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  • CTO Martin Fink, who as head of HP Labs has led the development of the revolutionary system architecture, will leave at the end of the year.

  • HPE said Oracle violated a contract between the companies when it decided to stop creating new versions of its database for Itanium-powered servers.

  • The vendor launches the SPARC S7 chip, a less-powerful version of the M7 that officials say will challenge Intel in scale-out and cloud environments.

  • The company adds more virtualization and storage options to the UCP 2000 system, and introduces its first hyperconverged offering, the UCP HC V240.

  • China this week toppled the United States from its position atop the global supercomputing world. China not only put a powerful new supercomputer into the No. 1 position on the latest Top500 list of the world's fastest systems that was released this week at the ISC High Performance 2016 show in Frankfurt, Germany, but it also now has 167 supercomputers on the list, two more than the United States, with 165. It's the first time in the more than two decades that the list has been kept that the United States is not home to the largest number of computers. It wasn't entirely unexpected. A report by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) two months ago warned that the United States was in danger of losing its edge in high-performance computing (HPC), given the rising competition from other regions, particularly China. The United States is looking to respond. The Department of Energy in 2014 signed up IBM and GPU vendor Nvidia to build two 150-petaflop supercomputers—which aren't due to go online until 2017 or 2018—and another supercomputer, which is scheduled for 2019. In addition, President Obama last year issued an executive order aimed at accelerating the development of HPC systems in the United States. This eWEEK slide show looks at the top 10 fastest systems on the list.

  • The vendor rolls out new offerings optimized for life sciences and manufacturing, and talks about its HPC-as-a-service efforts.

  • The exascale system that will replace the powerful K supercomputer and will roll out in 2020 will use custom ARM-based chips, the OEM says.

  • HPE underscores the simplification of the deployment and management of its solutions, which were often perceived to be overly complicated to deploy.

  • With its latest many-core chips, Intel is looking to take on Nvidia and its GPUs in HPC environments for workloads such as machine learning and AI.

  • A new powerful system from China sits at the top of the Top500 list, and China is now home to more of those supercomputers than the United States.

  • The move will expand the reach of the company's powerful GPU accelerator, which can be used for such emerging workloads as AI and deep learning.

  • The GOP donor has been active in the push within the party against Trump, who she compared to Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

  • A broad agreement announced at Discover 2016 also includes integrating Docker container technologies into HPE storage, networking and software assets.

  • Intel this week rolled out the latest generation of its Xeon E7 server processors, unveiling a family of 14nm chips with more cores per chip (up to 24, rather than 18), instruction threads (48 from 36) and more last-level cache (60MB from 45MB) than its predecessor. Officials said the new "Broadwell-EX" 8800/4800 chips offer as much as 1.3 times the scaling of the previous Xeon E7 chips, twice the memory support—up to 24TB—and twice as many analytics queries as the previous version. The chips are targeted at scale-up environments, with an eye on making it easier, faster and more affordable for enterprises to collect and analyze in real time the massive amounts of structured and unstructured data being generated. "The Xeon E7-8800/4800 v4 families are arriving at market just as wider demand for advanced analytics systems and solutions is beginning to ramp," Charles King, principal analyst with Pund-IT, wrote in a research note. Systems makers including Lenovo, Dell, Huawei, Fujitsu and SGI plan to use the new chips in their high-end systems. Here is a look at the new Intel chip and some of the systems running on it.

  • The Edgeline EL1000 and EL4000 systems are part of a larger series of announcements by HPE to address such IoT issues as security and management.

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