TOP500 Expands Exaflops Capacity Amidst Low Turnover
Nov. 16, 2020

FRANKFURT, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The 56th edition of the TOP500 saw the Japanese Fugaku supercomputer solidify its number one status in a list that reflects a flattening performance growth curve.  Although two new systems managed to make it into the top 10, the full list recorded the smallest number of new entries since the project began in 1993.

The entry level to the list moved up to 1.32 petaflops on the High Performance Linpack (HPL) benchmark, a small increase from 1.23 petaflops recorded in the June 2020 rankings. In a similar vein, the aggregate performance of all …


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What’s New in Computing vs. COVID-19: SC20 Edition

Supercomputing, big data and artificial intelligence are crucial tools in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Around the world, researchers, corporations and governments are urgently devoting their computing resources to this global crisis. This column collects the biggest news about how advanced technologies are helping us fight back against COVID-19. At SC20, that news was […]

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Northern Data AG Opens First Own Data Center in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, Germany, Nov. 30, 2020 — Northern Data AG starts operating its first data center at its Frankfurt am Main location. From December 2020, the Frankfurt location will make up part of the Company’s Distributed Computing Cluster, based on its mobile high-tech data centers. This will add to the Company’s worldwide network of […]

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Injecting Machine Learning And Bayesian Optimization Into HPC

No matter what kind of traditional HPC simulation and modeling system you have, no matter what kind of fancy new machine learning AI system you have, IBM has an appliance that it wants to sell you to help make these systems work better – and work better together if you are mixing HPC and AI.

Injecting Machine Learning And Bayesian Optimization Into HPC was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

insideHPC Guide to QCT Platform-on-Demand Designed for Converged Workloads – Part 2

In this insideHPC technology guide, “insideHPC Guide to QCT Platform-on-Demand Designed for Converged Workloads,”as we’ll see, by relying on open source software and the latest high performance/low cost system architectures, it is possible to build scalable hybrid on-premises solutions that satisfy the needs of converged HPC/AI workloads while being robust and easily manageable.

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CINECA's Sanzio Bassini and CSC's Kimmo Koski explain Europe's first two pre-exascale supercomputers, Leonardo and LUMI

Sanzio Bassini from CINECA, Italy and Kimmo Koski from CSC, Finland were invited in the 4m below sea level studio in downtown Almere to talk about their respective pre-exascale consortia, Leonardo and LUMI. About three years ago EuroHPC started its journey to bring Europe on the forefront of high performance computing in the world again. After three years we now see several activities emerging and plans becoming a reality.Primeur Magazinetalked to Anders Jensen from the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking which is now a legal entity.Primeur Magazinetalked already to several people who are running projects funded by the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. At presentPrimeur Magazinewants to discuss about two of the pre-exascale systems for which the contracts now have been signed. The first one is the Leonardo system and the other one is the LUMI system.Primeur Magazinewelcomed in its virtual studio Sanzio Bassini who is representing the Leonardo consortium and Kimmo Koski who is representing the LUMI consortium..

Why Developers are Turning to Ultra-powerful Workstations for More Creative Freedom at Less Cost

This white paper, "Why Developers are Turning to Ultra-powerful Workstations for More Creative Freedom at Less Cost," from Dell Technologies discusses why developers are turning to ultra-powerful workstations for more creative freedom at less cost. Research shows that large and small companies alike are using  powerful workstations with even more powerful graphic processing units (GPUs) as integral parts of their artificial intelligence infrastructure.

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Quantum Inspire consortium will use new grant to bring quantum computing closer to its future users

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has announced to make over 93 million euro available to 21 interdisciplinary research projects aiming to bring scientific and societal breakthroughs within reach. The projects are receiving funding under the second round of the Dutch Research Agenda Programme: "Research along Routes by Consortia" (NWA-ORC). One of the grants (4,5 million euro) is going to the Quantum Inspire consortium, an interdisciplinary collaboration with several public and private partners. It means the consortium will be able to bring quantum technology closer to potential users across society..

Pure Expands Its As-A-Service Playbook

The push by established datacenter tech vendors to get into the as-a-service game has accelerated in recent months, fueled in part by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need by organizations to more quickly embrace cloud services to help them adapt to the suddenly shifted business model that features a more widely distributed workforce, which brings a truckload of security and management issues.

Pure Expands Its As-A-Service Playbook was written by Jeffrey Burt at The Next Platform.

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11/2020 Highlights

After a make-over of the Top10 in June we again see some interesting changes driven by two system upgrades (#1 Fugaku and #5 Selene) and two new systems (#7 JUWELS Booster Module and #10 Dammam-7). The full list however recorded the smallest number of new entries ever since the project started in 1993.

Supercomputer Fugaku, a system based on Fujitsu’s custom ARM A64FX processor remains the new No. 1. It is installed at the RIKEN Center for Computational Science (R-CCS) in Kobe, Japan, the location of the former K-Computer. It was co-developed in close partnership by Riken and Fujitsu and uses Fujitsu’s Tofu D interconnect to transfer data between nodes. It increased in size by about 5% which allowed it to improve its HPL benchmark score to 442 Pflop/s easily exceeding the No. 2 Summit by 3x.

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