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A Tightening Exascale Race Reveals Underlying Forces Shaping Supercomputing

A Tightening Exascale Race Reveals Underlying Forces Shaping Supercomputing The competition between the US, China, and Japan to field the first exascale supercomputer looks a lot closer than it did a couple of years ago. But the real significance of the narrowing schedules reflects a shift in technology preferences and a trend toward domestic control…
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A Tightening Exascale Race Reveals Underlying Forces Shaping Supercomputing

A Tightening Exascale Race Reveals Underlying Forces Shaping Supercomputing The competition between the US, China, and Japan to field the first exascale supercomputer looks a lot closer than it did a couple of years ago. But the real significance of the narrowing schedules reflects a shift in technology preferences and a trend toward domestic control…
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European Program to Develop Supercomputing Chips Begins to Take Shape

European Program to Develop Supercomputing Chips Begins to Take Shape The European Processor Initiative (EPI), an ambitious program to develop a pair of chips for domestic supercomputers, is poised to change the way Europe does HPC. And although the work is still very much in its early stages, it looks like the Europeans have selected…
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Benchmarks in Hand, UK Academics See Promising Future for Arm Chips in HPC

Benchmarks in Hand, UK Academics See Promising Future for Arm Chips in HPC Researchers at the Great Western 4 (GW4) Alliance have benchmarked the Cavium ThunderX2 processor that will soon power the Isambard supercomputer. But the most significant advantage of the Arm processor may have nothing to do with performance numbers. GW4, which represents four…
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Cloud Computing in HPC Surges

Cloud Computing in HPC Surges According to the two leading analyst firms covering the high performance computing market, the use of the cloud for HPC workloads is looking a lot more attractive to users these days. At the ISC High Performance conference this week, Intersect360 Research and Hyperion Research presented their respective HPC market forecasts,…
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New GPU-Accelerated Supercomputers Change the Balance of Power on the TOP500

New GPU-Accelerated Supercomputers Change the Balance of Power on the TOP500 For the first time in history, most of the flops added to the TOP500 list came from GPUs instead of CPUs. Is this the shape of things to come?   Tesla V100 GPU. Source: NVIDIA   In the latest TOP500 rankings announced this week,…
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CERN’s Maria Girone: “We explain the magic!”

CERN’s Maria Girone: “We explain the magic!” The International Supercomputing Conference (ISC18) kicked off Monday in Frankfurt, Germany, with Maria Girone, CTO of CERN openlab delivering the opening keynote address. She explained how CERN’s needs will drive exascale computation and data science innovation in the future.      Founded in 1954, CERN straddles the Franco-Swiss border, and has…
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Distortions, Trends and Quirks in the June 2018 TOP500 List

Distortions, Trends and Quirks in the June 2018 TOP500 List What did the cynical and curious @hpcnotes spot in the TOP500 list? Stuffing the list The TOP500 list is an intensely valuable tool for the HPC community, tracking aggregate trends over 25 years. However, a few observers have noted that recent publications of the TOP500…
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Thomas Sterling Talks Exascale, Chinese HPC, Machine Learning, and Non-von Neumann Architectures

Thomas Sterling Talks Exascale, Chinese HPC, Machine Learning, and Non-von Neumann Architectures On Wednesday evening at the ISC High Performance conference, HPC luminary Dr. Thomas Sterling will deliver his customary keynote address on the state of high performance computing. To get something of a preview of that talk, we caught up with Sterling and asked…
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Sandia to Install First Petascale Supercomputer Powered by ARM Processors

Sandia to Install First Petascale Supercomputer Powered by ARM Processors Sandia National Laboratories will soon be taking delivery of the world’s most powerful supercomputer using ARM processors. The system, known as Astra, is being built by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and will deliver 2.3 petaflops of peak performance when it’s installed later this year.  …
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