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Will Magnets Be the Cure for What Ails Moore’s Law?

Oct 1, 2014 |

With silicon-based processors facing some inexorable limits, scientists are looking elsewhere to keep computing on its exponential growth track. One potential alternative that is getting some traction is magnet-based computing. A group of electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) is studying the feasibility of using miniature magnets as the building block for integrated Read more…

Cray Strikes Balance with Next-Generation XC40 Supercomputer

Sep 30, 2014 |

This morning Cray unveiled the full details about its next generation supercomputer to follow on the heels of the XC30 family, which serves as the backbone for a number of Top 500 systems, including the top ten-ranked “Piz Daint” machine. The newly announced XC40 already serves as the underpinnings for the massive Trinity system at Read more…

Moonshot Moves HPC Closer to ARM’s Reach

Sep 29, 2014 |

While the broader spectrum of HPC users seem to be watching closely from the wings as new developments from the ARM ecosystem appear, it could be some time before these pose a significant threat to the long-dominant x86 order. However with the general availability release of two new ARM entrants from HP along the Moonshot Read more…

High Performance Storage Solutions for High Performance Computing

Sep 29, 2014 |

With its recent acquisition of Xyratex and EVault, Seagate brings decades of experience as a storage solutions leader to bear on the fast growing field of high performance computing (HPC). The company has created an Intelligent Information Infrastructure system to help organizations involved with HPC manage today’s massive growth of digital data and cope with Read more…

A Platform for Smart Manufacturing

Sep 25, 2014 |

21st century market dynamics put a great deal of pressure on manufacturers to operate differently. Driving forces are many but include the need to satisfy customer demands quickly and to deal with energy constraints and environmental concerns. On the flip side, the growth of network technology in tandem with service-oriented architectures can have a transformative effect Read more…

PayPal Finds Order from Chaos with HPC

Sep 24, 2014 |

At the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Ryan Quick and Arno Kolster from PayPal describe how the company is using HPC to transform its chaotic real-time server data into intelligent, actionable insight. The unique “Systems Intelligence” approach uses HP’s Moonshot server powered by TI processors to aggregate, analyze and act on transaction data in real time. Read more…

Cloudera’s Wolfgang Hoschek Talks of Hadoop’s Evolution

Sep 23, 2014 |

Wolfgang Hoschek is a software engineer at Cloudera working on the Hadoop platform and Cloudera search team. He is a committed member of the Apache Flume and Apache Lucene/Solr projects. A former CERN fellow and computer scientist at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Hoschek has over 15 years of experience in large-scale distributed systems, data intensive computing, Read more…

BE Matters to Robert Dunn, Saginaw’s Son

Sep 22, 2014 |

Robert Dunn, Jr. was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1985. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (CS) from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) in 2011, and is making progress toward a CS graduate degree. His thesis involves the use of Google Glass technology to reduce the amount of time it takes for Read more…

The Most Powerful Tool in the Climate Change Battle

Sep 22, 2014 |

Climate change has been at the top of the news agenda this week, in part because of the attention around a massive public protest in New York City. The People’s Climate March, which drew an estimated 400,000 people, is calling attention to a number of climate-related initiatives in advance of a climate summit among members Read more…

CPUs Outperform GPUs in Financial Markets Benchmark

Sep 22, 2014 |

A recent benchmark conducted by the Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) is helping to dispel the myth that GPUs are the primary drivers responsible for boosting computational speeds to new levels. In fact, the study indicates these GPU “accelerators” are actually slowing things down. Intel recently asked STAC to use its STAC-A2 Benchmark suite to Read more…