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IBM Mainframe Celebrates 50 Years

Apr 8, 2014 |

Fifty years ago, IBM unveiled the first System/360 mainframe, considered to be “the most important product announcement in the company’s history.” Despite the rapid pace of advance in the computing field, not only are mainframes still very much in use today, the launch of the System/360 introduced technical concepts that would become part of the Read more…

How NASA Is Meeting the Big Data Challenge

Apr 7, 2014 |

As the scientific community pushes past petaflop into exascale territory, it is imperative that the tools to support ever-more data-intensive workloads keep pace. No where is this more true than at the storied NASA research complex. With 100 active missions supporting cutting-edge science, NASA knows more than most about compute- and data-driven challenges. A recent paper Read more…

Data Management in Times of Disaster

Apr 4, 2014 |

When natural disaster strikes – be it a flood, an earthquake or a tsunami – every second counts. Just as emergency teams must be ready to go in a moment’s notice so must critical data management systems. This important topic, an essential element of civil protection around the world, is the focus of a research paper, Read more…

This Week in HPC News

Apr 3, 2014 |

Welcome to April—as you may have noticed, we passed on playing any foul April Fool’s Day tricks on you, although there were a few suggestions from readers about likely topics. Our favorite among these ideas was, “U.S. Government Sees Exascale Light, Grants $1 Billion for Development”… it was funny, but only for a second. Actually Read more…

Big Data Reaches to the Stratosphere

Apr 3, 2014 |

Among the many compelling papers to come out of the Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) workshop, held in Fukuoka, Japan, in February, was a position paper from Dr. Volker Markl, full professor and chair of the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) detailing the benefits of Read more…

How RSC Pushed PetaStream To 1.2 Petaflops With Xeon Phi

Apr 3, 2014 |

Russian supercomputer maker RSC Group is pushing the compute density limits to the extreme again. The company has upgraded its PetaStream system, which debuted at the SC13 conference last year, with a new variant of the Xeon Phi X86 coprocessor from Intel. With the upgrade, RSC is able to push the peak theoretical performance of Read more…

Instrument Science Preps for Exascale Era

Apr 3, 2014 |

The Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) workshop that took place in February in Fukuoka, Japan, brought together luminaries from industry, academia and government to discuss today’s big data challenges in the context of extreme-scale computing. Attendees to this invitation-only event include some of the world’s foremost experts on algorithms, computer system architecture, operating systems, Read more…

Making HPC and Big Data More Accessible

Mar 25, 2014 |

Dating back to 2009, the SGI Altix UV line has always targeted performance and scalability. In this recent video, SGI addresses how this inclusive HPC and big data computing environment can help meet the needs of the larger scientist and analyst user population. It’s a platform that’s innovative yet stays within standards, according to Dr. Read more…

The Big Data of Holistic Performance Analysis

Mar 19, 2014 |

Without the possibility of revolutionary new shifts in large-scale computing on the hardware horizon, an increasing amount of attention is being turned to various modes of optimization. These efforts extend beyond tweaking codes for HPC systems into the realm of using detailed, holistic performance data to maximize performance and efficiency across existing architectures. According to Read more…

Is the ECC Performance Price Worth it for GPUs?

Mar 13, 2014 |

Listen to the podcast followup on this story. One of several elements that separates high performance computing GPUs from their gaming and graphics brethren is the addition of ECC codes, which target critical bit-flip errors in memory, which can lead to invalid results or system problems. While ECC is often deemed a necessary component for Read more…