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Ayar Labs Joins DARPA PIPES Project as Intel Optical IO Provider

Optical startup Ayar Labs has been selected as Intel’s optical I/O solution partner for their recently awarded DARPA PIPES research project. “The goal of PIPES (Photonics in Package for Extreme Scalability) is to develop integrated optical I/O solutions co-packaged with next generation FPGA/CPU/GPU and accelerators in Multi-Chip Packages (MCP) to provide extreme data rates (input/output) at ultra-low power over much longer distances than supported by current technology. In the first phase of the project, the Ayar Labs TeraPHY chiplet will be co-packaged with an Intel FPGA using the AIB (Advanced Interconnect Bus) interface and Intel’s EMIB silicon-bridge packaging.”

CFD Leader NUMECA adopts Advania Data Centers for HPC-as-a-Service

Today Advania Data Centers (ADC) announced a strategic HPC service partnership with NUMECA International, a market leader in computational fluid dynamics CFD, multiphysics and optimization. “This HPCaaS partnership allows NUMECA to concentrate on its core software developments and support activities while ADC handles its HPC cluster management, power and cooling — ensuring peak performance at all times based on their Intel Xeon Scalable processor-based infrastructure.”

2019 Demand for Rescale-managed Cloud HPC Exceeds All Previous Years Combined

Today Rescale announced  that Cloud High Performance Computing (HPC) has reached a major inflection point, with more server hours consumed this year on the Rescale platform than in all prior years combined in the company’s history. Every major cloud provider now offers integrations with the Rescale platform, including AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM–as well as new offerings from Google and Oracle announced this week. New FedRAMP security and compliance milestones enhance the signal that mainstream companies can adopt cloud HPC.  

Mellanox Rocks the TOP500 with HDR InfiniBand at SC19

In this video, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox describes the company’s dominating  results on the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “At SC19, Mellanox announced that 200 gigabit per second HDR InfiniBand accelerates 31% of the new 2019 InfiniBand systems on November’s TOP500 supercomputing list, demonstrating market demand for faster data speeds and smart interconnect technologies. Moreover, HDR InfiniBand connects the fastest TOP500 supercomputer built in 2019.”

Altair Teams with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for HPC

“Altair and Oracle have teamed up to help customers quickly expand their engineering and high performance computing (HPC) capacity in Oracle’s cloud. Altair HyperWorks Unlimited Virtual Appliance is a fully managed engineering service that provides modeling and visualization software, solvers, and post-processing tools—all on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The solution offers simplified administration, unlimited use of Altair HyperWorks™ applications, and full global support from Altair’s team. Plus, it’s pre-configured and ready to use on day one.”

Altair acquires DEM Solutions for Discrete Element Method Analysis

Today Altair announced the acquisition of DEM Solutions, makers of EDEM, the market-leader in Discrete Element Method (DEM) software for bulk material simulation. “With this acquisition, Altair customers now have the ability to design and develop power machinery while simultaneously optimizing how this equipment processes and handles bulk materials.”

NVIDIA Launches $399 Jetson Xavier NX for AI at the Edge

Today NVIDIA introduced Jetson Xavier NX, “the world’s smallest, most powerful AI supercomputer for robotic and embedded computing devices at the edge. “With a compact form factor smaller than the size of a credit card, the energy-efficient Jetson Xavier NX module delivers server-class performance up to 21 TOPS for running modern AI workloads, and consumes as little as 10 watts of power.”

New Intel Xeon E-2200 Processors come to TYAN’s Entry Server Platforms

Today TYAN announced support for new Intel Xeon E-2200 processor-based server motherboards and systems to the market. TYAN’s Intel Xeon E-2200 processor-based product line continues to offer professional-grade performance, security, reliability and affordability of entry server solutions. “Small and medium-sized businesses need to maintain their competitiveness by deploying a powerful server platform,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN Business Unit. “TYAN’s Intel Xeon E-2200 processor-based platforms are optimized for cloud computing and embedded environment applications. By utilizing Intel’s features of real-time analytics with large memory capacity, enhanced IO capabilities, and latest SSD storage technology, TYAN enables our customers to enjoy professional-grade performance in large file processing, storage and virtualization.”

How PRACE Brings HPC to Industry

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World speaks with Lee Margetts, chair of PRACE’s industrial advisory committee, about its work to increase the engagement of industrial HPC users. “When we started in 2013, PRACE set up an IAC to give advice about improving engagement with industry, and the impression that I get is that this was motivated by the European Commission wanting to see their investment have a benefit to job creation and technology transfer.”

Podcast: RISC-V CEO Sees Bright Global Future for Open Source CPUs

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with Calista Redmond, CEO of RISC-V. “RISC-V can be used for light weight tasks such as embedded processing but, on the other hand, is also going to be utilized as the system accelerator for the European Exascale initiative boxes. That’s some serious flexibility.”