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China looks set to pip Uncle Sam at the post in exascale computer race

Analysis China is to take a clear lead in the exascale superdupercomputer race - its Tianhe-3 system looks to be a whole year ahead of the US's best efforts. Aurora, Frontier and El Capitan, the three US exascale supercomputers, are set to be eclipsed by China's Tianhe-3 1 exaFLOPS system which is prototyping this year with delivery …
Chris Mellor, 8 Mar 2018
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Future supers pop up on $636m cash wishlist to get exascale beasts prowling on US soil

The two new mystery exascale computing systems known only as Frontier and El Capitan popped up on a budget request last week. They are being developed by the US government and have been slated for deployment in 2022 and 2023. If American Congresspeople were to say yes to the budget, the DoE would get $636m towards current R&D …
Chris Mellor, 5 Mar 2018

Stop trying to make The Machine happen, HPE. It's not going to happen

Comment HPE will use a research grant awarded today by the US Department of Energy to develop blueprints for a Machine-based exascale supercomputer. An exascale system is a beast that can hit at least one exaflops – a billion billion floating-point math operations per second. Uncle Sam is bent on getting at least one of these mega- …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2017
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Uncle Sam bungs rich tech giants quarter of a billion bucks for exascale super R&D

The US government has dangled $258m in funding in front of six American tech giants to encourage the development of exascale supercomputer systems. Uncle Sam wants at least one exascale machine powered up on American soil by 2021, and in production by 2022. A second system should also be arriving around that time, ideally. By …
Chris Williams, 15 Jun 2017
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EU flings cash from €80bn pot at Seagate-led HPC storage project

+Comment Data storage giant Seagate is launching a SAGE European Exascale HPC project with nine partners to find ways for storage systems to work with exascale compute mills, as part of a multi-billion-dollar EU research and innovation programme. Seagate claims the project will research and redefine data storage in the era of extreme …
Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2015
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Intel on Europe: The Internet of Things could SAVE US ALL

Feature How will Europe lift itself out of current and future economic woes - and help save the planet while it’s about it? According to chip giant Intel, with hi-tech carrots rather than government sticks. So said the head of Intel’s European R&D operation, Martin Curley, this week at the chip company’s European Research and …
Tony Smith, 25 Oct 2013

Intel: Our first five parallel-computing schools are open for business

Chip giant Intel has begun funding research into ways to make applications easier to write for parallel processing systems, and to teach those methods to future generations of computer engineers and scientists. The first five institutions to qualify as Intel Parallel Computing Centres are: the Konrad Zuse Information …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013

Memory muddle muddies Intel's Exascale ambitions

IDF13 Intel's lofty attempt to make a supercomputer capable of an exaflop by 2020 while consuming a mere 20 megawatts of power is running into major problems due to the pesky laws of physics. When Intel announced its exaflop goal back in 2011, the chipmaking giant talked up a variety of technologies it was bringing to bear on the …
Jack Clark, 14 Sep 2013
Stacking up chips to make tiny Daleks for the data center

Power-mad HPC fans told: No exascale for you - for at least 8 years

I recently stumbled upon a transcript from a very recent interview with HPC luminaries Jack Dongarra (University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge, Top500 list) and Horst Simon (deputy director at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.) The topic? Nothing less than the future of supercomputers. These are pretty good guys to ask, since they’re …
Dan Olds, 31 Jan 2013
Stacking up chips to make tiny Daleks for the data center

Big Blue etches silicon nanophotonics with regular chip tech

The path to exascale supercomputing computing is going to require the development of a number of technologies, and one of them is the shift from copper to optical signaling between chips in a complex of computing and memory. And IBM thinks it is going to have an edge in this effort now that it has cooked up photonics components …

DataDirect plunks $100m on storage array disguised as a super

Supercomputer storage supplier DataDirect Network is setting up a $100m exascale computing lab. The goal is to hit one quintillion floating-point operations per second, and DDN hopes this mind-boggling level of number-crunching will be reached by 2018. The company is going to direct its funds to: Accelerating IO with a new …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2012
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US Energy dept starts handing out cash for exaflop superputer quest

The Department of Energy is continuing to dole out cash to pay for some of the basic research that needs to be done if the United States is going to field exascale-class supercomputers by 2020 or so. This time around, Nvidia and Intel have taken down some contracts, and El Reg hears that Big Blue is getting some funding as well …
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DOE doles out cash to AMD, Whamcloud for exascale research

The US Department of Energy used its massive budget to push supercomputers to gigaflops, teraflops, and petaflops in the prior three decades and it is being tasked to put the pedal to the exaflops metal before the end of this decade. To get there, the DOE has to fund primary research at IT vendors who might otherwise not get …

Supercomputers need standard shot glass to measure out juice

Webcast The biggest challenge in getting to the next level of supercomputer performance – Exascale – is the massive amounts of electricity these systems will consume. On a smaller scale, energy consumption also inhibits HPC installations. The problem isn’t just getting enough plugs from your walls to the grid; it’s also the cost of …
Dan Olds, 12 Jun 2012

HPC battle royale: Exotic models vs Frankenstein monsters

HPC blog My article comparing supercomputer performance and price/performance to common computers generated quite a few comments. For those who didn’t see the initial story, the Fujitsu K computer is a 10 petaflop monster that’s currently the fastest computer in the world. It’s roughly 4x faster than the second place Tianhe-1A Chinese …
Dan Olds, 15 Mar 2012

Exascale by 2018: Crazy ...or possible?

HPC blog I recently saw some estimates that show we should hit exascale supercomputer performance by around 2018. That seems a bit ambitious – if not stunningly optimistic – and the search to get some perspective led me on an hours-long meander through supercomputing history, plus what I like to call “Fun With Spreadsheets.” Right now …
Dan Olds, 20 Feb 2012

Nvidia: An unintended exascale-super innovator

SC11 Jen-Hsun Huang, one of the cofounders of graphics-chip maker Nvidia, never intended to be a player in the supercomputing racket. But his company is now at the forefront of the CPU-GPU hybrid computing revolution that is taking the HPC arena by storm as supercomputing centers try to cram as much math into as small a power budget …

ARM+GPU = dream super?

SC11 We've seen a lot of ARM server activity in recent weeks, with ARM chip upstart Calxeda announcing its 5-watt EnergyCore ARM chip (breakdown here) and a partnership with x86 giant HP (outlined here). Also the ARM architecture is getting a necessary but painfully slow 64-bit makeover, slated to roll out in 2014. ARM processors …
Dan Olds, 14 Nov 2011

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