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Reinventing HPC Architectures with In-Package Optical I/O

In this sponsored post, our friends over at Ayar Labs indicate that although the industry has long recognized the potential of optical I/O as a solution for many HPC challenges, it is only in recent years that economic in-package optical solutions have become available. At last, optical I/O has emerged as the best solution to drive the next phase of Moore’s Law-like advances in post-exascale systems performance. In part this is because there have not been game-changing breakthroughs in the materials used in traditional interconnects.

Record Number of Student Teams to Participate in the APAC HPC and AI Competition

The HPC-AI Advisory Council (HPCAIAC) in collaboration with the National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore today announced the teams competing in the co-organized, third annual APAC HPC-AI Competition supporting student development and mastery in high performance computing and AI disciplines. Comprised of undergraduate and graduate competitors from some of Asia Pacific’s leading academic institutions, 30 teams […]

Xilinx Names Hasmukh Ranjan Chief Information Officer

Xilinx has announced that Hasmukh Ranjan has joined the company as chief information officer. As CIO, Hasmukh will lead Xilinx’s information technology group and drive internal IT strategy, systems and processes in support of Xilinx’s mission to “build the adaptable, intelligent world.” Hasmukh joins Xilinx from Synopsys, where he served as the company’s CIO and […]

DDN Data Storage in 7th-ranked Nvidia Supercomputer

DDN announced that its data infrastructure is used in the NVIDIA supercomputer that achieved the seventh position in the most recently announced TOP500 supercomputing list announced last week during ISC 2020 Digital conference. DDN AI400X all-flash systems complement the high-performance capabilities of the NVIDIA DGX A100 cluster, dubbed Selene, the largest industrial supercomputer in the United States. The […]

RadioFreeHPC Podcast: New Top on the TOP500

We have a new #1 on the TOP500 list of most powerful supercomputers. Big gets bigger by a factor of 2.8x as Fujitsu’s “Supercomputer Fugaku” tops the list at 415 PFlops.  There are also an additional three new entries in the top 10. We break down the top of the list in this fascinating episode […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Rich Brueckner and ECP’s Doug Kothe Talk Exascale, Containers of the Future and Multiple Machine Coordination

As director of the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), Doug Kothe leads one of the United State’s most important strategic computing efforts, one that promises significant impacts on scientific research and national competitiveness. The position draws upon Kothe’s more than three decades of experience as a physicist and computer scientist at several of the Department of […]

Thomas Sterling Eulogizes Rich Brueckner, Ann Redelfs, Steve Tuecke, Lucy Nowell: 4 Leaders Lost to the HPC Community

At his annual keynote address closing out the ISC 2020 conference, Thomas Sterling, Professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering at the University of Indiana, eulogized four members of the HPC community who died over the past year. Here are excerpts from his remarks: It’s my sad duty to, but certainly a responsibility, to note some of […]

insideHPC Special Report: Citizens Benefit from Public/Private Partnerships – Part 3

This special report sponsored by Dell Technologies, takes a look at how now more than ever, agencies from all levels of government are teaming with private Information Technology (IT) organizations to leverage AI and HPC to create and implement solutions that not only increase safety for all, but also provide a more streamlined and modern experience for citizens.

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Rich Brueckner Talks with Jack Collins about the Emergence of ‘HPC Everywhere’ and Its Impact on Science

HPC industry veteran Jack Collins, long-time fixture in the scientific supercomputing community, has seen it all in HPC, from the days when his input/output device for storing integrals was nine-track tape to today’s 750-GPU monster systems. So he has a full appreciation for how far HPC has come. At the same time, he’s concerned about the power of HPC for dark purposes, such as deepfakes: “’Seeing is believing,’ is what people used to say,” he told the late Rich Brueckner. “I can hack a video and make it look like anything in an afternoon. That’s potentially societal altering. We have to be very careful with that.”

Never Enough Bandwidth: Optical I/O Consortium Formed to Set Interconnect Standards

More than 20 companies have joined an industry consortium to establish specifications for multi-wavelength integrated optics – the emerging interconnect technology whose advocates say is critical to next-generation HPC and AI. Announced today, the CW-WDM MSA (Continuous-Wave Wavelength Division Multiplexing Multi-Source Agreement) Group, wants to build an ecosystem to work on common standards and interoperability for dense laser light sources, which in turn will enable broad adoption of optical I/O.