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Cray Details Its Cluster Supercomputing Strategy

Jul 28, 2015 |

When iconic American supercomputer maker Cray purchased 20-year-old HPC cluster vendor Appro in late 2012, Cray CEO Peter Ungaro referred to Appro’s principal IP as “one of the most advanced industry clusters in the world.” At the time HPCwire reported that Cray would benefit from the product line and a bigger sales team from Appro, Read more…

DOE Exascale Plan Gets Support with Caveats

Jul 28, 2015 |

The DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) plan to develop and deploy exascale technology by 2023 received strong backing yesterday from an Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) sub-committee but with caveats in the form of seven recommendations for strengthening management of the Exascale Computing Initiative (ECI). Subcommittee chair, Dan Reed, vice president Read more…

New Enhancements Boost Chelsio’s 40Gbps T5 Adapter Capabilities

Jul 27, 2015 |

The release of three new software enhancements adds even more capabilities to Chelsio Communications’ powerful Terminator 5 (T5) ASIC. The T5 is a fifth generation, high-performance 2x40Gbps/4x10Gbps server adapter engine with Unified Wire capability, enabling offloaded storage, compute and networking traffic to run simultaneously. T5 based adapters are high performance drop-in replacements for Fibre Channel Read more…

Gearing Up for the Cluster of Tomorrow

Jul 23, 2015 |

While the shifting architectural landscape of elite supercomputing gets a lot of the spotlight especially around TOP500 time, cluster computing has grown to comprise more than three-quarters of the HPC market. At a joint Cray-IDC webinar held earlier today, the partners discussed how clusters, and specifically scale-out “cluster supercomputers,” are evolving in ways that can benefit from supercomputing technology. Steve Conway, Read more…

Cray Comes Back to TACC

Jul 20, 2015 |

Last week, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) revealed that it would be continuing the legacy of the Lonestar supercomputer series and reviving its relationship with Cray, the supercomputer maker behind the very first Lonestar system (circa 1997-2002). The original Lonestar was a 50-gigaflops Cray T3E with 88 processsors. With Lonestar 5, TACC is installing Read more…

Adoption of RackCDU D2C Liquid Cooling Flows On

Jul 20, 2015 |

Recent activities on both the OEM and the end user side point to the accelerated adoption of, not only liquid cooling in general, but in particular Asetek’s RackCDU D2C™ (Direct-to-Chip). RackCDU is Asetek’s innovative hot water, direct-to-chip, data center liquid cooling technology. In the RackCDU D2C system Direct-to-Chip server, coolers replace the CPU/GPU heat sinks Read more…

Tsinghua University Wins Gold at ISC Student Cluster Contest

Jul 16, 2015 |

At an awards ceremony held yesterday at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany, a packed theater cheered on the winners of the fourth HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition and celebrated the victory of China’s Tsinghua University team as the sleep-deprived students took to the stage to collect their fifth student challenge gold cup (and second ISC win). The Read more…

IDC: The Changing Face of HPC

Jul 16, 2015 |

At IDC’s annual ISC breakfast there was a good deal more than market update numbers although there were plenty of those: “We try to track every server sold, every quarter, worldwide,” said Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president and executive director HPC User Forum. Perhaps more revealing and as important this year was IDC’s unveiling Read more…

LINPACK’s ‘Companion Metric’ Gains Traction

Jul 15, 2015 |

The TOP500 organizers published their 45th twice-yearly list this week in tandem with ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. What is becoming increasingly clear, as our analysis piece covered and as many in the community have also pointed out, is that the salad days of “better-than-Moore’s” performance growth hit an inflection point in 2008. We went into the Read more…

Digital Prototyping a Mercedes

Jul 14, 2015 |

ISC 2015’s emphasis on HPC use in industry was reflected in the choice of Monday’s opening keynote speaker, Jürgen Kohler, senior manager, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) CAE & Vehicle Concepts, Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. Kohler presented a fascinating overview of the evolution of the auto industry’s use of HPC-based modeling and simulation. (Did you know Read more…

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