<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/digital_time_tunnel_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”95″ />In the world of high performance computing, a lot of the important news this year revolved around heterogeneous computing, big data, and HPC interconnects. Two vendors that perhaps embodied those technologies more so than others were Cray and Intel, both of which figured prominently in some of the biggest HPC stories in 2012. Here are HPCwire’s highlights and lowlights for the year.
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.
ARM-based CPU-GPU processor designed for mobile devices makes HPC debut.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/CARMA_MICROCLUSTER_small.gif” alt=”” width=”107″ height=”56″ />This week at SC12, Italian cluster maker E4 Computer Engineering, launched a new series heterogeneous clusters, which pair an NVIDIA’s ARM+GPU Tegra3 with a discrete Quadro GPU. We asked E4’s Simone Tinti, who leads the HPC team at E4, to describe the new systems and talk about the advantage they offer to high performance computing users.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/knights_corner_chip.jpg” alt=”” width=”98″ height=”85″ />Intel Corp. officially made its entry into the manycore realm today as it debuted “Knights Corner,” the company’s first Xeon Phi coprocessor. The new products clock in at just over a teraflop, double precision, setting the stage for an HPC accelerator battle that will pit Intel against GPU makers NVIDIA and AMD. Both of those companies also released their latest HPC accelerators into the wild earlier today at the annual Supercomputing Conference in Salt Lake City.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Cray_XC30_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”86″ />AMD-loving Cray has launched the XC30 supercomputer, a product line that will be powered by Intel Xeon processors. The platform is based on the company’s “Cascade” architecture, which is designed to bring a variety of processors and coprocessors under a common infrastructure. XC will become Cray’s flagship computing platform as it phases out its XE and XK line over the next year or so.
New report compares Amazon EC2 with nine other IaaS providers on a range of performance and stability metrics.
Chipmaker unveils Opteron 6300 series — same core count, more performance.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/AMD_ARM_logo_200x.jpg” alt=”” width=”121″ height=”42″ />On Monday, AMD announced it is adding ARM-based Opterons to its portfolio, the first non-x86 server chips in the company’s history. The new processors, due out in 2014, will use 64-bit ARM SoCs on top of its SeaMicro Freedom Fabric technology, and will be aimed at the datacenter and cloud space.