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Comparing Peak Floating Point Claims

Jun 17, 2014 |

With Moore’s law and associated silicon transistor performance “laws” winding down, there is renewed interest in accelerators, e.g., digital signal processors (DSPs), graphics processing units (GPUs), and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Measuring the peak floating-point performance of these non-traditional computing architectures is not without challenges, however. A new white paper from Altera’s Michael Parker attempts to shed Read more…

The Future of Accelerator Programming

Jan 9, 2014 |

Many of the latest supercomputers are based on accelerators, including the two fastest systems according to the 11/2013 TOP500 list. Accelerators are also becoming widespread in PCs and are even starting to appear in handheld devices, which will further boost the interest in accelerator programming. This broad adoption is the result of high performance, good Read more…

Compilers and More: Accelerated Programming

Dec 3, 2013 |

Having just returned from SC13, one burning issue is the choice of a standard approach for programming the next generation HPC systems. While not guaranteed, these systems are likely to be large clusters of nodes with multicore CPUs and some sort of attached accelerators. A standard programming approach is necessary to convince developers, and particularly Read more…

Opening Up the Accelerator Advantage

Nov 26, 2013 |

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and University of Southern California will receive nearly $2 million in federal funding for the creation of tools that will help developers exploit hardware accelerators in a cost-effective and power-efficient manner. The purpose of this three-year NSF grant is to bring formerly niche supercomputing capabilities into the hands of Read more…

OpenACC Broadens Appeal with GCC Compiler Support

Nov 14, 2013 |

As the non-profit standards group behind the push for wider adoption via easier use of accelerators, OpenACC has quite a big job ahead. Although analysts agree that accelerators sit along a comfortable adoption curve, usability, programmability and portability are key concerns, among others. Over the last couple of years, OpenACC has worked with user groups Read more…

Phi and Kepler Run Monte Carlo Race

Sep 18, 2013 |

This week we spoke with Jörg Lotze, CTO and cofounder of financial services-driven software firm, Xcelerit, about benchmarking accelerators, coprocessors, and multicore architectures with specific emphasis on how GPUs stack up against Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Lotze discussed the challenges and opportunities of each in the context of real-world Monte Carlo examples.

A Shot of Java to Send Accelerators Mainstream

Sep 5, 2013 |

When it comes to mainstream adoption of the use of GPUs and other accelerators, one of the primary barriers lies in programmability. While the vendor communities around accelerators have pushed to flatten the learning curve, the fact remains that it takes special effort on the part of ordinary developers to undertake the educational process. In this in-depth audio feature, we talk to Rice University researcher, Max Grossman about how Java…

U.S. Air Force Taps SGI ICE

Jul 4, 2013 |

A new SGI system has been installed at Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio as part of the Department of Defense’s HPC Modernization Program. The Air Force will be using the new SGI ICE X machine for particular modeling and simulation efforts as well as….

Intel Snaps New Grips to HPC Hook

Jun 17, 2013 |

Not content to let the Tianhe-2 announcement ride alone, Intel rolled out a series of announcements around its Knights Corner and Xeon Phi products–all of which are aimed at adding some options and variety for a wider base of potential users across the HPC spectrum. Today at the International Supercomputing Conference, the company’s Raj….

IDC Posits Processor Possibilities

May 1, 2013 |

This week we’re at the IDC User Forum in Tucson, staying cool amidst some heated talks about which processor, coprocessor and accelerator approaches are going to push into the lead in the next few years. To take this pulse, we sat down with IDC’s Steve Conway to talk about some general trends that are a tall drink of water for a few key vendors, including Intel, NVIDIA…..