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New Code Paradigms Cooking for CORAL

Dec 2, 2014 |

News of the massive CORAL procurement for the next generation pre-exascale systems stole headlines in November, but now that the excitement is simmering, many are beginning to ask critical questions about the architecture—and what it will mean for programmers trying to take advantage of the massive amount of memory, compute, and options to blend the Read more…

GPUs Advance Deep Learning

Sep 18, 2014 |

Over the last decade, GPU-acceleration techniques have infiltrated the high-end of supercomputing, but increased adoption of GPUs is occurring in other compute-driven disciplines too, like deep learning, one of the fastest growing segments of the machine learning field. The trend toward accelerated computing reached a new high at last week’s ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge. The event, Read more…

Cray Adds GPU Powerhouse to CS Supercomputer Lot

Aug 26, 2014 |

The CS family of Cray systems was graced with a new addition today with the arrival of a dense, memory-loaded GPU offering that adds big acceleration to select HPC workloads. The new CS-Storm, which offers up to 8 NVIDIA K40s per 2U server and a peak performance of 11 teraflops per Ivy Bridge-outfitted node, is Read more…

NVIDIA Boasts ‘Compelling HPC Solution’

Aug 20, 2014 |

Today marks the official release of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit version 6.5, which had previously been only available in its pre-release form. In a company blog post, NVIDIA’s Chief Technologist for GPU Computing Software Mark Harris covers the toolkit’s new features and improvements, including “support for CUDA Fortran in developer tools, user-defined callback functions in Read more…

Building Parallel Code with Hybrid Fortran

Jul 31, 2014 |

Over at the Typhoon Computing blog, Michel Müller addresses a topic that is top of mind to many HPC programmers: porting code to accelerators. Fortran programmers porting their code to GPGPUs (general purpose graphics processing units) have a new tool at their disposal, called Hybrid Fortran. Müller shows how this open source framework can enhance portability without sacrificing performance and maintainability. From the blog (editor’s note: the site Read more…

BAE Systems Hones HPC Strategy

Jul 16, 2014 |

High-performance computing is vitally important to the mission of BAE Systems, one of the largest defense, aerospace, and security contractors in the world. As a high-tech manufacturer, BAE Systems relies on simulation and modeling software to design and build its products. The group responsible for identifying and developing this technology inside BAE Systems is called Read more…

Programmability Matters

Jun 30, 2014 |

While discussions of HPC architectures have long centered on performance gains, that is not the only measure of success, according to Petteri Laakso of Vector Fabrics. Spurred by ever-proliferating core counts, programmability is taking on new prominence. Vector Fabrics is a Netherlands-based company that specializes in multicore software parallelization tools, so programmability is high on Read more…

Are Supercomputing’s Elite Turning Backs on Accelerators?

Jun 26, 2014 |

Now that this year’s Top500 has been released and analyzed, we wanted to take a step back to look at a few emerging trends. One of the elements of the last couple of lists that caught our eye is that despite the availability of new accelerator/co-processor choices, there is a noticeable leveling off in overall 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…

ASC14 Marks Seventh Win for GPUs

May 29, 2014 |

The past decade has seen a sharp rise in heterogenous computing, processing or coprocessing using more than one processor type. One of the most prominent examples of heterogenous elements in HPC is the GPU computing ecosystem that has been fostered by NVIDIA and AMD. General-purpose GPU (GPGPU) adoption has become widespread in HPC, and student supercomputing Read more…

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