NOAA Gets 3X More Oomph For Weather Forecasting; It Needs 3,300X

Until exascale supercomputers get a lot cheaper, which will allow weather forecasting models to run at a much smaller resolution – and more frequently – to deliver hyper-local weather forecasts, the actual weather forecasting is still going to be done by people. They will be armed with ever-improving models running


The Faster The Switch, The Cheaper Bit Flits

It may have taken a while for the transition to 200 Gb/sec and 400 Gb/sec networking to take off in the datacenter, but this higher gear to switching is finally kicking in and delivering unprecedented bang for the buck in networks, and in fairly short order at least compared to


AMD Needs To Complete The Datacenter Set With Switching

In the past several decades, data processing and storage systems could be architected from best of breed components, and the market could – and did – sustain multiple suppliers of competing technologies in each of the categories of compute, networking, and storage. But the post-Moore’s Law era, the IT sphere


The Path Is Set For PCI-Express 7.0 In 2025

The ink is barely dry on the PCI-Express 6.0 specification, which was released after years of development in January 2022, we hardly have PCI-Express 5.0 peripherals in the market, and the PCI-SIG organization that controls the PCI-Express standard for peripheral interconnects already has us all coveting the bandwidth that will


Meta Platforms Hacks CXL Memory Tier Into Linux

We have been excited about the possibilities of adding tiers of memory to systems, particularly persistent memories that are less expensive than DRAM but offer similar-enough performance and functionality to be useful. In particular, we have been strong advocates for disaggregating DRAM memory from the CPUs that make use of

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For HPC Cloud, The Underlying Hardware Will Always Matter

Decades of cloud collaborations and optimizations have brought solid performance and cost efficiencies to cloud. Those who require high performance computing (HPC) resources tend to set their own rules when it comes to systems. Highly tuned for blazing fast computation and communication with software stacks optimized to match, these users


Atos Wins MareNostrum 5 Deal At Barcelona Supercomputing Center

UPDATED: The EuroHPC Joint Undertaking, which is steering the development and funding for pre-exascale and exascale supercomputing in the European Union, has had a busy week. The first phase of the 550 petaflops “Lumi” system at CSC in Finland was dedicated and opened for processing, and Germany’s Forschungszentrum Jülich has


Controlling The Network When You Don’t Own All Of It

Like others in the datacenter infrastructure space, Cisco Systems has had a front-row seat to the rapid changes in enterprise tech, from the accelerating adoption of the multicloud model to the increasing decentralization of the IT environment, rippling out to the network edge. And Cisco and other vendors in the


Marvell Throws Hat Into Intel’s Universal Chiplet Interconnect Ring

Marvell Technology is the latest chipmaker to join the emerging Universal Chiplet Interconnect Express (UCI-Express) consortium, which is working toward an open interconnect standard for chiplet architectures. The chipmaker joins several heavy hitters in the tech arena that have thrown their weight behind the project, including AMD, Arm, Qualcomm, and


AMD Roadmaps Lead To Mountains Of Money

IT organizations, especially the key hyperscalers and cloud builders, don’t buy point products, they buy roadmaps. And they pay for them, too. And the precise focus that AMD has brought to bear in its eight year turnaround has made it have the most credible and expansive CPU product line for