El Capitan Supercomputer Installation at Livermore Has Begun

With pictures to prove it, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced today it has begun receiving and installing components for El Capitan, what is expected to be the third exascale-class supercomputer in the U.S. The laboratory shared photos on social media today. Projected to exceed 2 exaflops, El Capitan will likely be the most powerful supercomputer […]

Intel Announces Installation of Aurora Blades Is Complete, Expects System to be First to Achieve 2 ExaFLOPS

Intel today announced the Aurora exascale-class supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory is now fully equipped with 10,624 compute blades. Putting a stake in the ground, Intel said in its announcement that “later this year, Aurora is expected to be the world’s first supercomputer to achieve a theoretical peak performance of more than 2 exaflops … […]

Jules Verne Consortium in France Will Host 2nd EuroHPC Exascale Supercomputer

June 20, 2023 — The European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (EuroHPC JU) has selected the Jules Verne Consortium to host and operate in France the second EuroHPC exascale supercomputer to exceed the threshold of 1 billion billion calculations per second. This new exascale supercomputer will be managed by GENCI (as hosting entity), the French […]

ALCF Developer Session May 24: Preparing XGC and HACC to Run on the Aurora Exascale Supercomputer

May 1, 2023 — An Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) Developer Session will be held from 11-noon CT on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 on porting strategies for ALCF’s upcoming Aurora exascale-class supercomputer for two applications: the XGC gyrokinetic plasma physics code and the HACC cosmology code. Registration is here. Speakers will be Esteban Rangle, assistant […]

HPE DoD Webinar April 27: Bringing Exascale HPC to the Masses

There will be an HPE DoD webinar on Thursday, April 27 from 2-3 pm ET entitled “Bringing Exascale to the Masses.” The speaker will be Steve Heibein, public sector AI chief technologist, HPE. For registration information, go here. This webinar will present the latest hardware platforms bringing exascale features to rack-scale, server-scale and the tactical […]

insideHPC-Hyperion Research Interview: Argonne’s Rick Stevens on the Future of Everything – U.S. Post-Exascale Strategy, AI for Science, HPC in 2040 and an Aurora Install Update

In this interview conducted on behalf of HPC analyst firm Hyperion Research, we spoke with Argonne National Laboratory’s Rick Stevens about the present and future of HPC. The starting point for this conversation is a presentation Stevens gave at a Hyperion event in Washington related to implementation of the CHIPS and Science Act and includes his insights on the post-exascale build-out of an integrated network of U.S. supercomputing capacity (the Integrated Research Infrastructure, or IRI). We then look at AI for science and the use of data-driven modeling and simulation, which shows the potential to deliver major performance gains for researchers….

UK Looks to Join Exascale Club of Nations

The U.K.’s growing supercomputing infrastructure may include exascale-class HPC within a few years. A Bloomberg report states that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government is considering a plan to budget £800 million for a new leadership-class system, whose inflation-adjusted costs would be in line with the cost of the $600 million Frontier exascale system at Oak […]

Intel Alters HPC-AI Roadmap: ‘Rialto Bridge’ GPU Discontinued

After business hours on Friday, Intel released information on a “streamlined and simplified” data center GPU roadmap with direct impact on HPC and AI. The new plan calls for the discontinuation of the “Rialto Bridge” GPU, which was to have succeeded the Ponte Vecchio chip that itself was delayed several years before shipments began last […]

Argonne: ATPESC 2023 Applications Due March 1

Jan. 4, 2023 — Applications are due Wednesday, March 1 for the annual Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC), which will take place July 30-August 11, 2023 in the Chicago area. Apply here. There are no fees to participate in ATPESC. Domestic airfare, meals and lodging are also provided. The program offers the opportunity […]

@HPCpodcast Special Edition: 2022 in Review and What’s Ahead in 2023 for HPC

In this year-in-review double-issue episode of @HPCpodcast, Shahin and Doug continue what is becoming a tradition, a discussion of some of the notable developments, trends and news stories of the past year in HPC, including : HPC market growth, the U.S.-China supercomputing competition and trade war, the official arrival of exascale-class supercomputing, quantum computing, SC22, artificial intelligence (including “sentient AI”) and machine learning, Jack Dongarra’s ACM Turing Award, the criticality of emerging interconnect technologies, the defunct Nvidia-Arm deal, the CHIPS & Science Act and the push for domestic chip production in the U.S., HPC software and fusion energy.