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December 14, 2007
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
Iran claims 860 GFLOPS Opteron super, AMD denies wrongdoing;
AMD pulls all SPEC Opteron results, raises peak power figures;
Transistor turns 60, Intel cuts cake;
Green Grid announces first annual meeting, wraps up plugfest;
BlueArc moves in at Brookhaven;
SiCortex rounds up more cyclists, this time for fusion calculations;
Bull and IBM strengthen OEM, R&D relationships;
>>SGI introduces life sciences solution
SGI announced this week that it's releasing a new product targeted at the life sciences market. The SGI BioCluster is an SGI Altix XE that comes preconfigured with PBS Pro and the eXludus Grid Optimizer for boosting job throughput "through its unique real-time job schedule optimization technology."
SGI is building on a wave of recent announcements using its technology in this field, including this one: http://insidehpc.com/2007/12/10/900x-blast-n-speedup-with-xilinx-and-sgi-rasc/.
According to the release (http://www.sgi.com/company_info/newsroom/press_releases/2007/december/biocluster.html), BioCluster is available right now:
The system can be purchased with a 1, 2, or 3-year license, or as a 90-day trial version. The SGI BioCluster with the 64 Intel Xeon processors is the recommended configuration for high performance results. The system can also be configured with 16 or 32 processors.
This vertical market solution customization is turning out to be a popular marketing strategy among HPC vendors as they jockey to grab chunks of the mid-market HPC business that all the kids are talking about these days. Market-specific products allow customers in these new markets easy entry into the world of HPC. For example, LNXI has long had such a strategy with their application-tuned platforms targeted to specific markets like energy and aerospace.
>>Idaho National Laboratory Opens HPC Center
The Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory has announced the opening of its high performance computing center. The new HPC center's primary role will be providing modeling, simulation and visualization capability for reactor development, thus furthering the INL goal of becoming the nation's leading nuclear energy research laboratory. From the release (http://newsdesk.inl.gov/index.cfm?file=20071211):
"INL's new Computing Center will be a key tool as the lab continues to lead the way in the design and development of next generation nuclear reactors to provide safe, emissions-free nuclear energy in the United States," Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Shane Johnson said. "Advancements in nuclear technology will help spur the expansion of nuclear energy to meet growing energy demand around the world."
The Computing Center is initially configured with 3,700 sq. ft. of raised floor space and was designed with efficiency in mind -- for example, the backup generator is capable of using 15 percent biodiesel. INL's first machine is ranked at #64 on the TOP500 (it's a 2048 processor SGI Altix ICE 8200.).
>>OpenSPARC T2 GPL'd
Yes, I have decided that GPL can be a verb.
Sun announced its newest foray into openness (http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/pr/2007-12/sunflash.20071211.1.xml):
Sun Microsystems Inc. today delivered on the commitment it made in August by providing the OpenSPARC T2 RTL (register transfer level) processor design to the free and open source community via the GPL license. The OpenSPARC T2 processor is based on the UltraSPARC T2 processor, the world's fastest commodity processor with eight cores and eight threads per core running the Solaris 10 Operating System (OS).
The T1 was the first "major" processor design to be open sourced in 2005, and since the launch of the OpenSPARC T1 in 2006 over 6,500 copies of the spec have been downloaded for that chip.
Sun also announced that five major universities are now official OpenSPARC Technology Centers of Excellence. More details are revealed in the release.
Jun 19, 2013 |
Supercomputer architectures have evolved considerably over the last 20 years, particularly in the number of processors that are linked together. One aspect of HPC architecture that hasn't changed is the MPI programming model.
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.
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