Is the Standalone CPU finished? New HPC Workloads Demand Processor Evolution

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3Q 2021 | IN-6220


ISC21 Trends: Workload Convergence, HPC for the Masses


Workload convergence was the theme permeating many of the exciting new technology discussions at the virtual conference, International Supercomputing 2021, that took place last week, but are different workloads coming together, or are more heterogenous compute solutions making the technology available to process a more diverse set of workloads?

High Performance Computing (HPC), in its never-ending quest for productivity, has always been quick to adopt and adapt leading edge technology for its purposes. For this reason, many observers look to this specialist industry to provide insights into future technology adoption. The early years of HPC saw large scale deployments of specialized and expensive hardware at well-funded research facilities or government backed institutions. Often these deployments were built for a very discrete set of tasks with well-defined technology boundaries and the central processing units (CPU) that were used were optimized for those purposes. As technology evolved, HPC systems started to move towards lower cost alongside commodity CPU t…

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