HPC News Bytes 20230925: Intel to Build AI Supercomputer, SambaNova’s AI Chip, AFRL’s 12 PFLOP System, Nuclear Power for HPC

Happy belated autumnal equinox to you! Here’s a jaunt (4:46) through recent HPC news: Intel to build an AI supercomputer for Stability AI; Intel in AI collaboration with Dell; Samba Nova’s new AI chip; the Air Force’s 12 PFlop system; modular nuclear reactors for data centers; $238 million in DOD CHIPS & Science Act awards.

HPC News Bytes 20230918: New AMD CPUs and Intel FPGAs, Arm’s IPO and Strategic Pivot, AI for Science

A happy mid-September morning to you. Here’s a hop (4:54) through recent HPC news, including: AMD launches EPYC 8004 CPUs for energy- and space-constrained workloads; Intel announces FPGAs going into its Innovation 2023 event; Arm’s successful IPO and strategic pivot; a report on AI for science….

@HPCpodcast: David Barkai on His New Book ‘Unmatched: 50 Years of Supercomputing’

HPC veteran David Barkai joins @HPCpodcast to disccuss his new book, Unmatched: 50 Years of Supercomputing, chronicling the extraordinary progress of supercomputing over the past half century, and how HPC emerged as a “powerful demonstration of our relentless drive to understand and shape the world around us.”

HPC News Bytes 20230911: NVIDIA LLM Inferencing; Honeywell and Quantinuum; TSMC in Silicon Photonics; Microsoft Copilot AI Indemnification

As we reflect on the events of 9/11/2001 (it’s still living hell no matter how long ago it happened), let’s quickly (4:52) review last week’s HPC news highlights, including: NVIDIA TensorRT-LLM for faster AI inferencing; Honeywell integrates quantum-hardened encryption keys from Quantinuum; TSMC enters the silicon photonics arena; Microsoft to defend Copilot AI customers; Hyperion Research hosts HPC User Forum

@HPCpodcast: Red Hat’s Mike McGrath on RHEL Source Code Access and the Linux Open Source Controversy

Red Hat’s policy change for Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code access started the biggest open source controversy in years. @HPCpodcast continues its coverage with Red Hat’s Mike McGrath, whose two blogs in late June announced the company’s new RHEL stance ….

HPC News Bytes 20230905: Google Cloud Teams with NVIDIA; Arm Neoverse; ETH’s Hoefler Also at CSCS; RHEL

A hearty and happy September to you. This week’s HPC News Bytes hops across the (5:00) key developments in HPC-AI. We look at: Google Cloud Platform’s “AI-optimized infrastructure” with TPU v5e and Nvidia H100’s; Arm Neoverse Compute Subsystem; ETH’s Torsten Hoefler now also CSCS Chief Architect for ML; @HPCpodcast: Greg Kurtzer on the RHEL source code controversy.

@HPCpodcast: Linux Open Source Guru Greg Kurtzer on Red Hat and the RHEL Source Code Controversy

The Linux open source controversy was kicked off in late June when Red Hat announced changes in access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) source code. We discussed this in an earlier episode of this podcast, Sorting through the Linux Source Uproar — Red Hat Sets off a Firestorm… In this episode of the @HPCpodcast, we talk with Greg Kurtzer, CEO of CIQ and creator of Rocky Linux….

@HPCpodcast: Evaluating Specialty AI Chips at Argonne’s AI Testbed

Our latest episode of @HPCpodcast delves into the Cambrian explosion of AI specialty chips – of which there so many have been released on the HPC-AI market that it’s hard to discern which chip is right for what workload. Hence the AI Testbed at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility. Shahin and Doug spoke with Venkat Vishwanath….

@HPCpodast: Supercomputing Strategists Look out 20 Years at the Post-Exascale HPC Future

Post-exascale supercomputing for the NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration) is the subject of a new report by a distinguished review committee comprised of notable supercomputing experts, three of whom presented their findings at a webinar last week. Among other observations Shahin and Doug came away with is that those responsible for guiding U.S. supercomputing leadership on the global stage are under relentless pressure, in an increasingly challenging environment, to make mistake-free, long-term strategic choices. Their task is like that of Sisyphus, except the boulder never rolls down the mountain, it must eternally be pushed up. As one of the panelists — Dan Reed of the University of Idaho — said, “in supercomputing, these are the best of times and the worst of times.”

@HPCpodcast: Silicon Photonics – Columbia Prof. Keren Bergman on the Why, How and When of a Technology that Could Transform HPC

Silicon photonics has the potential to transform HPC: it’s a dual-threat interconnect technology that could – if and when it is wrestled into commercial, cost-effective form – move data within chips and systems much faster than conventional, copper-based interconnects while also delivering far greater energy efficiency. Venture-backed start-ups and established tech companies….