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Altair PBS Works Steps Up to Exascale and the Cloud

In this video from SC19, Sam Mahalingam from Altair describes how the company is enhancing PBS Works software to ease the migration of HPC workloads to the Cloud. “Argonne National Laboratory has teamed with Altair to implement a new scheduling system that will be employed on the Aurora supercomputer, slated for delivery in 2021. PBS Works runs big — 50,000 nodes in one cluster, 10,000,000 jobs in a queue, and 1,000 concurrent active users.”

Micron steps up Memory Performance and Density with DDR5

Today Micron Technology announced that it has begun sampling DDR5 registered DIMMs, based on its industry-leading 1znm process technology, with key industry partners. DDR5, the most technologically advanced DRAM to date, will enable the next generation of server workloads by delivering more than an 85% increase in memory performance. DDR5 doubles memory density while improving reliability at a time when data center system architects are seeking to supply rapidly growing processor core counts with increased memory bandwidth and capacity.

Altair Acquires newFASANT for High-Frequency Electromagnetics

Today Altair announced the acquisition of newFASANT, offering leading technology in computational and high-frequency electromagnetics. “By combining its people and software into our advanced solutions offerings, we are clearly emerging as the dominant player in high-frequency electromagnetics – technology that is critical for solving some of the world’s toughest engineering problems.”

Podcast: The Evolution of Neuromorphic Computing

Intel’s Mike Davies describes Intel’s Loihi, a neuromorphic research chip that contains over 130,000 “neurons.” “To be sure, neuromorphic computing isn’t biomimicry or about reconstructing the brain in silicon. Rather, it’s about understanding the processes and structures of neuroscience and using those insights to inform research, engineering, and technology.”

ANSYS Accelerates Electronic Product Design at GUC

Global Unichip Corp. has adopted ANSYS to support its unmatched combination of advanced technology, low-power and embedded CPU design capabilities. “GUC is committed to providing world-class custom ASICs to help elevate prospective systems and integrated circuit (IC) companies’ market-leading positions,” said Louis Lin, senior vice president, GUC. “As IC manufacturing processes become more complex, there are more elements to simulate and compute during chip design and verification to ensure reliability and minimize power loss. ANSYS helps us minimize this complexity, speed our time to market and reduce development costs. Our partnership with ANSYS has been a cornerstone in helping our clients succeed in the IC market.”

NEC Selects Synopsys ZeBu Server 4 Emulation Environment for Supercomputer Verification

Today Synopsys announced that NEC has selected Synopsys’ ZeBu Server 4 as its emulation solution for the verification of its SX-Aurora TSUBASA high-performance compute solution products. “Developing super computers requires running and analyzing many software applications on the new HPC architecture,” said Akio Ikeda, deputy general manager, AI Platform Division at NEC Corporation. “ZeBu Server 4 enabled execution of our HPC host software without modifications and running billions of software cycles prior to tapeout. We selected ZeBu Server 4 because of its superior performance and very fast bring-up time.”

NVIDIA Provides Transportation Industry Access to its DNNs for Autonomous Vehicles

Today NVIDIA announced that it will provide the transportation industry with access to its NVIDIA DRIVE deep neural networks (DNNs) for autonomous vehicle development. “NVIDIA DRIVE has become a de facto standard for AV development, used broadly by automakers, truck manufacturers, robotaxi companies, software companies and universities. Now, NVIDIA is providing access of its pre-trained AI models and training code to AV developers. Using a suite of NVIDIA AI tools, the ecosystem can freely extend and customize the models to increase the robustness and capabilities of their self-driving systems.”

Intel Horse Ridge Chip to Cryogenically Control Quantum Computers

Today Intel Labs unveiled what is believed a first-of-its-kind cryogenic control chip — code-named “Horse Ridge” — that will speed up development of full-stack quantum computing systems. Horse Ridge will enable control of multiple quantum bits (qubits) and set a clear path toward scaling larger systems – a major milestone on the path to quantum practicality. “Intel recognized that quantum controls were an essential piece of the puzzle we needed to solve in order to develop a large-scale commercial quantum system.”

New Intel Facility in Hyderabad to Focus on Exascale and other Breakthrough Technologies

Today Intel announced the expansion of its innovation footprint in India with the unveiling of a new design and engineering center in Hyderabad. According to Intel, the 1500-seat facility will focus on important tasks like Exascale computing. “We are now ushering in a new era of Exascale Computing driven by the rise of artificial intelligence. Exascale for Everyone is an exciting vision and it requires fundamental disruptions across the technology stack. Intel’s design and engineering centers will play a critical role in driving this mission and I look forward to the new center in Hyderabad delivering breakthrough technologies to propel the company’s growth.”

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.”