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Late Monday, AMD announced an organizational shakeup, which included the creation of a new centralized engineering organization and the resignation of two top execs.
On Wednesday, AMD presented its revised server processor plans for the next couple of years. The roadmap included the upcoming 45nm Shanghai chip, new six- and twelve-core Opteron processors, and the next-generation socket for DDR3 and PCIe Gen 2. AMD's new path also gives us some idea why Cray decided to play nice with Intel.
A day after SGI said NASA would be installing a 245 teraflop Altix ICE machine at Ames Research Center, the space agency announced it would be teaming with SGI and Intel for their next generation petascale supercomputer, called Pleiades.
Today SGI announced that NASA has selected a 245 teraflop Altix ICE supercomputer for the space agency's next major HPC system. Later in the day, the company posted a $40 million quarterly loss.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Tensilica Inc. have announced a partnership to research exascale supercomputing design. The program will combine LBNL's supercomputing smarts with Tensilica's expertise in microprocessor technology.
I got my share of both condemnation and praise from last week's rant about our anti-intellectual culture. I'll save the attaboys for my personal file, but I'd like to share a couple of the more coherent critical responses I received...
HP Labs seems to have come up with something pretty cool. Earlier today, researchers there claimed they'd proven the existence of the "memristor," the fourth fundamental type of electrical circuit.
It's funny how events are always seen as inevitable after they happen. That's the feeling I got from Monday's announcement of the new Cray-Intel alliance. The two companies have joined forces to research and develop multi-petaflop HPC technology for the next decade. It makes sense the iconic x86 chipmaker should hook up with the iconic supercomputer maker, especially considering that manycore computing and the ensuing programming challenges are forcing ...
If you're a regular reader, I'm sure you've noticed that we've done a major upgrade to the HPCwire website. Along with our regular Features section and breaking news (now called Off the Wire), we've included a Top Headline area that aggregates important HPC stories from other publications. We've also added a blog section, where yours truly will continue to add some personal perspective using my 'From the Editor' platform, and ...
"Over 75 percent of Americans don't know they're alive." I half expect to see such a headline someday as yet another example of how poorly educated the U.S. citizenry has become. It's not quite that bad yet, but research has consistently shown us how uneducated students and working adults are in this country. The data reflects not just a lack of education, but a lack of commitment to ...
If you've been listening to the financial news for the past six months, the future seems pretty grim. Intel and IBM seemed relatively unscathed by the all the doom and gloom talk. But AMD is another story.
Get ready for a new and improved HPCwire. We're getting set to launch a completely revamped Web site for the publication, which will include lots of new editorial content, better navigation, RSS feeds, interactive discussions, and a state-of-the-art Job Bank.
Has SiCortex found the right formula for the personal supercomputer? Introduced in November 2007, the company's Catapult SC072 is a deskside mini-cluster that can be plugged into a standard wall outlet. Positioned as the entry-level system in the SiCortex family of MIPS processor-based supers, the Catapult is attracting the attention of some big names in the HPC universe.
HPC vendors seem to have awakened from their winter slumber. A trio of notable products were released into the spring sunshine this week: the first QDR (40 Gbps) InfiniBand adapter from Mellanox; an on-demand HPC development platform from Interactive Supercomputing; and, from newcomer ScaleMP, a flash module that aggregates x86 servers into a virtual SMP.
In a recent report by Forrester Research, analyst Frank Gillett makes the case that HPC and grid computing are not generating broad interest in the enterprise. He comes to the conclusion that vendors should emphasize customer business solutions rather than technology themes. Editor Michael Feldman offers his take on the analysis.
Procter & Gamble's Adventures in High-End Computing
Post Date: March 20, 2008 @ 9:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time
Blog: From the Editor
Software is one of Tom Lange's favorite subjects -- or least favorite, depending on his mood. Lange heads the modeling and simulation group at Procter & Gamble and is responsible for enlisting computer technology to help develop the company's vast array of consumer products. He spoke last week at the HPC Horizons Summit in Palm Springs, to talk about his company's use of scientific computing technology.
Formula One racing seems to be on an HPC tear lately. Last week, we covered the purchase of an Appro system for Renault's F1 Team. This week, we look at how Red Bull Racing is using Platform LSF to get the most out of their three cluster systems.
There seems to be a general consensus that the datacenter needs to settle on a unified network fabric. The question is, which one? Both Ethernet and InfiniBand vendors have staked claim to unifying the datacenter on their favorite technology.
Save for the occasional article in the mainstream media about how supercomputers have predicted climate changes or discovered some mystery of the universe, most of high performance computing is hidden from public view. The missing element in most stories about supercomputers is how they relate to the human condition at the scale of the individual. But new applications may be on the way that make HPC more personal.
The decline and fall of Linux Networx may serve as a cautionary tale to other struggling HPC vendors. What happened to the feel-good HPC cluster company of 2000-2006?
With AMD fighting to regain profitability in 2008, what will become of the company's efforts to maintain its presence in the lower volume high performance computing market? Editor Michael Feldman talked with David Rich, director of marketing for HPC at AMD, to get a sense of the company's strategy for its high-end computing products over the next couple of years.
In typical forward-thinking California fashion, the folks at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are already looking beyond single petaflop systems. LBNL researchers have started to explore what a multi-petaflop computer architecture might look like, pointing out that power and system costs will constrain how such machines can be built.
For the first time in decades, the majority of the American electorate will have a chance to choose the presidential nominees of both major parties. As we head into the 22-state Super Tuesday presidential primaries on February 5th, this might be a good time to take a look at the candidates' views on science and technology issues.
In response to last week's "Flat Earth" commentary, I received several thoughtful letters. One of the most interesting was from Enda O'Brien, the founder and director of Parallel Programming Services in Ireland, who argued that the world is not nearly flat enough. If it were, he says, salaries of technology workers would be much more globally equitable than they actually are.
Globalization in the 21st century is rapidly leveling the economic playing field and a number of respected analysts believe that science and technology competency will be the criteria that separates the winners from the losers.If so, Americans may be in for a rough ride.
Cloud computing, the scaled-out manifestation of grid computing, is casting a growing shadow on the industry these days. Everyone, it seems, wants in. Is HPC ready to make the jump?
In the relentless drive for more compute power, the new year will see a plethora of new multicore processors, faster interconnects, and bigger machines. But 2008 will be more of a consolidation year for HPC as OEMs and users catch up to the new technology introduced in 2007.
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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...
Although Horst Simon was named Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he maintains his strong ties to the scientific computing community as an editor of the TOP500 list and as an invited speaker at conferences.
Supercomputing veteran, Bo Ewald, has been neck-deep in bleeding edge system development since his twelve-year stint at Cray Research back in the mid-1980s, which was followed by his tenure at large organizations like SGI and startups, including Scale Eight Corporation and Linux Networx. He has put his weight behind quantum company....
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.
May 09, 2013 |
The Japanese government has revealed its plans to best its previous K Computer efforts with what they hope will be the first exascale system...
May 08, 2013 |
For engineers looking to leverage high-performance computing, the accessibility of a cloud-based approach is a powerful draw, but there are costs that may not be readily apparent.
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.