The Big Data and Extreme Computing meeting in Fukuoka, Japan concluded recently, pushing a great deal of information about international progress toward exascale initiatives into the global community. As the host country, Japan had ample opportunity to gather many of the researchers building out the next incarnation of the K Computer, which is expected to Read more…
Beyond a pure passion for technology and the thrill of turning ideas into reality, there is a hugely practical basis for investment in advanced computing. Supercomputers and other computational technologies bolster economic competitiveness, a notion that nearly all academic, industry and government leaders have embraced. As supercomputers become more powerful, manufacturers can run bigger and Read more…
Japanese IT company Fujitsu used the K supercomputer to conduct the world’s first simulation of the magnetization-reversal process in a permanent magnet. The research paves the way for superior magnetic materials that do not rely on heavy rare earth elements.
Businesses, schools, and other organizations in Wales now have access to HPC resources as a result of a new distributed supercomputing network unveiled by HPC Wales. The group says the network is the first of its kind in the UK, and will not only be a boon to Welsh researchers but will help with education too.
IDC report highlights the continued shift to large system sales.
Universities in Germany, Japan, and the UK announce new supers.
The supercomputing biz seems to have shaken off most of the after-effects of the global recession, with scads of new deployments large and small around the world. China, in particular, continued its big push into HPC, notching its first home-grown super. And Japan ushered in the era of 10-petaflop supercomputing this year with its world-beating K Computer. But, as always, not all the HPC news was rosy. Here are the top hits and misses for the year.
Company will use its next-generation SPARC64 IXfx chips to power its newest commercial supercomputer.
Just three and half years after IBM broke the petaflop barrier with its Roadrunner supercomputer, Fujitsu’s “K Computer” has passed the 10 petaflops mark. Fujitsu and RIKEN announced on Tuesday that they have completed the final build-out of the system and achieved 10.51 petaflops on Linpack, reaching a major milestone of Japan’s Next-Generation Supercomputing Project.
Fujitsu and Solarflare share the observation that the rapid expansion of automated and algorithmic trading has increased the critical role of network and server technology in market trading, first in the requirement for low latency and second in the need for high throughput in order to process the high volume of transactions. Given the critical demand for information technology, private and public companies that are active in electronic markets continue to invest in their LAN and WAN networks and in the server infrastructure that carries market data and trading information.