Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-04-10

Exascale supercomputing

EUROSERVER paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Intersect360 Research to provide USCC testimony for China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech hearing ...

Quantum computing

'Virtual' interferometers may overcome scale issues for optical quantum computers ...

Quantum-physical model system ...

Optics advance quantum information processing ...

Focus on Europe

A glance into the ISC 2017 Research Paper Session ...

OCF announce Iceotope as liquid cooling partner for research and academic market ...

Return of the mini-supercomputer in the Netherlands: Little Green Machine II ...

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry chooses vSMP Foundation ...

PRACE opens SHAPE 5th Call for Proposals ...

IBM invests to accelerate innovation, collaboration and fast-track health care solutions in Finland ...

73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work; 34% do not publish their data ...

Middleware

DDN Lustre powers University of Edinburgh accelerated genomics research ...

Hardware

Supercomputer growth drives record HPC revenue in 2016, Hyperion Research reports ...

Canada's most powerful academic supercomputer will launch at Simon Fraser University ...

Silicon Mechanics Announces Recipient of 6th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

U.S. businesses risk falling behind as lead in global semiconductor industry threatened ...

Fujitsu and Oracle launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers with world's fastest per-core performance ...

IBM Researchers advance the understanding of chip reliability at IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence: Bosch and University of Amsterdam to cooperate closely ...

Cyber gene network could speed up discoveries ...

How can network analysis lead to a new way of studying court decisions? ...

IBM patents machine learning models for drug discovery ...

Clemson scientists receive $2.95 million to improve and simplify large-scale data analysis ...

New brain-inspired cybersecurity system detects 'bad apples' 100 times faster ...

Supercomputers reveal how cell membranes keep cancer-causing proteins turned off ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Budapest Software Lab to develop Cloud Video solutions ...

IBM first to deliver latest NVIDIA GPU accelerator on the Cloud to speed AI workloads ...

University of Wyoming uses Oracle Cloud to drive core mission of teaching, research, and service ...

Industry experts discuss advantages and risks of shifting data analytics to the Cloud ...

Intersect360 Research to provide USCC testimony for China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech hearing

16 Mar 2017 Washington, D.C. - For its hearing on "China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech", the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission (USCC) has been seeking testimony on the current and potential future state of supercomputing innovation worldwide, with an emphasis on China's position on the global stage relative to the U.S. Addison Snell, CEO of Intersect360 Research, provided this written testimony in answer to USCC's questions for the hearing. Mr. Snell also provided oral testimony to answer additional questions at the hearing on March 16, 2017. Information about Mr. Snell, Intersect360 Research, and the questions asked are in the Appendices of the report.

In this statement, Addison Snell gives an overview of the high performance computing (HPC) industry, including analysis of hardware, software, and industry trends. Where relevant, market data from Intersect360 Research is included, particularly for the analysis of significant HPC market segmentations. In the next section, Addison Snell gives a country-level analysis of national supercomputing strategies and programmes, for the U.S., China, and other significant countries. In the closing section he gives an analysis, conclusions, and recommendations.

While the U.S. still leads by far in the most straightforward market share metrics of production (vendors, supply-side) and consumption (buyers, demand-side), industry indicators show the U.S. is falling behind in the leading edge of advancement. Chinese leadership has apparently recognized the relationship between HPC and economic growth and has set forth on a programme to drive the country into a leadership position. The best response to this new challenge is to continue if not increase national support for HPC at all levels.

National supercomputing efforts are essential to motivating investment at the high end. From that point, U.S. companies excel at seizing opportunities to drive markets forward. Against these strengths, the top limitations to Exascale deployments are software and skills. If the U.S. does build a system, how will the U.S. use it? A key feature of the Exascale Computing Programme is its emphasis on co-design, finding end-user stakeholders to collaborate on the design of next-generation supercomputing technologies, bolstered by government funding. Addison Snell recommends:

  • National initiatives in low-level software tools and programming models, together with stakeholders in industry and academia.
  • Government-funded partnerships between industry and academia.
  • Ongoing pursuit of next-generation technologies.

Regardless of these recommendations, the HPC market will continue, powering new innovations and ideas around the world. Supercomputers today are close to a million times more powerful now than they were 20 years ago. In another 20 years, they could be a million times more powerful still. The leaders in supercomputing will be the ones that do not rest on their achievements, but rather continue to chase the next challenge over each new horizon.

A transcript of the oral testimony has been made available at the USCC website.
Source: Intersect360 Research

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-04-10

Exascale supercomputing

EUROSERVER paves the way for low-power data centres ...

Intersect360 Research to provide USCC testimony for China's Pursuit of Next Frontier Tech hearing ...

Quantum computing

'Virtual' interferometers may overcome scale issues for optical quantum computers ...

Quantum-physical model system ...

Optics advance quantum information processing ...

Focus on Europe

A glance into the ISC 2017 Research Paper Session ...

OCF announce Iceotope as liquid cooling partner for research and academic market ...

Return of the mini-supercomputer in the Netherlands: Little Green Machine II ...

Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry chooses vSMP Foundation ...

PRACE opens SHAPE 5th Call for Proposals ...

IBM invests to accelerate innovation, collaboration and fast-track health care solutions in Finland ...

73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work; 34% do not publish their data ...

Middleware

DDN Lustre powers University of Edinburgh accelerated genomics research ...

Hardware

Supercomputer growth drives record HPC revenue in 2016, Hyperion Research reports ...

Canada's most powerful academic supercomputer will launch at Simon Fraser University ...

Silicon Mechanics Announces Recipient of 6th Annual Research Cluster Grant ...

U.S. businesses risk falling behind as lead in global semiconductor industry threatened ...

Fujitsu and Oracle launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers with world's fastest per-core performance ...

IBM Researchers advance the understanding of chip reliability at IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium ...

Applications

Artificial intelligence: Bosch and University of Amsterdam to cooperate closely ...

Cyber gene network could speed up discoveries ...

How can network analysis lead to a new way of studying court decisions? ...

IBM patents machine learning models for drug discovery ...

Clemson scientists receive $2.95 million to improve and simplify large-scale data analysis ...

New brain-inspired cybersecurity system detects 'bad apples' 100 times faster ...

Supercomputers reveal how cell membranes keep cancer-causing proteins turned off ...

The Cloud

IBM opens Budapest Software Lab to develop Cloud Video solutions ...

IBM first to deliver latest NVIDIA GPU accelerator on the Cloud to speed AI workloads ...

University of Wyoming uses Oracle Cloud to drive core mission of teaching, research, and service ...

Industry experts discuss advantages and risks of shifting data analytics to the Cloud ...