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Podcast: What is an Ai Supercomputer?

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team asks whether a supercomputer can or cannot be a “AI Supercomputer.” The question came up after HPE announced a new AI system called Jean Zay that will double the capacity of French supercomputing. “So what are the differences between a traditional super and a AI super? According to Dan, it mostly comes down to how many GPUs the system is configured with, while Shahin and Henry think it has something to do with the datasets.”

200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand to Power New Atos Supercomputers at CSC in Finland

Last week in Finland, Mellanox announced that its 200 Gigabit HDR InfiniBand solutions were selected to accelerate a multi-phase supercomputer system at CSC – the Finnish IT Center for Science. The new supercomputers, set to be deployed in 2019 and 2020 by Atos, will serve the Finnish researchers in universities and research institutes, enhancing climate, renewable energy, astrophysics, nanomaterials and bioscience, among a wide range of exploration activities. The Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) will have their own separate partition for diverse simulation tasks ranging from ocean fluxes to atmospheric modeling and space physics.

Finnish Sisu Supercomputer Goes Petascale with Haswell E5 Processors

CSC in Finland reports that their flagship supercomputer, Sisu, has been upgraded with the newly announced Intel Xeon E5 Haswell server processors. Now four times its original configuration, the Cray XC30 system is estimated to be the fastest supercomputer in the Nordics with its theoretical peak performance 1.7 Petaflops.