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May 24, 2013
If the Icelandic volcano gods permit, this year's International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, will be the best-attended and the most exhibitor-laden show in the event's 25-year history.
- The petascale era of supercomputing is barely underway, but the effort to reach the exascale level has already begun. The University of Tennessee's Jack Dongarra has been involved with an international project to develop software that will support exascale computing. We got a chance to speak with him before ISC and talk about the work being done.
- Even as we gain a footing in the era of petaflops computing, we have set in motion the exploration of the undiscovered domain of exaflops computing. This year has seen the launching of multiple programs to develop the concepts, architectures, software stack, programming models, and new families of parallel algorithms necessary to enable the practical realization of exaflops capability prior to the end of this decade.
- Chipmaker Intel is reviving the Larrabee technology for the HPC market, with plans to bring a manycore coprocessor to market in the next few years. During the ISC'10 opening keynote, Kirk Skaugen, vice president of Intel's Architecture Group and general manager of the Data Center Group, announced the chipmaker is developing what they're calling a "Many Integrated Core" (MIC) architecture, which will be the basis of a new line of processors aimed squarely at high performance technical computing applications.
- A Chinese supercomputer called Nebulae, powered by the latest Fermi GPUs, grabbed the number two spot on the TOP500 list announced earlier today. The new machine delivered 1.27 petaflops of Linpack performance, yielding only to the 1.76 petaflop Jaguar system, which retained its number one berth.
- Dr. Ashwini Nanda has been at the center of some of the most cutting-edge HPC projects and initiatives in the world. In this interview, Dr. Nanda talks about high performance computing in India, how he sees the industry today, and what led him to start up his company, HPC Links.
A Week at the International Supercomputing Conference
Tom Tabor, publisher of HPCwire and HPC in the Cloud, gives his perspective on SC'10, which just celebrated its 25th year with the biggest turnout yet.Read more...
Videocast: ISC'10 Winners and Losers, Show Wrap-Up
Addison and Michael are joined by Nicole Hemsoth, editor of HPC in the Cloud, to offer their impressions of ISC'10.Read more...
Impressions of ISC 2010
Returning to ISC after a hiatus of several years and viewing the event from the vantage point of an industry analyst, the show appears to have made a quantum leap in terms of size and sophistication of the exhibit, and degree and intensity of business activity.Read more...
ISC'10 Videoblog: Opening Day, May 31
Berkeley Lab's John Shalf and LSU's Thomas Sterling give a rundown on some of the events that took place the first day of the conference.Read more...
Podcast: Highlights from ISC'10 in Hamburg - Intel Gives a Surprise Keynote; GPU Supers Save a Lackluster TOP500
Addison and Michael talk about the biggest news coming out of ISC'10, live from Hamburg.Read more...
Podcast: Exascale Equals No Nukes; IBM Says "Let's Build a Smarter HPC"
Nicole and Addison discuss a recent congressional hearing on exascale computing and IBM's outlook on HPC.
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.
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 > >