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TACC’s New Director Shares Strategy, System Futures

Jul 3, 2014 |

Each of the national labs and supercomputing sites have defining characteristics or “personalities” that are most often driven by the user communities that exploit their computational resources. Certain centers are affiliated with particular missions or needs. Some tend to prefer architectures that maximize overall performance and size in a way that tops the Top 500 Read more…

Bull Charges Ahead in Supercomputing Despite Big Data Refocus

Jul 2, 2014 |

In many ways, Bull has been a mirror, reflecting companies like Cray from across the Atlantic. One on the one hand, both companies have deep roots in supercomputing, with particularly strong continental bases. Conversely, the arrival of the big data phenomenon has marked a chance for both companies to wrench free from strict supercomputing affiliations Read more…

A Slice of Green with Accelerators On Top

Jul 1, 2014 |

On the heels of a successful ISC14 in Leipzig, Germany, last week, the latest Green500 list was just published, and once again the TSUBAME-KFC is the world’s greenest supercomputer with an energy efficiency of 4.4 gigaflops per watt. This system from Tokyo Institute of Technology broke the 4.0 gigaflops per watt mark last November, and it’s still Read more…

Supercomputers Aid in Fight Against Superbugs

Jun 30, 2014 |

‘Typhoid’, ‘cholera’ and ‘e-coli’ are words that paint an unpleasant picture of a bacterial infection. It is estimated that there are 3 to 5 million cholera cases across the world resulting in between 100,000 and 120,000 deaths every year. Bacterial infections spread widely, and they spread quickly. Sometimes it’s only a matter of hours before Read more…

Mizuho Securities Delights Its Clients with Help from Intel Xeon Phi

Jun 30, 2014 |

New Xeon Phi-based system delivers a 30-fold speed up in calculation time “Sharing joy” with its clients in the form of outstanding financial returns, is one of the stated goals of Mizuho Securities Co. The institution is a member of the Mizuho Financial Group, one of Japan’s three major megabanks. Hiroshi Motoyama, President and CEO Read more…

New HPC Benchmark Delivers Promising Results

Jun 26, 2014 |

One of the undisputed themes at ISC14 was the continued speculation about how the Top500 Linpack benchmark will keep pace with evolving system and application demands. We have been following progress with the HPCG companion metric that Linpack co-founders Dr. Jack Dongarra, Piotr Luszczek (both at the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Lab) and Michael Read more…

Are Supercomputing’s Elite Turning Backs on Accelerators?

Jun 26, 2014 |

Now that this year’s Top500 has been released and analyzed, we wanted to take a step back to look at a few emerging trends. One of the elements of the last couple of lists that caught our eye is that despite the availability of new accelerator/co-processor choices, there is a noticeable leveling off in overall Read more…

Student Supercomputing Competition Embraces GPU-Power

Jun 26, 2014 |

The third and final day of ISC14 concluded with a ceremony honoring one of the week’s most popular events, the Student Cluster Challenge. Taking home first prize for the second straight year was the team from the Centre for HPC (CHPC) in South Africa. Jointly sponsored by Dell, NVIDIA and Mellanox, the undergraduate team relied on Read more…

Thursday’s Top ISC14 Twitter Roundup

Jun 26, 2014 |

As ISC14 comes to a close, we’re excited, and a little sad, to present some of the final tweets from the event. However, since our readers have expressed great interest in these posts, we will continue to gather the top HPC-related tweets every week. Check back in on Thursdays for an updated list. To view the top Read more…

ISC14 Video Highlights

Jun 25, 2014 |

It’s the third and final day of ISC14, but there is still much to unwrap in the way of news, content and insight. To highlight some of the most memorable moments from the event, the ISC support team has put together a series of daily video packages. In the first day’s video, Anna Schorr from Read more…