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HPC and Big Data: A “Best of Both Worlds” Approach

Mar 31, 2014 |

While they may share a number of similar, overarching challenges, data-intensive computing and high performance computing have some rather different considerations, particularly in terms of management, emphasis on performance, storage and data movement. Still, there is plenty of room for the two areas to merged, according to Indiana University’s Dr. Geoffrey Fox. Fox and his Read more…

Best Practices in Datacenter Cooling

Mar 31, 2014 |

The High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²) at Mississippi State University is boosting its high-performance computing capabilities with the installation of “Shadow,” a Cray® CS300-LC™ liquid-cooled cluster supercomputer. The HPC² is a coalition of member centers and groups that share a common core objective of advancing the state of the art in computational science and engineering Read more…

This Week in HPC News

Mar 28, 2014 |

This week’s HPC news wrap comes from high above the U.S. during a fly-back from the GPU Technology Conference, which took place in San Jose, California. NVIDIA touted record attendance for the event, which is in its fifth year. Eye candy aside (there’s always plenty to be found at a graphics-centric show) we were thrilled Read more…

NVIDIA Highlights GPU Progress on Titan Supercomputer

Mar 27, 2014 |

The GPU Technology Conference this week in San Jose offered plenty of material for the supercomputing set with a number of presentations focused on specific programming challenges for large-scale scientific and enterprise HPC applications. The Titan system at Oak Ridge National Lab tied together key themes through a number of the talks, which helped put Read more…

Tianhe-2, The Arena for ASC14 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Mar 27, 2014 |

A few days ago, 2014 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (hereafter ASC14) announced that the 16 ASC14 finalists will compete an application scalability on the Tianhe-2 supercomputer, which is moved to the Sun Yat-Sen University very recently. While, it is the first time that Tianhe 2, or any other giant supercomputer, will be used in a Read more…

NVIDIA Steers Roadmap Around GPU Bottlenecks

Mar 25, 2014 |

The GPU Technology Conference (GTC ’14) kicked off this morning in San Jose with NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, opting to open the event with a preview of what’s ahead for GPUs in big data–and big computing. While the gaming and entertainment eye candy  one expects at GTC did indeed find its way into the mix, Read more…

Swiss Hybrid Petaflopper Opens for Research

Mar 24, 2014 |

During the 2013 NVIDIA GPU Technology conference, the Swiss National Supercomputing Center (CSCS) revealed that its Cray XC30 “Piz Daint” supercomputer was on track to becoming Europe’s fastest GPU-accelerated number-cruncher, and the first Cray machine to be equipped with Intel Xeon processors and NVIDA GPUs. Now, one year later, the revved-up Piz Daint is officially Read more…

16 Universities Qualified for the ASC14 Final

Mar 23, 2014 |

On March 24, 2014 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (hereinafter ASC14) held the press conference in Beijing, and officially announced the 16 teams qualified for the final, which will be held in the Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou) on April 21-25. The conference has speakers from the domestic and overseas teams and embassy related. It also has Read more…

This Week in HPC News

Mar 20, 2014 |

As we prepare to head out to the GPU Technology Conference this weekend (we’ll be reporting from the event in San Jose next week), we’re looking back, as we do each Friday morning, at the week in news. While the news cycle was lighter than usual, there were a few items of broader importance to Read more…

Peek into China’s Plans for Top Supercomputer Shows No Slowdown

Mar 20, 2014 |

This week we learned more about Japan’s exascale plans for the 2020 timeframe, but also on the contender list to be among the first to reach exascale-class computing levels is China. For now, however, the country has its sights set on continuing to dominate the list in 2015 and beyond. To put this and the Read more…