UK Antitrust Agency to Probe Nvidia Acquisition of Arm

Nvidia’s intended acquisition of chip maker Arm from SoftBank, the biggest tech deal of 2020 and one with major implications for HPC and AI, is now under investigation by British regulators. A story in today’s Wall Street Journal by Stu Woo reported that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said “it was inviting third […]

Intel-Apple-AMD-Tesla Chip Architect Jim Keller Joins AI Startup Tenstorrent

Jim Keller, one of the leading names in HPC, AI and data center chip architecture, has landed at a Toronto hardware startup developing AI chips after a two-year stint at Intel that ended “for personal reasons,” according to the company, last June. Keller has been named president, chief technology officer and a board member of Tenstorrent, which said in its announcement that Keller “will lead Tenstorrent’s efforts to be the hardware solution needed to address Software 2.0….

Update from the Frontier of Exascale Software Development

In advance of the scheduled shipment this year of the U.S.’s first exascale supercomputer, Frontier, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, an international team of software developers led by a University of Delaware professor is working on a plasma physics application. An article published yesterday in the university’s UDaily by Tracey Bryant details the work underway […]

HPC Predictions 2021: Quantum Beyond Qubits, Rising Composable and Memory-Centric Tide, Neural Network Explosion and 5G’s Slow March

Annual technology predictions are like years: some are better than others. Nonetheless, many provide useful insight and serve as the basis for worthwhile discussion. Over the last few months we received a number of HPC and AI predictions for 2021, here are the most interesting and potentially valid. Let’s check in 12 months from now […]

Graphcore Announces $222M Series E Funding Round

Bristol, UK — Graphcore announced it has raised $222m of investment to help support the company’s global expansion and accelerate future IPU silicon, systems and software development. The Series E funding round is led by Ontario Teachers’ Pensions Plan Board and adds funds managed by Fidelity International and Schroders as new investors. Also participating in this round are existing Graphcore investors, […]