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 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.
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.
Iconic supercomputer implemented with an FPGA kit.
Wall Street analyst speculates chip giant may be considering Xilinx or Altera buy.
DRC Computer Corp. is the latest HPC vendor that came up short on VC funding in 2009. But this story has a happier ending.
Integrating the latest breakthroughs in biochemistry, high performance computing, optical processing, and storage is enabling remarkable advances in the fields of healthcare, drug discovery, and genomic research. Together, they are creating exciting personal therapeutic strategies for living longer, healthier lifestyles that were unimaginable until now.
For all the benefits claimed by hardware acceleration, from exponential performance improvements to massive power and space savings, most of these benefits focus on what can be accomplished with little detail on how to accomplish it. Hardware acceleration always seems to have the implied acronym DIY (Do It Yourself).