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HPC Server Market Sees ‘Okay’ Q2

Sep 22, 2014 |

The worldwide market for HPC technical servers reached $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2014, down 2.6 percent from the same period in 2013, when the market hit $2.51 billion, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) figures. The analyst group attributed the decline to relatively low supercomputer sales. Despite the dip in year-over-year figures, Read more…

A New Era in HPC

Sep 17, 2014 |

A recent presentation that came out of the 2014 Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) HPC workshop, held in July in Arlington, Virginia, holds that HPC is on the cusp of new era. In “Supercomputing 101: A History of Platform Evolution and Future Trends,” Rob Neely, Associate Division Leader, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Read more…

Europe Launches Ultrascale Computing Initiative

Sep 15, 2014 |

NESUS – or Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing – formed earlier this year to study the challenges of ultrascale computing. Launched with about 30 European partner countries, the cross-community initiative has grown to include 39 European countries and six countries from other continents. The goal: to produce a catalogue of open source applications for large-scale complex systems Read more…

House Bill Takes Aim at Exascale

Sep 10, 2014 |

The House of Representatives passed an exascale computing support bill Monday highlighting once again the link between next-generation HPC and national competitiveness. The American Super Computing Leadership Act of 2014 (H.R. 2495) seeks to “amend the Department of Energy High-End Computing Revitalization Act of 2004 to improve the high-end computing research and development program of the Department of Read more…

NERSC Reveals 44 NESAP Code Teams

Sep 3, 2014 |

Last month the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) announced a collaboration with supercomputing vendors Intel and Cray to prepare for Cori, the Cray XC supercomputer slated to be deployed at NERSC in 2016. To ensure that the highly diverse workloads of the DOE science community continue to be supported as over 5,000 users Read more…

DDN’s IME Software Scales I/O Performance on the Rocky Road to Exascale

Aug 28, 2014 |

Exascale, once just a gleam in the eyes of a few prescient computer scientists, is beginning to take shape. That arbitrary date of 2018 for a thousand-fold increase in computing power no longer seems far fetched. But as exascale comes into focus, some very specific roadblocks are being resolved and storage is one of them. Read more…

HPC Task Force Publishes Recommendations

Aug 27, 2014 |

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Next Generation High Performance Computing (HPC), established in December by the Secretary of Energy to review the mission and national capabilities related to next generation high performance computing, has released a “final version” draft report. The Task Force was asked to examine the problems and opportunities Read more…

Fujitsu Targets 100 Petaflops Supercomputing

Aug 12, 2014 |

On Monday at the Hot Chips 26 conference, Fujitsu revealed details about its upcoming SPARC64 XIfx chips, which the company is counting on to reach the 100-petaflops barrier and revitalize its HPC game. Of the top 10 fastest supercomputers on the current TOP500 list, only one is a Fujitsu system. But with the new 32-core Read more…

Brainy IBM Chip Packs One Million Neuron Punch

Aug 7, 2014 |

IBM researchers have developed a super-efficient chip inspired by the functioning of the human brain. Named TrueNorth, the chip features 5.4 billion transistors arranged in a network of 4,096 neurosynaptic cores, yielding the equivalent of one million neurons and 256 million synapses. Despite being one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, TrueNorth consumes just 70mW during Read more…

Is This the Exascale Breakthrough We’ve Been Waiting For?

Aug 6, 2014 |

An animated video, narrated by the inimitable Professor Heinz Wolff, popped up on YouTube last month, detailing a prototype optical processor with some remarkable claims. The company behind the effort, UK-based startup Optalysys, says it is on track to deliver exascale levels of processing power on a standard-sized desktop computer within the next few years. Read more…