At the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany this week, Santa Clara-based chipmaker Nvidia announced that it will support processors architected by British semiconductor design company Arm. Nvidia anticipates that the partnership will pave the way for supercomputers capable of “exascale” performance — in other words, capable of completing at least a quintillion floating point computations (“flops”) per second, where a flop equals two 15-digit numbers multiplied together.

Nvidia says that by 2020 it will contribute its full stack of AI and high-performance computing (HPC) software to the Arm ecosystem, which by Nvidia’s estimation now accelerates over 600 HPC applications and machine learning frameworks. Among other resources and services, it will make available CUDA-X AI and HPC libraries, graphics-accelerated frameworks, software development kits, PGI

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