Whether you’re involved in the high performance computing or not, almost every one of your days is likely planned around the findings of HPC-enabled advanced modeling and simulations for weather forecasting that tell us whether to carry an umbrella, wear extra sunscreen, or if the roads will be safe to drive on. But as more Read more…
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover Bull’s third petascale computing contract; IBM’s new POWER7 servers, the first hybrid spintronics computer chips, Bull and Whamcloud’s beefed-up Lustre support; and Tilera’s latest manycore development tools.
In what has become one of the busiest months ever for CPU introductions, Intel got its final say on Tuesday with the launch of its much-anticipated Nehalem EX. The new processor line encompasses the Xeon 7500 and 6500 series and will be the basis for shared memory SMP systems from dozens of server makers, including HPC stalwarts like Cray, SGI, and Bull.
On Tuesday Appro announced the latest update to its Xtreme-X1 line of supercomputers. The new X1 has the Nehalem EPs of course (Xeon 5500s), but one of the significant innovations was the use of dual quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand chips on the motherboard to create two InfiniBand networks (or “rails”) in the system.