HPC

This morning Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cray are announcing that HPE will be buying out the supercomputer maker for roughly 1.3 billion dollars. Intending to use Cray’s knowledge and technology to bolster their own supercomputing and high-performance computing technologies, when the deal closes, HPE will become the world leader for supercomputing technology. Cray of course needs no introduction. The current leader in the supercomputing field and founder of supercomputing as we know it, Cray has been a part of the supercomputing landscape since the 1970s. Starting at the time with fully custom systems, in more recent years Cray has morphed into an integrator and scale-out specialist, combining processors from the likes of Intel, AMD, and NVIDIA into supercomputers, and applying their own software, I/O, and...

US Dept. of Energy Announces Frontier Supercomputer: Cray and AMD to Build 1.5 Exaflop Machine

The history of the computing industry is one of constant progress. Processors get faster, storage gets cheaper, and memory gets denser. We see the repercussions of this advancement through...

76 by Ryan Smith on 5/7/2019

TACC Frontera: Targeting 210W Next-Gen Xeons and Extreme Performance

The Frontera supercomputer is the next generation high performance machine set to debut at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). As part of Intel’s HPC Forum, being held just...

9 by Ian Cutress on 11/12/2018

Intel Offers More Cascade Lake-AP Performance Numbers

One of the announcements from last week involved Intel and its new Cascade Lake Advanced Performance category of processors to launch next year. These new processors will be based...

51 by Ian Cutress on 11/11/2018

Hot Chips 2018: Fujitsu's A64FX Arm Core Live Blog

Remember back when Arm announced Scalable Vector Extensions? Well Fujitsu has made an Arm CPU that uses it with a 512-bit width. The presentation looks super interesting, so follow...

8 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 8/21/2018

Samsung Kicks Off Mass Production of 64GB RDIMMs Using 16Gbit Chips

Back in March, Samsung first demonstrated their next-generation 64GB DDR4 Registered DIMMs. Based on Samsung’s new 16Gbit DDR4 memory chips, these new RDIMMs would offer 64GB of memory capacity...

7 by Ryan Smith on 6/11/2018

Cray Adds AMD EPYC Processors to CS500 Cluster Supercomputers

Cray this week announced plans to offer AMD’s EPYC-based CS500 cluster supercomputers later this year. The Cray CS500 clusters will be based on ultra-dense 2-way servers each featuring up...

10 by Anton Shilov on 4/19/2018

NVIDIA Develops NVLink Switch: NVSwitch, 18 Ports For DGX-2 & More

Back in 2016 when NVIDIA launched the Pascal GP100 GPU and associated Tesla cards, one of the consequences of their increased server focus for Pascal was that interconnect bandwidth...

22 by Ryan Smith on 3/27/2018

Cheap Supercomputers: LANL has 750-node Raspberry Pi Development Clusters

One of the more esoteric announcements to come out of SuperComputing 17, an annual conference on high-performance computing, is that one of the largest US scientific institutions is investing...

26 by Ian Cutress on 11/14/2017

PathForward: US Dept. of Energy Awards $258M in Research Contracts To Develop Exascale Supercomputer Technology

Even though the major US national laboratories are just now starting to take delivery of the supercomputers they ordered a few years back, due to the long and complex...

22 by Ryan Smith on 6/15/2017

AMD @ SC16: Radeon Open Compute Platform (ROCm) 1.3 Released, Boltzmann Comes to Fruition

Kicking off this week is SC, the annual ACM/IEEE sponsored supercomputing conference in the United States. At this show last year, AMD announced the Boltzmann Initiative, their ambitious plan...

11 by Ryan Smith on 11/14/2016

New ARM IP Launched: CMN-600 Interconnect for 128 Cores and DMC-620, an 8Ch DDR4 IMC

You need much more than a good CPU core to conquer the server world. As more cores are added, the way data moves from one part of the silicon...

14 by Johan De Gelas on 9/27/2016

ARM Research Summit 2016 Keynote Live Blog

ARM's first Research Summit is happening today at Churchill College, Cambridge. We have near-front row seats and are expecting some details on future HPC plans today. Dr Chris Doran...

7 by Ian Cutress on 9/15/2016

ARM Announces ARM v8-A with Scalable Vector Extensions: Aiming for HPC and Data Center

Today ARM is announcing an update to their line of architecture license products. With the goal of moving ARM more into the server, the data center, and high-performance computing...

15 by Ian Cutress on 8/22/2016

Intel Announces Knights Mill: A Xeon Phi For Deep Learning

In a brief announcement as part of today’s Day 2 ketnote for IDF 2016, Intel has announced a new member of the Xeon Phi family. The new part, currently...

24 by Ryan Smith on 8/17/2016

IBM, NVIDIA and Wistron Develop New OpenPOWER HPC Server with POWER8 CPUs

IBM, NVIDIA and Wistron have introduced their second-generation server for high-performance computing (HPC) applications at the OpenPOWER Summit. The new machine is designed for IBM’s latest POWER8 microprocessors, NVIDIA’s...

50 by Anton Shilov on 4/6/2016

NVIDIA Unveils the DGX-1 HPC Server: 8 Teslas, 3U, Q2 2016

For a few years now, NVIDIA has been flirting with the server business as a means of driving the growth of datacenter sales of their products. A combination of...

30 by Ryan Smith & Ian Cutress on 4/6/2016

AMD Announces FirePro S9300 X2: Dual Fiji for HPC

One of the more interesting consequences of GPUs being built on TSMC’s 28nm process for an extended period of time is that it has forced both vendors to compensate...

19 by Ryan Smith on 3/31/2016

SuperComputing 15: Intel’s Knights Landing / Xeon Phi Silicon on Display

There are lots of stories to tell from the SuperComputing 15 conference here in Austin, but a clear overriding theme – in order to reach ‘Exascale’ (the fancy name...

26 by Ian Cutress on 11/19/2015

A Few Notes on Intel’s Knights Landing and MCDRAM Modes from SC15

When learning about new hardware, there are always different angles to look at it. For the most part, manufacturers talking to the media will focus on the hardware aspects...

10 by Ian Cutress on 11/16/2015

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