Recent HPC news

Inside HPC Interview: Brent Gorda on his new role as Head of ARM HPC

Former Whamcloud CEO Brent Gorda has a new role as Senior Director for the HPC business at Arm. Hear more from Brent about Arm’s plans to grow our business in the datacenter, the HPC space, and on to Exascale.

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Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) announces Arm-powered test bed

Concocting the next big thing in high-performance computing (HPC) often starts with giving the latest thing a try. In that spirit, the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) recently deployed Wombat, the center’s newest Arm-based test bed.

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Fujitsu Presents Post-K CPU Specifications

Fujitsu today announced publication of specifications for the A64FX™ CPU that will be used in Post-K, Japan’s first exascale supercomputer, to be deployed in 2021.

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HPE discusses the Apollo 70 system solution on Arm architecture

HPE describes the approach they have taken with key industry partners and customers to develop and deliver an HPC solution on Arm architecture.


Altair releases PBS Professional v18 to elevate the cloud High-Performance Computing experience

Altair PBS Professional v18 brings vital commercial support for industry leading workload management to the rapidly growing Arm HPC ecosystem. Cavium’s ThunderX2® processor is the industry’s most widely adopted Arm®v8-A Server Processor and Altair PBS Professional v18 will address the most demanding end-user operational requirements for ThunderX2 based platforms from entry level clusters to exascale systems.

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GW4 Alliance puts Arm architecture to the test for HPC

The GW4 Isambard project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), is a collaboration between the GW4 Alliance (formed from the universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter) together with the Met Office, Cray, Arm and Cavium. The development of Isambard will change the future of supercomputing, opening up the path to greater hardware innovation and competition to give scientists more influence over processor design.

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Fujitsu - Prototype of ARM processor to power Post-K supercomputer

Fujitsu has produced the initial version of the ARM processor that will be used in Post-K, Japan’s first exascale supercomputer, to be deployed in 2021.

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HPE - Arm-based Supercomputer deployment

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced its collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to deliver the world’s largest Arm supercomputer. As part of the Vanguard program, Astra, the new Arm-based system, will be used by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to run advanced modeling and simulation workloads for addressing areas such as national security, energy and science.

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Sandia National Labs - Arm-based Supercomputer deployment

Astra, one of the first supercomputers to use Arm-based processors in a large-scale HPC platform, is expected to be deployed this summer at Sandia National Laboratories.

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GIGABYTE announces availability of density-optimized 2U 4-Node H261 series server platforms with Cavium ThunderX2 processors

With the addition of this new server platform, GIGABYTE continues to broaden its offering of commercially available Arm-based server solutions and demonstrate engineering expertise in delivering density optimized high performance platforms.

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Offline debugging with Arm DDT

Arm Forge enables you to debug while you sleep using offline debugging. Offline debugging provides the complete breadth of DDT debugging capabilities but without user interaction and without using the GUI.

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Catalyst - Accelerating the Arm Ecosystem for HPC

On Monday April 16, 2018 - Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE), in conjunction with Arm and SUSE, announced the “Catalyst UK” program. The program calls for establishing supercomputer deployments at three leading UK universities (Bristol, Leicester, and Edinburgh) to accelerate the growth of the burgeoning Arm HPC ecosystem and to further provide UK researchers with the production platforms to help them succeed in their advanced scientific research and in collaborating with various industry and government partners.

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Arm Allinea Studio 18.2 is now available

We are happy to announce the availability of version 18.2 of Arm Allinea Studio, which includes key new enhancements to Arm Compiler for HPC and Arm Performance Libraries.

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HPE, Arm, SUSE, and three leading UK universities establish one of the largest Arm-based supercomputer deployments in the world

LONDON – April 16, 2018 – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE:HPE) today announced a collaboration with Arm, SUSE, and three leading UK universities to accelerate the adoption of supercomputer applications in the UK. The partners will jointly develop and deploy one of the largest Arm-based high performance computing (HPC) installations in the world, available to both industry and academia, to build applications that drive economic growth and productivity as outlined in the UK government’s Industrial Strategy.

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Arm announces availability of Arm Allinea Studio

With the continued emergence of innovative, infrastructure-ready Arm-based server platforms, Arm is announcing availability of the Arm Allinea Studio. By providing access to Arm-specific compilers and libraries alongside market-leading debug and optimization tools, the Arm server ecosystem now has access to an end-to-end commercial suite for building and porting High Performance Computing (HPC) applications.

