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SC15 Video: Mellanox’s Gilad Shainer on Co-design, Exascale, UCX, and More

Dec 21, 2015 | Smart switches, major deployment wins, HPC Centers of Excellence, NICs with on-board FPGAs, and UCX progress were all part of Mellanox’s hectic agenda at SC15. In mid-December DoD approved Mellanox 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for use in defense networks. Then last week, time ran out for acquisition target EZchip to find a higher offer seemingly clearing the way for Mellanox’s roughly $800M purchase of EZchip. These are Read more…

SC15 Video: Intersect360 Research’s Addison Snell on TOP500 Trends, Accelerated Computing and Moore’s Law

Dec 15, 2015 | Among the smorgasbord of BoFs, plenary sessions, benchmarking results and vendor news that came out of SC15 last month, a few topics stand out as being particularly noteworthy, including China's increased TOP500 share, the rise in accelerated computing and the fledgling OpenHPC project. HPCwire Senior Editor Tiffany Trader sat down with Intersect360 Research CEO Addison Snell at the show to discuss these highlights and more. Their conversation, recorded in the video below, Read more…

Dawn of a New Era in High Performance Computing

Dec 14, 2015 | With the recent announcement of the Intel® Scalable System Framework (Intel® SSF), the democratization of HPC took a major stride forward. Intel® SSF is an advanced architectural approach and flexible blueprint for developing scalable, balanced and efficient HPC systems.  It simplifies the use of the essential HPC building blocks, such as Read more…

ESnet at 30: Evolving Toward Exascale and Raising Expectations

Dec 10, 2015 | In tandem with high-performance computing, high-speed nationwide and global infrastructure networks provide the essential backbone for today's collaborative science workflows. In the United States, the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is the mission network of the U.S. Department of Energy. This high-performance, unclassified network that is managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is moving into the newly-constructed Wang Hall on the Berkeley Lab campus. ESnet links 40 DOE sites Read more…

SC15 Video: IBM’s Dave Turek on Big Data, CORAL, and HPC’s Evolution

Dec 8, 2015 | Accelerated computing certainly dominated the IBM message at SC15 but there were many sub-themes in Austin. Big data, the beneficial impact of software frameworks (think Apache Spark), workflow optimization, and a growing role for cloud in HPC delivery were all in the mix. HPCwire managing editor John Russell sat down with Dave Turek, IBM VP of High Performance Computing, for a fast tour of CORAL progress, NSCI hopes, and the distinction between accelerator-assisted and accelerated Read more…

First Indian Student Supercomputing Challenge Coming this June

Dec 7, 2015 | During June 1-4, 2016, the first ever Indian Student Supercomputing Challenge (ISSC) will take place in Mumbai, India, in tandem with the inaugural distributed & embedded-High Performance Computing (de-HPC) symposium. ISSC is being organized by the academic partners Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and industry partners Syncthreads Computing with the official support of the HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC). The event follows in the footsteps of the Student Cluster Competitions Read more…

Intel’s Next-Generation of High-Performance Computing Architecture

Dec 7, 2015 | Enterprises and research centers investigating the future of their HPC infrastructure can expect a new design philosophy coming from Intel. The Intelcompany says their Read more…

Cray Lays Out Vision for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Dec 3, 2015 | Messaging around HPC-big data convergence which had been ramping up all year reached new heights at SC15 -- and you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger champion of the unified platform strategy than American supercomputer-maker Cray. HPCwire met with Cray’s Barry Bolding at the show in Austin last month to discuss the company’s latest customer wins, its take on OpenHPC and its plans to over time coalesce its product lines toward a single flexible infrastructure. Although the Read more…

SC15 Video: Intel’s Saleh on OpenHPC, Rise of Big Data, and More

Dec 3, 2015 | Intel always has a lot going on at SC. This year, its Scalable System Framework, Omni-Path Architecture, Knights Landing (up & running) and leading role in OpenHPC were all on the docket. Of course, there was the usual Intel-IBM (re: OpenPOWER) rivalry - much of the buzz this year was around whose approach to delivering accelerated computing will win the day. Time will tell. HPCwire managing editor John Russell sat down with Hugo Saleh, Director of Technical Computing Segment Read more…

Contrary View: CPUs Sometimes Best for Big Data Visualization

Dec 1, 2015 | Contrary to conventional thinking, GPUs are often not the best vehicles for big data visualization. In this commentary, I discuss several key technical reasons why a CPU-based “Software Defined Visualization” approach can deliver a more flexible, performant, scalable, cost effective, and power efficient solution to big data visualization than a conventional GPU-based approach. An example from my Intel Developer Forum 2015 talk, Read more…