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@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 […]

Open Compute Project Announces Hardware-Software Co-design Strategy.

April 14, 2022 – Today, the OCP Foundation, the nonprofit organization focused on hyperscale, announced a new hardware-software co-design strategy that is exemplified by recent contributions to the OCP by Microsoft and Intel of the Scalable I/O (Input/Output) Virtualization (SIOV) specification, and a new collaboration with the SONiC Project now at the Linux Foundation. “Hardware–software co-design […]

Former Intel HPC Leader Trish Damkroger Joins HPE as Chief Product Officer for HPC and AI

Damkroger joins HPE at a pivotal time for the company’s HPC organization as its customers at three US Department of Energy national laboratories transition to the exascale era — supercomputers capable of 10(18) calculations per second. As Hotard stated in his blog, “HPE is at the forefront of making exascale computing, a technological magnitude that will deliver 10X faster performance than the majority of today’s most powerful supercomputers, a soon-to-be reality. With the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy’s exascale system, Frontier, an HPE Cray EX supercomputer that will be hosted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, we are unlocking a new world of supercomputing.”

Quantum Brilliance Launches Quantum Research Hub with La Trobe and RMIT Universities

MELBOURNE, April 8, 2022 – Quantum Brilliance, a German-Australian provider of  quantum computing hardware and software, today announced a joint research and development hub with La Trobe University and RMIT University to enhance the computational power of diamond-based quantum computers with techniques that can transition to manufacturing systems in large volumes. At the newly established Research Hub […]

Lockheed Martin, Intel Sign Agreement To Advance 5G-Ready Communications For US, Allied Defense Systems

BETHESDA, MD, April 4, 2022 — Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Intel Corporation (Nasdaq: INTC) are partnering to develop 5G-capable solutions designed for faster and more decisive actions on security challenges. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed late last year expands the ongoing strategic relationship between the two companies to align 5G-enabled hardware and software solutions […]

Intel Introduces Details for Agilex M-Series FPGAs

March 7, 2022 — Intel today introduced product details for the Intel Agilex M-Series FPGAs, built on Intel 7 process technology. The company offering has the industry’s highest memory bandwidth FPGAs with in-package HBM DRAM. “The Intel Agilex M-Series incorporates several new functional innovations and features that provide the industry with the high-speed networking, computing […]

Exascale: Aurora Early Adopter Series March 30 – Data Parallel Python, Bringing oneAPI to Python

March 4, 2022 — The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) will hold an online event on Wednesday, March 30 at 11 am Central Time as part of its Aurora Early Adopter Series – Praveen Kundurthy,  Intel senior technical evangelist, AI and oneAPI,  will cover how Data Parallel Python can be used to develop high-performing code […]

@HPCpodcast: The Potboiler HPC Chip Business

It’s a data center server chip industry that in five years has altered profoundly from Intel’s unilateral dominance. The new, multilateral landscape delivers an endless source of innovation, rapid change and drama. Can Intel regain technology leadership? Can AMD and Nvidia — in partnership with TSMC — continue to executive at such high levels? With all three leading players offering CPUs and GPUs, how will it all shake out? Competition is good; intense competition is even better.