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Bull Charges Ahead in Supercomputing Despite Big Data Refocus

bull_supercomputer (7/02/2014) -  In many ways, Bull has been a mirror, reflecting companies like Cray from across the Atlantic. One on the one hand, both companies have deep roots in supercomputing, with particularly strong continental bases. Conversely, the arrival of the big data phenomenon has marked a chance for both companies to wrench free from strict supercomputing Read more…

A Slice of Green with Accelerators On Top

Green500 logo (7/01/2014) -  On the heels of a successful ISC14 in Leipzig, Germany, last week, the latest Green500 list was just published, and once again the TSUBAME-KFC is the world's greenest supercomputer with an energy efficiency of 4.4 gigaflops per watt. This system from Tokyo Institute of Technology broke the 4.0 gigaflops per watt mark last November, and it's Read more…

New HPC Benchmark Delivers Promising Results

digital highway abstract 300x (6/26/2014) -  One of the undisputed themes at ISC14 was the continued speculation about how the Top500 Linpack benchmark will keep pace with evolving system and application demands. We have been following progress with the HPCG companion metric that Linpack co-founders Dr. Jack Dongarra, Piotr Luszczek (both at the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Read more…

Are Supercomputing’s Elite Turning Backs on Accelerators?

accelerator abstract (6/26/2014) -  Now that this year’s Top500 has been released and analyzed, we wanted to take a step back to look at a few emerging trends. One of the elements of the last couple of lists that caught our eye is that despite the availability of new accelerator/co-processor choices, there is a noticeable leveling off in overall use following a sharp increase Read more…

Student Supercomputing Competition Embraces GPU-Power

ISC14 SCC graphic (6/26/2014) -  The third and final day of ISC14 concluded with a ceremony honoring one of the week's most popular events, the Student Cluster Challenge. Taking home first prize for the second straight year was the team from the Centre for HPC (CHPC) in South Africa. Jointly sponsored by Dell, NVIDIA and Mellanox, the undergraduate team relied on NVIDIA Tesla Read more…

Thursday’s Top ISC14 Twitter Roundup

twitter_logo (6/26/2014) -  As ISC14 comes to a close, we're excited, and a little sad, to present some of the final tweets from the event. However, since our readers have expressed great interest in these posts, we will continue to gather the top HPC-related tweets every week. Check back in on Thursdays for an updated list. Read more…

ISC14 Video Highlights

ISC logo (6/25/2014) -  It's the third and final day of ISC14, but there is still much to unwrap in the way of news, content and insight. To highlight some of the most memorable moments from the event, the ISC support team has put together a series of daily video packages. In the first day's video, Anna Schorr from the ISC team speaks with several participants, Read more…

Wednesday’s Top ISC14 Twitter Roundup

twitter_logo (6/25/2014) -  Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the day at ISC14 in beautiful Leipzig, Germany. The tweets that caught our eye today are listed below. Check back in tomorrow for an entirely updated list. Read more…

Iconic Supercomputing Vendor Charts Comeback

CRAY supercomputer logo (6/24/2014) -  Today at ISC14 Cray announced a $54 million contract with the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) for two next-generation Cray XC supercomputers and a Cray Sonexion storage system. This latest win, however, is just part of a larger story about a supercomputing company that is still very much relevant four decades after founder Seymour Read more…

Tuesday’s Top ISC14 Twitter Roundup

twitter_logo (6/24/2014) -  Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the day at ISC14 in beautiful Leipzig, Germany. The tweets that caught our eye today are listed below. Check back in tomorrow for an entirely updated list. Read more…

IBM Offers Glimpse into Future of HPC Investments

IBM_HQ (6/24/2014) -  This week at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC14) one of the more frequent topics of conversation has been the revised role that some expect IBM might play following the Lenovo x86 business acquisition—and how their investment in high performance computing might change following the transition. There's little wonder this Read more…

Micron, Intel Reveal Memory Slice of Knight’s Landing

hazra (6/24/2014) -  As we move into the pre-exascale era, issues of power consumption, network bandwidth, I/O and other issues will continue to push increasing integration. This was a key theme during the International Supercomputing Conference this week in Germany where Intel’s Raj Hazra provided an early look into how it will integrate various pieces of the Read more…

Monday’s Top ISC14 Twitter Roundup

twitter_logo (6/23/2014) -  Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the day at ISC14 in beautiful Leipzig, Germany. The tweets that caught our eye today are listed below. Check back in tomorrow for an entirely updated list. Read more…

GPUs Add Up For ARM Chips In HPC

gpu.jpg (6/23/2014) -  The first wave of credible 64-bit ARM processors are coming to market late this year or early next, and as is usually the case, the high-performance computing community is getting first crack at figuring out how these chips might be deployed to run various kinds of simulations more efficiently or cost effectively. Applied Micro, which has Read more…

Breaking: Detailed Results from Today’s Top 500 Fastest Supercomputers List

ISC logo (6/23/2014) -  Greetings from Germany and the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC14) where, as happens each year, the bi-annual list of the top 500 fastest supercomputers is unveiled. Usually, this happens with a great deal of fanfare and speculation over which machine will take the top position. However, this year, there is little surprise in Read more…

Sunday’s Top ISC14 Twitter Roundup

twitter_logo (6/22/2014) -  Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items tweeted throughout the day at ISC14. The tweets that caught our eye today are listed below. Check back in tomorrow and every day of the ISC event for more live coverage. Read more…

ISC Beyond the Hans Meuer Era

ISC logo (6/19/2014) -  Hans Werner Meuer (1936 - 2014†) and his legacy need little introduction within the high-performance computing (HPC) community. In Europe, he is known as the “Father of European supercomputing.” Hans, as he was fondly known in the community, became involved in data processing in 1960 and for the next 54 years of his life, he played various Read more…

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