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Is stream computing the next big thing or is it just an excuse to sell more GPUs? Editor Michael Feldman takes a look at ATI's vision to bring the GPU into high performance computing and how this fits into AMD's plans. Feldman also spotlights some of the feature articles in this week's issue including a story about a Japanese project to develop a 10 petaflop supercomputer, a pair of opinion pieces about the merits of RDMA technology, and two interviews with a couple of die-hard Itanium fans.
In San Francisco this week, Intel execs evangelized the company's vision of the future of computing. CEO Paul Otellini used the Intel Developer Forum as a platform to present the overall product roadmap for the next four years and beyond. CTO Justin Rattner talked about their long-range terascale processor development and the new types of applications that will be using this advanced technology. Editor Michael Feldman takes a look at some of Intel's plans, including their vision for terascale computing.
SGI Prepares to Reboot; Intel Beams About Its Laser
Post Date: September 21, 2006 @ 9:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time
Blog: From the Editor
The was a lots of interesting news for the HPC crowd this week. SGI arranged for its return from bankruptcy; Intel made a splash with a breakthrough in silicon photonics; and two vendors introduced a couple of unique products. Editor Michael Feldman recaps the week's HPC happenings.
This week's issue marks the beginning of a new HPCwire column: High Performance Careers. The column will focus on career development and education, as well as other employment issues, in the fast-moving world of high performance computing. It's intended for anyone who's interested in maximizing their potential in the high-tech workplace.
Heterogeneous supercomputing is looking more and more like the next big thing in the high performance computing world. Now that IBM has thrown its hat into the ring with its hybrid Opteron-Cell Roadrunner system, it's hard to deny that heterogeneous computing is getting some serious respect. Will HPC turn away from homogeneous architectures and go hetero? Editor Michael Feldman takes a look.
Vacation's over. The HPC news started slowly after the Labor Day weekend but picked up quickly. IBM, Intel, Linux Networx and the DOE Office of Science all made their presence felt this week. DARPA HPCS was a no-show -- again. Editor Michael Feldman reviews some of the most important HPC-related announcements of the week.
If there is anything that will slow down the multi-core juggernaut, it is the lack of software that will run on them. While commodity multi-core chips are well-know fixtures in servers and high performance computers, the highest volume markets, represented by the desktop and laptop segments, are just now getting used to the idea of dual-core processors. Within a relatively short period of time, multi-threaded software has become everyone's problem.
The emergence of successful new programming languages are rare events in the world of information technology. DARPA, through its HPCS program, is attempting to deliver such an event. Editor Michael Feldman examines some of the challenges involved in creating a new general-purpose language for high performance computing and offers a different way to think about the problem.
Cray's recent contract win at NERSC is the latest in a series of good news for the Seattle supercomputer maker. Editor Michael Feldman reviews this current trend of good fortune for Cray. Feldman also talks about what's behind AMD latest dual-core Opteron announcement and offers his perspective on why the company is starting to push its quad-core processor a full year before the chip is scheduled to be released.
With the next-generation AMD Rev F Opteron processors about to hit the streets next week, Editor Michael Feldman takes a look at the current state of the Opteron-Xeon processor rivalry, noting that AMD's use of HyperTransport has become the true differentiator for the company. Feldman also speculates on how Intel might be planning to make up the difference.
Contributing commentator, Andrew Jones, offers a break in the news cycle with an assessment of what the national "size matters" contest means for the U.S. and other nations...
Today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzing, Germany, Jack Dongarra presented on a proposed benchmark that could carry a bit more weight than its older Linpack companion. The high performance conjugate gradient (HPCG) concept takes into account new architectures for new applications, while shedding the floating point....
Not content to let the Tianhe-2 announcement ride alone, Intel rolled out a series of announcements around its Knights Corner and Xeon Phi products--all of which are aimed at adding some options and variety for a wider base of potential users across the HPC spectrum. Today at the International Supercomputing Conference, the company's Raj....
Jun 18, 2013 |
The world's largest supercomputers, like Tianhe-2, are great at traditional, compute-intensive HPC workloads, such as simulating atomic decay or modeling tornados. But data-intensive applications--such as mining big data sets for connections--is a different sort of workload, and runs best on a different sort of computer.
Jun 18, 2013 |
Researchers are finding innovative uses for Gordon, the 285 teraflop supercomputer housed at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) that has a unique Flash-based storage system. Since going online, researchers have put the incredibly fast I/O to use on a wide variety of workloads, ranging from chemistry to political science.
Jun 17, 2013 |
The advent of low-power mobile processors and cloud delivery models is changing the economics of computing. But just as an economy car is good at different things than a full size truck, an HPC workload still has certain computing demands that neither the fastest smartphone nor the most elastic cloud cluster can fulfill.
Jun 14, 2013 |
For all the progress we've made in IT over the last 50 years, there's one area of life that has steadfastly eluded the grasp of computers: understanding human language. Now, researchers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) are utilizing a Hadoop cluster on its Longhorn supercomputer to move the state of the art of language processing a little bit further.
Jun 13, 2013 |
Titan, the Cray XK7 at the Oak Ridge National Lab that debuted last fall as the fastest supercomputer in the world with 17.59 petaflops of sustained computing power, will rely on its previous LINPACK test for the upcoming edition of the Top 500 list.
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.
Join HPCwire Editor Nicole Hemsoth and Dr. David Bader from Georgia Tech as they take center stage on opening night at Atlanta's first Big Data Kick Off Week, filmed in front of a live audience. Nicole and David look at the evolution of HPC, today's big data challenges, discuss real world solutions, and reveal their predictions. Exactly what does the future holds for HPC?
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