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Oxford, Atos in Deal for Nvidia 63-Node DGX System, Said to be UK’s Largest AI Supercomputer

The University of Oxford has signed a £5 million with Atos, provider of  hybrid cloud and big data solutions, to deliver what the two organizations say will be the UK’s largest AI-focused supercomputer, a deep learning system built on the Nvidia DGX SuperPOD architecture. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Steve Conway on the Imperative of AI Ethics and Why ‘Hardware Is Easy, Software Is Hard’

Steve Conway of industry analyst firm Hyperion Research is one of those technologists with the rare talent for talking complex technology in a straightforward, comprehensible way. In this interview, he uses that talent to survey the history of HPC and look at what’s ahead for the industry.  In his view, the simultaneous convergences of HPC […]

SC20 Drops Hybrid Hopes, Goes All Virtual; HPC User Forum Events Cancelled

Two HPC industry conferences have announced their decisions to change the status of their events: one will go virtual, the other is cancelled. SC20, which was to have been held in Atlanta, November 9-19, said last month it was working on plans for a hybrid in-person/virtual conference – now, according to conference General Chair Christine […]

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.

Another Intel 7nm Chip Delay – What Does it Mean for Aurora Exascale?

The saga of Intel’s inabilities to deliver a 7nm process chip and a supercomputer called Aurora to Argonne National Laboratory opened new chapters yesterday with Intel CEO Bob Swan’s statements that the company’s 7nm “Ponte Vecchio” GPU, integral to its Aurora exascale system scheduled for delivery next year, will be delayed at least six months. […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Dr. Michael Resch Talks about the Leap from von Neumann: ‘I Tell My PhD Candidates: Go for Quantum’

Dr. Michael M. Resch of the University of Stuttgart has professorships, degrees, doctorates and honorary doctorates from around the world, he has studied and taught in Europe and the U.S., but for all the work he has done in supercomputing for the past three-plus decades, he boils down his years in HPC to working with […]

Argonne Claims Largest Engine Flow Simulation Using Theta Supercomputer

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have conducted what they claim is the largest simulation of flow inside an internal combustion engine. Insights gained from the simulation – run on 51,328 cores of Argonne’s Theta supercomputer – could help auto manufacturers to design greener engines. A blog post on the […]

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Supercomputing Populist Merle Giles on the Business Realities of Commercial HPC

This interview is with Merle Giles, founder and CEO of Moonshot Research and a tireless advocate for HPC’s role as an accelerator to industrial innovation. While he was at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his team partnered with nearly 60 percent of the manufacturers in the U.S. FORTUNE100®, as well as with bio-medical, chemical, tech, oil and gas, and agriculture companies. He and his corporate partners were founding members of two key digital manufacturing consortia….

The Hyperion-insideHPC Interviews: Ryan Quick on the ‘Prometheus Fire’ where HPC, Hyperscale and AI Converge

Ryan Quick works at the crossroads of advanced technology innovation, where hyperscale, HPC and AI come together. A principal and co-founder of boutique consulting firm Providentia Worldwide, which implements systems solutions for its clientele, Quick says edge and IoT are two catalysts bringing about the day when HPC technologies will “really start to mix and match” – even within vendors’ own product lines.

Radio Free HPC: The Persistence of Memory

In this episode, we drill down on what Intel is doing with their cool Optane memory tech, shooting for speeds that remind you of memory, sizes that look like storage, and costs that make it look like a deal, with real byte-addressable persistent memory right inside the server – or block-addressable, if you want. This is a space that was bound to get filled and we’ve been watching the industry’s progress.