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Recent Results Show HBM Can Make CPUs the Desired Platform for AI and HPC

Third-party performance benchmarks show CPUs with HBM2e memory now have sufficient memory bandwidth and computational capabilities to match GPU performance on many HPC and AI workloads. Recent Intel and third-party benchmarks now provide hard evidence that the upcoming Intel® Xeon® processors codenamed Sapphire Rapids with high bandwidth memory (fast, high bandwidth HBM2e memory) and Intel® Advanced Matrix Extensions can match the performance of GPUs for many AI and HPC workloads.

Advancing HPC through oneAPI Heterogeneous Programming in Academia & Research

oneAPI offers an open industry effort supported by over 100 organizations. oneAPI is an open, unified, cross-architecture programming model for CPUs and accelerator architectures (GPUs, FPGAs, and others). Based on standards, the programming model simplifies software development and delivers uncompromised performance for accelerated compute without proprietary lock-in, while enabling the integration of existing code.

Getting to Exascale Day 2022 with an Exascale System Wasn’t Easy

Finally, after 15-plus years of intellectual strain (planning), bureaucratic wrangling (budgeting), technical toil (system building) and, probably, some tears, the HPC community has arrived at an Exascale Day, October 18 (1018), on which we actually have a certified exaFLOPS supercomputer: Frontier, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Exascale is no longer in the future, it’s here, […]

Exascale: ALCF Aurora Early Adopter Series to Hold Oct. 26 Intro to Intel Extensions of Scikit-learn for ML Frameworks

On Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 11 am to noon CT, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility’s Aurora Early Adopter series will hold an online event entitled Intro to Intel Extensions of Scikit-learn to Accelerate Machine Learning Frameworks. The event will be led by Bob Chesebrough, Intel solutions architect. Registration is here. Scikit-learn is a library for […]

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

HighPoint Expands NVMe Solution with Gen3 and Gen4 Host Connectivity Adapter Series

August 2022 – Fremont, CA — HighPoint Technologies, Inc. is now shipping high-performance NVMe25, HBA solutions for x86-64 Intel/AMD, Nvidia ARM PC and Mac Platforms. For nearly three decades, HighPoint has designed, manufactured and deployed a comprehensive range of high-performance, high-port-count controller boards for the storage and connectivity industry. HighPoint has leveraged the breadth and […]

Granulate to Launch Free Autonomous Kubernetes Cost Optimization

Tel Aviv August 11, 2022- Granulate, an Intel company, developer of autonomous workload optimization solutions, announced the upcoming launch of a free cost-reduction solution, gMaestro, a workload and pod rightsizing tool for Kubernetes cost optimization. The offering provides DevOps, SREs, and FinOps teams full visibility into their K8s clusters allowing them to eliminate over-provisioning and […]

@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.

Intel Puts $700M into Hillsboro Liquid Cooling, Sustainability R&D ‘Mega Lab’

Intel announced a $700 million “mega lab” at its Jones Farm campus in Hillsboro, OR, to be used for R&D in liquid cooling and other sustainability technologies with implications for power-insatiable HPC data centers. The company said it plans to build a 200,000-square-foot, facility “focused on innovative data center technologies and addressing areas such as […]

Intel Wins DARPA R&D Contract for Off-Road AV R&D

April 26, 2022 — DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has awarded Intel Federal LLC a contract to develop advanced simulation solutions for off-road autonomous ground vehicles. The company said Intel Labs will work in partnership with its collaborators, the Computer Vision Center Barcelona, and the University of Texas at Austin. The RACER-Sim (Robotic […]