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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.

Accelerating bioinformatics with hybrid-core computing

Apr 2, 2012 |

Advanced architectures based on reconfigurable computing can reduce application run times from hours to minutes and address problem sizes unattainable with commodity servers. The Convey hybrid-core computer systems combine the ease-of-deployment of a commodity server with the acceleration possible with reconfigurable, application-specific hardware. The resulting acceleration greatly reduces cost of ownership (by reducing many racks of commodity systems to just a few), and fundamentally improves research quality by allowing more accurate, previously impractical approaches.

Xtreme Compute Technologies XCT

Feb 7, 2011 |

We recently sat down with the founders of Xtreme Compute Technologies (XCT) to explore what they are all about. XCT was launched in September 2010 at the NVIDIA GTC event in San Jose, CA. XCT has set out achieve a position for themselves in the rapidly expanding and evolving HPC market. Here is an excerpt of that session and what they are up to.

Xtreme Compute Technologies XCT

Feb 7, 2011 |

We recently sat down with the founders of Xtreme Compute Technologies (XCT) to explore what they are all about. XCT was launched in September 2010 at the NVIDIA GTC event in San Jose, CA. XCT has set out achieve a position for themselves in the rapidly expanding and evolving HPC market. Here is an excerpt of that session and what they are up to.

Egyptian Startup Accelerates High Performance Accounting

Jan 11, 2011 |

Although Egypt is not exactly the epicenter of high-end computing, a tech startup based in Cairo is looking to make its name in an emerging area of HPC. SilMinds has developed hardware accelerator technology designed to speed up a growing set of financial computing applications. The resulting products represent one of the few hardware-based solutions that support decimal floating point (DFP) math.

The Weekly Top Five

Jan 6, 2011 |

The inaugural edition of The Weekly Top Five covers the massive NEC storage installation at the French Brain & Spine Institute; the Platform HPC cloud survey; NVIDIA’s ARM-based CPU-GPU processor strategy; Glasgow’s thousand-core FPGA; and Whamcloud’s new talent.

Convey Debuts Second-Generation Hybrid-Core Platform

Nov 9, 2010 |

In an HPC market that seems determined to go down the CPU-GPU path, upstart Convey Computer may yet offer a few surprises. The company today unveiled the sequel to its HC-1 platform it introduced in 2008. Called the HC-1ex, the new system adds a lot more performance and capability, but retains the original x86-FPGA co-processor design.