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17 Jul 2017
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Panel Discussion: Beyond Moore's Law (Video) [65023]
insideBIGDATA, July 16th 2017

"In this video from PASC17, John Shalf from LBNL moderates a panel discussion on Moore's Law..."

"By most accounts, we are nearing the limits of conventional photolithography processes. It will be challenging to continue to shrink feature sizes smaller than 5nm and still realize any performance improvement for digital electronics in silicon..."
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20 Jun 2017
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Hyperion: Deep Learning, AI Helping Drive Healthy HPC Industry Growth ($11B In 2016) [64448]
HPCWire, June 20th 2017

"To be at the ISC conference in Frankfurt this week is to experience deep immersion in deep learning. Users want to learn about it, vendors want to talk about it, analysts and journalists want to report on it. Deep learning underlays Hyperion Research's optimistic HPC market forecast, with the former IDC HPC analyst team noting that deep learning (and high performance data analytics) is driving HPC into organizations that aren't even aware they're 'doing HPC.'

Adoption of deep learning is one of several 'Dark Energy' forces expanding the HPC universe in ways that are difficult to observe directly, said Hyperion's Bob Sorensen. Other compute- and data-intensive forces pushing industry growth are security anomaly detection, financial services applications and the offloading of HPC workloads to the public cloud..."
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19 Jun 2017
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Top500 Results: Latest List Trends And What's In Store [64450]
HPCwire , June 19th 2017

"Greetings from Frankfurt and the 2017 International Supercomputing Conference where the latest Top500 list has just been revealed. Although there were no major shakeups - China still has the top two spots locked with the the 93-petaflops TaihuLight and the 33.8 petaflops Tianhe-2 - there are some interesting historical and global trends to share, as well as notable Green500 results with Japan capturing the top four spots.

In the top ten strata of the 49th Top500 list, the names are the same but Piz Daint, the Cray XC50 system installed at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), has moved up five positions from number eight to number three..."
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12 Jun 2017
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Inflection Point In HPC Wattage Driving Demand For Distributed Liquid Cooling [64290]
HPCWire, June 12th 2017

"Increasing wattage of CPUs and CPUs has been the trend in HPC for many years. So why is it that in the run up to ISC17, there is an increasing amount of buzz about this increased wattage? Many sense that an inflection point has been reached in the relationship between server density, the wattage of key silicon components and heat rejection..."
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14 May 2017
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Infiniband Roadmap Foretells A World Where Server Connectivity Is At 1000 Gb/sec [63499]
insideHPC, May 14th 2017

"The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) has updated their InfiniBand Roadmap. With HDR 200 Gb/sec technologies shipping this year, the roadmap looks out to an XDR world where server connectivity reaches 1000 Gb/sec...

Founded in 1999, the IBTA is chartered with maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand Architecture specification defining hardware transport protocols sufficient to support both reliable messaging (send/receive) and memory manipulation semantics (e.g. remote DMA) without software intervention in the data movement path. These transport protocols are defined to run over Ethernet (RoCE) as well as InfiniBand fabrics."
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26 Apr 2017
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Messina Update: The US Path To Exascale In 16 Slides [62791]
HPC Wire, April 26th 2017

"Paul Messina, director of the U.S. Exascale Computing Project, provided a wide-ranging review of ECP's evolving plans last week at the HPC User Forum in Santa Fe, NM. The biggest change, of course, is ECP's accelerated timetable with delivery of the first exascale machine now scheduled for 2021. While much of the material covered by Messina wasn't new there were a few fresh details on the long awaited Path Forward hardware contracts and on progress-to-date in other ECP fronts..."
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