Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computationally difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analysis has progressed more rapidly. Development of Anton 1, the ASIC-based supercomputer specifically designed for simulating molecular dynamics by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in 2008, was a major advance. In 2010 DESRES provided an Anton machine Read more…
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Chelsio_logo_120x.jpg” alt=”” width=”93″ height=”92″ />This week Chelsio Communications unveiled its latest Ethernet adapter ASIC, which brings 40 gigabit speeds to its RDMA over TCP/IP (iWARP) portfolio. The fifth-generation silicon, dubbed Terminator T5, brings bandwidth and latency within spitting distance of FDR InfiniBand, and according to Chelsio, will actually outperform its IB competition on real-world HPC codes.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/eASIC_logo_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”108″ height=”34″ />With the fastest supercomputers on the planet sporting multi-megawatt appetites, green HPC has become all the rage. The IBM Blue Gene/Q machine is currently number one in energy-efficient flops, but a new FPGA-like technology brought to market by semiconductor startup eASIC is providing an even greener computing solution. And one HPC project in Japan, known as GRAPE, is using the chips to power its newest supercomputer.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/SM10000-XE_chassis.jpg” alt=”” width=”97″ height=”81″ />Server maker SeaMicro has unveiled the SM10000-XE, a new microserver aimed squarely at the burgeoning ultra-scale datacenter market. The company is best known for pioneering the microserver space using Intel’s power-sipping Atom CPUs, but in this latest offering, SeaMicro has opted for high powered, low-wattage Sandy Bridge Xeons, which expands the application horizons of microservers considerably.
Russian supercomputer maker T-Platforms is continuing its push into the elite end of the HPC market. On Monday, the company announced a joint venture with a group at the University of Heidelberg to develop a new ultra-fast interconnect for high-end supercomputing. The goal is to bring the technology to market in the form of an ASIC, which can be incorporated into a network interface controller for HPC servers.
Startup 3Leaf Systems has launched its first product offering, the Dynamic Data Center Server (DDC-Server). It is a combination of silicon and software that pools server CPU and memory into dynamically-sized virtual servers. Essentially it aggregates hardware resources so that a cluster farm can be turned into one or more SMP systems.
Japanese company builds custom ASIC to accelerate real-time ray traced rendering for the auto industry.
Custom chip gives Nehalem a memory boost.
QLogic Corp. has decided to follow its own path with Quad Data Rate (QDR) InfiniBand.