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for pre-exascale supercomputing, failed to win any of the three exascale contracts, and since then IBM has seemingly withdrawn from the HPC systems field.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

Radio Free HPC: Liqid Gets Hot, NSF Billion for AI

We have our full staff for this show – first time in a long time. We start out with introductions….Henry still lives in a survivalist compound in Las Cruces, NM, Jessi is still on crutches, and Shahin is still living in the smokie Silicon Valley. Download the MP3 Jumping right into our topic:  DOD is getting two […]

DOE Under Secretary for Science Dabbar’s Exascale Update: Frontier to Be First, Aurora to Be Monitored

As Exascale Day (October 18) approaches, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar has commented on the hottest exascale question of the day: which of the country’s first three systems will be stood up first? In a recent, far-reaching interview with us, Dabbar confirmed what has been expected for more than two months, that the first U.S. exascale system will not, as planned, be the Intel-powered Aurora system at Argonne National Laboratory. It will instead be HPE-Cray’s Frontier, powered by AMD CPUs and GPUs and designated for Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Composable Supercomputing Optimizes Hardware for AI-driven Data Calculation

In this sponsored post, our friend John Spiers, Chief Strategy Officer at Liqid, discusses how composable disaggregated infrastructure (CDI) solutions are emerging as a solution to roadblocks to advancing the mission of high-performance computing. CDI orchestration software dynamically composes GPUs, NVMe SSDs, FPGA, networking, and storage-class memory to create software-defined bare metal servers on demand. This enables unparalleled resource utilization to deliver previously impossible performance for AI-driven data analytics.

Hyperion: Covid-19 Driving Down HPC Server Revenues, But Impact May Be Moderating

According to a newly released Hyperion Research Worldwide High Performance Technical Server QView, total worldwide technical server revenues were almost $3.1 billion in the second quarter of 2020, down 5.4 percent from almost $3.3 billion in the second quarter of 2019 but showing a strong 12.8 percent increase from the first quarter of 2020. The […]

Fujitsu to Ship 649 TFLOPS System with Fugaku HPC Technology to Canon for ‘No-prototype’ Product Development

Technology from the world’s No. 1 supercomputer, Fugaku, located at the Riken Center for Computational Science in Japan, is making its way into the commercial sphere. Fujitsu Ltd. today announced that Canon, Inc., has ordered a Fujitsu PRIMEHPC FX1000 unit, expected to achieve theoretical computational performance of 648.8 teraflops (TFLOPS). Intended to support Canon’s “no-prototype” […]

Dell Technologies HPC Community: Cancer Computer Founder Roy Chartier Talks HPC in Support of Cancer, COVID Research

Roy Chartier, founder and CTO of Cancer Computer, Ottawa, with more than 25 years in HPC, HPDA and AI, has assembled a team of  volunteers who support cancer researchers by connecting them with the computer hardware, processing capacity and IT support they need to save lives. During this pandemic year, the organizations has expanded its mission to support COVID-19 researchers. A member of the Dell Technologies HPC Community, Chartier in this interview talks about Cancer Computer’s work, its partnership with Dell and the value of cross-discipline meetings, such as those held organized by Dell for its HPC community members.

Radio Free HPC:  MLperf Wars and AMD’s Gawdy Earnings

Summer inventory clearance days for Radio Free HPC! In this episode, we talk about the spate of MLperf benchmarks and how AMD hit it out of the park on their most recent quarterly earnings.

DOE Launches $115M, 5-Year Effort to Create 5 Quantum Research Centers

Today the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced the creation of five new Quantum Information Science Research Centers, led by DOE’s National Laboratories, including Q-NEXT, led by  Argonne National Laboratory, Lemont, Ill. Q-NEXT will be funded by DOE at $115 million over five years, with $15 million in fiscal […]

Rescale Announces Two Executive Appointments

Rescale Inc., the enterprise big compute in the cloud specialist, today announced the appointment of two new senior executives: Gerhard Esterhuizen, who joins the company as VP of engineering, where he will be responsible for building out the company’s HPC platform technologies; and Terry Denzer, a 25-year sales leadership veteran, who joins Rescale as the […]