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.


Knights Landing Proves Solid Ground for Intel’s Stake in Deep Learning

Intel has finally opened the first public discussions of its investment in the future of machine learning and deep learning and while some might argue it is a bit late in the game with its rivals dominating the training market for such workloads, the company had to wait for the official rollout of Knights Landing and extensions to the scalable system framework to make it official—and meaty enough to capture real share from the few players doing deep learning at scale.