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Why Iterative Innovation is the Only Path to Exascale

If we're out of "magic bullets" that can shoot across supercomputing space, shattering assumptions about how high performance computing operates efficiently at massive scale, we're left with one option...refine and tweak that which exists, while pushing as much funding as possible toward the blue sky above with the hopes that another Read more…

Big Science, Tiny Microservers: IBM Research Pushes 64-Bit Possibilities

Four years ago, a friend dropped a Sheeva Plug into the hands of Ronald Luijten, a system designer at IBM Research in Zurich. At the time, neither could have realized the development cycle this simple gift would spark. If you're not familiar, Sheeva Plugs are compact devices that look a lot like your laptop power adapter, except instead of Read more…

IDC Details Further HPC Market Momentum

This week we traveled to Santa Fe for the IDC User Forum to get a better grasp on upcoming trends for the high performance computing market in 2014 and beyond. While the emphasis at this particular meeting was on the value of industrial partnerships, there were a number of talks around scientific computing initiatives, developments toward Read more…

DOE Exascale Roadmap Highlights Big Data

If you've been following the US exascale roadmap, then chances are you've been following the work of William (“Bill”) J. Harrod, Division Director for the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR), Office of Science with the US Department of Energy (DOE). In January, Harrod asserted that the DOE's mission to push the frontiers of science Read more…

Oil Company Drills into HPC Cloud Issues

Danish energy company, Maersk Oil, has seen a number of technology trends evolve since its founding in 1962, particularly in terms of its ability to stay ahead of the unending race to new sources of hydrocarbons. The company’s research and technology team hasn’t been immune to the promises of cloud computing in its evaluations of potential Read more…

Short Takes

Want to Snapshot Your Supercomputer?

4/16/14 |  Nimbix, Inc., one of the original HPC cloud vendors, sought to usher in a new era of heterogeneous cloud computing with the unveiling of its JARVICE platform in November. The Read more…

Supercomputers Help Capture Rare Black Hole Events

4/16/14 |  When an orbiting star gets too close to a galaxy's central supermassive black hole, it eventually gets torn apart by the immense gravitational forces, a phenomenon known as a "tidal disruption." Read more…

Prioritizing Data in the Age of Exascale

4/14/14 |  By now, most HPCers and the surrounding community are aware that data movement poses one of the most fundamental challenges to post-petascale computing. Around the world exascale-directed Read more…

Titan Captures Liquid-Crystal Film Complexity

4/14/14 |  Liquid-crystal displays (known to most as LCDs) rely on the light modulating properties of liquid crystals to bring to bring images to life on a wide variety of screens. From computer monitors to Read more…

Research Advances on Key Quantum Computing Elements

4/11/14 |  Equal parts fascinating and confounding, the field of quantum computing keeps making headway. Two exciting developments are described in the current issue of Nature, one from a Read more…

Russian-Bred Supercomputer in the Works

4/11/14 |  Russia is said to be developing a home-grown supercomputer for military-industrial applications, according to a report in Prensa Latina. Ruselectronics CEO Andrei Zverev revealed that Read more…

This Week in HPC News

4/11/14 |  Happy Friday to all… It was a pleasure talking with some of you this week in Santa Fe during the IDC HPC User Forum, where we were on hand for a number of presentations about current and Read more…

Viglen Gives UK Science Facility JASMIN £4 Million Makeover

4/10/14 |  British systems integrator Viglen has won a £4 million contract to outfit JASMIN, a UK-based environmental scientific data analysis and simulation facility, with petascale-level data processing Read more…

Powering Global Climate Science

4/10/14 |  With the much-talked-about upcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), titled "Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change," scheduled to be released on Sunday, Read more…

Leading Edge Versus Bleeding Edge

4/10/14 |  Enterprises are always looking for an edge to use against the competition, and information technology was created initially and specifically to be that edge. Decades later, computing in its Read more…

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Spotlight ON: HPC in Commercial Applications

3/12/14 |  HPCwire, EnterpriseTech, ScaleMP |  In the first of our new Spotlight ON: series, we’re taking a look beyond the public sector to find out how end-users in markets from entertainment to manufacturing are leveraging HPC to gain the Read more…

PBS Professional Manages Workload for NCI Raijin, Largest Supercomputer in Southern Hemisphere

2/24/14 |  Altair |  Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) chose PBS Professional to manage workload for its ‘Raijin’ cluster from Fujitsu, the largest supercomputing system in Australia with over Read more…

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Powering Research with Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining (KDD)

Watch this webinar and learn how to develop “future-proof”  advanced computing/storage technology solutions to easily manage large, shared compute resources and very large volumes of data. Focus Read more…

Breaking I/O Bottlenecks

Data bottlenecks can form at critical information flow points within an organization's system architecture, negatively affecting workflow and productivity while needlessly driving up costs. Watch Read more…