Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-11-16

Hardware

On November 16, the K computer took the first place in the HPCG benchmark, a new index developed to create a more realistic view of supercomputer performance compared to the commonly used LINPACK benchmark. This success, which surpasses the second place achieved in 2014 and 2015, was made possible by significant improvements of the performance of the system and applications in the two intervening years. Read further...

Industry news

To help companies join the AI revolution, NVIDIA will collaborate with Microsoft to accelerate AI in the enterprise. Using the first purpose-built enterprise AI framework optimized to run on NVIDIA Tesla GPUs in Microsoft Azure or on-premises, enterprises now have an AI platform that spans from their data centre to Microsoft's Cloud. Read further...
Xilinx Inc. at SC16 unveiled a new suite of technology designed to enable the world's largest Cloud service providers to rapidly develop and deploy acceleration platforms. Designed for Cloud scale applications, the FPGA-powered Xilinx Reconfigurable Acceleration Stack includes libraries, framework integrations, developer boards, and OpenStack support. It provides the fastest path to realize 40x better compute efficiency with Xilinx FPGAs compared to x86 server CPUs and up to six times the compute efficiency over competitive FPGAs. Using dynamic reconfiguration, Xilinx enables silicon optimization for the broadest set of performance-demanding workloads including machine learning, data analytics, and video transcoding. These workload optimizations can be done in milliseconds by swapping in the most optimal design bitstream. Read further...