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November 30, 2007
It seems that the HPC world is still recovering from the news-fest that surrounds SC every year. But good stuff did happen this week, and so here is this week's collection of highlights, selected totally subjectively, from the HPC news stream as reported at insideHPC.com and HPCwire.
>>10 words and a link
Cornell finds new human genes with HPC;
Presentations from the Sun HPC Consortium online;
HP Q3 numbers up thanks to Itanium;
NCSA announces workshop on datacenter design;
AnandTech: Quad Xeons outperform quad Opterons unless memory is stressed;
>>Great news for the next generation of HPC
I'm really excited to see the raft of recent announcements for fellowships in HPC and scientific computing.
Here are a few of the ones I've seen lately. If you've seen others, email me links at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll put together a cheat sheet and post it at the site permanently for interested future applicants.
In the meantime if you're interested in these opportunities you can find links to more information at http://insidehpc.com/2007/11/29/great-news-for-the-next-generation-of-hpc/.
>>HPC Server 2008 Memory Requirements
I stumbled upon an interesting post on a Windows Vista blog site regarding the posted memory requirements for the various Windows operating system flavors. It seems that Windows HPC Server 2008 actually requires less memory to run than the standard version of Windows Vista. Windows Vista requires *at least* 1GB of memory (except for the 'Home Basic' version which will run on 512MB). Windows HPC 2008 can run on 512MB.
Granted, these are minimum values. The article also goes on to point out that HPC 2008 would prefer to run with 1.5-3GB in a 32-bit environment and greater than 4GB in the 64-bit flavor.
>>Rambus shooting for 1 TB per second memory by 2011
The DailyTech is carrying news of Rambus Inc.'s new hardware plan, to be announced tomorrow: a new memory initiative aimed at delivering 1 terabtye per second of memory bandwidth to the market by 2011.
Rather than simply increasing the clock speed of memory to achieve higher output, Rambus looks to boost bandwidth with a 32X data rate. Just as DDR memory technologies doubles transfer on a single, full clock signal cycle, Rambus' proposed technology is able to data at 32 times the reference clock frequency. With 32X technology, the memory company is targeting a bandwidth of 16Gbps per DQ link with memory running at 500MHz. In contrast, today's DDR3 at 500MHz achieves a bandwidth of 1Gbps
While Rambus is (naturally) positioning this as a boon for gamers, it will be a big deal for us as well. Full story at http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=9771.
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.
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