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HPC Processor Competition Heats Up

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World explores efforts to diversify the HPC processor market. “With the arrival of Arm and now the reintroduction of AMD to HPC, there are signs of new life in an HPC processor market that has been dominated by Intel Xeon processors for a number of years.”

Call for Papers: International Workshop on Accelerators and Hybrid Exascale Systems

The eight annual  International Workshop on Accelerators and Hybrid Exascale Systems (AsHES) has issued its Call for Papers. Held in conjunction with the 32nd IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, the AsHES Workshop takes place May 23 in Vancouver, Canada. “This workshop focuses on understanding the implications of accelerators and heterogeneous designs on the hardware systems, porting applications, performing compiler optimizations, and developing programming environments for current and emerging systems. It seeks to ground accelerator research through studies of application kernels or whole applications on such systems, as well as tools and libraries that improve the performance and productivity of applications on these systems.”

Microsoft Azure Becomes First Global Cloud Provider to Deploy AMD EPYC

Today AMD announced the first public cloud instances powered by the AMD EPYC processor. Microsoft Azure has deployed AMD EPYC processors in its datacenters in advance of preview for its latest L-Series of Virtual Machines (VM) for storage optimized workloads. The Lv2 VM family will take advantage of the high-core count and connectivity support of […]

AMD steps up with EPYC Processors for HPC at SC17

In this video from SC17, Josh Mora describes how the new AMD EPYC Processors deliver huge memory bandwidth and application performance for HPC. “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.”

BOXX rolls out AMD EPYC Deep Learning Server at SC17

This week at SC17, BOXX Technologies debuted the new GX8-M server, featuring dual AMD EPYC 7000-series processors, eight full-size AMD or NVIDIA graphics cards, and other innovative features designed to accelerate high performance computing applications. “BOXX is taking the lead with deep learning solutions like the GX8-M which enables users to boost high performance computing application performance and accelerate their workflows like never before.”

AMD Delivers ‘Supercomputing for All’ at SC17

At SC17 in Denver, AMD and its ecosystem partners announced at SC17 immediate availability of a suite of new, high performance systems powered by AMD EPYC CPUs and AMD Radeon Instinct GPUs to accelerate innovation in supercomputing. “Target workloads for AMD solutions include machine learning, weather modeling, computational fluid dynamics, simulation and crash analysis in aviation and automotive manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, and more.”

CCIX Project to link ARM Processors and FPGAs for HPC

Today ARM, Xilinx, Cadence, and Taiwan Semiconductor announced plans to produce the first test chip for the Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators (CCIX) project. CCIX (pronounced “C6”) aims to prove that many-core ARM processors linked to FPGAs have a home in HPC. “The test chip will not only demonstrate how the latest Arm technology with coherent multichip accelerators can scale across the data center, but reinforces our commitment to solving the challenge of accessing data quickly and easily.”

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.”