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Film Studios Refocus HPC Management Lens

Aug 25, 2014 |

With the help of advanced supercomputing technologies, animated films have evolved from simple cycles of sketches to photorealistic, physics-accurate works of art. As many of us have tracked, from the dawn of Pixar to the latest blockbusters where humans interact with realistic animations, there seems to be no limit to the hyper-realism in everything from Read more…

Inside Major League Baseball’s “Hypothesis Machine”

Apr 3, 2014 |

When it comes to sports statistics, there’s no richer source of historical data than baseball. With over 140 years of detailed information on individual players, teams, and winning trends, the addition of digital data is powering even deeper analytical capability to help fans and team owners make decisions. Baseball data, over 95% of which has Read more…

NVIDIA Highlights GPU Progress on Titan Supercomputer

Mar 27, 2014 |

The GPU Technology Conference this week in San Jose offered plenty of material for the supercomputing set with a number of presentations focused on specific programming challenges for large-scale scientific and enterprise HPC applications. The Titan system at Oak Ridge National Lab tied together key themes through a number of the talks, which helped put Read more…

From Rendering LOTR to Animating HPC Clouds

Sep 16, 2013 |

Much has been written about the incredible animation work that went on behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings series, but without the rendering horsepower of high performance systems, none of that would have been possible. In this audio-based interview feature, we talk with the former CIO behind that rendering effort who spun out Greenbutton, an HPC cloud company that…

STARnet Alliance Seeks Revolution in Chip Design

Jan 23, 2013 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”116″ />The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) have launched a new consortium to advance the pace of semiconductor innovation in the US as the technology approaches the limits of miniaturization. The main thrust of the project is the creation of the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research Network, aka STARnet.

Short Takes

GPUs Advance Deep Learning

Sep 18, 2014 |

Over the last decade, GPU-acceleration techniques have infiltrated the high-end of supercomputing, but increased adoption of GPUs is occurring in other compute-driven disciplines too, like deep learning, one of the fastest growing segments of the machine learning field. The trend toward accelerated computing reached a new high at last week’s ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge. The event, Read more…

Making Music with HPC

Dec 9, 2013 |

In this increasingly compute-driven society, high-performance computing has touched nearly every academic discipline and many industry sectors as well – from materials science to medicine to manufacturing. But what about music? Music may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of HPC, but that may soon change. Earlier today, the HPC Advisory Read more…

F1 Team Finds Successful Formula in HPC

Oct 18, 2013 |

Formula1 racing is all about saving time. The team that competes the specified number of laps with the best time goes home with the trophy. Nowadays, winning on the racetrack begins in the datacenter. To build the ultimate race car, every single part must be optimized for performance. Improvements in design may translate into tenths Read more…

Deep Blue Heads to Hollywood

Sep 30, 2013 |

Before IBM Watson defeated opponents on Jeopardy, an IBM computer called Deep Blue became the first machine to win a chess game against a reigning world champion, Garry Kasparov. Now this celebrated event will be memorialized on the silver screen.

IBM Acquires SoftLayer

Jun 4, 2013 |

IBM hopes to continue being a player in the cloud enterprise business, making a significant stride toward that end today. As announced in a press conference, IBM is looking to expand their cloud portfolio in their acquisition of Dallas-based SoftLayer.

Off the Wire

SC14 to Feature Plenary Talks Focused on HPC in Healthcare and Entertainment Industries

Oct 30, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Oct. 30 — From November 16th-21st, New Orleans will host the annual Supercomputing Conference (SC14) and feature two Invited Plenary Talks focused on how high performance computing (HPC) will continue to play a pivotal role in both the healthcare and entertainment industries. Supercomputers are the world’s largest and fastest computers that have 10,000 Read more…

PRACE Partners Receive HPCwire Awards

Nov 26, 2013 |

Nov. 26 — Every year at SC HPCwire announces the winners of the HPCwire Readers’ Choice and Editor’s Choice Awards. Among this year’s winners were PRACE partner HLRS, Germany ( and PRACE member GENCI, France ( HLRS together with DataDirect Networks for large scale problem resolution in automotive and physics received the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Read more…

SC13 Concludes with Awards for Outstanding Achievements in HPC

Nov 26, 2013 |

DENVER, Colo., Nov. 26 — SC13, the 25th anniversary conference of high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, celebrated the contributions of researchers, from those just starting their careers to those whose contributions have made lasting impacts, in a special awards session on Thursday, November 21. The conference drew 10,613 registered attendees who attended a Read more…

Univa Named Top Vendor to Watch in HPCwire Readers’ and Editor’s Choice Awards

Nov 21, 2013 |

Nov. 21 — Univa, the Data Center Automation Company and the home of Grid Engine, announced today that is has received a top honor at the 2013 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. HPCwire announced the winners at the opening reception of the 2013 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC13) in Denver, Colorado. “We Read more…

Asetek Receives Top Honors in HPCwire Readers’ and Editor’s Choice Awards

Nov 20, 2013 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 20 — Asetek announced today that it has received top honors in the 2013 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. HPCwire announced the winners at the start of the Opening Reception at the 2013 International Conference for High Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC13), in Denver, Colorado. A complete list of Read more…