Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2017-09-07

Hardware

ISCA is the latest development of the HPC environment available to researchers at the University of Exeter. The system was inaugurated on September 6. The cluster system was installed by OCF. Read further...
The next GoingArm workshop, an HPC oriented workshop for sharing experiences and knowledge about ARM, will be held in conjunction with the Arm Research Summit on September 12 in Cambridge. The speakers are now listed on the workshop web site. Read further...

Applications

In an article in the Scientific American titled "IBM Pitched Its Watson Supercomputer as a Revolution in Cancer Care. It's Nowhere Close", Casey Ross and Ike Swetlitz write that after three years after IBM began selling Watson for Oncology to recommend cancer treatments to doctors, it's falling short of the lofty expectations IBM created for it. Read further...

Focus on Europe

The EuroEXA project, that receives 19.949.022,50 euro from the European Union's H2020 programme, started on September 1st. The project will run for 42 months. The project will co-design a balanced architecture for both compute- and data-intensive applications using a cost-efficient, modular-integration approach enabled by novel inter-die links and the tape-out of a resulting EuroEXA processing unit with integration of FPGA for data-flow acceleration. The project will provide a homogenised software platform offering heterogeneous acceleration with scalable shared memory access and create a unique hybrid geographically-addressed, switching and topology interconnect within the rack while enabling the adoption of low-cost Ethernet switches offering low-latency and high-switching bandwidth. It is part of Europe's endeavour towards exascale supercomputing. Read further...