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This week at GTC Asia in Beijing, NVIDIA highlighted a number of young companies making use of GPU computing during its Emerging Companies Summit. The companies selected fit into a range of HPC, cloud and mobile markets that are meeting an ever-expanding array of verticals, both in traditional high performance computing arenas and in broader consumer contexts.
One high performance computing vendor with cloudy ambitions found a unique path to building purpose-built HPC hardware–and an unexpected business model along the way. We spoke with the company’s co-founders to learn more about what’s missing from high performance clouds–and what possibilities await in the next era of cloud and technical computing.
Next week the IBM supercomputer known as “Watson” will take on two of the most accomplished Jeopardy players of all time, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in a three-game match starting on February 14. If Watson manages to best the humans, it will represent the most important advance in machine intelligence since IBM’s “Deep Blue” beat chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997. But this time around, the company also plans to make a business case for the technology. Trivial pursuit this is not.
A team of IBM researchers created the world’s smallest movie using the essential building-blocks of matter, atoms.
Compute clusters may be great at modeling the weather, but can they write operas? Well, almost.
Tianhe-1A enters the CGI rendering business.
This week, The New York Times profiled Amazon Web Services.
Gaming giant Sony Computer Entertainment has purchased Gaikai for $380 million.
Off the Wire
DENVER, Colo., Nov. 19 – International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced the sixth round of recipients of the HPC Innovation Excellence Award at the ISC’13 supercomputer industry conference in Leipzig, Germany. Prior winners were announced at the ISC’11, SC’11, ISC’12, SC’12, and ISC’13 supercomputing conferences. The HPC Innovation Excellence Award recognizes noteworthy achievements by users of high performance computing (HPC) Read more…
Nov. 19 — Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) has received top national honors in four categories of the 2013 HPCwire Readers’ and Editor’s Choice Awards. HPCwire, the trade publication for the high performance computing (HPC) community, announced the winners at the start of the opening reception at the 2013 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis Read more…
Nov. 7 — The Department of Defense (DOD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) is pleased to announce the selection of the inaugural class of fiscal year 2014 Frontier projects. These projects explore science and technology and test and evaluation boundaries with computational approaches that would not have otherwise been possible. Awarded projects are expected Read more…
Nov. 1 — In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the SC conference, Intel Corporation will produce a game show-style competition in which teams will face off live at SC13 to compete for a $25,000 prize which will be donated the winning team’s charity. The Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge is an 8-team single elimination tournament designed to raise Read more…