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May 23, 2013
When profits drop, businesses look to boost productivity and performance -- and nowhere is that demand more urgent right now than on Wall Street. Yesterday, about 60 blocks north of the scene of the recent financial meltdown, Microsoft announced it has released its latest product to provide that boost: Windows HPC Server 2008.
- Can hardware acceleration save Wall Street? Well, not as quickly as a multibillion-dollar bailout might, but there was plenty of discussion at this week's HPC on Wall Street conference about the advantages specialized hardware can bring to market analysts and traders. Sellers of these products were all over the place, their booths were busy, and several sessions on the subject were standing-room only.
- A common critique of external cloud computing services is that big-time IT users, like major corporations and financial institutions, are nowhere near getting on board. That might be true for the new breed of "cloud" services, but for the financial services sector, at least, outsourcing is far from a dirty word.
- Multicore processors promise improved computational efficiency, but achieving high efficiency execution on these processors is non-trivial. Moreover, in the financial industry, time is literally money, so high-productivity software development is just as important as efficient execution.
- Despite the carnage from this year's financial crisis, the arms race in algorithmic trading is likely to continue. Behind that competition are a variety of high performance computing technologies, such as commodity clusters, FPGA accelerators and Blue Gene supercomputers. One of the new kids on Wall Street is GPU computing, a technology that is making inroads across nearly every type of HPC application.
Intel: CPUs Will Prevail Over Accelerators in HPC
While hardware accelerators continue to show impressive performance results for supercomputing workloads, Intel is sticking to its CPU guns to deliver HPC to the broader market.Read more...
The Quantitative Models Tanked Too
The confluence of the U.S. financial meltdown and this week's High Performance on Wall Street conference in New York might be one of those coincidences that's trying to tell us something.Read more...
Bad News on Wall Street Doesn't Diminish the Need for Speed
Considering the ongoing crisis in the financial markets, you might expect the mood at a gathering of people who make their living in the financial services industry to be kind of glum. Or at least very, very anxious.Read more...
Beep, Beep, Ka-Ching
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?Read more...
Podcast: Horst Simon Says; Google and NASA Take Quantum Leap
Nicole and Addison continue to discuss the exascale race in light of Horst Simon's recent Q-and-A and consider the possibilities of D-Wave's quantum computer.
Podcast: New HPC Products in the Mid-Range and A Strong Yen for Exascale
Nicole and Addison discuss mid-range HPC products, the Japanese exascale initiative and the Irish500 this week.
Podcast: End Users Speak Up on Accelerators and Leadership Changes in HPC
This week Nicole and Addison discussed the growing trend of accelerators and leadership changes in HPC, including Intel's new CEO.
James Reinders is a senior engineer for Intel and has helped develop supercomputers, microprocessors and software tools for 25 years. James focuses on parallel programming models and is the author of a number of books on the topic.More > >
Gary M. Johnson is the founder of Computational Science Solutions, LLC, and a specialist in HPC management as well as the development of national science and technology policy. He is also involved in the creation of education and research programs in computational engineering and science.More > >
Andrew Jones has over 15 years of experience in HPC, in supercomputer center management and as a research user in industry. He now leads the HPC Services & Consulting at Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG).More > >
Addison Snell is the CEO of Intersect360 Research and a veteran of the high performance computing industry. During his tenure, he has established Intersect360 Research as a premier source of market information, analysis and consulting.More > >
Michael Wolfe has developed compilers for over 30 years in both academia and industry, and is now a senior compiler engineer at The Portland Group, Inc. More > >