Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest HPC news and analysis.
Send me information from insideHPC:


Radio Free HPC: SiFive’s Big Score, Will Nvidia Buy Arm?

We start out with our personal pledge that all of our content is new and not pre-recorded. That’s our gift to you – no recycled, reused or Amazon Renewed content.  Jumping into our first topic, Risc-V IP and silicon purveyor SiFive earned a $61 million investment from a group of high-end investors including SK Hynix, Qualcomm […]

Radio Free HPC: Is Amazon’s Graviton2 Ready for Prime (Time)?

The show starts on a high note, with Henry’s audio being amazingly echo free. Usually we hear a lot of echo as Henry talks, which is due to the rammed earth walls of his new abode, plus the fact that there isn’t any carpeting or anything else to absorb his nasal tones. But somehow Henry […]

RadioFreeHPC: HPC Market Growth; Student Cluster Competition — Winter Classic Invitational

by RadioFreeHPC Podcast HPC Market Projected Growth It’s a few weeks since we recorded this episode so maybe things have changed, but as of the recording the HPC market is projected to grow according to Hyperion’s studies. The RadioFreeHPC team delves in, looking for validations and new insights. Armed with the halo effect of big systems like Isambard and now Fugaku, […]

Radio Free HPC: The Persistence of Memory

In this episode, we drill down on what Intel is doing with their cool Optane memory tech, shooting for speeds that remind you of memory, sizes that look like storage, and costs that make it look like a deal, with real byte-addressable persistent memory right inside the server – or block-addressable, if you want. This is a space that was bound to get filled and we’ve been watching the industry’s progress.

RadioFreeHPC Podcast: NSF, QIS Funding, But First…

….we discuss some recent government news. First is that the US House is looking to devote an additional $1.25 billion over the next five years. But even bigger is the proposal to expand the US National Science Foundation by $100 beeelion – which is more than 4x the size of the existing organization. We discuss the implications of this and how this might change the game in terms of base research. There is also a bill to significantly dial up funding for Quantum Information Science. All good and the team s excited to see these moves and hopes they’ll proceed swimmingly!

HPC Guru Speaketh! Kind of…

In this extraordinary episode of Radio Free HPC, the crew interviews the industry icon that is @HPC_Guru. This is the first time that anyone has been granted an interview with him and we’re proud to have been chosen for this honor. We posed an even dozen questions and received very thoughtful responses, which we rendered out in a machine voice in order to fit our podcast format. In the interview, HPC_Guru tells us his top five cool things in HPC today, why he remains anonymous, where he thinks HPC hardware will be in 10 years and who he thinks will be the first to reach exascale. And that’s just four of our 12 questions!

Radio Free HPC Episodes ….In Case You Missed It

There are fresh episodes of Radio Free HPC out in the wild and, in case you missed them, here’s what’s new: ColdQuanta Serves Up Some Bose-Einstein Condensate May 7, 2020 The show starts with Dan, Jessi and Shahin in attendance. Henry is traveling from his old home base in Minnesota to his new command bunker […]

Podcast: ColdQuanta Serves Up Some Bose-Einstein Condensate

“ColdQuanta is headed by an old pal of ours Bo Ewald and has just come out of stealth mode into the glaring spotlight of RadioFreeHPC. When you freeze a gas of Bosons at low density to near zero you start to get macroscopic access to microscopic quantum mechanical effects, which is a pretty big deal. With the quantum mechanics start, you can control it, change it, and get computations out of it. The secret sauce for ColdQuanta is served cold, all the way down into the micro-kelvins and kept very locally, which makes it easier to get your condensate.”

Podcast: David Barkai book to chronicle the History of HPC

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team catches up with special guest today, David Barkai, a 50-year veteran of HPC. David has worked in a wide variety of positions at NASA, Intel, Cray, SGI and others. His current project is writing a book to chronicle the last 50 years in HPC told from the perspective of those who were there. “The main emphasis in the book is examining the good that HPC has done in the world, which is quite the story.”

Podcast: Honeywell Traps, Zaps Ions for Science

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at Honeywell’s Trapped Ion Quantum computing initiative. Quantum computing initiative. “Shahin gives us a good overview of digital vs. analog and classical vs. quantum science. The Honeywell system is in the ‘quantum-gate’ quadrant of Shahin’s model, suspending ions in space through magnetics and then hitting them with lasers to produce entanglement. The Honeywell system is interesting because it is scoring well on the emerging Quantum Volume metric – showing very high fidelity for its qubit count. This system is the culmination of over 10 years of R&D and should be on the market later on this year.”