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GreenLake: Finally, A Platform That HPE Utterly Controls

Both Hewlett-Packard and Compaq, which also included parallel database system maker Tandem and minicomputer innovator Digital Equipment Corp when HP bought Compaq for $25 billion back in September 2001, had histories as platform providers but the combined companies were not able to create on the X86 platform the kinds of venerable platforms such as the HP 3000 and DEC VAX and AlphaServer minicomputers, the HP 9000 Unix systems, or the Tandem NonStop systems.

GreenLake: Finally, A Platform That HPE Utterly Controls was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

HPE Is The First Big OEM To Adopt Ampere Computing Arm Chips

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been an early and enthusiastic supporter of alternate processor architectures outside of the standard Xeon X86 CPUs that comprise the vast majority of its revenues and shipments, particularly with Arm server chips starting in 2011.

HPE Is The First Big OEM To Adopt Ampere Computing Arm Chips was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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.

NOAA Gets 3X More Oomph For Weather Forecasting; It Needs 3,300X was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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 sluggish pace that 100 Gb/sec Ethernet took getting into the datacenter.

The Faster The Switch, The Cheaper Bit Flits was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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.

AMD Needs To Complete The Datacenter Set With Switching was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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 come later in the decade with PCI-Express 7.0 interconnects.

The Path Is Set For PCI-Express 7.0 In 2025 was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

Lawrence Livermore’s “El Capitan” To Take AMD’s Instinct APU Mainstream

In March 2020, when Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced the exascale “El Capitan” supercomputer contract had been awarded to system builder Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which was also kicking in its “Rosetta” Slingshot 11 interconnect and which was tapping future CPU and GPU compute engines from AMD, the HPC center was very clear that it would be using off-the-shelf, commodity parts from AMD, not custom compute engines.

Lawrence Livermore’s “El Capitan” To Take AMD’s Instinct APU Mainstream was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

Who Will Build Europe’s First Exascale Supercomputer – And With What, And Why?

Exascale supercomputing is just as important to Europe as it is to the United States and China, but each of these geopolitical regions on Earth has its own way of developing architectures, funding their development and production, and figuring out where the best HPC centers are to host such machines to maximize their effectiveness.

Who Will Build Europe’s First Exascale Supercomputer – And With What, And Why? was written by Timothy Prickett Morgan at The Next Platform.

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