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No Waiting: Mellanox Uses Univa to Extend Silicon Design HPC Operation to Azure

No Waiting: Mellanox Uses Univa to Extend Silicon Design HPC Operation to A...

Call it a corollary to Murphy’s Law: When a system is most in demand, when end users ...

Intel 7nm May Arrive Sooner than Expected; Moore’s Law Cadence to Follow?

Intel 7nm May Arrive Sooner than Expected; Moore’s Law Cadence to Follow?

2018 has been a rough one for Intel, abuse has been heaped on the company for its ...

Mass Shootings, Contraband Cargo in Crosshairs of AI, Advanced Scanning

Mass Shootings, Contraband Cargo in Crosshairs of AI, Advanced Scanning

AI may be on the cusp of combatting two menaces of American life: mass shootings and terrorism. ...

AWS Firecracker Takes on Serverless Security, Speed Challenges

AWS Firecracker Takes on Serverless Security, Speed Challenges

Better security and more speed – what else could we ask of serverless computing? At re:Invent this ...

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December 7, 2018(0)
Call it a corollary to Murphy’s Law: When a system is most in demand, when end users are most dependent on the system performing as required, when it’s crunch time – that’s when the system is most likely to blow up. Or make you wait in line to use it. They know this at Mellanox as well as anyone. ... Full article
December 6, 2018(0)
2018 has been a rough one for Intel, abuse has been heaped on the company for its dilatory delivery of a 10nm process technology – first slated for 2016, now for late 2019. This writer and fellow “knights of the keyboard” (as baseball immortal Ted Williams referred to the press), along with Wall Street analysts, have drilled “Chipzilla” for ... Full article
December 5, 2018(0)
AI may be on the cusp of combatting two menaces of American life: mass shootings and terrorism. Two start-ups have technologies under development designed to spot the bad guys, and bad cargo, before they can cause harm. Liberty Defense Technologies is combining radio frequency scanning with real time image processing to detect a gun, or guns, carried near a ... Full article
November 30, 2018(0)
Better security and more speed – what else could we ask of serverless computing? At re:Invent this week, AWS launched a new take on virtual machines with a virtualization technology and open source project (under the Apache 2.0 license) for running multi-tenant container workloads. Called Firecracker, the offering is designed to combine the speed, resource efficiency and performance enabled ... Full article
November 30, 2018(0)
Amid the gush of money and enthusiastic predictions being thrown at quantum computing comes a proposed cold shower in the form of an essay by physicist Mikhail Dyakonov published in IEEE Spectrum this month – "The Case Against Quantum Computing." Whatever your view of QC’s prospects, Dyakonov’s commentary is worth a read. Error correction – or more accurately the ... Full article
November 28, 2018(0)
Amazon Web Services poured forth a rolling tide of new product announcements today at its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, an impressive portfolio of technologies that extend the cloud services giant’s reach and appeal across a range of advanced computing sectors. In a marathon presentation, AWS CEO Andy Jassy spoke almost without letup for three hours, with much of ... Full article
November 27, 2018(0)
AWS, a macrocosm of the emerging high-performance technology landscape, wants to be everywhere you want to be and offer everything you want to use (or at least try out). As such, the cloud computing services giant has furthered the spirit of technology disaggregation – processor diversity – with new Amazon Elastic Container Service (EC2) A1 instances powered by AWS ... Full article
November 21, 2018(0)
Add the Israeli startup Quantum Machines to the list of innovators pursuing the building blocks of the elusive computing architecture. The web site Techcrunch.com reported Wednesday (Nov. 21) that Tel Aviv-based Quantum Machines has raised $5.5 million in seed funding. The quantum startup’s web site lists Battery Ventures and TLV Partners as investors. Founded earlier this year by CEO Itamar ... Full article
November 20, 2018(0)
Among the post-Moore’s Law chip architectures entering the test phase are neuromorphic chip designs that go beyond today’s CPUs and programmable logic chips to achieve near-term goals such as real-time learning and adaptive control. Intel Labs’ entry into the neuromorphic sweepstakes is a demonstrator dubbed Loihi, which was turned over to an industrial partner earlier this year for testing ... Full article
November 19, 2018(0)
Last January, Thierry Pellegrino, a long-time Dell/Dell EMC veteran, became VP of HPC. His tenure comes at a time when the very definition of HPC is blurring with AI writ large (data analytics, machine learning, deep learning) clamoring for a place at the previously exclusively HPC table. Dell EMC is showcasing leading edge expertise and collaboration with technology suppliers ... Full article
November 19, 2018(0)
It’s been a good two weeks, AMD’s Gary Silcott and Andy Parma told me on the last day of SC18 in Dallas at the restaurant where we met to discuss their show news and recent successes. Heck, it’s been a good year. AMD Epyc, delivered to the market earlier this year, has been winning – convincingly winning – the ... Full article
November 14, 2018(0)
At SC18 in Dallas, the feeling on the ground is forward-looking and buoyant. Like boom times that cycle through the Texas oil patch, the HPC industry is enjoying a prosperity seen only every few decades, one driven by AI, IoT, cloud, HPDA and other advanced technologies that are opening up vast new TAMs for technology vendors. Confirming all this ... Full article
November 14, 2018(0)
For nearly two hours at SC18, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang presented his expansive view of the future of HPC (and computing in general) as only he can do: Animated. Backstopped by a stream of data charts, product photos, and even a beautiful image of supernovae, Jensen described an accelerator- and AI-driven transformation of computing in which multi-precision processors, emerging ... Full article
November 8, 2018(0)
Many conferences try, fewer succeed. Thirty years ago, no one knew if the first SC would also be the last. Thirty years later, we know it’s the biggest annual conference for the HPC industry (expected attendance: 11,000), one that has burgeoned from its original focus on scientific computing into the enterprise across multiple industries and the hyperscale arena. All ... Full article
November 8, 2018(0)
The Cambrian explosion of about 500 million years ago is a popular metaphor for the tail end of Moore’s Law scaling and the emergence of a variety of processing accelerators used primarily to digest data torrents at the network edge. Autonomous vehicle sensors are among the examples, generating on average about 4 Tb of data per day per instrumented ... Full article
November 7, 2018(0)
It is telling that the keynote speaker at a major U.S. computer engineering conference represents the Department of Defense, which is pouring billions of R&D dollars into new chip architectures, chip design tools, novel semiconductor materials and, most recently, optical interconnects for multichip modules. All are expected to help advance high-performance computing and cloud infrastructure, along with parallel efforts ... Full article
November 6, 2018(0)
AMD’s mission to add market share in the super-hot data center server processor market has taken its Epyc chip into the biggest data center of them all, Amazon Web Services, dominant leader in the public cloud services industry. Today at AMD’s Next Horizon conference in San Francisco, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) and AWS announced the availability of the first AMD ... Full article
November 3, 2018(0)
 “I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.” - William Faulkner, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, 1949 This time, AI isn’t fooling around. This time, AI is in earnest, ... Full article
October 31, 2018(0)
Industry Program Director Brendan McGinty welcomed guests to the annual National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) Industry Conference, Oct. 9-11 in Urbana, Illinois. One hundred eighty from 40 organizations registered for the invitation-only, two-day event. Day two opened with a keynote address by NCSA Director William Gropp, who explained how advanced computation has changed over the years, and where ... Full article
October 26, 2018(0)
From supercomputers to cell phones, every system and software device in our digital panoply has a growing number of settings that, if not correctly set, constrain performance, wasting precious cycles and watts. Yet systems tuning is tedious and requires specialized skills and thus commonly falls into the category of tasks left undone. Startup Concertio, creator of the AI-based performance ... Full article

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