It was announced at GTC 2016 that the Piz Daint system at the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) in Lugano, Switzerland will be upgraded to 4,500 Pascal GPUs. No date was stated for when the upgrade will be completed. The upgrade is expected to more than double the performance of Piz Daint, which currently provides 7.8 PF/s of performance. The announcement provides a concrete upgrade, showing the Pascal hardware is real. The CSCS press release can be seen here.
In a related story, TechEnablement notes that OpenPower will make an NVlink system available in Q3 for benchmarking. The article also contains the email link where to submit proposals.
HPCwire notes that CSCS is also exploring the use of Intel’s forthcoming Xeon Phi, but the CSCS isn’t ready to comment as the work with Intel is ongoing. They quote Thomas Schulthess (Director of CSCS) that software development is another a major investment area for CSCS, “much more important than the hardware. We will actually double up in the future with our investments.” CSCS is “looking at everything, also ARM”