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Inside Japan’s Future Exascale ARM Supercomputer

The rumors that supercomputer maker Fujitsu would be dropping the Sparc architecture and moving to ARM cores for its next generation of supercomputers have been going around since last fall, and at the International Supercomputing Conference in Frankfurt, Germany this week, officials at the server maker and RIKEN, the research and development arm of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) that currently houses the mighty K supercomputer, confirmed that this is indeed true.

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Inside Future “Knights Landing” Xeon Phi Systems

Without any new plain vanilla processors from Intel, IBM, Fujitsu, AMD, or the relative handful of ARM server chip makers, and with Nvidia launching its Tesla M4 and M40 accelerators aimed at hyperscalers and those looking for cheap single-precision flops ahead of SC15, the “Knights Landing” Xeon Phi chip was pretty much the star of the high performance conference as far as compute is concerned.