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Arm announces availability of Arm Fortran Compiler

Featuring PGI’s open-source Flang front-end and LLVM code-generation backend, the Arm Fortran compiler provides users with wide Fortran application coverage and support when porting code to Armv8-A compatible platforms such as the Cavium ThunderX2.

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Arm acquires Allinea Software

Arm acquires Allinea Software, a leading provider of debug and performance analysis tools for HPC systems.

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Constructing the pillars of the Arm HPC ecosystem - OpenHPC, commercial compilation products and more

At SC16, Arm announced that OpenHPC will be available on Arm as part of OpenHPC v1.2 release. In addition, Arm announced two new commercially supported compilation products aimed at Armv8-A and Armv8-A SVE HPC application developers.

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Arm Unveils Scalable Vector Extension for HPC at Hot Chips

At Hot Chips, Arm announced a Scalable Vector Extension (SVE) to the Armv8-A architecture intended to enhance Arm capabilities in HPC workloads.

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Japan's Post-K supercomputer will be based on 64-bit Arm

At ISC16 Fujitsu announced that their exascale supercomputer scheduled for completion in 2020, will be powered by 64-bit Arm processors.

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OpenHPC Releases Initial Software Stack and Establishes Leadership

OpenHPC, of which Arm is a founding member, announced technical, leadership and member investment milestones.

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NAG C and C++ Algorithms Optimized for the Arm-Based Cavium ThunderX® Processors

The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) announced that NAG C Library algorithms have been optimized to execute efficiently on Cavium Inc.’s ThunderX Armv8-A based Workload Optimized Processors.

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Arm Performance Libraries

At SC15 Arm were proud to announce the release of their Arm Performance Libraries product. This includes BLAS, LAPACK and FFT functionality, all optimized for individual Armv8 architectures through both optimized compilations and micro-architectural tuning.

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NAG library and compiler support on Armv8

The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) announced that their main library and compiler are now available for Armv8 hardware.

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Allinea MAP and DDT for 64-bit Arm platforms

Allinea Software signalled a major new addition to the ecosystem for 64-bit Arm processor servers by announcing the arrival of the Allinea Forge development tool suite for the platform.

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Mont-Blanc 3 announced

The third phase of the Mont-Blanc project brings together a renewed set of partners including industrial technology providers and academic research centres from 6 European countries to design energy efficient HPC solutions.

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Mellanox OpenFabrics Enterprise Distribution for Armv8

RFED drivers v3-1 now available for download for Redhat/Centos 7.1.

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Asian Cat - Hartree Centre, UK

The Energy Efficient Computing Research Programme has been established through a £19M capital grant from the Department of Business Innovation and Skills to establish a centre of best practice in the UK that will enable users of computer systems to achieve the same outcomes while minimising the consumption of energy. Lenovo are supplying a NeXtScale system: 2304 64-bit Cavium ThunderX Arm cores in 12U.

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Mont Blanc - Barcelona Supercomputing Centre

Funded through a succession of EU grants the Mont Blanc project aims to:

  • develop a full energy-efficient HPC prototype using low-power commercially available embedded technology
  • develop a portfolio of exascale applications to be run on this new generation of HPC systems
  • design a next-generation HPC system together with a range of embedded technologies in order to overcome the limitations identified in the prototype system.

Prototype operational:

  • 8 standard BullX chassis, 72 compute blades, 1080 compute cards, 2160 Arm Cortex-A15 processors, 1080 Arm Mali-T604 GPUs.
  • 11 scientific applications ported and in use for evaluation of the prototype.
  • Research ongoing into areas such as memory, on-chip and off-chip interconnect and compute acceleration.

Using processors taken from tablets used in 2012 this prototype achieves a performance of 35TFLOPs/s from only 24kW.  This gives a performance:power ratio of 1500 MFLOPs/Watt, which compares favourably with the Green 500 number one in 2012.


Allinea Tools to Help Professor Stephen Hawking's Consortium Get More Bang From COSMOS

While physicists must harness the power of HPC, they do not want to get bogged down in the technical details. Which is why the COSMOS consortium, Europe’s leading group of cosmology investigators brought together by Stephen Hawking, has entered into collaboration with Arm Software.

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