TOP500 News

TOP500 Meanderings: InfiniBand Fends Off Supercomputing Challengers

Ethernet remains the most popular interconnect on the TOP500 list, but InfiniBand still rules the roost when it comes to true supercomputing performance. We run the numbers and show how InfiniBand still dominates the top supercomputers in the world.

Verne Global Jumps into HPC Cloud Business

Verne Global, a UK company offering Icelandic-based green datacenter services, has launched a bare metal HPC cloud offering. Known as hpcDIRECT, the service offer customers the ability to rent HPC hardware deployed in Verne Global’s datacenter complex located in Keflavik, Iceland. The clusters are equipped with Intel Xeon Scalable processors (“Skylake”), along with Mellanox InfiniBand and Ethernet networks. Different storage options are available as well. The company says it can support “petaflops of compute,” and is suitable for typical HPC applications such as computer-aided engineering, genomic sequencing, molecular modeling, and machine learning.

President of PEZY Computing Arrested, Charged with Fraud

The president of PEZY Computing, Motoaki Saito, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly defrauding the government of 431 million yen ($3.8 million). Daisuke Suzuki, another PEZY employee, was also arrested.

IBM Launches Power9 Servers, Initial Offering Takes Aim at Enterprise AI

IBM today unveiled its first Power9-based server, the AC922, which the company is promoting as a platform for AI workload acceleration. The new dual-socket server was announced in conjunction with the official launch of the Power9 processor.

Google’s Automated AI Tool Surpasses Human Experts

Google researchers have produced an enhanced version of AutoML that outperforms human programmers on two industrial-strength neural networks.

DOE Researchers Build Automated Neural Network Generator

Using the Titan supercomputer at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a research team has developed an evolutionary algorithm that they claim can generate custom neural networks that “match or exceed the performance of handcrafted artificial intelligence systems.”

LANL Turns to Raspberry Pi for Supercomputing Solution

Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) has installed a 750-node HPC testbed using Raspberry Pi technology.

Stephen Hawkings Research Group Will Use HPE Supercomputer for Cosmology Work

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has found a high-profile customer for its newly minted Superdome Flex in-memory computing platform.

ORNL Expands Quantum Computing Effort

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently acquired the Atos Quantum Learning Machine (QLM), a quantum computing simulator that lets researchers create qubit-friendly algorithms. The deployment is part of a larger effort at ORNL to develop quantum computing technologies at the US Department of Energy.

Inspur Will Build Volta GPU-Powered Supercomputer for Chinese University

Inspur has been tasked to build a one petaflop supercomputer for Central China Normal University (CCNU), which will use the system to host both traditional HPC applications and deep learning workloads.