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Peering Backward to the Big Bang with the CTC and COSMOS

Oct 10, 2014 |

At the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) in Cambridge University, we are endeavouring to push back our understanding to the very beginnings of the Universe, tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Cosmology has had many successes but it leaves many questions unanswered concerning how the Universe came into being and Read more…

What’s Behind the HPC Justification Problem?

Oct 9, 2014 |

With roughly 75% of American companies stating that high performance computing is critical to competitive success, why is it that so many end users have a difficult time justifying their investments in HPC? The arguments in favor of increasing the amount spent on high performance computing can be quite numerous, depending on industry. However, while Read more…

Army Wins Major Supercomputing Award

Oct 7, 2014 |

The US Army Research Laboratory is getting $500,000 and one billion hours of supercomputing time to study the inner workings of internal combustion engines. The award was granted by the Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) Frontier Project, now in its second year. The Army Research Lab will receive $100,000 per year Read more…

SC14 Keynote Strings Supercomputing to Theoretical Physics

Oct 6, 2014 |

With the annual gathering of the best minds in supercomputing rapidly approaching, conversations are turning toward what SC14 will offer in terms of keynotes. The event committee recently announced that famed theoretical physicist and string theorist, Brian Greene, would present the centerpiece address, joining the ranks of other scientists who have opened the conference, including Read more…

NumaQ — a Scalable In-Memory Processing and Big Data Analytics Appliance

Oct 6, 2014 |

NumaQ represents a new generation of in-memory-based analytics appliances that scales to thousands of cores and terabytes of memory for data and memory-intensive workloads. Numascale offers an innovative approach to big data analytics by providing in-memory capabilities via NumaQ systems. NumaQ, developed by 1degreenorth, employs Numascale’s scalable shared memory technology to offer a new generation Read more…

Assessing HPC Needs Throughout the Cluster Lifecycle

Oct 2, 2014 |

For many organizations, an HPC cluster ranks among its most expensive and complex IT investments. From acquisition to replacement, these complex systems must be proactively designed, managed and operated within the context of a lifecycle, one that is unique from most other IT assets. To maximize ROI within a rapidly changing market, a pragmatic approach Read more…

Will Magnets Be the Cure for What Ails Moore’s Law?

Oct 1, 2014 |

With silicon-based processors facing some inexorable limits, scientists are looking elsewhere to keep computing on its exponential growth track. One potential alternative that is getting some traction is magnet-based computing. A group of electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) is studying the feasibility of using miniature magnets as the building block for integrated Read more…

Cray Strikes Balance with Next-Generation XC40 Supercomputer

Sep 30, 2014 |

This morning Cray unveiled the full details about its next generation supercomputer to follow on the heels of the XC30 family, which serves as the backbone for a number of Top 500 systems, including the top ten-ranked “Piz Daint” machine. The newly announced XC40 already serves as the underpinnings for the massive Trinity system at Read more…

Moonshot Moves HPC Closer to ARM’s Reach

Sep 29, 2014 |

While the broader spectrum of HPC users seem to be watching closely from the wings as new developments from the ARM ecosystem appear, it could be some time before these pose a significant threat to the long-dominant x86 order. However with the general availability release of two new ARM entrants from HP along the Moonshot Read more…

High Performance Storage Solutions for High Performance Computing

Sep 29, 2014 |

With its recent acquisition of Xyratex and EVault, Seagate brings decades of experience as a storage solutions leader to bear on the fast growing field of high performance computing (HPC). The company has created an Intelligent Information Infrastructure system to help organizations involved with HPC manage today’s massive growth of digital data and cope with Read more…