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Arm Throwing Elbows: LRZ to Deploy Arm-based HPE Cray CS500

It’s been a good week for Arm: the Fugaku supercomputer at Japan’s Riken research center was named no. 1 on the TOP500 listing of the world’s most powerful HPC systems, and today, the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) in Munich announced it will deploy HPE’s Cray CS500 with Fujitsu A64FX chips based on the Arm architecture – the same processor used in Fugaku (and then there’s Apple switching from x86 for new Arm chips).

AI Supercomputer at PSC to Combine Cerebras ‘World’s Largest Chip’ and HPE Superdome Flex

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has won a $5 million award from the National Science Foundation to build Neocortex, an AI supercomputer that incorporates the Cerebras Systems Wafer Scale Engine technology introduced last year along with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s shared memory Superdome Flex hardware. PSC, a joint research organization of Carnegie Mellon University and the University […]

NCSA’s Upcoming $10M Delta System to Expand Use of GPUs in Scientific Workloads

Delta, a new supercomputer to be deployed before the end of 2021 at the National Center for Supercomputing Application’s (NCSA), has as part of its mission the expanded adoption of GPU-accelerated scientific computing. NCSA  Director Bill Gropp told us that that while NCSA is not new to GPUs (some years ago, staffers there configured a […]

New 2nd Gen AMD EPYC Processors Target HPC Workloads

Today AMD added three new processors to its 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor family. Targeted at HPC workloads, the new processors combine the balanced and efficient AMD Infinity architecture with higher speed “Zen 2” cores for optimal performance. “With our trusted partners, together we are pushing the limits of per core performance and value in hyperconverged infrastructure, commercial HPC and relational database workloads.”

UKRI Awards ARCHER2 Supercomputer Services Contract

UKRI has awarded contracts to run elements of the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2, which will represent a significant step forward in capability for the UK’s science community. ARCHER2 is provided by UKRI, EPCC, Cray (an HPE company) and the University of Edinburgh. “ARCHER2 will be a Cray Shasta system with an estimated peak performance of 28 PFLOP/s. The machine will have 5,848 compute nodes, each with dual AMD EPYC Zen2 (Rome) 64 core CPUs at 2.2GHz, giving 748,544 cores in total and 1.57 PBytes of total system memory.”

Timelapse Video: Sawtooth Supercomputer Assembly

In this video, technicians install the Sawtooth supercomputer at Idaho National Laboratory. “Named after a central Idaho mountain range, Sawtooth arrived in December and will be available to users soon. The $19.2 million system ranks #37 on the 2019 Top500 fastest supercomputers in the world. That is the highest ranking reached by an INL supercomputer. Of 102 new systems added to the list in the past six months, only three were faster than Sawtooth.”

JUSTUS 2 Supercomputer from NEC Deployed at University of Ulm

NEC has deployed a new supercomputer at the University of Ulm in Germany. With a peak performance of 2 petaflops, the 4.4 million euro JUSTUS 2 system will enable complex simulations in chemistry and quantum physics. “JUSTUS 2 enables highly complex computer simulations at the molecular and atomic level, for example from chemistry and quantum science, as well as complex data analysis. And this with significantly higher energy efficiency than its predecessor,” said Ulrich Steinbach.

Intel Powers Fujitsu Supercomputer at Japan’s Meteorological Research Institute

Today Fujitsu announced the deployment of a new supercomputer system for the Meteorological Research Institute of the Japan Meteorological Agency. The new system consists of approximately 900 nodes including the latest x86 servers Fujitsu Server PRIMERGY CX2550 M5. With high-speed Intel Omni-Path interconnect, the system has a peak performance of 2.81 petaflops. “With the new supercomputer system, the Meteorological Research Institute plans to further advance research and development in areas such as the prediction and analysis of earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.”

AMD Powers CARA Supercomputer from NEC in Dresden

The DLR German Aerospace Center dedicated its new CARA supercomputer in Dresden on February 5, 2020. With 1.746 Petaflops of performance on the Linpack benchmark, the AMD-powered system from NEC is currently rated #221 on the TOP500.  “With its almost 150,000 computing cores, CARA is one of the most powerful supercomputers available internationally for aerospace research,” said Prof. Markus Henke from TU Dresden.

Eni unveils HPC5 Supercomputer from Dell Technologies

Today Eni dedicated its new HPC5 system, the most powerful industrial supercomputer in the world. “HPC5 by Dell Technologies is made up of 1,820 Dell EMC PowerEdge C4140 servers, each with two Intel Gold 6252 24-core processors and four NVIDIA V100 GPU accelerators. The servers are connected through an InfiniBand Mellanox HDR ultra-high-performance network with a speed of 200 Gbit/s and a full non-blocking topology that ensures efficient and direct connection among every server. HPC5 also comes with a high-performance 15-petabyte storage system (200 GB/s aggregate read/write speeds).”