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Seismic Supercomputer Balloons to Five Petaflops — This One’s a Cray

Mar 25, 2015 |

When it comes to oil and gas supercomputers, the ante has been upped once again. In the past couple years, energy giants BP, Total and Eni have rolled out mega supercomputing centers, and now Norwegian oil and gas company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has outdone them all with a 5-petaflops Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Read more…

Something for Everyone at GPU Technology Conference

Mar 23, 2015 |

Once relegated to the category of specialized gaming hardware, today’s graphics processors are solving some of the world’s toughest computing problems. During GTC15 last week in San Jose, the full breadth and depth of session topics provided even more evidence of how far graphics processors have come from their gaming roots. And while this year deep Read more…

IBM’s First OpenPOWER Server Targets HPC Workloads

Mar 19, 2015 |

The first annual OpenPOWER Summit, held this week in San Jose, Calif., in tandem with NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), launched a raft of hardware and other announcements intended to cede market share from Intel. On Wednesday, foundation members showed off more than a dozen hardware solutions, an assortment of systems, boards, and cards, and even a new microprocessor Read more…

GTC15 Keynote Highlights 10X GPU Computing Growth

Mar 17, 2015 |

Although the focus of this year’s GPU Technology Conference keynote wasn’t particularly HPC-centric, references to supercomputing abounded throughout the two-hour presentation delivered by charismatic NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang to a crowd of 4,000 this morning inside the packed San Jose McEnery Convention Center. In addition to the requisite-but-very-cool GPU-enabled visual demonstrations meant to showcase this year’s theme of deep learning, attendees also heard about Read more…

HSA Spec Lays Out Architecture for Acceleration

Mar 17, 2015 |

The Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation marked what it says will be known as a watershed event in heterogeneous computing with the release of the HSA 1.0 specification. The new spec, nearly three years in the making, brings the foundation closer to its goal of enabling write-once run-anywhere programming for accelerated computing on devices ranging from the Read more…

New Models for Research, Part II

Mar 16, 2015 |

In the second of a four-part series, Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing, and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University lays out the concept of the campus cloud, a Research as a Service (RaaS) model with elements of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and bare metal IaaS.

Argonne’s Paul Messina on Training for Extreme-Scale

Mar 12, 2015 |

Paul Messina, director of science for the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), discusses the primary objectives, curriculum and importance of the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC), now in its third year. HPCwire: Can you give us an overview of the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC)? Paul Messina: Absolutely, Tiffany. The ATPESC Read more…

FPGA-Accelerated Search Heads for Mainstream

Mar 10, 2015 |

With data volumes now outpacing Moore’s Law, there is a move to look beyond conventional hardware and software tools. Accelerators like GPUs and the Intel MIC architecture have extended performance goals for many HPC-class workloads. Although field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have not seen the same level of adoption for traditional HPC workloads, a subset of big data Read more…

New Models for Research Computing, Part I

Mar 9, 2015 |

In the first of a four-part series, Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing, and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University lays out the concept of the next-generation cyberinfrastructure, a set of integrated technology components working together to support the diverse needs of the research community across disciplines and across scale. Where does high-performance computing go from Read more…

Catching Up with Baseball’s Mystery Cray Owner

Mar 3, 2015 |

If you’re a sports fan and an HPC-watcher than you know that supercomputing has hit the major leagues, Major League Baseball (MLB) that is. Last year, a MLB team purchased a Cray Urika supercomputer with the aim of transforming enormous volumes of disparate data into game-winning intelligence. The technology and implications of this early-adoption trend are interesting, Read more…