Intel Haswell-EX Server Sets STAC-A2 Performance Record

Sep 2, 2015 |

Intel has reasserted its prominence on a subset of financial benchmarks designed to evaluate platforms for the pricing and market risk analytics. More powerful Xeons — “Haswell-EX” E7-8890 v3 processors — combined with changes to the software stack enabled Intel to set a new speed record on the STAC-A2 benchmark for both warm and cold Read more…

IBM’s HPC Strategy is to “Connect the Dots” Globally

Aug 31, 2015 |

On Friday IBM announced a formal collaboration with GENCI to prepare scientific codes for the path to exascale. In July IBM announced its second European POWER Acceleration and Design Center (PADC), this one in Montpellier, France. It’s also the locus for the GENCI work. Last November IBM opened the first PADC, this one in Germany Read more…

Calling Anyone Interested in High-Performance, Low-Latency Networks!

Aug 31, 2015 |

Intel® Omni-Path Architecture – the latest generation of network technology backed by Intel’s pervasive Enterprise and HPC market X86 processor presence – is described in detail in the new technical whitepaper Intel® Omni-Path Architecture: Enabling Scalable, High Performance Fabrics released last week at IEEE Hot Interconnects. The Omni-Path specs mentioned in the white paper are Read more…

Podcast: Industry Leaders on the Promise & Peril of NSCI

Aug 27, 2015 |

Five senior executives from Cray, HP, IBM, Intel and SGI weigh in on the new National Strategic Computing Initiative’s (NSCI) prospects in this exclusive HPCwire podcast. Discussion ranged widely from the need for long-term funding for leading edge technology, to the software industry’s past slowness to get involved with advancing hardware technology development, to fostering Read more…

Exploring Large Data for Scientific Discovery

Aug 27, 2015 |

A curse of dealing with mounds of data so massive that they require special tools, said computer scientist Valerio Pascucci, is if you look for something, you will probably find it, thus injecting bias into the analysis.

Micron Steers Roadmap Around Memory Scaling Obstacles

Aug 27, 2015 |

In a packed session at IDF 2015 in San Francisco last week, Scott Graham, Micron’s general manager of Hybrid Memory, discussed some of the key themes occurring in the memory landscape from Micron’s perspective. “It’s an exciting time in the industry and there’s a lot going on with memory development in system architecture and software Read more…

COSMOS Team Achieves 100x Speedup on Cosmology Code

Aug 24, 2015 |

One of the most popular sessions at the Intel Developer Forum last week in San Francisco, and certainly one of the most exciting from an HPC perspective, brought together two of the world’s foremost experts in parallel programming to discuss current state-of-the-art methods for leveraging parallelism on processors and coprocessors. The speakers, Intel’s Jim Jeffers and Read more…

XSEDE Resources Fuel Investigation of Model Human Origins

Aug 20, 2015 |

A mix of data- and computation-intensive XSEDE resources are enabling researchers to scale up their climate, vegetation and agent-based human behavior models to tackle fundamental questions of how Homo sapiens came to dominate the planet, according to archeologist Colin Wren of Arizona State University (ASU). The international collaboration, led by Curtis Marean of ASU, will Read more…

Moving Down the Path Toward Code Modernization

Aug 19, 2015 |

“Code modernization” is a hot topic. While it is widely understood that applications need to evolve with hardware, there is lot of attention to evaluating how to do that well. Savvy customers ask about both portability and performance portability. Because the time and expertise to do the work is scarce and the willingness to do Read more…

Making Sense of Cyberinfrastructure

Aug 17, 2015 |

Cyberinfrastructure. If there’s one word that’s likely to create confusion both within the scientific research community and among the public at large, this may be it. Yet the concept of cyberinfrastructure is at the very core of the nation’s top scientific research priorities, and the National Science Foundation is firmly committed to continuing to make cyberinfrastructure resources available to researchers across the nation.