Tag Archives: supercomputers

Cray ARMs its Supercomputers for War, HPC Workloads

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Four to five years ago, it was common to see CEOs and companies confidently predicting ARM would have a significant slice of the server market in the not-too-distant future. This, needless to say, has not come to pass. Qualcomm recently launched its upcoming Falkor CPUs, but those parts haven’t had time yet to demonstrate any kind of competitive standing. Even if they play well, Qualcomm won’t hit the 15 percent of the market AMD’s then-CEO, ...

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Cray Announces New, AI-Focused Supercomputers

Deep learning, self-driving cars, and AI are all huge topics these days, with companies like Nvidia, IBM, AMD, and Intel all throwing their hats into the ring. Now Cray, which helped pioneer the very concept of a supercomputer, is also bringing its own solutions to market. Cray announced a pair of new systems: the Cray CS-Storm 500GT, and the CS-Storm 500NX. Both are designed to work with Nvidia’s Pascal-based Tesla GPUs, but they offer different feature sets and capabilities. the CS-Storm 500GT supports up to 8x 450W or 10x 400W accelerators, ...

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China, already dominant in supercomputers, shoots for an exascale prototype in 2017

Back in June, China debuted the world’s fastest supercomputer, the Sunway TaihuLight (pictured), with a Linpack benchmark result of 93 petaflop/s. That machine contains 40,960 locally developed ShenWei processors, each with 260 cores and roughly comparable with Intel’s Knight’s Landing Xeon Phi CPU. China also developed a 136GB/sec memory controller and custom interconnect that delivers 16GB/sec of peak bandwidth between nodes. Now China is working on a prototype exascale (1,000-petaflop) system that it aims to complete by the end of this year, according to state media. An exascale computer is ...

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China retains its lead with the two fastest supercomputers in the world

Today brings a new TOP500 list of the 500 fastest supercomputers in the world. And China still sits on top, with the number one and number two systems: Sunway TaihuLight, at a Linpack rating of 93 petaflops, and Tianhe-2, at 34 petaflops. That said, two new systems are in the top 10, both of which run Intel Knights Landing Xeon Phi 7250 68-core processors: Cori, a new Cray XC40 at Berkeley Lab’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), lands at number five with a rating of 14 petaflops. Oakforest-PACS, a ...

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China eclipses U.S. to become undisputed king of supercomputers

Putting a supercomputer into a smartphone China is putting the U.S. firmly in the shade in the battle for supercomputer supremacy. For the first time ever, China has taken the lead in the number of supercomputers on a closely watched list of the 500 fastest systems on the planet. It has 167, overtaking the U.S. at 165, according to the researchers who compile the ranking. China has also strengthened its grip on the top of the list, with its machines taking both first and second place. And the new supercomputer ...

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