A storyline that has emerged today is that major chipmakers have shifted plans from attending Supercomputing 2021, or SC21, in-person to making them virtual-only participation events. After official confirmations this afternoon from NVIDIA and Intel, we have another confirmation. Arm has told STH that it also plans to participate in SC21 as a virtual-only forum.
Arm Joins Industry Shift to SC21 Virtual-only
We received text message confirmation earlier today, but here is the official statement from an Arm spokesperson:
“Arm will participate virtually in SC21.” (Source: Arm spokesperson e-mail confirmation to STH)
We now have official confirmation that Arm, the company responsible for the IP behind Supercomputer Fugaku by Fujitsu and RIKEN that is currently #1 on the latest Top500 list. Arm is also gaining traction in other segments of the HPC space including the EU’s exascale computing vision so it is clearly has become a bigger part of the supercomputing space.
The fact is, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic. As much as the STH team and I are excited for SC21, here we are. With NVIDIA, Intel, and Arm already out, and what sounds like re-evaluation happening at a number of other companies, it seems unlikely the industry is going to converge with force in St. Louis two months from now.
Again, given where we are in the cycle, it is probably wise to at least take pause and thank those who have been working on putting together SC21 for many quarters at this point. This is one of those bits of news that is important, but it is also one that we are not excited to share with the STH community. We have been working on contingency plans for the past few weeks as the COVID-19 Delta variant has picked up momentum, so stay tuned to STH for more.