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Looking Back at SC18 and the Road Ahead to Exascale

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe reports on new technology and 30 years of the US supercomputing conference at SC18 in Dallas. “From our volunteers to our exhibitors to our students and attendees – SC18 was inspirational,” said SC18 general chair Ralph McEldowney. “Whether it was in technical sessions or on the exhibit floor, SC18 inspired people with the best in research, technology, and information sharing.”

Industry Leaders prepare for Rice University Oil and Gas Conference in March

The upcoming Rice University Oil and Gas HPC Conference will focus on the computational challenges and needs in the Energy industry. The event takes place March 4-6, 2019 in Houston. “High-end computing and information technology continues to stand out across the industry as a critical business enabler and differentiator with a relatively well understood return on investment. However, challenges such as constantly changing technology landscape, increasing focus on software and software innovation, and escalating concerns around workforce development still remain. The agenda for the conference includes invited keynote and plenary speakers, parallel sessions made up of at least four presentations each and a student poster session.”

Video: Five Things to Know About SUSE Linux Enterprise for HPC

In this video, Jay Kruemcke from SUSE talks presents: Five Things to Know About SLE HPC. “SUSE Linux Enterprise for High Performance Computing provides a parallel computing platform for high performance data analytics workloads such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Fueled by the need for more compute power and scale, businesses around the world today are recognizing that a high performance computing infrastructure is vital to supporting the analytics applications of tomorrow.”

Video: AMD Steps up with renewed focus on High Performance Computing

In this video from CES 2019, AMD President and CEO Dr. Lisa Su describes how the new AMD EPYC processors are changing the game for High Performance Computing. “This is an incredible time to be in technology as the industry pushes the envelope on high-performance computing to solve the biggest challenges we face together,” said Su. “At AMD, we made big bets several years ago to accelerate the pace of innovation for high-performance computing, and 2019 will be an inflection point for the industry as we bring these new products to market.”

HPE to Build 24 Petaflop Supercomputer with 64-Core AMD EPYC Processors for HLRS

HPE is now under contract to build and install a new AMD-powered supercomputer at HLRS in Germany. Called “Hawk, the new computing system will be 3.5 times faster than the existing HLRS supercomputer, Hazel Hen, and will be the world’s fastest supercomputer for industrial production. Hawk will support academic research and industry — particularly in engineering-related fields — to advance applications for energy, climate, mobility, and health. “And if you are wondering about the name, well, Hawks eat Hazel Hens.”

World’s First 7nm GPU and Fastest Double Precision PCIe Card

AMD recently announced two new Radeon Instinct compute products including the AMD Radeon Instinct MI60 and Radeon Instinct MI50 accelerators, which are the first GPUs in the world based on the advanced 7nm FinFET process technology. The company has made numerous improvements on these new products, including optimized deep learning operations. This guest post from AMD outlines the key features of its new Radeon Instinct compute product line.

AMD Speeds HPC and Ai with EPYC Processors and Radeon GPUs

In this video from SC18, Derek Bouius from AMD describes how the company’s new EPYC processors and Radeon GPUs can speed HPC and Ai applications. “It’s been a fantastic year in the supercomputing space as we further expanded the ecosystem for AMD EPYC processors while securing multiple wins that leverage the benefits AMD EPYC processors have on HPC workloads,’ said Mark Papermaster, senior vice president and chief technology officer, AMD. ‘As the HPC industry approaches exascale systems, we’re at the beginning of a new era of heterogeneous compute that requires a combination of CPU, GPU and software that only AMD can deliver. We’re excited to have fantastic customers leading the charge with our Radeon Instinct accelerators, AMD EPYC processors and the ROCm open software platform.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at TOP500 Trends on the Road to Exascale

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the semi-annual TOP500 BoF presentation by Jack Dongarra.

The TOP500 list of supercomputers serves as a “Who’s Who” in the field of High Performance Computing. “This BoF will present detailed analyses of the TOP500 and discuss the changes in the HPC marketplace during the past years. The BoF is meant as an open forum for discussion and feedback between the TOP500 authors and the user community.”

AMD EPYC Powers Tyan Servers for Data-intensive Computing

In this video from SC18, Philip Maher from Tyan describes how the company is packaging AMD EPYC processors with innovative server configurations for tackling data-intensive workloads. “AMD EPYC processors are based on the 14nm “Zen” x86 core architecture with 32 cores and 64 threads, featuring 8 memory channels and up to16 DIMMs per socket. The new powerful processor allows TYAN to offer the optimal balance of computing, memory and I/O for the customers. By adopting the latest AMD EPYC processor technology, TYAN brings high memory channel bandwidth and PCI Express high speed I/O connectivity features to enterprises and datacenters.”

Atos Adds AMD processors to BullSequana X Line of Supercomputers

Last week at SC18, Atos announced support for AMD EPYC processors in its upcoming BullSequana X range of supercomputers. The next generation AMD EPYC processor (codenamed Rome) is expected to be available in Atos’ new BullSequana XH2000 liquid cooled supercomputer in 2019.