<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/dollar_sign_2.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”94″ />Michael Dell’s decision to take his company private is his attempt to solve The Innovator’s Dilemma. He wants to get beyond the PC business and into datacenters and HPC. It’s a bold and risky move, and may be his best chance of making the change happen.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NREL_logo.gif” alt=”” width=”112″ height=”48″ />The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has ordered a $10 million HP supercomputer equipped with the latest Intel Xeon CPUs and Xeon Phi coprocessors. When completed in 2013, the system will deliver one petaflop of performance and will take up residence in one of the most energy-efficient datacenters in the world.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Blue_Gene_Q_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”75″ height=”75″ />The 39th TOP500 list was released today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, with a new machine at the top. Sequoia, an IBM Blue Gene/Q machine, delivered a world record 16 petaflops on Linpack, knocking RIKEN’s 10-petaflop K Computer into second place. The Japanese K machine had held the TOP500 title for a year.
Universities in Germany, Japan, and the UK announce new supers.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/HP_headquarters_logo.jpg” alt=”” width=”99″ height=”84″ />This week HP announced it will slash 27,000 workers from the payroll over the next couple of years as part of a company-wide restructuring. When complete, the effort is expected to generate between $3.0 to $3.5 billion of savings per year. The workforce reduction is the largest in the company’s 73-year history and reflects how far HP has drifted into unprofitable businesses.
During their decade-long partnership, HP has helped digital moviemakers at DreamWorks create such blockbuster animated features as Toy Story, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda.
Higher education involves many collaborative projects that lend themselves to cloud services, however often those services are not tailored to the uniqueness of an academic environment. That’s where the Internet2 NET+ project comes in. By partnering with 16 major cloud providers, the networking consortium is seeking to expedite the delivery of cloud services and by doing so advance research and innovation in the United States.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/HP_Corona_graphic.bmp” alt=”” width=”109″ height=”95″ />In high performance computing, Hewlett-Packard is best known for supplying bread-and-butter HPC systems, built with standard processors and interconnects. But the company’s research arm has been devising a manycore chipset, which would outrun the average-sized HPC cluster of today. The design represents a radical leap in performance, and if implemented, would fulfill the promise of exascale computing.
Computer technology giant Hewlett-Packard is on track to launch a major cloud computing service in the next two months.
High performance computing is getting cheaper every year. But that doesn’t remove the burden of buying these systems on a regular basis when your organization demands ever-increasing computing power to stay competitive. That’s the dilemma a lot of commercial HPC users find themselves in as they wonder how often they should upgrade their HPC machinery. At least one company, Airbus, determined buying HPC systems wasn’t such a great deal after all.