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Intel Ships First 10nm Agilex FPGAs with Integrated Arm Processors

Today Intel announced that it has begun shipments of the first Intel Agilex field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to early access program customers. In what may be a surprise to many, the F-Series variant of the chip family also provides the option to integrate a quad-core Arm Cortex-A53 processor to provide high system integration. “Intel FPGAs have provided Microsoft tremendous value for accelerating real-time AI, networking, and other applications/infrastructure across Azure Cloud Services, Bing, and other data center services.”

Hyperion Research HPC Market Update from ISC 2019

In this video from ISC 2019, Hyperion Research hosts their annual HPC Market Update briefing. The company helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. “Our industry experts are the former IDC high performance computing (HPC) analyst team, which remains intact and continues all of its global activities. The group is comprised of the world’s most respected HPC industry analysts who have worked together for more than 25 years.”

Raj Hazra from Intel presents: Our Journey… Accelerating

In this video from the Intel User Forum at SC18, Raj Hazra from Intel presents: Our Journey…Accelerating. “This talk highlights the innovations needed at the infrastructure, compute, and programming level to realize the “fourth paradigm.” See how Intel’s unmatched data-centric compute platform, as well as innovations in memory and storage technologies, enable the capabilities needed to meet current and future demands in the convergence of HPC and AI. Uncover performance results across a range of HPC and AI benchmarks and real applications on the recently announced Cascade Lake advanced performance processor including the design win at HLRN.”

Xilinx Steps Up with Alveo FPGA boards and Versal Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform

Today FPGA maker Xilinx unveiled Versal, “the industry’s first adaptive compute acceleration platform (ACAP)”. The company also announced new Alveo FPGA cards, which the company claims can deliver “4X the performance of GPUs, 90X the performance of CPUs, plus unprecedented adaptability across workloads.” AMD, one of the Xilinx partners that is showcasing products based on the new Alveo boards, announced a server that will set a new world record for real-time AI inference processing, with a mind-boggling 30,000-images-per-second inference throughput.

Innovation Unbound: What Would You do with a Million Cores?

In this sponsored post from Ian Colle, General Manager-AWS Batch and HPC, for Amazon Web Services, he explores how we are always looking for resources to “do everything we want to do.” What if the number of cores were virtually unlimited? 

Radio Free HPC Rationalizes GPDR Regulations

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at ramifications for the European GPDR laws, which went into effect May 25, 2018. “The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years – we’re here to make sure you’re prepared​.”

Researchers Tune HPC Codes for Intel Xeon Phi at Brookhaven Hackathon

“The goal of this hands-on workshop was to help participants optimize their application codes to exploit the different levels of parallelism and memory hierarchies in the Xeon Phi architecture,” said CSI computational scientist Meifeng Lin. “By the end of the hackathon, the participants had not only made their codes run more efficiently on Xeon Phi–based systems, but also learned about strategies that could be applied to other CPU-based systems to improve code performance.”

Broad Institute and Intel Advance Genomics

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in collaboration with Intel, is playing a major role in accelerating genomic analysis. This guest post from Intel explores how the two are working together to ‘reach levels of analysis that were not possible before.’

Lenovo’s Niagara Cluster Upgrade makes it Fastest Supercomputer in Canada

Today Lenovo unveiled the addition of 1,500 ultra-dense Lenovo ThinkSystem SD530 high-performance compute nodes for Niagara – Canada’s most-powerful research supercomputer. As the demand for high performance computing in quantitative research increases rapidly, the 4.6 Petaflop supercomputer will help Canadian researchers achieve meaningful results in artificial intelligence, astrophysics, climate change, oceanic research and other disciplines using big data.

Lenovo to Build 26.7 Petaflop SuperMUC-NG Cluster for LRZ in Germany

“Upon its completion in late 2018, the new Lenovo supercomputer (called SuperMUC-NG) will support LRZ in its groundbreaking research across a variety of complex scientific disciplines, such as astrophysics, fluid dynamics and life sciences, by offering highly available, secure and energy-efficient high-performance computing services that leverage industry-leading technology optimized to address the a broad range of scientific computing applications. The LRZ installation will also feature the 20-millionth server shipped by Lenovo, a significant milestone in the company’s data center history.”