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Chip Geopolitics: If China Invades, Make Taiwan ‘Unwantable’ by Destroying TSMC, Military Paper Suggests

US military planners are taking notice of a suggestion by two military scholars calling for the destruction of semiconductor foundry company Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), whose fabs produce advanced microprocessors used in HPC and AI, in the event China invades the island nation A news story in today’ edition of Data Center Times cites […]

Drop in Intel Earnings Expected Today

Pat Gelsinger’s got one foot on a tiger, the other on an aircraft carrier – one side is a rough, volatile ride; the other plows a course set years ago, hard to change direction. Intel’s new CEO has been pulled in different, difficult directions since returning to the company last February. But at a personal […]

Report: Intel Weighing Acquisition of GlobalFoundries

New Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger’s vow earlier this year to move the company into the foundry business – making chips not just for itself but also for others – may take the form of acquiring GlobalFoundries in a deal that could be worth $30 billion, according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. The […]

HPC in the News: Data Management Automation and Faster Processor Gates; Intel and TSMC in Arizona, Europe

The everlasting rat’s nest that is scientific computing data management, the permanent quest for more advanced-level processing power, and investments in new fabs for advanced chips are HPC topics in the news this week. Taking on data management at the upper reaches of data-intensive workloads is Harvard University Associate Professor Stratos Idreos, who two years […]

GUC Tapes Out AI/HPC/Networking Platform on TSMC CoWoS Technology with 7.2 Gbps HBM3 Controller and PHY, GLink-2.5D and 112G-LR SerDes IPs

Hsinchu, Taiwan – June 8, 2021 – Global Unichip Corp. (GUC), the Advanced ASIC Leader, announced today that it has successfully taped out AI/HPC/Networking CoWoS Platform with 7.2 Gbps HBM3 Controller and PHY, GLink-2.5D and third-party 112G-LR SerDes IPs. The main die of the platform contains the world’s first HBM3 Controller and PHY IP with […]

US-China Tech Rivalry Takes 2 New HPC-Related Turns

Two new developments emerged this week in the US-China technology rivalry that have bearing on the HPC futures of the two superpowers. According to a Reuters story, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s (TSMC) CEO C.C. Wei, speaking at the company’s annual technology meeting, said construction has begun on a $12 billion chip fab in Arizona and […]

OpenFive Tapes Out SoC for Advanced HPC / AI Solutions on TSMC 5nm Technology

SAN MATEO, Calif. – April 13, 2021 – OpenFive, a  provider of customizable, silicon-focused solutions with differentiated IP, today announced the successful tape out of a high-performance SoC on TSMC’s N5 process, with integrated IP solutions targeted for cutting edge High Performance Computing (HPC)/AI, networking, and storage solutions. The SoC features an OpenFive High Bandwidth Memory (HBM3) IP subsystem […]

SiPearl and Open-Silicon Research Team to Accelerate Custom Silicon for HPC

MAISONS-LAFFITTE, France — SiPearl, designer of high-performance, energy-efficient microprocessor for the European exascale supercomputer and Open-Silicon Research, the India-based entity of OpenFive, a leading provider of custom silicon solutions with differentiated IP, today announced a multi-year joint collaboration to enable expansive development of innovative High Performance Computing (HPC) applications. Specifically, SiPearl is relying on Open-Silicon […]

Video: Ampere Altra is Industry’s First 80-Core Server Processor

Today Ampere announced that it has begun shipping the Ampere Altra processor, the industry’s first 80-core server CPU and the first cloud native CPU for modern cloud and edge computing data centers. Ampere Altra is the company’s next generation cloud-focused product, and first in a new class of CPUs rolling out on an annual basis from Ampere’s roadmap, that will provide predictable high performance, secure isolation through single-threaded cores, scalability across the entire platform, and new levels of power efficiency.

New Liquid Cooled AMD EPYC 7H12 Processor Breaks Performance Records

Today AMD announced a new addition to the 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family, the AMD EPYC 7H12 processor. The 64 core/128 thread, 2.6Ghz base frequency, 3.3Ghz max boost frequency, 280W TDP processor is specifically built for HPC customers and workloads, using liquid cooling to deliver leadership supercomputing performance. “In an ATOS testing on their BullSequana XH2000, the new AMD EPYC 7H12 processor has set four new world-records in server performance. With a LINPACK score of ~ 4.2 TeraFLOPS, the new chip performs ~11% better than the AMD EPYC 7742 processor.”