IBM ‘Returns to HPC’ with New Linux Server Line Says Gupta

Oct 8, 2015 |

IBM today launched a new line of Power8-based Linux servers – the Power LC (Linux cluster) Line – including one offering that marks IBM’s return to the HPC market, according to Sumit Gupta, vice president of HPC and OpenPOWER Operations at IBM (NYSE: IBM). Three servers were announced, aimed at cloud computing, data analytics, and Read more…

Formula One Contemplates CFD-Only Future

Oct 7, 2015 |

Digital design has become central to Formula 1 racing, but don’t rule out wind tunnels just yet. That is the message coming out of a recent F1 Strategy Group meeting. The group comprises the sport’s governing body FIA, the sport’s commercial arm run by Bernie Ecclestone and the top six teams. The stakeholders responsible for Read more…

Defining Scalable OS Requirements for Exascale and Beyond

Oct 5, 2015 |

Over the past couple of decades two primary trends have driven system software for supercomputers to become significantly more complex. First, hardware has become more complex. Massive inter-node parallelism (100,000+ nodes), increasingly large intra-node parallelism (100+ hardware threads), wider vector units, accelerators, coprocessors, etc., have required that system software play a larger role in delivering Read more…

Stepping Up to the Life Science Storage System Challenge

Oct 5, 2015 |

Storage and data management have become the perhaps the most challenging computational bottlenecks in life sciences (LS) research. The volume and diversity of data generated by modern life science lab instruments and the varying requirements of analysis applications make creating effective solutions far from trivial. What’s more, where LS was once adequately served by conventional Read more…

The Revolution in the Lab is Overwhelming IT

Oct 5, 2015 |

Sifting through the vast treasure trove of data spilling from modern life science instruments is perhaps the defining challenge for biomedical research today. NIH, for example, generates about 1.5PB of data a month, and that excludes NIH-funded external research. Not only have DNA sequencers become extraordinarily powerful, but also they have proliferated in size and Read more…

Five Steps You Can Take for Performant Code on Heterogeneous Computing

Oct 4, 2015 |

Although a lot has been written about the Intel® Xeon Phi™ coprocessor’s performance comparison with GPGPUs, relatively little has been written on the comparison of available programming models and methodologies. However, with the release of Intel® Parallel Composer XE 2015 and HP Apollo 6000 ProLiant XL250a server, it’s now time for developers to see how Read more…

IBM Reports Carbon Nanotube Transistor Breakthrough

Oct 1, 2015 |

Perhaps Moore’s law isn’t doomed just yet. Maybe. IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) reported in a paper in Science today a technique for making carbon nanotube transistors with tiny (~9nm) contacts that exhibit low, size-independent resistance. This overcomes a huge hurdle in shrinking transistor size beyond current limits. “I think this is the first carbon nanotube Read more…

Microsoft Puts GPU Boosters on Azure Cloud

Sep 29, 2015 |

Today at its AzureCon, Microsoft expanded the capabilities of its public cloud, Azure, with the addition of N-series GPU-enabled virtual machines available over a fast RDMA network. The company also announced that it is reducing prices on its high-end instances, A8-A11. Jazon Zander, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, began by presenting a view of Azure Read more…

Paving Pathways to Success through Broader Engagement

Sep 28, 2015 |

It’s no secret that industries struggle to build and sustain a diverse science and technology (S&T) workforce, but entering and advancing within the pipeline are far from equal-opportunity endeavors. Despite industry efforts to support their success, women, minorities and people with disabilities continue to encounter deeply-ingrained social and institutional barriers to entry.

IBM & OpenPOWER: Accelerating Business Applications in the Data-Driven Enterprise with CAPI

Sep 28, 2015 |

CAPI-attached acceleration has three pillars: accelerated computing, accelerated storage, and accelerated networking. Connected coherently to a POWER CPU to give them direct access to the CPU’s system memory, these techniques leverage accelerators like FPGAs and GPUs, storage devices like flash, and networking devices like Infiniband.   These devices, connected via CAPI, are programmable using simple Read more…