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Alibaba Launches European Supercomputing Cloud Service, Quantum Computing Platform

Chinese-base tech giant Alibaba is challenging American cloud providers in Europe with an HPC service designed for users running a variety of compute-intensive and data-intensive workloads. The company also unveiled a new cloud-based quantum computing platform.

Lenovo Launches New HPC Server, Will Power Germany’s Top Supercomputer

Lenovo has unveiled the ThinkSystem SD650, a densely constructed, direct water cooled server aimed at the HPC market. Its first big test will come later this year when it's deployed in Germany's most powerful supercomputer, the SuperMUC-NG.

Intel, NVIDIA Call for Government Support of AI

During Congressional testimony last week, Intel and NVIDIA proposed that the US government institute policies that would speed development of artificial intelligence. The testimony was submitted to the House Subcommittee on Information Technology, headed by Texas Congressman Will Hurd.

Cray Reports Big Losses for 2017, Looks to Turn It Around In 2018

Closing the books on 2017, Cray announced one of the worst financial reports in recent memory, reporting a net loss of $133.8 million. It marks the first time since 2009 that the company went into the red and represents the second worst net loss in its history.

TPUs Go Public on Google Cloud

Google has announced a beta program to make its in-house Tensor Processing Units (TPUs) available to cloud customers, marking the first time a custom-built machine learning chip will be accessible to a wide array of users.

Photonic Computing Company Takes Aim at Artificial Intelligence

Chip startup Lightmatter has received an infusion of $11 million from investors to help bring the world’s first  silicon photonics processor for AI to market. Using technology originally developed at MIT, the company is promising “orders of magnitude performance improvements over what’s feasible using existing technologies.”

China’s Next Supercomputer May Spoil America’s Plans to Retake TOP500 Crown

According to a news report in People’s Daily Online, China is planning to launch a pre-exascale supercomputer this year that could outperform Summit, a US machine developed for the Department of Energy that is expected to top 200 petaflops when deployed later this year.

DOE Witholds Details of First Exascale Supercomputer, Even as it Solicits Researchers to Apply for Early Access

The Department of Energy (DOE) is soliciting proposals for research projects that will receive early access to Aurora, the first exascale supercomputer to be deployed in the US. There’s one catch though: the DOE is not telling anyone about machine’s architecture.

HPC4E Project Outlines Case for Exascale Computing in Energy Sector

A consortium of European and Brazilian organizations dedicated to pushing the boundaries of HPC for the energy sector has released a report on how exascale computing will be needed to move the industry forward.

European Commission Looks to Invest a Billion Euros in HPC

The European Commission (EC) has announced a financial framework for investing €1 billion in European supercomputers over the next two years. Under this framework, known as the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, the European Union (EU) would contribute around €486 million, while the remainder would be supplied by EU member states and associated countries.