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The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Hyperion’s Earl Joseph on the High Cost and High Potential of HPC Taking on ‘National Problems’

Earl Joseph, CEO of HPC industry analyst firm Hyperion Research, has been working in and scrutinizing HPC for decades, first on the vendor side and later as the leader of an analyst group at International Data Corp. that became Hyperion. Here, Joseph explains the how and why of the Hyperion spin-off as well as the […]

Virtual SC20 Retrospective: Thinkers’ Thoughts on HPC Today and Tomorrow

Check out this assemblages’ reflections on last week’s virtual SC20. Their thoughts range from big-picture insights on how the event reflects the state of HPC to the keynotes, sessions and announcements they think were particularly notable (and worth going back and watching, if you missed them). Among the topics covered: The convergence of the Top500 and Green500 supercomputer lists, the emerging earmarks of machine learning HPC workloads and the validity of supercomputing predictions made at SC in 2006 over against predictions for 2035.

At SC20: Intel Provides Aurora Update as Argonne Developers Use Intel Xe-HP GPUs in Lieu of ‘Ponte Vecchio’

In an update to yesterday’s “Bridge to ‘Ponte Vecchio'” story, today we interviewed, Jeff McVeigh, Intel VP/GM of data center XPU products and solutions, who updated us on developments at Intel with direct bearing on Aurora, including the projected delivery of Ponte Vecchio (unchanged); on Aurora’s deployment (sooner than forecast yesterday by industry analyst firm Hyperion Research); on Intel’s “XPU” cross-architecture strategy and its impact on Aurora application development work ongoing at Argonne; and on the upcoming release of the first production version of oneAPI (next month), Intel’s cross-architecture programming model for CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs and other accelerators.

At SC20: Hyperion Sees COVID HPC Impact Sharp but Short; HPE in Server Lead; Aurora 12+/- Months Late; Cloud HPC Heating Up

One thing – another thing – regular SC conference attendees have to do without this pandemic year is industry analyst firm Hyperion Research’s annual HPC market update breakfast, always held in a large hotel function room before a well-fed, SRO crowd. Instead, Hyperion delivered its update virtually, and much of the discussion, not surprisingly, revolved […]

Where to Go and What to Do at Virtual SC20: These HPC Experts Give Guidance

As you plan for next week’s Virtual SC20, we thought it would be helpful to ask four HPC industry experts for guidance regarding the sessions, trends, news and other highlights worthy of your attention coming out of what one of our panelists, Dr. Thomas Sterling of the University of Indiana (and of Beowulf cluster pioneering fame), described as “a diverse and rich” program agenda.

Registration Open for Hyperion Research HPC Market Update at Virtual SC20

HPC industry analyst firm Hyperion Research will hold annual HPC Market Update Briefing during the SC20 conference on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 starting at noon Eastern Time. The event will include an hour-long presentation followed by a half hour of audience Q&A. To register, go to: https://hyperionresearch.com/register-virtual-briefing/ Those who register receive an email with instructions for […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: NERSC’s Jeff Broughton on the End of the Top500 and Exascale Begetting Petaflops in a Rack

NERSC’s Jeff Broughton career extends back to HPC ancient times (1979) when, fresh out of college, he was promoted to a project management role at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – a big job for a young man. Broughton has taken on big jobs in the ensuing 40 years. In this interview, he talks about such […]

Getting to Exascale: Nothing Is Easy

In the weeks leading to today’s Exascale Day observance, we set ourselves the task of asking supercomputing experts about the unique challenges, the particularly vexing problems, of building a computer capable of 10,000,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second. Readers of this publication might guess, given Intel’s trouble producing the 7nm “Ponte Vecchio” GPU for its delayed Aurora system for Argonne National Laboratory, that compute is the toughest exascale nut to crack. But according to the people we interviewed, the difficulties of engineering exascale-class supercomputing run the systems gamut. As we listened to exascale’s daunting litany of technology difficulties….

Where Have You Gone, IBM?

The company that built the world’s nos. 2 and 3 most powerful supercomputers is to all appearances backing away from the supercomputer systems business. IBM, whose Summit and Sierra CORAL-1 systems set the global standard for pre-exascale supercomputing, failed to win any of the three exascale contracts, and since then IBM has seemingly withdrawn from the HPC systems field. This has been widely discussed within the HPC community for at least the last 18 months. In fact, an industry analyst told us that as long ago as the annual ISC Conference in Frankfurt four years ago, he was shocked when IBM told him the company was no longer interested in the HPC business per se….

Why HPC and AI Workloads are Moving to the Cloud

This sponsored post from our friends over at Dell Technologies discusses a study by Hyperion Research finds that approximately 20 percent of HPC workloads are now running in the public cloud. There are many good reasons for this trend.