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Last But Not Least: Argonne’s $200 Million Supercomputing Award

Apr 9, 2015 |

A supercomputer named Aurora is on track to become the fastest system in the United States and possibly the world. Just a few hours ago, DOE Undersecretary Franklin “Lynn” Orr, announced that Intel Corp. and Cray Inc. had been selected to supply Argonne National Laboratory with a 180 petaflops system, Aurora, and a secondary system of about Read more…

Four Chinese Supercomputing Orgs Named on US Blacklist

Apr 8, 2015 |

HPCwire has uncovered that four Chinese organizations, including the National University of Defense Technology, which used US-manufactured parts to produce the current fastest supercomputer, Tianhe-2, were placed on the United States’ Entity List on February 18, 2015, meaning that found to be acting contrary to the interests of the US.

Compilers and More: The Past, Present and Future of Parallel Loops

Apr 6, 2015 |

Let’s talk about parallel loops. In parallel computing, we’ve been designing, describing, implementing and using parallel loops almost since the beginning. The advantage of parallel loops (over almost all other forms of parallelism) is that the parallelism scales up with the data set size or loop trip count (number of iterations). So what exactly is a parallel Read more…

Lockheed Martin Implements Cost-Saving Cross-Domain Security Solution

Apr 6, 2015 |

Lockheed Martin staffs several government programs that manage high-performance computing (HPC) resources, including support and hardware, used by R&D contractors and scientists engaged in compute-intensive modeling and simulation research. In such an environment, there are multiple levels of security that must be respected by the systems in place. Lockheed Martin configured its systems with Red Read more…

Micron Reveals HPC Ambitions with Convey Purchase

Apr 1, 2015 |

If you’re looking to establish yourself as an HPC player, you can either develop the technology yourself or purchase an established HPC company. Today, advanced memory maker Micron went with the latter course of action by acquiring Convey Computer Corp, widely known for its deep HPC roots and track record delivering hybrid-core computing. The financial terms Read more…

HPC Appliance Aims to Boost Engineering Productivity

Mar 31, 2015 |

ANSYS, Lenovo and OCF have joined forces to put a turnkey HPC appliance into the hands of the UK engineering community. The plug-and-play appliance, designed to run computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, is the result of a unique partnership between engineering simulation software specialist ANSYS, hardware vendor Lenovo and high performance cluster integrator OCF. The Read more…

New Models for Research, Part III – Embracing the Big Data Stack

Mar 30, 2015 |

In the third of a four-part installation, Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing, and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University, explores the brave new world of open big data alternatives to traditional bare metal HPC+MPI+InfiniBand for research computing.

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…