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HPC News Bytes 20231120: SC23 Overview – Exascale Update, New AI Chips, Quantum Village, UCIe-PCIe-Ultra Ethernet

In this edition of the HPC News Bytes podcast, Shahin takes us on a rapid (5:04) tour of SC23, analyzing the key developments and new technologies that highlighted last week’s conference in Denver: Conference attendance expands to 14,000; exascale update and future; raft of new chips, many focused on AI; Quantum Village at SC23; UCIe, PCIe and Ultra Ethernet

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A New Day for the TOP500: Aurora No. 2 at 585 PFlops, 4 New Top 10 Entrants, Frontier Still No. 1

Denver -- Attendees at the SC23 conference here in Denver have been greeted by a roiled TOP500 ranking of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, along with significant news about a would-be exascale HPC system coming in at no. 2 on the list. Not only are there four new systems among top 10, the most new entrants at the top of the ranking in years, but one of them, the no. 2 Aurora supercomputer at Argonne National Lab, fell short....

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Lenovo at Center of Action at SC23: ‘Smarter Revolutionizes HPC’

[SPONSORED GUEST ARTICLE] At SC23 in Denver this week, Lenovo will be in the center of the action – at booth 601 – embodying the conference theme: “I Am HPC.” A leading vendor of HPC-class servers and ancillary technologies that make HPC go, Lenovo will address the challenges for which this technology sector, situated at the intersection of HPC and AI ...

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SC23 Prep: HPC Experts on Sessions to See and Trends to Watch in Denver

Getting the most out of SC23 calls for good preparation, so as an assist we spoke with four industry experts – Sunita Chandrasekaran of the University of Delaware and the Exascale Computing Project, Earl Joseph of Hyperion Research, Lois Curfman McInnes of Argonne National Laboratory and Addison Snell of Intersect360 Research....

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Ayar Labs to Show 4 Tbps Optically-enabled Intel FPGA at SC23

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Nov. 8, 2023 – Ayar Labs, a company developing silicon photonics for chip-to-chip connectivity, will showcase its in-package optical I/O solution integrated with Intel’s Agilex Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology. In demonstrating 5x current industry bandwidth at 5x lower power and 20x lower latency, the optical FPGA – packaged in a common […]

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Dell, Intel and University of Cambridge deploy the UK’s fastest AI supercomputer

By: Ryan Daws
2 November 2023 at 15:01

Dell, Intel, and the University of Cambridge have jointly announced the deployment of the Dawn Phase 1 supercomputer.

This cutting-edge AI supercomputer stands as the fastest of its kind in the UK today. It marks a groundbreaking fusion of AI and high-performance computing (HPC) technologies, showcasing the potential to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

Dawn Phase 1 is the cornerstone of the recently launched UK AI Research Resource (AIRR), demonstrating the nation’s commitment to exploring innovative systems and architectures.

This supercomputer brings the UK closer to achieving the exascale; a computing threshold of a quintillion (10^18) floating point operations per second. To put this into perspective, the processing power of an exascale system equals what every person on Earth would calculate in over four years if they were working non-stop, 24 hours a day.

Operational at the Cambridge Open Zettascale Lab, Dawn utilises Dell PowerEdge XE9640 servers, providing an unparalleled platform for the Intel Data Center GPU Max Series accelerator. This collaboration ensures a diverse ecosystem through oneAPI, fostering an environment of choice.

The system’s capabilities extend across various domains, including healthcare, engineering, green fusion energy, climate modelling, cosmology, and high-energy physics.

Adam Roe, EMEA HPC technical director at Intel, said:

“Dawn considerably strengthens the scientific and AI compute capability available in the UK and it’s on the ground and operational today at the Cambridge Open Zettascale Lab.

Dell PowerEdge XE9640 servers offer a no-compromises platform to host the Intel Data Center GPU Max Series accelerator, which opens up the ecosystem to choice through oneAPI.

I’m very excited to see the sorts of early science this machine can deliver and continue to strengthen the Open Zettascale Lab partnership between Dell Technologies, Intel, and the University of Cambridge, and further broaden that to the UK scientific and AI community.”

Glimpse into the future

Dawn Phase 1 is not just a standalone achievement; it’s part of a broader strategy.

The collaborative endeavour aims to deliver a Phase 2 supercomputer in 2024, promising tenfold performance levels. This progression would propel the UK’s AI capability, strengthening the successful industry partnership.

The supercomputer’s technical foundation lies in Dell PowerEdge XE9640 servers, renowned for their versatile configurations and efficient liquid cooling technology. This innovation ensures optimal handling of AI and HPC workloads, offering a more effective solution than traditional air-cooled systems.

Tariq Hussain, Head of UK Public Sector at Dell, commented:

“Collaborations like the one between the University of Cambridge, Dell Technologies and Intel, alongside strong inward investment, are vital if we want the compute to unlock the high-growth AI potential of the UK. It is paramount that the government invests in the right technologies and infrastructure to ensure the UK leads in AI and exascale-class simulation capability.

It’s also important to embrace the full spectrum of the technology ecosystem, including GPU diversity, to ensure customers can tackle the growing demands of generative AI, industrial simulation modelling and ground-breaking scientific research.”

As the world awaits the full technical details and performance numbers of Dawn Phase 1 – slated for release in mid-November during the Supercomputing 23 (SC23) conference in Denver, Colorado – the UK stands at the precipice of a transformative era in scientific and AI research.

This collaboration between industry giants and academia not only accelerates research discovery but also propels the UK’s knowledge economy to new heights.

(Image Credit: Joe Bishop for Cambridge Open Zettascale Lab)

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Women in HPC Announces Lineup for SC23 Workshop, Diversity Day and Networking Reception

Oct. 19, 2023 — Women in HPC (WHPC) has unveiled highlights of its upcoming events at SC23 in Denver. “Prepare for an inspiring and engaging experience, featuring our 16th Annual WHPC Workshop, a vibrant Diversity Day, and a lively Networking Reception,” the organization said. Katherine Yelick: Our Keynote Speaker Extraordinaire! We are delighted to kick […]

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HPC News Bytes 20231002: Lisa Su on AMD-NVIDIA GPU Competition; ASML EUV at Intel Fab in Ireland; AI Job Elimination; SC23 Coming up

A happy October morning to you! Our lineup of quick (4:36) commentary on recent HPC news includes: AMD's Lisa Su on the AMD-NVIDIA GPU competition; ASML EUV at Intel-4 fab in Ireland starts volume production; AI's job elimination impact; SC23 is coming Nov 12-17....

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HPC News Bytes 20230814: Linux Wars, China and Chips, Intel AVX, Gordon Bell Prize Finalists

A happy August Monday morning to you. It was an interesting week for supercomputing news, and Shahin and Doug share the highlights of recent developments: Linux Wars continue: Oracle, SUSE, and CIQ form Open Enterprise Linux Association (watch for upcoming episodes on @HPCpodcast on this); China's tech companies place $5 billion of orders on US chips; Intel improves hardware for on-chip AVX (or APX) vector instructions; 2023 Gordon Bell Prize Finalists also point to TOP500

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