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Tiffany Trader

With over a decade’s experience covering the HPC space, Tiffany Trader is one of the preeminent voices reporting on advanced scale computing today.

Chip Flaws ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ Loom Large

January 5th, 2018 Comments Off on Chip Flaws ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ Loom Large
The HPC and wider tech community are abuzz over the discovery of critical design flaws that impact virtually all contemporary microprocessors. The bugs leave processors vulnerable to side channel attacks where malicious programs can steal information from applications’ memory. ...

IBM Begins Power9 Rollout with Backing from DOE, Google

December 9th, 2017 Comments Off on IBM Begins Power9 Rollout with Backing from DOE, Google
After over a year of buildup, IBM is unveiling its first Power9 system based on the same architecture as the Department of Energy CORAL supercomputers, Summit and Sierra. The new AC922 server pairs two Power9 CPUs with four or ...

Cray+Azure: Can Cloud Propel Supercomputing?

October 24th, 2017 Comments Off on Cray+Azure: Can Cloud Propel Supercomputing?
Cray, which has been seeking new points of entry for its supercomputing technology into the cloud enterprise arena, has struck a partnership with Microsoft and its enormous Azure customer base, a deal that Cray believes has the potential to ...

Intel Delivers 17-Qubit Quantum Chip to European Research Partner

October 11th, 2017 Comments Off on Intel Delivers 17-Qubit Quantum Chip to European Research Partner
On Tuesday (Oct. 10), Intel delivered a 17-qubit superconducting test chip to research partner QuTech, the quantum research institute of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. The announcement marks a major milestone in the 10-year, $50-million collaborative relationship with TU ...

GlobalFoundries Puts Wind in AMD’s Sails with 12nm FinFET

September 25th, 2017 Comments Off on GlobalFoundries Puts Wind in AMD’s Sails with 12nm FinFET
From its annual tech conference last week (Sept. 20), where GlobalFoundries welcomed more than 600 semiconductor professionals (reaching the Santa Clara venue’s max capacity and doubling 2016 attendee numbers), the one-of-four foundry business launched a raft of announcements, including ...

U of Illinois, NCSA Launch First US Nanomanufacturing Node

September 15th, 2017 Comments Off on U of Illinois, NCSA Launch First US Nanomanufacturing Node
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign together with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) have launched the United States’s first computational node aimed at the development of nanomanufacturing simulation tools. NanoMFG Node, as the five-year project is called, ...

Intel Intros Tools to Ease FPGA Adoption in the Datacenter

September 6th, 2017 Comments Off on Intel Intros Tools to Ease FPGA Adoption in the Datacenter
Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have a reputation for being difficult to program, requiring expertise in specialty languages, like Verilog or VHDL. Easing the programming burden is key to unlocking broader adoption for FPGAs and it’s a prime goal ...

Best Practices for HPC Centers and Their Industrial Partners

August 23rd, 2017 Comments Off on Best Practices for HPC Centers and Their Industrial Partners
What’s the best way for HPC centers in the public sphere to engage with private industry partners to boost the competitiveness of the companies and the larger communities? That question is at the heart of a new study published ...

IBM Scales AI with Distributed Deep Learning

August 8th, 2017 Comments Off on IBM Scales AI with Distributed Deep Learning
IBM announced today an enhancement to its PowerAI software platform aimed at scaling AI models on today’s fastest GPUs. Scaling to 256 GPUs with its new distributed deep learning (DDL) library, IBM reported it has bested previous scaling records ...

IBM Storage Breakthrough Paves Way for 330TB Tape Cartridges

August 4th, 2017 Comments Off on IBM Storage Breakthrough Paves Way for 330TB Tape Cartridges
IBM has announced a new record for magnetic tape storage that it says will keep tape storage density on a Moore’s Law-like path far into the next decade. In collaboration with Sony, IBM scientists recorded 201 gigabits on one ...
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