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There are certain skills that every aspiring technologist should have, but that are not being taught very well in schools or the workplace. Editor Michael Feldman spotlights a couple of individuals who are trying to drive these productivity-enhancing skills into the technology community. Feldman also offers some perspective on IBM's renewed love for the AMD Opteron and talks about some recent developments in the use of Cell processors.
The commercial growth of HPC over the last two decades has fundamentally changed that economic realities of high performance computing. But the dichotomy between government and industrial applications of HPC has created a tension that challenges the future of supercomputing. Is the government losing its direction in HPC? Editor Michael Feldman examines some of the forces at work in this ever-evolving struggle.
After a delay of nearly a year, this week Intel finally launched its dual-core Itanium 2 Processor 9000 series (formerly code-named Montecito). Editor Michael Feldman talks about the significance of Intel's new offering.He also offers a few thoughts on global warming (from the comfort of his air-conditioned office).
With all the talk of heterogeneous supercomputing over the last few years, one might get the impression that a revolution is on the horizon. Editor Michael Feldman discusses some of the forces behind this new computing model and offers his perspective on how it might attain mainstream status.
As summer gets into full swing, Editor Michael Feldman turns his attention to the power and cooling "crisis" in high performance computing. Feldman reviews some recent articles on this hot topic and offers some thoughts of his own.
Thanks to this week's International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), today's issue of HPCwire is one of the largest of the year. ISC always seems to put a charge into the HPC community and 2006 was no exception. This week, Editor Michael Feldman provides a rundown on some of this issue's highlights as well as some pointers to a few exceptional articles from our special ISC coverage on Wednesday and Thursday.
The HPC community has been reaching towards systems capable of petaflops performance ever since the teraflops barrier was conquered back in December of 1996. Today systems that will execute a quadrillion floating point operations per second are close to becoming a reality. In fact, one such system may already exist. Editor Michael Feldman observes some recent developments that suggest we are on the threshold of the petaflops era of supercomputing.
Editor Michael Feldman ponders why software seems to be so resistant to engineering, especially as compared to hardware. Inspired by research being conducted by a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Feldman offers his perspective on why software is so problematic and why it is often perceived with such disdain.
On June 9, Microsoft announced its first production version of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003. Editor Michael Feldman offers a few thoughts about what this new product could mean for the high performance computing community.
While pondering the huge response to last week's article on the potential of the Cell processor for high performance computing, editor Michael Feldman offers some perspective on the growing interest in this innovative architecture. The High-End Crusader, also provides some observations on the Cell's suitability as a general-purpose parallel computing platform.
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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.