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NVIDIA Unleashes Monster Pascal GPU Card at GTC16

Apr 5, 2016 | Tuesday at the seventh-annual GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, Calif., NVIDIA revealed its first Pascal-architecture based GPU card, the P100, calling it "the most advanced accelerator ever built." The P100 is based on the NVIDIA Pascal GP100 GPU... Read more…

GTC16: NVIDIA Updates SDK; Expands Support for Deep Learning

Apr 5, 2016 | As always, there’s a flood of news coming out of NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference, being held this week in San Jose. In addition to the much-anticipated Pascal debut, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed an expansive update to NVIDIA’s SDK... Read more…

HPE Expands HPC Lineup; Targets Deep Learning, Lustre, and FS

Apr 4, 2016 |

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for the second straight week introduced new server products with today’s launches aimed at high performance computing. The centerpiece is a GPU-accelerated deep learning platform (Apollo 6500) whose announcement coincides with start of NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) being held this week in San Jose. HPE also announced a Lustre storage solution (Apollo 4520) and three ‘purpose-built’ servers for financial services (FS) based on Apollo and Moonshot products. Read more…

‘Broadwell’ Launch Brings Intel’s Advanced Scale Framework Into Focus

Mar 31, 2016 | The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 (code named “Broadwell”), the first processor within the company's Scalable System Framework, is said to deliver up to 44 percent performance improvements in advanced scale, HPC and datacenter application environments. Read more…

How the New Intel® Xeon® Processors Benefit HPC Applications

Mar 31, 2016 |

Increase your HPC application performance by up to 47%* through the microarchitecture improvements, increased core counts, and faster memory speeds of the just announced Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 product family based on the “Broadwell” microarchitecture. These new Intel® Xeon® processors have significantly improved per-core performance[1] that can then be multiplied by parallel programs that utilize the number of cores available inside these processors (e.g. Read more…

The Scalability Dilemma and the Case for Decoupling

Mar 30, 2016 |

The need for extreme scale computing is driven by the seemingly forever fledgling Internet. In abstract, the entire network is already an extreme scale computing engine. The technical difficulty, however, is to harness the dispersed computing powers for a single purpose. An analogy to this would be to build an engine capable of harnessing the combustive power of elements to move people or things. The presence of such an engine could drive transformative changes in technology, society and the economy. Read more…

Intel Stretches Node Cycles, Bids Farewell to Tick-Tock

Mar 28, 2016 | In a recent 10-K filing (an annual report to the US Securities and Exchange commission), Intel announced that it is retiring its 24-month tick-tock development model and replacing it with a 30-month 'process, architecture, optimization’ model. Read more…

EnterpriseHPC Summit: How and Why HPC Is Burgeoning in the Commercial Sphere

Mar 28, 2016 |

The annual EnterpriseHPC Summit, produced by EnterpriseTech and HPCwire and held in San Diego this week, featured presentations and participation from some of the major thought leaders at the forefront of bringing advanced scale computing into commercial environments. With delegates from leading vendors (Dell, Intel, DDN and EMC, among others) and from end user organizations such as Gulfstream, GE, PayPal and John Deere, the growth of the conference reflects the quickening transference of HPC into the broader enterprise. Read more…

DU GeoSolutions Leverages Xeon Phi for Improved Seismic Processing

Mar 23, 2016 |

It’s a given that modern oil and gas exploration couldn’t exist without increasingly powerful supercomputers. Today’s machines enable new capabilities, improve image resolutions, lower costs, and decrease risk. Indeed, many wells, some costing tens of millions of dollars, have missed their targets due to inadequate or incorrect data analysis. This article explores the impact of high-performance computing (HPC) and highly tuned software in DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) seismic processing and imaging workflows and how that in turn improves oil and gas exploration. Read more…

Mellanox Readies First 200 Gb/s Silicon Photonics Devices

Mar 22, 2016 | At the Optical Fiber Conference taking place from March 22-24 in Anaheim, Calif., Mellanox is announcing an "important milestone" on the road to High Data Rate (HDR) 200Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet networks. At the trade show, the company is demonstrating 50 Gb/s silicon photonics optical modulators and detectors, which will comprise key elements of 200 Gb/s and 400 Gb/s LinkX cables and transceivers. Read more…