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Searching for the Personal Supercomputing Killer App
Post Date: December 03, 2008 @ 9:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time
Blog: HPC Matters
I have always been a lover of technology. I was the type of kid who would spend hours on the Tandy computer at the local municipal library, trying to get it to do my bidding. So why am I so skeptical when I read about the emerging "personal supercomputer?"
Feast or Famine: A Hungry Analyst's Review of SC08
Post Date: November 26, 2008 @ 9:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time
Blog: HPC Matters
It happens every year at the Supercomputing Conference and Expo, whether it's seafood in Seattle, pierogies in Pittsburgh, or anchos in Austin. Some days it's a feast, others a famine.
The announcement of each new TOP500 list and especially those with systems that break the triple order of magnitude barrier in FLOPS tend to get me thinking about the meaning of the term "supercomputer."
In order get to know our HPC Horizons members a little better, we have started this new column. For the first edition of HPC Horizons Community Member SPOTLIGHT, we introduce Laurence Liew, the Open Source Grid Development Centre Director at Platform Computing in Singapore.
Traditional HPC and Edge HPC -- The Same Only Different
Post Date: November 11, 2008 @ 9:00 PM, Pacific Standard Time
Blog: HPC Matters
Tabor Research is in the midst of conducting in depth end user interviews with organizations running or considering Edge HPC applications. As we have completed the initial interviews several similarities and difference between the two branches of high productivity computing have become apparent.
The concept of the "democratization of HPC" is not a new one, but in recent months it appears to have taken on a life of its own. Our own editors and Tabor Research analysts have alluded to it many times, including twice within the last week.
We are all consumed, and rightly so, with the chaos rampaging the world economic system. And while I am not an economist, I don't believe it takes one to realize the systemic dynamics underway.
On the eve of the annual High Performance on Wall Street conference, it's ironic that the words "high performance" and "Wall Street" can be perceived as an oxymoron this week. Is it possible, though, that the very financial crisis we're in may bode well for increased investment in HPC?
What happens when the physical and virtual worlds meet and meld into something entirely new and different? You get the Metaverse, that's what.
HPC Matters is a joint blog consisting of contributors from the Tabor Communications team on their observations and insights into HPC matters.
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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