Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-04-17

Hardware

On his blog, Karl Freund asks: Has OpenPower crushed ARM at Google? Anyone who still doubted that large data centres are serious about inducing a competitive CPU certainly got a wake-up call last week when Rackspace and Google announced that they are teaming up to enable their use of OpenPower when IBM releases their POWER9 chip in late 2017. Some have questioned whether this means ARM is now far behind, and one does have to wonder how this could impact Qualcomm and Broadcom's ARM Server SOC plans. Freund takes a look at how this might play out. Read further...
In a guest blog by Jeff Layton, Principal Tech, AWS Public Sector explains the evolution of HPC in the AWS Cloud. The Cloud allows you to go beyond thinking that HPC is only about clusters and that all applications must adapt that model, Layton says. If you have a new architecture in mind for your application or your workflow, you can simply and easily create it in the cloud. Do you want to use a combination of containers and microservices for your application? According to Layton, the AWS Cloud allows you to construct what you need with some very simple code. If the architecture doesn’t work as well as you wanted, then you just turn off the system and stop paying for it. Read further...
According to VR world, China, after not being allowed to import Intel processors for the new Tianhe-2 supercomputer invested all the funds intended for Intel and other foreign vendors - into the development of in-house Alpha and ARM superprocessors, which have the potential to beat the traditional x86 architecture. In terms of funds, NUDT planned to buy 32,000 more Xeon processors (this time, based on Haswell-E) and 48,000 more Xeon Phi co-processors. VR world has been hearing that over $500 million was invested in bringing the Chinese silicon from a prototype phase to production-grade level. Read further...

Applications

A University of Cambridge-led project aiming to develop a new architecture for future computing based on superconducting spintronics - technology designed to increase the energy-efficiency of high-performance computers and data storage - has been announced. Read further...

Industry news

Slides are available of the Lustre 2016 conference in Portland, beginning of April. Read further...