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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for pre-exascale supercomputing, failed to win any of the three exascale contracts, and since then IBM has seemingly withdrawn from the HPC systems field.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….

Video: Former IBMer Dave Turek Explains DNA-based Storage and its Place in the Compute Landscape to Come

New compute architectures, with the potential to propel systems power forward even as Moore’s Law winds down, are emerging — a phenomenon sometimes referred to as “technology disaggregation.” Hence the explosive growth of accelerated CPU/GPU-based computing within the von Neumann domain and the intensive activity and investment in quantum. While classical von Neumann computing will […]

Exascale Exasperation: Why DOE Gave Intel a 2nd Chance; Can Nvidia GPUs Ride to Aurora’s Rescue?

The most talked-about topic in HPC these days – another Intel chip delay and therefore delay of the U.S.’s flagship Aurora exascale system – is something no one directly involved wants to talk about. Not Argonne National Laboratory, where Intel was to install Aurora in 2021; not the Department of Energy’s Exascale Computing Project, guiding […]

Panasas Takes on Tiered HPC Storage Headaches, New Offering Automatically Adapts to Workload Changes

High performance storage vendor Panasas today released Dynamic Data Acceleration on its new PanFS  parallel file system, a software feature designed to overcome inconsistent performance by automatically adapting to changing small file and mixed workloads in HPC and AI application scenarios. According to Panasas, the product alleviates the complexity and manual intervention of tiered HPC […]

Intersect360: HPC Industry Down 3.7% Due to COVID-19, First Decline in a Decade

Industry analyst firm Intersect360 has announced its forecast for the HPC industry for this year and next, predicting a 3.7 percent decline for 2020 with a market rebound in 2021. Pegging the size of the industry at $39 billion in 2019, a jump of 8.2 percent from 2018, the firm predicted “significant disruption” to the HPC market in the short term as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic followed by a corresponding spike upward in 2021.

Video: HPC and AI Market Update from Intersect360 Research

Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research gave this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “As the global shutdown continues, inquiring minds want to know what the effects will be on the HPC and AI market. Intersect360 Research has released a new report guiding its clients that the market for HPC products and services will fall significantly short of its previous 2020 forecast, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The newly-revised forecast predicts the overall worldwide HPC market will be flat to down 12% in 2020.”

Video: What Does it Take to Reach 2 Exaflops?

In this video, Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research moderates a panel discussion on the El Capitan supercomputer. With a peak performance of over 2 Exaflops, El Capitan will be roughly 10x faster than today’s fastest supercomputer and more powerful than the current Top 200 systems — combined! “Watch this webcast to learn from our panel of experts about the National Nuclear Security Administration’s requirements and how the Exascale Computing Project helped drive the hardware, software, and collaboration needed to achieve this milestone.”

Registration Opens for Stanford HPC Conference Virtual Event

Registration is now open for the Stanford HPC Conference. The two day ‘condensed’ agenda combines thought leadership and practical insights on HPC, AI, Data Science and much more. The virtual event takes place April 21-22. “The Stanford High Performance Computing Center in collaboration with the HPC-AI Advisory Council invite you to join the annual Stanford Conference as an entirely virtual experience.”

Intersect360 Research Lowers 2020 HPC Market Forecast for COVID-19

Intersect360 Research has released a new report guiding its clients that the market for HPC products and services will fall significantly short of its previous 2020 forecast, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The newly-revised forecast predicts the overall worldwide HPC market will be flat to down 12% in 2020. “Intersect360 Research had previously forecast the HPC market would grow 7.0% in 2020, year-over-year from 2019. This projected shortfall essentially wipes out that growth. This would end a streak of ten straight growth years for the HPC market.”

Intersect360 Research Examines Spending Trends in Machine Learning Market

Intersect360 Research has released a pair of new reports examining major technology trends in AI and machine learning, including the worldwide market, spending trends, and impact on HPC. “Machine learning has been in a very high growth stage,” says Intersect360 Research CEO Addison Snell. “In addition to that $10 billion, many systems not one hundred percent dedicated to machine learning are serving training needs as part of their total workloads, increasing the influence that machine learning has on spending and configuration.”