In this video from Hot Chips 25, Dr. Robert Colwell of DARPA delivers an insightful overview on the “looming issue” that is the death of Moore’s law. Colwell starts out with the humorous point that “physics doesn’t care what we believe.” Believing that Moore’s law – Gordon Moore’s 1965 observation that a chip’s transistor count doubles Read more…
As transistors reach the limits of miniaturization, it is only a matter of time until Moore’s Law runs out of steam. The latest expert to weigh-in says Moore’s Law will expire in 2020 at the 7nm node.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/STARnet_logo_120x.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”116″ />The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) have launched a new consortium to advance the pace of semiconductor innovation in the US as the technology approaches the limits of miniaturization. The main thrust of the project is the creation of the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research Network, aka STARnet.
<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.
Fortress programming language gets axed by Ellison and company.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NERSC_logo_small.png” alt=”” width=”118″ height=”37″ />The US Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) has ordered a two-petaflop “Cascade” supercomputer, Cray’s next-generation HPC platform. The DOE is shelling out $40 million dollars for the system, including about 6.5 petabytes of the company’s Sonexion storage. Installation is scheduled for sometime in 2013.
The Ubiquitous High Performance Computing initiative from DARPA is sparking a rethink of data movement efficiency.
Federal R&D money could be an easy target for cost-cutting with latest legislation.
The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover the Cray/Sandia partership to found a knowledge institute; RenderStream’s FireStream-based workstations and servers; NVIDIA’s latest CUDA centers; Reservoir Labs and Intel’s extreme scale ambitions; and Jülich Supercomputing Centre’s new hybrid cluster.
With exascale predictions all the rage, here’s a more sobering look at the next big thing in supercomputing.