Enterprise

It was recently announced that the Fugaku supercomputer, located at Riken in Japan, has scored the #1 position on the TOP500 supercomputer list, as well as #1 positions in a number of key supercomputer benchmarks. At the heart of Fugaku isn’t any standard x86 processor, but one based on Arm – specifically, the A64FX 48+4-core processor, which uses Arm’s Scalable Vector Extensions (SVE) to enable high-throughput FP64 compute. At 435 PetaFLOPs and 7.3 million cores, Fugaku beat the former #1 system by 2.8x in performance. Currently Fugaku has been used for COVID-19 related research, such as modelling tracking rates or virus in liquid droplet dispersion. The Fujitsu A64FX card is a unique piece of kit, offering 48 compute cores and 4 control cores, each with...

Ampere’s Product List: 80 Cores, up to 3.3 GHz at 250 W; 128 Core in Q4

With the advent of higher performance Arm based cloud computing, a lot of focus is being put on what the various competitors can do in this space. We’ve covered...

18 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/23/2020

GIGABYTE’s 4U 10x NVIDIA A100 New G492 Servers Announced

One of the interesting elements about NVIDIA’s A100 card is the potential compute density offered, especially for AI applications. There is set to be a strong rush to enable...

2 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/22/2020

Intel Launches Cooper Lake: 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable for 4P/8P Servers

We’ve known about Intel’s Cooper Lake platform for a number of quarters. What was initially planned, as far as we understand, as a custom silicon variant of Cascade Lake...

103 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/18/2020

Cerebras’ Wafer Scale Engine Scores a Sale: $5m Buys Two for the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

One of the highlights of Hot Chips 2019 was the presentation of the Cerebras Wafer Scale Engine - an AI processor chip that was as big as a wafer...

12 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 6/9/2020

Best CPUs for Workstations: May 2020

In our series of Best CPU guides, here’s the latest update to our recommended workstation CPUs list. All numbers in the text are updated to reflect pricing at the...

76 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 5/4/2020

AMD’s New EPYC 7F52 Reviewed: The F is for ᴴᴵᴳᴴ Frequency

Everyone wants a fast processor. The ability to get more stuff done is one of a number of guiding principles of business. However, business also needs consistency, safety and...

101 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 4/14/2020

Marvell Announces ThunderX3: 96 Cores & 384 Thread 3rd Gen Arm Server Processor

The Arm server ecosystem is well alive and thriving, finally getting into serious motion after several years of false-start attempts. Among the original pioneers in this space was Cavium...

45 by Andrei Frumusanu on 3/16/2020

Enterprise NVMe Round-Up 2: SK Hynix, Samsung, DapuStor and DERA

Nine enterprise NVMe SSDs suffer through our updated test suite to show who's who for high-end storage.

36 by Billy Tallis on 2/14/2020

AMD New Hires: Dan McNamara from Intel, Joshua Friedrich and Brad McCredie from IBM

There is always a fairly fluid movement of engineers in the companies we cover, but recently AMD has made a number of substantial hires into several of its biggest departments.

43 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/21/2020

Intel Cuts 2nd Gen 'Extended Memory' Xeon Scalable Prices

Today Intel will be officially starting product discontinuation of ‘M’ medium sized memory Xeon Scalable CPUs. Due to customer feedback and sales figures, Intel has deemed it in the...

34 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/16/2020

Updates to Intel’s Data Center Group (DCG)

Rumors back in November were abound about Intel having some sort of reorganization internally. A number of my industry peers both on the journalist side and the analyst side...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 1/14/2020

AnandTech Year In Review 2019: Lots of CPUs

Throughout 2019, we’ve had quite the reverse of performance when it comes to the competitiveness of the modern performance-oriented desktop processor. This year we’ve seen AMD introduce its Zen...

25 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/27/2019

Analyzing Intel’s Discrete Xe-HPC Graphics Disclosure: Ponte Vecchio, Rambo Cache, and Gelato

It has been a couple of weeks since Intel formally provided some high-level detail on its new discrete graphics strategy. The reason for the announcements and disclosures centered around...

47 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/24/2019

80-Core N1 Next-Gen Ampere, ‘QuickSilver’: The Anti-Graviton2

The drive to putting Arm into the server space has had its ups and downs. We’ve seen the likes of Applied Micro/Ampere, Broadcom/Cavium/Marvell, Qualcomm, Huawei, Fujitsu, Annapurna/Amazon, and even...

56 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/23/2019

Preferred Networks: A 500 W Custom PCIe Card using 3000 mm2 Silicon

Pushing the physical limits of hardware is always a fun story, but I was positively blown away when I saw this poster at Supercomputing. Preferred Networks, seemingly a spin-out...

17 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/6/2019

AIC to Offer Dual Socket 1U with Four 300W FPGAs

Aside from specific events relating to Xilinx or Altera/Intel, we don’t cover much FPGA news. FPGAs by their very nature are very focused pieces of hardware, and it’s usually...

4 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/5/2019

A Success on Arm for HPC: We Found a Fujitsu A64FX Wafer

When speaking about Arm in the enterprise space, the main angle for discussion is on the CPU side. Having a high-performance SoC at the heart of the server has...

23 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/5/2019

Supermicro Shows Off Intel Nervana NNP-T Servers: 8-Way PCIe and OAM

One of the key elements to deep learning and training is lots of very dense compute, as well as the dense servers to go through the computation. Intel’s Nervana...

15 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 12/4/2019

Spotted at Supercomputing 2019: A 256 GB Gen-Z Memory Module

As a millennial, everything in the media that ‘Gen Z’ does often gets lumped into the millennial category. Thankfully there’s another type of Gen-Z in the world: the cache...

11 by Dr. Ian Cutress on 11/29/2019

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