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Video: Benchmarking AMD EPYC on Memory-Bound HPC Applications

In this video, Joshua Mora demonstrates how the new AMD EPYC processor delivers excellent performance for memory-bound HPC workloads including ANSYS and FLUENT. “EPYC strikes the perfect balance of cores/threads, memory, I/O bandwidth and security to deliver excellent performance for many High Performance Computing (HPC) workloads. AMD’s state-of-the-art GPUs combined with EPYC provide excellent solutions for your most demanding HPC applications.”

AMD Showcases 1 Petaflop “Project 47” Rack at SIGGRAPH

“Project 47 boasts 1 PetaFLOPS of compute power at full 32-bit precision delivering a stunning 30 GigaFLOPS/W, demonstrating dramatic compute efficiency. It boasts more cores, threads, compute units, IO lanes and memory channels in use at one time than in any other similarly configured system ever before. The incredible performance-per-dollar and performance-per-watt of Project 47 makes supercomputing a more affordable reality than ever before, whether for machine learning, virtualization or rendering.”

Velocity Micro Accelerates HPC Desktops

Today Velocity Micro rolled out a suite of new workstation offerings designed for CAD design, 3D rendering, multimedia creation, and scientific calculation. Headlining the refreshed category are an AMD Epyc workstation with up to 64 physical cores, new Intel Xeon Scalable Processor offerings, and Threadripper, AMD’s newest Ryzen processor now available for pre-order. “Our heritage is deeply rooted in building ultra-performance workstation PCs, extending back to when I founded the company twenty years ago,” said Randy Copeland, President and CEO of Velocity Micro. “By refreshing these offerings and making AMD’s Threadripper processors available for preorder, we’re reasserting our commitment to this category and this customer with the most complete line of custom workstation solutions available anywhere.”

Video: Supermicro Showcases HPC Solutions at ISC 2017

In this video, Peter Maas from Supermicro gives us a tour of the company’s exhibit at ISC 2017. “Supermicro offers the industry’s broadest selection of HPC Solutions in the industry, including 1U, 2U, 3U, 4U SuperServers, FatTwin, SuperWorkstations and SuperBlade platforms. Now, the HPC community can build even higher density compute clusters to deliver maximum parallel computing performance per watt, per dollar, and per square foot. Look to Supermicro HPC Servers and Solutions to deliver the performance, scalability and reliability needed to solve the most complex computing challenges of our time.”

Podcast: DoE Awards $258 Million for Exascale to U.S. HPC Vendors

Today U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that six leading U.S. technology companies will receive funding from the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project (ECP) as part of its new PathForward program, accelerating the research necessary to deploy the nation’s first exascale supercomputers. “Continued U.S. leadership in high performance computing is essential to our security, prosperity, and economic competitiveness as a nation,” said Secretary Perry. “These awards will enable leading U.S. technology firms to marshal their formidable skills, expertise, and resources in the global race for the next stage in supercomputing—exascale-capable systems.”

Mellanox InfiniBand Delivers up to 250 Percent Higher ROI for HPC

Today Mellanox announced that EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand solutions have demonstrated from 30 to 250 percent higher HPC applications performance versus Omni-Path. These performance tests were conducted at end-user installations and Mellanox benchmarking and research center, and covered a variety of HPC application segments including automotive, climate research, chemistry, bioscience, genomics and more.

GEN-Z: An Overview and Use Cases

Greg Casey from Dell EMC presented this talk at the OpenFabrics Workshop. “This session will focus on the new Gen-Z memory-semantic fabric. The speaker will show the audience why Gen-Z is needed, how Gen-Z operates, what is expected in first products that employ Gen-Z, and encourage participation in finalizing the Gen-Z specifications. Gen-Z will be connecting components inside of servers as well as connecting servers with pools of memory, storage, and acceleration devices through a switch environment.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Azure’s Move to GPUs and OCP for Deep Learning

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at a set of IT and Science stories. Microsoft Azure is making a big move to GPUs and the OCP Platform as part of their Project Olympus. Meanwhile, Huawei is gaining market share in the server market and IBM is bringing storage to the atomic level.

AMD Unveils Vega GPU Architecure with HBM Memory

Today AMD unveiled preliminary details of its forthcoming GPU architecture, Vega. Conceived and executed over 5 years, Vega architecture enables new possibilities in PC gaming, professional design and machine intelligence that traditional GPU architectures have not been able to address effectively. “It is incredible to see GPUs being used to solve gigabyte-scale data problems in gaming to exabyte-scale data problems in machine intelligence. We designed the Vega architecture to build on this ability, with the flexibility to address the extraordinary breadth of problems GPUs will be solving not only today but also five years from now. Our high-bandwidth cache is a pivotal disruption that has the potential to impact the whole GPU market,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD.

New AMD Radeon Instinct Rolls Out to Accelerate Machine Intelligence

“New Radeon Instinct accelerators will offer organizations powerful GPU-based solutions for deep learning inference and training. Along with the new hardware offerings, AMD announced MIOpen, a free, open-source library for GPU accelerators intended to enable high-performance machine intelligence implementations, and new, optimized deep learning frameworks on AMD’s ROCm software to build the foundation of the next evolution of machine intelligence workloads.”