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Radio Free HPC Trip Report from ISC 2018

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team offers up a Trip Report from ISC 2018 in Frankfurt. It was a whirlwind week for news with a new USA machine on the TOP500, but the other big news centered around the convergence of HPC & AI. This common theme was all over the show floor, with use cases on display in dozens of exhibits. 

Samsung Unveils 30.72TB Enterprise SSD

Today Samsung announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s largest capacity SAS solid state drive – the PM1643 – for use in next-generation enterprise storage systems. Leveraging Samsung’s latest V-NAND technology with 64-layer, 3-bit 512-gigabit chips, the 30.72 terabyte drive delivers twice the capacity and performance of the previous 15.36TB high-capacity lineup introduced in March 2016. “With our launch of the 30.72TB SSD, we are once again shattering the enterprise storage capacity barrier, and in the process, opening up new horizons for ultra-high capacity storage systems worldwide,” said Jaesoo Han, executive vice president, Memory Sales & Marketing Team at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung will continue to move aggressively in meeting the shifting demand toward SSDs over 10TB and at the same time, accelerating adoption of our trail-blazing storage solutions in a new age of enterprise systems.”

Samsung Mass Producing HBM2 – World’s Fastest DRAM

Today Samsung Electronics announced that it has begun mass producing the industry’s first 4-gigabyte DRAM package based on the second-generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) interface, for use in high performance computing, advanced graphics and network systems, as well as enterprise servers. Samsung’s new HBM solution will offer unprecedented DRAM performance – more than seven times faster than the current DRAM performance limit, allowing faster responsiveness for high-end computing tasks including parallel computing, graphics rendering and machine learning.

Radio Free HPC Looks at Recent Trends of Chipmaker Consolidation

In this episode, the Radio Free HPC team looks at some interesting industry developments from the past week. Samsung is reportedly looking at buying AMD, Intel may acquire Altera, and Micron has snapped up Convey Computer.