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Radio Free HPC Looks at the New Coral-2 RFP for Exascale Computers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the new Department of Energy’s RFP for Exascale Computers. “As far as predictions go, Dan thinks one machine will go to IBM and the other will go to Intel. Rich thinks HPE will win one of the bids with an ARM-based system designed around The Machine memory-centric architecture. They have a wager, so listen in to find out where the smart money is.”

HPE Teams with University of Bristol for ARM-based HPC

Today the University of Bristol announced an initiative to accelerate the adoption of
ARM-based supercomputers in the UK. “HPE is excited to work with Arm, SUSE, and other key partners to offer the HPC community a fresh alternative for high performance computing which we believe will stimulate the industry to develop increasingly performant and efficient supercomputing solutions. By investing in this deployment through the Catalyst UK programme, HPE and our partners will drive both digital transformation and sustainable economic growth through new innovation and scientific discovery.”

New Arm-based Workstation Opens the Doors for HPC Developers

Today GIGABYTE Technology announced the availability of ThunderXStation: the industry’s first 64-bit Armv8 workstation platform based on Cavium’s flagship ThunderX2 processor. “ThunderXStation is an ideal platform for Arm software developers across networking, embedded, mobile, and IoT verticals. We are delighted to be working closely with GIGABYTE on this, and we look forward to supporting them on a number of innovative new platforms.”

Video: How EuroEXA is Paving the Way to Exascale

In this video, Georgios Goumas the University of Athens describes how the EuroEXA project is working to develop the exascale computers in Europe. “To accomplish this, the project takes a holistic approach innovating both across the technology and the application/system software pillars. EuroEXA proposes a balanced architecture for compute and data-intensive applications, that builds on top of cost-efficient, modular-integration enabled by novel inter-die links, utilises a novel processing unit and embraces FPGA acceleration for computational, networking and storage operations.”

The Mont-Blanc project: Updates from the Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Filippo Mantovani from BSC gave this talk at the GoingARM workshop at SC17. “Since 2011, Mont-Blanc has pushed the adoption of Arm technology in High Performance Computing, deploying Arm-based prototypes, enhancing system software ecosystem and projecting performance of current systems for developing new, more powerful and less power hungry HPC computing platforms based on Arm SoC. In this talk, Filippo introduces the last Mont-Blanc system, called Dibona, designed and integrated by the coordinator and industrial partner of the project, Bull/ATOS.”

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.”

First Public Disclosure of Isambard Supercomputer Performance Results

Prof. Simon McIntosh-Smith from the University of Bristol gave this talk at the GoingARM Workshop. “Isambard is a unique system that will enable direct ‘apples-to-apples’ comparisons across architectures, thus enabling UK scientists to better understand which architecture best suits their application.”

Video: Lustre File System on ARM

Carlos Thomaz from DDN gave this talk at LAD’17 in Paris. “With the first set of Arm-based HPC servers debuting at SC17 in Denver, the platform is being evaluated for Lustre performance by a number of other organizations including Cray, DDN, and ORNL.”

Video: HiPEAC Conference Looks at Innovations in Computer Architecture

This video features highlights from the first day at the HiPEAC conference, which took place last week in Manchester. HiPEAC is the premier European forum for experts in computer architecture, programming models, compilers and operating systems for embedded and general-purpose systems. “HiPEAC Coordinator Koen De Bosschere tells us what’s been going on, including a great keynote talk from Maria Girone at CERN. Meanwhile, Arm’s John Goodacre tells us why Manchester is a great location for the conference and why it’s important for companies like Arm to be involved in HiPEAC.”

Job of the Week: Research Scientist specializing in HPC Processor Architectures at Jülich

The Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) is one of the three national supercomputing centres in Germany. It is partnering with leading technology providers on co-design hardware architectures for future supercomputers. In this context we research on current and future ARM-based architectures for high-performance computing. The research will be performed within the European project “MB2020”.