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New Intel CEO Gelsinger Steps into Intel HPC Hot Spot

Stirring an already roiling Intel pot, two pieces of news broke this week that could have implications for the HPC industry: a report that the company has selected TSMC as its outsourced fab of choice for one of its 7nm GPUs; and that Bob Swan, after 2.5 years as interim and permanent CEO, will be […]

Intel-Apple-AMD-Tesla Chip Architect Jim Keller Joins AI Startup Tenstorrent

Jim Keller, one of the leading names in HPC, AI and data center chip architecture, has landed at a Toronto hardware startup developing AI chips after a two-year stint at Intel that ended “for personal reasons,” according to the company, last June. Keller has been named president, chief technology officer and a board member of Tenstorrent, which said in its announcement that Keller “will lead Tenstorrent’s efforts to be the hardware solution needed to address Software 2.0….

AWS and Intel Announce Gaudi (Habana)-based EC2 Instances for AI Training

As customer validations go, it’s safe to say AWS is at the high end – *cough* – of any vendor’s wish list. So it’s understandable that Intel is crowing about a notable win for Gaudi AI co-processors from Habana Labs, an Intel company – particularly in light of Intel’s difficulties gaining a foothold in the […]

TACC’s Frontera HPC System Expansion for ‘Urgent Computing’ – COVID-19, Hurricanes, Earthquakes

Frontera, deployed at the Texas Advanced Computing Center supercomputer and the ninth fastest HPC system in the world, will receive an expansion to support urgent computing and basic science, according to TACC. The expansion is funded by an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a contribution from Dell Giving, the philanthropic arm of […]

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.

CINECA Partners with Atos for 240PFLOPS ‘Leonardo’ Supercomputer

The CINECA supercomputing center in Bologna, Italy, has selected Atos’ BullSequana XH2000 supercomputing platform integrated with ParTec’s ParaStation Modulo software for its new 240 petaFLOPS HPC system, “Leonardo.” Featuring Atos’ DLC (Direct Liquid Cooling) technology using warm water up to 40°C, the platform is designed for energy efficiency. Scheduled for installation at the end of 2021 in the new […]

At SC20: A Bridge to ‘Ponte Vecchio’: Argonne Aurora Developers Using Substitute Intel Xe-HP GPUs

Intel and Argonne National Laboratory said today they are using GPUs based on Intel’s Xe-HP microarchitecture and Intel oneAPI toolkits for development of scientific applications to be used on the Aurora exascale system — in anticipation of later delivery of Intel 7nm ‘Ponte Vecchio’ GPUs, which will drive Aurora when the delayed system is deployed […]

At SC20: BittWare Launches IA-840F with Intel Agilex FPGA and Support for oneAPI

Concord, NH – Nov. 17, 2020 – Bittware today unveiled the IA-840F, the company’s Intel Agilex-based FPGA card designed to deliver performance-per-watt improvements for data center, networking and edge compute workloads. Agilex FPGAs deliver up to 40 percent  higher performance or up to 40 percent lower power, depending on application requirements, according to Intel. BittWare […]

RMACC’s 2021 HPC Symposium Scheduled For May 18-20

BOULDER, CO – The Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC) has set May 18-20 as the dates for its 2021 High Performance Computing Symposium and for the second consecutive year will offer it in a multi-track on-line setting free to all who would like to attend. “With the uncertainty of holding in-person meetings due to […]

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….