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As computer vendors apply themselves to the task of unleashing parallel computing, it's hard not to see a certain convergence of ideas and approaches. At least your favorite editor thinks so.
Performance is so yesterday. Productivity is the new game. But what's next? Editor Michael Feldman offers his thoughts on where this is all leading.
With last month's announcement of the Constellation System, Sun officially re-entered the elite realm of high-end supercomputing. HP might not be far behind. Why the sudden interest in a business segment with little prospect for growth?
The new Top500 list is out. But how useful is it? Editor Michael Feldman talks about a few things he'd like to see added to the list.
For high performance computing, 2007 has already been an event-filled year and it's only half over. Editor Michael Feldman recaps some of the more significant news since January.
As a runner-up to the much larger Supercomputing Conference held in November, the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Dresden, Germany is a convenient platform for delivering mid-year HPC product announcements and company happenings. There was plenty to go around this year. Editor Michael Feldman looks at some of the more noteworthy news delivered at the event.
If you want to know where high performance computing is headed, just follow the money. In particular, look at how aggressively Wall Street is applying advanced computing infrastructure in their quest to expand profits.
PeakStream Dissolution Shines Spotlight on Stream Computing
Post Date: June 14, 2007 @ 9:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time
Blog: From the Editor
With the buzz still in the air about Google's acquistion of PeakStream, editor Michael Feldman takes one more look at the ramifications of the transaction. He also gets some feedback from the CEO of RapidMind, the last vendor standing for high-level stream computing.
This week we were reminded how relatively minor events at big IT companies can produce serious consequences in the HPC community. For example, by slipping the delivery of its low-end quad-core Opteron, AMD sent Cray to the the land of the almost-profitable.Meanwhile, Google used some pocket change to make PeakStream disappear.
Last week, IDC released a report that projects a rather healthy future for InfiniBand adoption. While the interconnect has represented the premier fabric for HPC clusters, applications in other IT sectors are beginning to discover that high peformance and low-latency communication are not just for supercomputing.
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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