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Choice Comes to HPC: A Year in Processor Development

In this special guest feature, Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World writes that a whole new set of processor choices could shake up high performance computing. “While Intel is undoubtedly the king of the hill when it comes to HPC processors – with more than 90 per cent of the Top500 using Intel-based technologies – the advances made by other companies, such as AMD, the re-introduction of IBM and the maturing Arm ecosystem are all factors that mean that Intel faces stiffer competition than it has for a decade.”

Video: Fujitsu Post-K Supercomputer to feature World’s Fastest Arm Processor

In this video, Nicolas Charbonnier from ArmDevices.net interviews Fujitsu engineers working on the Post-K supercomputer in Japan. Based on the Arm-based A64FX from Fujitsu, the Post-K supercomputer will likely be the fastest system in the world when in debuts in 2021. ‘Fujitsu A64FX is the new fastest Arm processor in the world, built on 7nm it has 2.7 TFLOPS performance per chip suitable for high-end HPC and AI, they aim to create with it the world’s fastest supercomputer with it by 2021.”

Interview: Brent Gorda on his New Role as Head of ARM HPC

Former Whamcloud CEO Brent Gorda has a new role as Senior Director for the HPC business at Arm. We caught up with Brent to learn more about the company’s plans to grow their business in the Datacenter, HPC space, and on to Exascale. “Arm partners ship over 20 billion cores a year(!) and our company is well-known for being the core IP in many designs at the edge. The trend toward the datacenter with Arm is clear, it’s an opportunity for the HPC market to take advantage of the considerable boost in performance via SVE and the Arm roadmap.”

Radio Free HPC Looks at Hot Chips for 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team looks at the latest developments in processor technology coming out of the recent Hot Chips conference. “The HOT CHIPS conference typically attracts more than 500 attendees from all over the world. It provides an opportunity for chip designers, computer architects, system engineers, press and analysts, as well as attendees from national laboratories and academia to mix, mingle and see presentations on the latest technologies and products.”

Fujitsu to Showcase Post-K Supercomputer CPU Prototype at ISC 2018

Today Fujitsu unveiled details about their ARM-powered Post K exascale supercomputer, which is planned for deployment at RIKEN in Japan sometime in 2021. Fujitsu has now completed the prototype CPU chip for the machine, which may be the fastest ever commencing functionality field trials. “The Post K processor will likely become the most powerful general-purpose CPU ever for HPC and AI,” said Satoshi Matsuoka from RIKEN on his blog this week.

Fujitsu to build 4 Petaflop Supercomputer for Hokkaido University

Today Fujitsu announced that it has received an order from the Information Initiative Center of Hokkaido University for an interdisciplinary, large-scale computing system with a theoretical peak performance of 4.0 petaflops, consisting of a supercomputer system and a cloud system. “The deployment of this system, which delivers the dramatically improved peak performance of 4 petaflops, will meet the expectations of universities and research institutions, as well as private sector researchers, throughout Japan, while promoting the further acceleration of academic research in Japan.”

Radio Free HPC Reviews the Results from the ASC 2018 Student Cluster Competition

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the results of the ASC 2018 Student Cluster Competition.

“The ASC 2018 Student Supercomputer Challenge finalist were announced on March 20, 2018. The 20 finalists will design and build supercomputers up to 3,000 Watts, solve exceptionally difficult problems in AI reading comprehension, perform RELION optimization as a core application of the Nobel winning cryo-electron microscopy, and utilize CFL3D, HPL, and HPCG.”

Asetek Receives Order For New HPC Cluster From Fujitsu

Today Asetek announced an order from Fujitsu, an established global data center OEM, for a new High Performance Computing system at a currently undisclosed location in Japan. This major installation will be implemented using Asetek’s RackCDU liquid cooling solution throughout the cluster which includes 1300 Direct-to-Chip (D2C) coolers for the cluster’s compute nodes. “We are pleased to see the continuing success of Fujitsu using Asetek’s technology in large HPC clusters around the world,” said André Sloth Eriksen, CEO and founder of Asetek.

Celebrating 20 Years of the OpenMP API

“The first version of the OpenMP application programming interface (API) was published in October 1997. In the 20 years since then, the OpenMP API and the slightly older MPI have become the two stable programming models that high-performance parallel codes rely on. MPI handles the message passing aspects and allows code to scale out to significant numbers of nodes, while the OpenMP API allows programmers to write portable code to exploit the multiple cores and accelerators in modern machines.”

Tohoku University Liquid Cools HPC Systems with Asetek

Today Asetek announced a new order from OEM partner Fujitsu for the Institute of Fluid Science at Tohoku University in Japan. The supercomputing system will consist of multiple computational sub-systems using the latest liquid-cooled Fujitsu PRIMERGY x86 servers, and is planned to deliver a peak theoretical performance exceeding 2.7 petaflops.