Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2019-02-07

Focus on Europe

According to Science | Business, the European Commission is denying or at least delaying access of Switzerland to the EuroHPC JU. Switzerland is housing the fastest supercomputer in Europe for several years and they are very active in a diversity of European and international supercomputer consortia. Switzerland was also involved in the EuroHPC plans from almost the beginning. It signed the EuroHPC declaration in October 2017. According to CSC, Finland, Switzerland showed interest in a possible pre-exascale consortium led by Finland. Because the deadline for pre-exascale hosting entities is closing in April, time may be running out. Read further...
The GW4 Isambard project has just published a study analysing the performance of Europe's first Arm based production supercomputer. The study concludes that Arm-based processors are now capable of providing levels of performance competitive with state-of-the-art offerings from the incumbent vendors, while significantly improving performance per euro. The study appeared as "A performance analysis of the first generation of HPC-optimized Arm processors" published in "Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience". Read further...