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AMD FirePro Graphics Cards Boost Workstation Performance with GPU Compute Power

Sep 7, 2014 |

Rapid advances in HPC, virtualization and cloud computing are driving the need for more compute power both in the data center and on the desktop. For smaller companies that cannot afford to deploy data centers housing racks of servers with all their expensive power, cooling and facilities requirements, the workstation is the device of choice Read more…

Adapting Algorithms to Modern Hybrid Architectures

Aug 13, 2014 |

Technology, like other facets of life, commonly experiences cycles of rapid change followed by periods of relative stability. Computing has entered a stage of increased architectural diversity, as evidenced by the rise of accelerators, coprocessors, and other alternatives, like ARM processors. An international team of researchers explores how these various supercomputing architectures perform on parallelized turbulent Read more…

Programmability Matters

Jun 30, 2014 |

While discussions of HPC architectures have long centered on performance gains, that is not the only measure of success, according to Petteri Laakso of Vector Fabrics. Spurred by ever-proliferating core counts, programmability is taking on new prominence. Vector Fabrics is a Netherlands-based company that specializes in multicore software parallelization tools, so programmability is high on Read more…

Russia to Develop Home-Grown Chips

Jun 23, 2014 |

Russian officials want to replace US microprocessors from Intel and AMD with locally-grown parts. According to recent reports from local news services, the Russian government is planning to create its own line of microprocessors using 64-bit ARM chips for use in governmental computers and servers. The new microprocessors will be designed by Baikal Electronics, a Read more…

AMD Refreshes Vision for HPC Future

Feb 13, 2014 |

Although they’ve been rather quiet compared to their competitors in the general server, GPU and of course, overall HPC market, it might be too early to write off AMD just yet. If we’re to look at their silence as the “calm before the storm” consider it typhoon season, at least according Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice Read more…

AMD Developer Summit Spotlights Heterogeneous Computing

Nov 18, 2013 |

Last week, the annual AMD Developer Conference (APU 13) was held in the San Jose Convention Center. The two and a half day conference brought together technical computing researchers and enthusiasts from around the world. The tagline of the event was “Epicenter of Heterogeneous Computing.” AMD is uniquely positioned in the market with a world Read more…

All Hail AMD’s HSAIL

Aug 30, 2013 |

AMD’s HSA Foundation has a lot of work ahead to accomplish its goal of reducing the barriers that prevent developers from leveraging heterogeneous compute resources to the fullest extent. That work includes overcoming challenges in hardware and software. One of the key components of the group’s software plans involve something called HSAIL, or HSA Intermediate Language.

HPC500 Q2 Call Recap

Aug 20, 2013 |

The HPC500 recently held its quarterly members only call and the topic was processor architectures. The group is comprised of industry leaders who steer the direction of HPC and bring HPC technology to bear on challenging problems in science, engineering, and business.

AMD Taken to Task on HPC Investment

Jul 10, 2013 |

This week we talked with AMD’s GM of the Server Business Unit, Andrew Feldman about his company’s role in the future of HPC. We asked how invested they are in the future of this market, what technologies will push their drive forward, and where they see the biggest opportunities in high performance computing. Interestingly, we found that….

Assembling Blue Waters

Mar 20, 2013 |

As NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer approaches full service status, we thought it would be appropriate to see how the machine was built.