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November 23, 2007
Here's a collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from this week's HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com and HPCwire.
>>10 words and a link
NVIDIA posts news of first $1B quarter;
SGI minority shareholder presses board for sale to competitor;
Google building own 10GbE switches in secret?
Bull Announces New Power6 Based Blade;
Livermore team wins Gordon Bell prize;
LNXI announces Solution Center for mid market customers;
>> Student challenge: prizes for using HPC to address world's problems
Microsoft UK has launched a new competition that highlights HPC's power to transform lives.
The HPC Challenge is a High Performance Computing competition committed to helping the brightest minds in the UK innovatively solve the World's toughest problems. The competition is open now to UK based higher education organisations and the first phase closes on 14th December 2007. Terms and conditions apply, students can register at www.imaginecup.co.uk.
The winners of the competition will receive £5,000 for their team and £5,000 for their institution; 5 runners up will get £2,000 each. You can find more information at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/press/content/presscentre/releases/2007/11/PR03899.mspx.
>> AMD gets cash infusion from Abu Dhabi firm; CEO heading for the door?
In a sign that it is facing increasing financial pressure, PCWorld reported on Friday of last week (http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,139765/article.html) that AMD has taken a $622M investment from Mubadala Development Company, an investment company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
According to the article:
AMD Mubadala bought 49 million newly-issued shares of AMD, although the investment does not put the development company on AMD's board of directors, AMD said.
In October, AMD reported a net loss of $396 million for the third quarter, compared to net income of $136 million a year earlier. It was the company's fourth straight quarterly loss.
By the way, this investment gets Mubadala an 8.1 percent stake in AMD.
TheStreet.com reported this week on speculation that AMD CEO Hector Ruiz is on the way out:
Speculation has been heightened by recent events, including the exit of investor relations head Mike Hasse, and the September departure of sales chief Henri Richard.
Last week, President Dirk Meyer was appointed to the company's board.
Add it all up, and some believe the signs point to a possible change at the top, with Ruiz stepping down, and Meyer taking over.
>> The Green Top500 list
I've been checking this Web site regularly for a long time, so I'm happy to report that the Green500 list is out! Congratulations guys.
From their site:
The inaugural Green500 List was announced on November 15, 2007 at SC|07. As a complement to the TOP500, the unveiling of the Green500 ushers in a new era where supercomputers can be compared by performance-per-watt.
The ERDC MSRC (my site) is number 145 with its Cray XT3; the top slots are dominated by the Blue Gene. Take a look at the whole list at http://www.green500.org/lists/2007/11/ranks1-100.html.
>> RedHat and Platform Announce Partnership
RedHat has announced it has partnered with Platform Computing to jointly offer a new product geared toward HPC, the RedHat HPC solution. The new product will fully integrate the Platform's Open Cluster Stack and RedHat Enterprise Linux.
"Platform's 15 years of expertise deploying high-performance clusters, combined with the performance and stability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, provide a perfect technology match for customers looking for an HPC solution," said Paul Cormier, executive vice president, Worldwide Engineering at Red Hat.
The package includes RedHat Enterprise Linux, Platform OCS tools, Platform Lava batch scheduler and a series of drivers relevant to operating a clusters with high performance interconnects.
Read the full story at http://www.redhat.com/about/news/prarchive/2007/platform_computing.html.
May 23, 2013 |
he study of climate change is one of those scientific problems where it is almost essential to model the entire Earth to attain accurate results and make worthwhile predictions. In an attempt to make climate science more accessible to smaller research facilities, NASA introduced what they call ‘Climate in a Box,’ a system they note acts as a desktop supercomputer.
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.