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Aurora on Schedule? Intel Says it’s Shipping Ponte Vecchio-Sapphire Rapids Blades to Argonne

The rumors had begun to cirulate – October is near, that starts the fourth quarter, 2023 isn’t far behind, all of which means Intel is coming up against a hard deadline to deliver its delayed Aurora exascale-class supercomputer to Argonne National Laboratory by the end of the year. Is another delay in the offing?
Then, yesterday, Intel tweeted this out: “Server blades with Intel 4th Gen Xeon and Ponte Vecchio, which uses Intel’s most advanced IP and packaging technology, are now shipping to Argonne National Labs to power the Aurora supercomputer!” And the tweet was backed by comments to the same effect from CEO Pat Gelsinger

DOE to Fund $42M for HPC Cooling Systems

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy today announced up to $42 million in funding for “high-performance energy efficient cooling solutions for data centers.” More about the COOLERCHIPS funding opportunity, and details on how to apply can be found at: ARPA-E eXCHANGE. Noting that cooling accounts for up to 40 percent of data center […]

HPC-AI Chips in the News: NVIDIA, AMD Ensnared in US-China Trade War; Arm Sues Qualcomm

NVIDIA and AMD, makers of advanced GPUs used in HPC-AI workloads, became embroiled this week in the deteriorating relations and ongoing trade war between the US and the People’s Republic of China. Yesterday, Nvidia said it has been prohibited by the US government from selling to the PRC its A100 Tensor Core GPU, on the […]

OLCF’s Doug Kothe on Pushing Frontier Across the Exascale Line and the Future of Leadership Supercomputers

Everyone involved in the Frontier supercomputer project got a taste of what a moonshot is like. Granted, lives were not on the line with Frontier as they were when Armstrong and Aldrin went to the moon in 1969. But in other ways there are parallels between the space mission and standing up Frontier, the world’s […]

Los Alamos, PNNL, Univ. of New Mexico Researchers to Lead $70M DOE HPC Climate Model Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $70 million in funding for seven projects intended to improve climate prediction and aid in the fight against climate change. The research will be used to accelerate development of DOE’s Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM), enabling scientific discovery through collaborations between climate scientists, computer scientists and […]

Frontier Exascale Unveiling: ‘Breathtaking…, a Huge Leap Forward for Science, for Our Country”

It was a day of high pride at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a day to stop and take stock of the successful completion of a project based on an idea – exascale computing – that was begun more than 20 years ago. We’re talking about the official unveiling of Frontier, the country’s and the world’s […]

ORNL Director Zacharia to Retire

Dr. Thomas Zacharia announced his retiremnt as director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the end of 2022, the culmination of a 35-year career at the science and energy laboratory. The news follows another significant upper management change at the lab last month — the retirement of  Dr. Jeff A. Nichols as associate laboratory director […]

DOE Announces $18.3M for Chemical Sciences Simulation and Modeling Research

July 8, 2022 — Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $18.3 million in funding for eight research projects to advance the development of sophisticated modeling and simulation software for the chemical sciences. Funding totals approximately $6 million in Fiscal Year 2022 dollars for projects of up to three years in duration, with outyear funding […]

DOE Awards 18M HPC Node Hours to 45 ASCR Projects, Including Access to Perlmutter, Polaris and Frontier

June 29, 2022 – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that 18 million node-hours have been awarded to 45 scientific projects under the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC) program. The projects, with applications ranging from advanced energy systems to climate change to cancer research, will use DOE supercomputers with the goal of uncovering […]

@HPCpodcast: On the Scene at ISC 2022 – HPE, AMD Make TOP500 News; Intel Makes News of Its Own

ISC 2022 in Hamburg was notable for a number of reasons – it was not only the first in-person ISC since 2019, it also provided a plethora of major news. This included big changes at the top of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, and the Frontier HPC system at Oak Ridge National Lab surpassing of the exascale milestone. While AMD, whose chips power Frontier, and HPE, which built Frontier, were the conference’s spotlight vendors, Intel also made some impressive product announcements, as analyzed in this discussion by Shahin Khan. You can find our podcasts at insideHPC’s @HPCpodcast page, on Twitter and at the OrionX.net blog. Here’s the RSS feed.