Microsoft Stacks Azure Up Against AWS

Amazon Web Services may be the 800-pound silverback alpha-ape in the rapidly expanding cloud industry, seeing as how its infrastructure revenue is greater than its four closest competitors combined, but that hasn’t stopped its fast-growing challenger, Microsoft Azure, from beating its own chest and showing off its strengths.


Details Emerge on Knights Hill Based Aurora Supercomputer

In the story we broke this morning about the forthcoming “Aurora” supercomputer set to be installed at Argonne National Laboratory—one of three pre-exascale machines that were part of the CORAL procurement between three national labs–we speculated that unlike the other two machines, which will be based on an OpenPower approach (Power9, Volta GPUs, and a new interconnect), the architecture of this system would be based on the third generation Knights family of chips from Intel, the Knights Hill processors.