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Quantum: Atom Computing Raises $60M Series B Funding

January 20, 2022 — Berkeley, CA — Atom Computing, maker of a quantum computer made of nuclear-spin qubits from optically-trapped neutral atoms, today announced closure of a $60M Series B round. Third Point Ventures led the round, followed by Primer Movers Lab and insiders including Innovation Endeavors, Venrock and Prelude Ventures. Following the completion of […]

@HPCpodcast: Zettascale Is Coming – But What About Exascale?

After SC21, Patrick Kennedy at Serve the Home got a scoop when he met with Raja Koduri, SVP/GM of Intel’s Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics (AXG) Group, to discuss Intel’s zettascale projections and plans, anticipating delivery by 2027. Or maybe 2028. By way of definition, a zettaflop is 1,000 exaflops, or one sextillion (1021) floating point operations per second, a thousand times more powerful than an exascale system. But is this  realistic, considering exascale hasn’t quite been made official, at least not in the U.S.? Tune in to this episode of the @HPCpodcast and let us know what you think.

ORNL: Updated Exascale Earth Simulation Model Delivers 2X Speed

  Oak Ridge National Laboratory announced today that a new version of the Energy Exascale Earth System Model, or E3SM, is two times faster than an earlier version released in 2018. Earth system models have weather-scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will critically impact […]

Quantum Brilliance in $22.5M Quantum Chips Project

STUTTGART, Germany, January 19, 2022 — Quantum Brilliance, a German-Australian manufacturer of innovative quantum computing hardware, today announced a joint research project with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF and the University of Ulm to develop new techniques for the fabrication and control of diamond-based quantum microprocessors. The goal of the €19.9 million ($22.5 […]

Dell Technologies Interview: How Cambridge University Pushed the Wilkes3 Supercomputer to No. 4 on the Green500

[SPONSORED CONTENT]  In this interview conducted on behalf of Dell Technologies, insideHPC spoke with Dr. Paul Calleja, director of Research Computing Services at the University of Cambridge, about the Wilkes3 supercomputer, currently ranked no. 4 on the Green500 list of the world’ most energy efficient supercomputers. Dr. Calleja discusses how he and his team developed an low-power strategy for the 80-node Wilkes3 system by the adoption of GPUs and lower clock speeds balanced against high throughput. He also explains how the Dell PowerEdge XE8545 -based cluster, which utilizes AMD EPYC CPUs and the Mellanox InfiniBand interconnect, fits within the university’s larger, heterogeneous Cumulus system, comprised of 2,500 Intel x86 servers.

@HPCpodcast: Taiwan under Threat from China – TSMC and the ‘Techno-politics’ of Advanced Chips

In this week’s episode of the @HPCpodcast, Doug Black and Shahin Khan discuss how global competition around advanced technologies has turned geopolitics into “techno-politics” and techno-nationalism. In HPC, this means chips that drive supercomputers are increasingly regarded as instrumental to economic and military competitiveness. Sparking this discussion is a recently published and widely read academic paper covered last week in insideHPC: “Chip Geopolitics: If China Invades, Make Taiwan ‘Unwantable’ by Destroying TSMC.” In the paper, two military strategists theorize that China’s threatened invasion across the Taiwan Strait

Let’s Talk Exascale: Container Technologies for Exascale Computing

In this episode of the Exascale Computing Project’s (ECP) Let’s Talk Exascale podcast series, Andrew Younge of Sandia National Laboratories discusses container technology and how it fits into the wider scheme of exascale and high-performance computing (HPC). Container technology has revolutionized software development by providing greater software flexibility, reliability, ease of deployment and portability. But […]

AMD Announces GA of New AWS EC2 Hpc6a Instances

AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today GA of Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 Hpc6a instances based on the AMD EPYC CPU, built for high performance computing (HPC) workloads in the cloud. AWS pre-announced Hpc6a last November. The instances deliver 100 Gbps networking with 96 third-generation AMD EPYC processor (Milan) cores with 384 GB RAM, according to the company. […]

Into HPC History: NCSA’s Blue Waters Supercomputer Ceasing Operations

Catching up on a development possibly missed during the holidays, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) last month announced that one of the more famous HPC systems of the past decade, the leadership-class Blue Waters supercomputer, is being decommissioned. Blue Water had its origins in 2007, when the National Science Foundation awarded $208 million […]

Exascale: Rumors Circulate HPC Community Regarding Frontier’s Status

By now you may have expected a triumphant announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy that the Frontier supercomputer, slated to be installed by the end of 2021 as the first U.S. exascale-class system, has been stood up with all systems go. But as of now, DOE (whose Oak Ridge National Laboratory will house Frontier) […]