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Workstations, Servers, Clouds: Making the Call for HPC

Dec 17, 2014 |

A recent survey in 25 HPC and CAE LinkedIn groups regarding engineers’ concerns about cloud computing was conducted by UberCloud and revealed that many engineers tend to compare the benefits of workstations versus servers versus clouds in a somewhat misinformed way. In fact, most of them compare the positive aspects of their workstation with the (apparent) roadblocks of Read more…

Study Points to Big Bang of Bird Evolution

Dec 15, 2014 |

An international consortium comprised of hundreds of scientists from around the world has successfully decoded the avian genome. The multi-year project harnessed the power of nine supercomputers and 400 years of computing time to sequence, assemble and compare the full genomes of 48 bird species, shedding light on a wide range of avian evolutionary diversity. The Read more…

Integrating Coprocessors Into Univa Grid Engine

Dec 10, 2014 |

Univa, which became the sole purveyor of commercially supported Grid Engine a little over a year ago when the middleware vendor acquired the source code, copyrights, and trademarks associated with the software from Oracle, recently held a webinar to address how coprocessors like NVIDIA GPUs and Intel Xeon Phis are being integrated and used in a Univa Read more…

How the US Could Achieve Superconducting Supercomputing in Five Years

Dec 9, 2014 |

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has officially commenced a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer as a long-term solution to the power, cooling and space constraints that afflict modern high-performance computing. First revealed in February 2013, when the agency put out a call for proposals, the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program Read more…

Jysoo Lee Rates Progress on Korea’s National Supercomputing Plan

Dec 8, 2014 |

Korea plans to be in the top seven nations of supercomputing by 2017, and Dr. Jysoo Lee, as director general of the recently established National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking (NISN) within KISTI (the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information), is one of the key figures advancing this goal. Dr. Lee also serves as chief Read more…

Roll Your Own Lustre — Are You On Your Own?

Dec 4, 2014 |

Lustre is a popular open source parallel file system with many years of development behind it. People trying to roll their own HPC scratch storage with Lustre may find a number of inherent problems. If there isn’t in-house Lustre expertise to deploy and keep it optimally running, the work may need to be outsourced. But Read more…

New Code Paradigms Cooking for CORAL

Dec 2, 2014 |

News of the massive CORAL procurement for the next generation pre-exascale systems stole headlines in November, but now that the excitement is simmering, many are beginning to ask critical questions about the architecture—and what it will mean for programmers trying to take advantage of the massive amount of memory, compute, and options to blend the Read more…

Architectural Surprises Underpin New HPC Benchmark Results

Dec 1, 2014 |

One of the most heated debates in supercomputing circles over the last several years has been around the continued validity of the current basis of the Top 500 ranking of the fastest systems in the world, the high performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark. Out of these many criticisms, one of the founders of the original LINPACK Read more…

NASA Debuts Stunning CO2 Visualization

Nov 25, 2014 |

In keeping with the SC spirit of HPC matters, we wanted to share another amazing example of supercomputing in action. Last week, NASA officials released the first ever ultra-high-resolution computer model of global atmospheric carbon dioxide. The simulation, which can be seen below, depicts the puffs and swirls of carbon dioxide as it circumnavigates the globe. While we wrote about Read more…

Intel Etches Future Process for HPC Progress

Nov 24, 2014 |

“This market, this industry, is poised for a fairly fundamental transformation,” Raj Hazra, Vice President and General Manager of Intel’s High Performance Computing division, told a group at the company’s SC14 briefing on their future investments in HPC. The comment came as a counterpoint to the lack of news around stunning changes in the Top Read more…

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