Think Fast: IBM Talks Acceleration in HPC and the Enterprise

Nov 16, 2015 |

At SC15 today, IBM today provided a glimpse of its broadening vision for accelerator-assisted computing with announcements around Watson, a strategic alliance with FPGA specialist Xilinx, an expanded developer outreach via the SuperVessel program, and new efforts to accelerate the datacenter and a wide variety of applications used in both HPC and the enterprise. “Accelerators Read more…

TGAC Unleashes DRAGEN to Accelerate Genomics Workflows

Oct 28, 2015 |

Accelerating genomics analysis remains one of the toughest challenges in life science research. All manner of optimizations are in use – disk streaming, optimized parallel files systems, algorithm tweaks, faster processors, and hardware accelerators, to name a few – all with varying results. Today, TGAC reported implementation of the first processor specifically designed to accelerate Read more…

SRC Debuts Defense-Hardened FPGA Server

May 28, 2015 |

The SRC Saturn 1 server debuted today, built by reconfigurable computing specialists SRC Computers and positioned as an x86 alternative for high-volume workloads in hyperscale computing and big data analytics. While we have seen several FPGA-based server solutions come to market in the past year, the Saturn-1 is distinguished by its pedigree and insulation from Read more…

Market Responds to Intel-Altera Negotiations

Mar 30, 2015 |

If Intel Corp. goes ahead with purported plans to purchase programmable logic peddler Altera Corp., it would be the largest-ever acquisition in the x86 chipmaker’s 46-year history. Whether or not the deal actually goes through, the negotiations, first reported by the Wall Street Journal on March 27, are interesting for several reasons. As NASDAQ.com pointed Read more…

FPGA-Accelerated Search Heads for Mainstream

Mar 10, 2015 |

With data volumes now outpacing Moore’s Law, there is a move to look beyond conventional hardware and software tools. Accelerators like GPUs and the Intel MIC architecture have extended performance goals for many HPC-class workloads. Although field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have not seen the same level of adoption for traditional HPC workloads, a subset of big data Read more…

The Best of HPC in 2014

Jan 27, 2015 |

As we turn the page to 2015, we’re taking a look back at the top stories from 2014 to reflect on just how far the fastest machines in the world (and the people who run them) have come within only 12 months. From the blending of big data and HPC to hardware breakthroughs, 2014 points Read more…

Will 2015 Be the Year of the FPGA?

Sep 4, 2014 |

When it comes to HPC, the accelerator market is largely dominated by GPUs, which are known for floating point performance prowess with IDC figures pointing to encroaching competition from Xeon Phi. FPGAs, while still a third-place contender, might have a rather remarkable year ahead in terms of their reach into wider markets, as well as Read more…

Comparing Peak Floating Point Claims

Jun 17, 2014 |

With Moore’s law and associated silicon transistor performance “laws” winding down, there is renewed interest in accelerators, e.g., digital signal processors (DSPs), graphics processing units (GPUs), and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Measuring the peak floating-point performance of these non-traditional computing architectures is not without challenges, however. A new white paper from Altera’s Michael Parker attempts to shed Read more…

The Week in HPC Research

Mar 7, 2013 |

<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/future_insight_200x.jpg” alt=”” width=”100″ height=”58″ />The top research stories of the week include novel methods of data race detection; a comparison of predictive laws; a review of FPGA’s promise; GPU virtualization using PCI Direct pass-through; and an analysis of the Amazon Web Services High-IO platform.

Novel Chip Technology to Power GRAPE-8 Supercomputer

May 10, 2012 |

<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.