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HPCwire Market Watch Stocks Rebounding After Tough March Downward
Post Date: May 07, 2009 @ 4:28 PM, Pacific Daylight Time
Blog: HPC Matters
A year ago, when HPCwire was launching our fabulous new design and site infrastructure, we added a feature that was new to the site: The HPCwire Market Watch.
The quants at Paris-based bank BNP Paribas march to a different drummer.
Podcast: QLogic-IBM Deal; HPC on Jeopardy; Rackable-SGI Deal Gets Go-Ahead; Al Gore at SCO9
Post Date: May 01, 2009 @ 12:40 PM, Pacific Daylight Time
Blog: HPCwire Soundbite
Week two of the HPCwire Soundbite Podcast. Download it and take it with you!
After eight years in the wilderness, the R&D community finally has an advocate in the White House.
Sometimes there are great stories to be told about how HPC can change our lives, and this just might be one of them.
A source within the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, confirmed that Judge Martin Glenn ruled today to approve the sale of assets of Silicon Graphics, Inc. to Rackable.
An IBM supercomputer is getting ready to beat trivia masters at their own game.
Podcast: Oracle Buys Sun; Flash Memory in HPC; AMD's New Roadmap
Post Date: April 29, 2009 @ 7:01 AM, Pacific Daylight Time
Blog: HPCwire Soundbite
New from HPCwire! A weekly podcast hosted by Michael Feldman, Editor of HPCwire, and Addison Snell, General Manager of Tabor Research. Michael and Addison break down the week's most compelling news and offer their own unique perspectives on how these stories affect the HPC industry.
With Oracle's acquisition of Sun, the company is acquiring, among other assets, an estimated 8.4 percent stake in the traditional HPC server market. Is this an asset that Oracle will keep/nurture as it moves to integrate Sun into its ongoing product and operations strategy?
Jilted by IBM, Sun Microsystems has found a new suitor and this one doesn't seem to have commitment issues. But what does this relationship mean for Sun's HPC presence?
Complex event processing may be a technology whose time has come.
It’s been a long ride down for SGI, but it’s finally over.
For most IT firms, energy efficient computing is just one more piece of the marketing pitch, but for SiCortex, it's a religion.
The SGI deathwatch is over.
While 10 Gigabit Ethernet is getting all the press, InfiniBand keeps chugging along.
NVIDIA rules the GPU computing landscape today, but the lack of a home-grown CPU companion could eventually spell trouble.
A couple of random items this week connected only by the inscrutable nature of research funding.
In a week when Cisco, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Intel and AMD were all featured prominently in the news cycle, I got the feeling that the whole industry might be on the cusp of a realignment.
In the history of HPC, commercial FPGA-based systems have been few and far between. Kuberre Systems offers up its contribution.
Last week, Mathematica inventor Stephen Wolfram announced that he would be launching a new kind of Internet search engine in May, with the not-so-modest name of Wolfram Alpha.
Although rumors of NVIDIA developing its own x86 products have been circulating for years, a comment this week by Michael Hara, the company's senior VP of investor relations, all but confirmed the GPU maker's intention to bring x86 silicon to market.
The industry's headlong rush into cloud computing is shaking up the old order, sometimes in ways even the biggest IT firms can't anticipate.
Energy Revolution Brewing or Vaporware in the (un)Making?
Post Date: February 27, 2009 @ 9:30 AM, Pacific Standard Time
Blog: HPC Matters
It seems like since 1993, when the Internet got such a foothold on the imagination of the world, that there's always been the rumor of the next great disruptive technology lurking right around the corner.
It's fascinating to read the post-mortem analysis of the economic meltdown, especially as it relates to the role quantitative analysts and their high-tech financial models played in pushing the industry off a cliff.
Last week, the Folding@home team reported that they achieved five petaflops of processing power for their popular protein folding research project.
The new Nehalem processors will push the memory wall back a bit...at least for a while.
A long-standing concern in HPC is the graying of the industry. That is, new people are not coming in at the skilled positions as older ones retire.
Editing source code in the cloud may be an idea whose time has come.
Congratulations are in order for a new member of the HPC Horizons Online Community! Donald L. Paul. PhD, former CTO of Chevron, has been named Executive Director of the University of Southern California Energy Institute (EI).
In what looks like a one-company stimulus package, Intel announced that it is going to invest $7 billion in US-based chip manufacturing plants.
In case you hadn't noticed, the global economic collapse is causing more churning in the tech workforce than we've seen since the dot-com bust.
According to new reports released this month from analyst firms IDC and Tabor Research, HPC server revenue contracted in 2008, and 2009 doesn't look any better.
As promised, AMD has added a raft of new 45nm quad-core "Shanghai" Opterons to its product line. The new chips include five energy-sipping HE processors, with speeds ranging from 2.1 to 2.3 GHz, and which draw just 55 watts.
While much of the U.S. was experiencing presidential inauguration euphoria this week, most of the economic news was dismal. In particular, a lot of the big tech companies were announcing bleak quarterly financial results amid plans to scale back their operations.
I loved Kool-Aid when I was a kid. Not only were the commercials fantastic -- admit it, if you were a kid in the 1970s, at some point you crashed through a homemade barrier singing "Oh yeah!"
If AMD's new "Fusion Render Cloud" supercomputer is going to be doing all the heavy lifting for games and HD rendering in the server, why do you need GPUs in the client?
AMD Expands Fusion Strategy with Petaflop Supercomputer
Post Date: January 13, 2009 @ 4:38 PM, Pacific Standard Time
Blog: From the Editor
Back in June 2008, I suggested Sun Microsystems could accelerate its Network.com compute grid with GPU-based nodes. Sun never did, but it looks like AMD is going to give this idea a whirl.
The hardware and software challenges of multicore/manycore CPUs have been flogged in this publication for a number of years. The assumption was that geek ingenuity would eventually power through the roadblocks. But what if that doesn't happen?
As is usual for the supercomputing world in early January, news is hard to come by. With so many academics in the community, a lot of HPC practitioners are still on their extended winter breaks. As for commercial HPC companies, they may not be so eager to return to work to confront the new economic realities they'll be facing in 2009.
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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.