2011 International Supercomputing Conference
With all the focus on more powerful microprocessors, sometimes it’s easy to forget that speedier chips do no good if memory is your bottleneck. In the final ISC’11 keynote of the week, Micron Technology VP Dean Klein talked about technologies that can help to alleviate this problem. HPCwire asked Klein to preview the topic and give us his take on where he thinks memory technologies are heading, especially in regard to high performance computing.
LIVEwire Extra – the ISC’11 Photo Gallery Collection
It’s often said that every picture tells a story, and our latest edition to the HPCwire Photo Gallery collection from ISC ’11 is no exception. This year’s conference exceeded all expectations, uniting the largest assembly of industry luminaries, attendees and solutions providers across the HPC community and beyond. Whether you were at the event or catching up from afar, we hope you enjoy our favorite photos captured from the show. Learn more…
Feature Articles from ISC11
(06/23/2011) – High performance parallel storage vendor Panasas is eyeing the technical computing and big data markets with the release of its ActiveStore 11 parallel storage system appliance, a step back from 12 that comes with a more balanced storage profile and lower price per terabyte than the performance-driven ActiveStor 12.
(06/22/2011) – Every year at ISC we stop and look back at the field of HPC, which has consistently exhibited the greatest rate of change of any technology in the history of mankind. This year is particularly important as the conventional methods that have served well over the last two decades are in direct contention with the technology trends pushing us towards a new future — this in the context of petaflops-capable supercomputers that have become the new standard at the top end of HPC and the reemergence of Asia as a dominant player in that ethereal regime.
(06/22/2011) – At ISC this year, there are plenty of sessions devoted to manycore processors, especially in the role of HPC accelerators. Not surprisingly, a lot of these are centered on the current sweetheart of manycore: GPUs. HPCwire caught up with Kirk and asked him about some of the specific challenges of GPU computing today and how he views the role of integrated CPU-GPU architectures as they come into play.
(06/21/2011) – Cray enters the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) with a new generation of its flagship and midrange supercomputer lines, renewed momentum in Europe, and fresh perspectives on HPC market trends and technologies. HPCwire talked with Cray CEO Pete Ungaro and Ulla Thiel, vice president, EMEA to get their perspective on the company’s successes, challenges, and future plans.
(06/20/2011) – Today at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Hamburg, Germany, Intel outlined the progress it has made over the last year toward bringing its Many Integrated Core (MIC) coprocessor platform to market. MIC is Intel’s answer to general-purpose GPU computing, and like the latter technology, Intel believes it can parlay the its manycore design into future exascale systems.
(06/20/2011) – A Japanese supercomputer took the world title for the fastest computer in the world after the latest TOP500 list was announced Monday morning at ISC’11. Fujitsu’s K Computer delivered a world beating 8.162 petaflops on the Linpack benchmark, vaulting over the now second-place 2.57 petaflop Tianhe-1A supercomputer in China and third-place 1.76 petaflop Jaguar supercomputer in the US.
(06/18/2011) – At this week’s International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, two of the biggest topics on the agenda are heterogeneous architectures and GPU/accelerator computing. Those emerging trends are joined at the hip, thanks mostly to the efforts of NVIDIA and their industry partners. Intel’s ongoing plans for its Many Integrated Core (MIC) co-processor and AMD’s introduction of its CPU-GPU “Fusion” processors are yet additional indications that the industry is moving to an architecture where CPUs married to accelerators will provide the next big seismic shift in high performance computing.
Special Commentary from ISC11
What I Learned at the International Supercomputing Conference
HPC accelerator competition is heating up and Japanese supers are scrambling for watts. Read more…
IDC Shares HPC Market Figures, Trends, Predictions at ISC
IDC presented its overview of the market for high performance computing at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany this week. Tom Tabor reflects on these trends and predictions in this post from Hamburg. Read more…
Podcast: The New Number One on TOP500; Intel Pushes Forward on Manycore Plans
At the International Supercomputing Conference, Michael and Addison talk about Japan’s surprising recapture of the number one system on the TOP500, and discuss how Intel is moving forward on its MIC coprocessor plans. Read more…
Podcast: Vendors, Users Prep for ISC’11; HPC Faithful Head to Hamburg
Michael and Addison cover this week’s top stories in the lead-up to the International Supercomputing Conference, and preview some of the happenings at the Hamburg event. Read more…
Off the Wire from ISC11
- NAS Appliance Supports HPC Deployments in Private Cloud – (06/23/2011)
- OpenHMPP Open Standard is Now Live – (06/22/2011)
- Adaptive Delivers 10x Scalability Improvement in Latest Moab Release – (06/22/2011)
- Lomonosov Supercomputer Hits 1.3 Petaflops – (06/22/2011)
- Fusion-io Technology Advances Bioinformatics Research at San Diego Supercomputer Center – (06/22/2011)
- Adaptive Computing’s Moab Advances Research Capabilities for European Cancer Research Center – (06/22/2011)
- CAPS Launches New Manycore Toolset – (06/21/2011)
- SGI Announces Fifth-Generation Altix ICE High Performance Compute Solution – (06/21/2011)
- HP Helps Energy Companies, Academic Institutions Advance Critical Research – (06/21/2011)
- RSC Announces Liquid-Cooled HPC platform Based on Common Motherboards for Intel Processors – (06/21/2011)
- NCSA Selects LSI CacheCade SSD Technology for Dark Energy Survey Project – (06/21/2011)
- Intel MIC Architecture Shows Strength as Critical Component of Exascale Computing – (06/21/2011)
- AMD Sees 15 Percent Growth in Six Months on Newest List of TOP500 Supercomputers – (06/20/2011)
- NASA’s Pleiades Supercomputer Ranks Among World’s Fastest – (06/20/2011)
- Mellanox Expands Availability of InfiniBand and Ethernet Solutions with NEC LX Series Supercomputer Through NEC HPC Europe – (06/20/2011)
- Boston Limited Unveils Latest Venom 1500-6 Hybrid Compute Solution – (06/20/2011)
- NextIO Showcases vCORE Express Technology at ISC11 – (06/20/2011)
- Mellanox FDR InfiniBand Selected to Deliver PetaScale Performance for Europe’s Fastest Supercomputer – (06/20/2011)
- IDC Announces First Recipients of HPC Innovation Excellence Award – (06/20/2011)
- Mellanox Announces FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand Interconnect Solutions for Clustering Performance and Scalability – (06/20/2011)
- SGI Altix Supercomputer System at NASA Achieves Petaflop Scale – (06/20/2011)
- SGI Strategic Partnership with Intel to Drive Adoption of Petaflop Scale Computing – (06/20/2011)
- Mellanox and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Demonstrate Performance, Scalability for HPC Applications – (06/20/2011)
- STEC to Showcase Solid-State Solutions for High-Performance Computing at ISC 2011 – (06/20/2011)
- University of Birmingham Uses Adaptive Computing Technology to Reduce HPC Costs – (06/20/2011)
- NetApp E5400 Validated for Support of Lustre File System, Adds New Enhancements – (06/20/2011)
- Panasas Introduces ActiveStor 11 Parallel Storage for HPC and Big Data Workloads – (06/20/2011)
- Xyratex to Demonstrate New ClusterStor 3000 Storage Solution at ISC ’11 – (06/20/2011)
- Supermicro Showcases Largest Portfolio of HPC Optimized Solutions at ISC 2011 – (06/20/2011)
- GPU to GPU Communication Over InfiniBand to be Demonstrated at ISC’11 – (06/18/2011)