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SiPearl confirms Nvidia supercomputer deal

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By Nick Flaherty


European processor designer SiPearl has signed a strategic partnership deal with Nvidia for exascale supercomputers.

The deal follows agreements with GraphCore in the UK with the Colossus AI chip and Intel for the Ponte Vecchio GPUS.

SiPearl is developing a massively multicore supercomputer chip with 64 ARMv8.4 Neoverse V1 Zeus cores, with the first version called Rhea due by the end of 2022.

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Nvidia and SiPearl will develop a platform for porting activities and workload analysis combining the strengths of the SiPearl CPU with ARM’s scalable vector extensions (SVE) and high bandwidth HBM memory and Nvidia’s GPU including massive parallelism and throughput. The collaboration will include joint efforts with third-party European research institutions on elements such as system on chip (SoC) and network on chip (NoC) simulation capabilities in open-source and research-oriented modelling tools.

Nvidia also has its next generation Grace ARM-based chip with 144 v9 CPU cores that would compete with Rhea,, as well as a two chip device called Grace Hopper that combines the Grace chip with the latest GPU using its NVLink-C2C chip interconnect.

On the software side, the two companies will accelerate the development and growth of the ARM HPC ecosystem working closely with several European Centres of Excellence. On the hardware side, the two will work together to make sure the Nvidia computing and networking portfolio continue to work seamlessly with Rhea and future CPUs, including the Cronos family.

The collaboration will expand the ecosystem of acceleration solutions provided in combination with SiPearl HPC microprocessors, says the company.

“We are excited about this collaboration between SiPearl and Nvidia. It holds great potential for the European supercomputing space, the ARM ecosystem and accelerated computing,” said Dr. Thomas Lippert, Head of Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany which is working with SiPearl.

“As the European leader in HPC and AI, we’re glad to see SiPearl collaborate with Nvidia to provide optimized ARM-based compute and AI solutions, as well as future exascale designs, to the local HPC ecosystem,” says Emmanuel le Roux, Global SVP, Head of HPC AI & Quantum at French supercomputer maker Atos which is planning to use the Rhea chip.

“We welcome this collaboration with the global number one GPU provider for HPC. This partnership will dramatically enrich our joint offering of our HPC microprocessors with partner acceleration solutions, providing choice to European supercomputer end-users,” said Philippe Notton, SiPearl’s CEO and founder.

“HPC research has the potential to transform society with beneficial discoveries,” says Marc Hamilton, vice president of Solutions Architecture and Engineering at Nvidia. “Nvidia is collaborating with SiPearl, a leading innovator using ARM-based CPUs to integrate Nvidia accelerated computing and equip HPC researchers with the extreme performance demanded by next-generation applications to fuel these discoveries.”

www.sipearl.com; www.nvidia.com

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