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PSSC Labs Speeds HPC with AMD EPYC Processors

Today PSSC Labs touted impressive performance on their server lineup powered by AMD EPYC processors. Recently named an AMD Elite Partner, PSSC Labs is developing a unique set of platforms leveraging EPYC processors for AI, Big Data, HPC and IOT. In addition, these platforms will be optimized for computationally extensive workloads in the design & engineering, life science and weather modeling industries.

Intel Scales Neuromorphic System to 100 Million Neurons

Today Intel unveiled Pohoiki Springs, its latest and most powerful neuromorphic research system providing the computational capacity of 100 million neurons. “Pohoiki Springs scales up our Loihi neuromorphic research chip by more than 750 times, while operating at a power level of under 500 watts,” said Mike Davies, director of Intel’s Neuromorphic Computing Lab. “The system enables our research partners to explore ways to accelerate workloads that run slowly today on conventional architectures, including high-performance computing (HPC) systems.”

New Paper Surveys Optimization Techniques for Intel Xeon Phi

A new paper by Dr Sparsh Mittal surveys techniques for evaluating and optimizing Intel’s Xeon Phi. Now accepted in Concurrency and Computation 2020, the survey reviews nearly 100 papers. “Intel Xeon Phi combines the parallel processing power of a many-core accelerator with the programming ease of CPUs. Phi has powered many supercomputers, e.g., in June 2018 list of Top500 supercomputers, 19 supercomputers used Phi as the main processing unit. This paper surveys works that study the architecture of Phi and use it as an accelerator for various applications. It critically examines the performance bottlenecks and optimization strategies for Phi. For example, the main motivation and justification for development of Phi was ease of programming.”

Video: Ampere Altra is Industry’s First 80-Core Server Processor

Today Ampere announced that it has begun shipping the Ampere Altra processor, the industry’s first 80-core server CPU and the first cloud native CPU for modern cloud and edge computing data centers. Ampere Altra is the company’s next generation cloud-focused product, and first in a new class of CPUs rolling out on an annual basis from Ampere’s roadmap, that will provide predictable high performance, secure isolation through single-threaded cores, scalability across the entire platform, and new levels of power efficiency.

Advanced Clustering now offering Intel Cascade Lake Refresh Processors

Today Advanced Clustering Technologies announced that the company is now integrating Intel’s new Cascade Lake Refresh (CLX-R) processor into its line of HPC ACTblade and ACTserv clusters and ACTstation workstations. “Pricing for the new servers amounts to a 60% reduction in per-core pricing. According to Intel, Cascade Lake Refresh offers an average of 36% more performance than the previous generation.”

TYAN adds 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Today TYAN announced support for the extended 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors lineup (Cascade Lake-SP Refresh). TYAN’s full line of HPC, cloud computing and storage server platforms continue to offer advanced performance and hardware-enhanced security to enterprises, cloud and hyperscale data centers. “Customers from the data center to the enterprise are facing the challenge of getting more value from enormous amounts of data. The demand requires IT infrastructure migration to faster I/O throughput, shorter data process period, and higher storage capacity,” said Danny Hsu, Vice President of MiTAC Computing Technology Corporation’s TYAN Business Unit. “Thanks to Intel’s improvements in CPU clocks, cores and cache, the 2nd generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors let our customers enjoy performance jumps while running cloud computing, HPC and storage applications”.

Video: RISC-V momentum around the world, from edge to HPC

In this keynote talk from the 2020 HiPEAC conference, RISC-V Foundation Chief Executive Calista Redmond explains how the RISC-V open-source instruction set architecture is gathering momentum around the world, finding applications across the compute continuum from edge to high-performance computing. “The RISC-V ecosystem is poised to significantly grow over the next five years. Semico Research predicts that the market will consume a total of 62.4 billion RISC-V central processing unit (CPU) cores by 2025!”

Tachyum Processor to power 2021 AI/HPC Supercomputer

Today semiconductor company Tachyum announced today that its Prodigy Processor AI/HPC Reference Design will be used in a supercomputer at an unnamed customer site in 2021. According to the company, the Prodigy processor slated for 2021 delivery “handily outperforms the fastest processors while consuming one-tenth the electrical power, and it is one-third the cost and outperforms GPUs and TPUs on neural net training and inference workloads.”

Video: Open and High Performance Computing

Hugh Blemings from the OpenPOWER Foundation gave this talk at the Linux.Conf.au conference. “This session will explain the importance of open hardware and software at all levels of the compute environment – embedded/IoT to desktop to hyperscale systems. From here a brief introduction to OpenPOWER and the OpenPOWER Foundation as well as an update on the ecosystem, the status of the hardware and software stacks in question as well as an overview of some of the OpenPOWER hardware out there.”

RISC-V Lagarto is First Open Source Chip Developed in Spain

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has coordinated the manufacture of the first open source chip developed in Spain. “Lagarto is an important step in the search of the BSC, led by the center’s director, Mateo Valero, to develop European computing technology. This project is based on the premise that the instruction set of the future processors must be open source to ensure transparency and minimize dependence.”