The Top 500 list of the world’s fastest computers has just been announced. Not surprisingly, since it’s been reported on prior to the official announcement, the Chinese Tianhe-2 system tops the list. And that is an understatement. We talk with Jack Dongarra, Horst Simon, Hans Meuer and others from the….
How does the Phi coprocessor measure up to Xeon “Sandy Bridge” brand-mate?
The United Kingdom is rapidly ramping up its HPC capabilities. The nation just launched its third HPC service in the last 12 months, a 200,000-core powerhouse, called “Accelerator,” designed to accommodate a wide range of academic and industry workloads.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/HECToR_phase3_cabs4_150x.jpg” alt=”” width=”101″ height=”56″ />The United Kingdom is rapidly ramping up its HPC capabilities. The nation just launched its third HPC service in the last 12 months, a 200,000-core powerhouse, called “Accelerator,” designed to accommodate a wide range of academic and industry workloads.
Intel’s manycore wonder comes with its own programming challenges.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Xeon_Phi_chip_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”96″ height=”79″ />With the recent introduction of Intel’s first Xeon Phi coprocessors, NVIDIA’s latest Kepler GPUs, and AMD’s new FirePro S10000 graphics cards, the competition for HPC chip componentry has entered a new phase. The three chipmakers have taken somewhat different paths, though, and it will be up to the market to decide which vendor’s approach will win the day.
Kickstarter investment model notches another high-tech success.
Now that the new AMD “Interlagos” Opterons and Intel “Sandy Bridge” EP Xeons have begun shipping, at least for volume deployments, Appro has announced support for the latest x86 CPUs in its upgraded Xtreme-X HPC line-up. The new systems will soon be appearing in supercomputing centers in the US and elsewhere.
Today at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Hamburg, Germany, Intel outlined the progress it has made over the last year toward bringing its Many Integrated Core (MIC) coprocessor platform to market. MIC is Intel’s answer to general-purpose GPU computing, and like the latter technology, Intel believes it can parlay the its manycore design into future exascale systems.
Users of the compute-intensive Smith-Waterman algorithm, which provides fine-tuned yields from genetic sequence analysis projects, have often paid the price of expensive runs. Acceleration that can be plugged into standard servers that can run in the cloud could provide new opportunities to a broader set of researchers.