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Is there any chance the information technology juggernaut can be managed by a few million brave souls? Hope is on the way.
Wow, 2006 is almost in the books. Editor Michael Feldman recaps the some of the top HPC events and trends of the past year.
In the Information Society that we seem to be inhabiting, it has become a cliché to talk about the insatiable demand for information technology workers. The IT workforce shortage is an annoying reality, but it makes sense. In agricultural societies of the past, a significant percentage of the populace ended up as farmers to serve that economic model. Things are no different in this era; only the economic engine has changed.
The adoption of commodity GPUs and Cell processors into high performance computing is disrupting the comfortable framework of homogeneous x86 computing the industry has enjoyed for the past decade. Where is this technology taking us? Editor Michael Feldman talks about the evolution of GPU computing as seen from the perspective of two industry insiders and reviews some recent work in Europe using the Cell processor for molecular dynamics.
If you think the DARPA HPCS program is just of interest for capability-class supercomputing users -- think again. HPCS, in its most ambitious interpretation, is an attempt to drive a stake through the heart of cluster computing. And the government just anted up almost half a billion dollars to do just that. Editor Michael Feldman talks about some of the ramifications of HPCS as we enter the final phase of DARPA's high productivity computing initiative.
The largest supercomputing conference of the year -- SC06 -- is about to begin.Editor Michael Feldman offers his perspective on the event's controversial keynote speaker, Ray Kurzweil. He also discusses an emerging technology that promises to both simplify multi-threaded programming and improve its performance. And while no one at SC06 may be talking about this technology, it could have profound effects on the future of high performance computing.
In the spirit of the upcoming elections, Editor Michael Feldman ponders the liberal and conservative tendencies of scientists and engineers, and how it affects technological progress -- and how it's manifested in the world of high performance computing.
Virtualization is entering the HPC world. Editor Michael Feldman talks about three vendors who are trying to rewrite the HPC cluster model with hardware that can be dynamically reconfigured to match changing workloads. He also offers some of his thoughts on AMD's plans for processors that combine x86 CPUs with ATI GPUs.
The use of graphics processing units (GPU) for general-purpose computing is poised to change the nature of IT, especially in the HPC community. AMD's merger with ATI Technologies might be the catalyst that drives this new trend.Editor Michael Feldman offers this thoughts on the mainstreaming of GPUs and how this might effect the AMD-Intel rivalry.
Editor Michael Feldman talks about Terra Soft's announcement of the first Cell-processor-based supercomputer cluster and suggests a use for discarded PlayStations. He also offers some comments about a Wired Magazine article that chronicles the rise of petascale data centers and how the IT industry is adapting to this new centralized computing model. Finally, Feldman contemplates the state of the DARPA High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) program and wonders when we'll get to Phase III.
In a recent solicitation, the NSF laid out needs for furthering its scientific and engineering infrastructure with new tools to go beyond top performance, Having already delivered systems like Stampede and Blue Waters, they're turning an eye to solving data-intensive challenges. We spoke with the agency's Irene Qualters and Barry Schneider about..
Large-scale, worldwide scientific initiatives rely on some cloud-based system to both coordinate efforts and manage computational efforts at peak times that cannot be contained within the combined in-house HPC resources. Last week at Google I/O, Brookhaven National Lab’s Sergey Panitkin discussed the role of the Google Compute Engine in providing computational support to ATLAS, a detector of high-energy particles at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The Xeon Phi coprocessor might be the new kid on the high performance block, but out of all first-rate kickers of the Intel tires, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) got the first real jab with its new top ten Stampede system.We talk with the center's Karl Schultz about the challenges of programming for Phi--but more specifically, the optimization...
May 22, 2013 |
At some point in the not-too-distant future, building powerful, miniature computing systems will be considered a hobby for high schoolers, just as robotics or even Lego-building are today. That could be made possible through recent advancements made with the Raspberry Pi computers.
May 16, 2013 |
When it comes to cloud, long distances mean unacceptably high latencies. Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany examined those latency issues of doing CFD modeling in the cloud by utilizing a common CFD and its utilization in HPC instance types including both CPU and GPU cores of Amazon EC2.
May 15, 2013 |
Supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) have worked on important computational problems such as collapse of the atomic state, the optimization of chemical catalysts, and now modeling popping bubbles.
May 10, 2013 |
Program provides cash awards up to $10,000 for the best open-source end-user applications deployed on 100G network.
05/10/2013 | Cleversafe, Cray, DDN, NetApp, & Panasas | From Wall Street to Hollywood, drug discovery to homeland security, companies and organizations of all sizes and stripes are coming face to face with the challenges – and opportunities – afforded by Big Data. Before anyone can utilize these extraordinary data repositories, however, they must first harness and manage their data stores, and do so utilizing technologies that underscore affordability, security, and scalability.
04/15/2013 | Bull | “50% of HPC users say their largest jobs scale to 120 cores or less.” How about yours? Are your codes ready to take advantage of today’s and tomorrow’s ultra-parallel HPC systems? Download this White Paper by Analysts Intersect360 Research to see what Bull and Intel’s Center for Excellence in Parallel Programming can do for your codes.
In this demonstration of SGI DMF ZeroWatt disk solution, Dr. Eng Lim Goh, SGI CTO, discusses a function of SGI DMF software to reduce costs and power consumption in an exascale (Big Data) storage datacenter.
The Cray CS300-AC cluster supercomputer offers energy efficient, air-cooled design based on modular, industry-standard platforms featuring the latest processor and network technologies and a wide range of datacenter cooling requirements.