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Podcast: Announcing the New CryptoSuper500 List

Today OrionX Research today announced that Bitcoin and BTC.com top the first release of the CryptoSuper500 list. The list recognizes cryptocurrency mining as a new form of supercomputing and tracks the top mining pools. “The growth of the cryptocurrency market has put the spotlight on emerging decentralized applications, the new ways in which they are funded, and the software stack on which they are built.” Cryptocurrency technologies include blockchain, consensus algorithms, digital wallets, and utility and security tokens.

NVIDIA Powers New Performance Records on TOP500 List

Today NVIDIA showcased its HPC leadership in the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The closely watched list shows a 48 percent jump in one year in the number of systems using NVIDIA GPU accelerators. The total climbed to 127 from 86 a year ago, and is three times greater than five years ago. “With the end of Moore’s Law, a new HPC market has emerged, fueled by new AI and machine learning workloads. These rely as never before on our high performance, highly efficient GPU platform to provide the power required to address the most challenging problems in science and society.”

New TOP500 List topped by DOE Supercomputers

The latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers is out, a remarkable ranking that shows five Department of Energy supercomputers in the top 10, with the first two captured by Summit at Oak Ridge and Sierra at Livermore. With the number one and number two systems on the planet, the “Rebel Alliance” vendors of IBM, Mellanox, and NVIDIA stand far and tall above the others.

Lenovo Takes the TOP500 with Liquid Cooling at ISC 2018

In this video from ISC 2018, Rick Koopman from Lenovo describes the company’s latest HPC innovations including their new Neptune liquid cooling technology. Lenovo is the world’s largest TOP500 supercomputing provider measured by the number of systems ranked on the TOP500 list. 117 of the 500 most powerful supercomputers included in the TOP500 are Lenovo installations, meaning nearly one out of every four systems (23.4 percent) on the prestigious list is a Lenovo solution.

Lenovo is now #1 vendor of TOP500 Supercomputers

Today Lenovo announced that the company is now ranked as the leading vendor on the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. 117 of the 500 most powerful supercomputers included in the TOP500 are Lenovo installations, meaning nearly one out of every four systems (23.4 percent) on the prestigious list is a Lenovo solution. “Last year, we set a goal to become the world’s largest provider of TOP500 computing systems by 2020. We have reached that goal two years ahead of our original plan,” said Kirk Skaugen, President of Lenovo Data Center Group.

NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs Accelerate World’s Fastest Supercomputers

Today NVIDIA is highlighting news that the world’s top AI supercomputers on the TOP500 are all powered by the company’s Tensor Core GPUs. The new “AI supercomputers” on the list include Summit and Sierra in the USA and the ABCI machine in Japan. “The new TOP500 list clearly shows that GPUs are the path forward for supercomputing in an era when Moore’s Law has ended,” said Ian Buck, vice president and general manager of accelerated computing at NVIDIA.

Radio Free HPC runs down the latest TOP500 Fastest Supercomputers

In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “The TOP500 celebrates its 25th anniversary with a major shakeup at the top of the list. For the first time since November 2012, the US claims the most powerful supercomputer in the world, leading a significant turnover in which four of the five top systems were either new or substantially upgraded.”

Advanced Computing: HPC and RDS at University of Bristol

Simon Burbidge from the University of Bristol gave this talk at the HPC User Forum. “Our research focuses on the application of heterogeneous and many-core computing to solve large-scale scientific problems. Related research problems we are addressing include: performance portability across many-core devices; automatic optimization of many-core codes; communication-avoiding algorithms for massive scale systems; and fault tolerance software techniques for resiliency at scale.”

The Transformation of HPC: Simulation and Cognitive Methods in the Era of Big Data

Dave Turek from IBM gave this talk at the Swiss HPC Conference. “There is a shift underway where HPC is beginning to be addressed with novel techniques and technologies including cognitive and analytic approaches to HPC problems and the arrival of the first quantum systems. This talk will showcase how IBM is merging cognitive, analytics, and quantum with classic simulation and modeling to create a new path for computational science.”

HPCG Benchmark offers a alternative way to rank Top Computers

“The LINPACK program used to represent a broad spectrum of the core computations that needed to be performed, but things have changed,” said Sandia researcher Mike Heroux, who created and developed the HPCG program. “The LINPACK program performs compute-rich algorithms on dense data structures to identify the theoretical maximum speed of a supercomputer. Today’s applications often use sparse data structures, and computations are leaner.”