Tag: IBM

SC15 Video: Intersect360 Research’s Addison Snell on TOP500 Trends, Accelerated Computing and Moore’s Law

Dec 15, 2015 |

Among the smorgasbord of BoFs, plenary sessions, benchmarking results and vendor news that came out of SC15 last month, a few topics stand out as being particularly noteworthy, including China’s increased TOP500 share, the rise in accelerated computing and the fledgling OpenHPC project. HPCwire Senior Editor Tiffany Trader sat down with Intersect360 Research CEO Addison Snell Read more…

SC15 Video: IBM’s Dave Turek on Big Data, CORAL, and HPC’s Evolution

Dec 8, 2015 |

Accelerated computing certainly dominated the IBM message at SC15 but there were many sub-themes in Austin. Big data, the beneficial impact of software frameworks (think Apache Spark), workflow optimization, and a growing role for cloud in HPC delivery were all in the mix. HPCwire managing editor John Russell sat down with Dave Turek, IBM VP Read more…

OpenPOWER Academic Discussion Group Holds First Workshop

Dec 7, 2015 |

Since its founding in 2013, OpenPOWER Foundation membership has grown to more than 170 including roughly 40 academic members; the latter have formed an Academic Discussion Group and held their first workshop in Austin coinciding with SC15 last month. During a packed 1.5-day agenda, presenters from academia and industry examined progress and opportunities to leverage Read more…

TACC Talks with Gordon Bell Prize Winners Johann Rudi and Omar Ghattas

Nov 25, 2015 |

One of the undisputed highlights of SC each November is the acclaimed ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing, which since 1987 has recognized the most innovative applications of parallel computing to challenges in science, engineering, and large-scale data analytics. This year, five outstanding research efforts competed for the honor, which comes with a $10,000 prize, Read more…

Think Fast: IBM Talks Acceleration in HPC and the Enterprise

Nov 16, 2015 |

At SC15 today, IBM provided a glimpse of its broadening vision for accelerator-assisted computing with announcements around Watson, a strategic alliance with FPGA specialist Xilinx, an expanded developer outreach via the SuperVessel program, and new efforts to accelerate the datacenter and a wide variety of applications used in both HPC and the enterprise. “Accelerators have Read more…

DDN Starts Pulling Wraps off Complete Product Refresh

Nov 10, 2015 |

As part of a comprehensive product line refresh and rollout that will extend through SC next week, DataDirect Networks (DDN) today launched the next generation of its high performance SFA block storage line with SFA14K and SFA14KE, formerly codenamed “Wolfcreek.” No stranger to high performance – the company supports over two-thirds of the world’s 100 Read more…

‘ASCI’ Turns 20; David Turek Offers IBM Retrospective

Oct 21, 2015 |

Twenty years ago President Bill Clinton announced that the United States would maintain its U.S. nuclear arsenal without nuclear explosive testing. The challenge, of course, was how to actually carry out such a daunting task. The instruments were the tremendously successful Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP) and Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative which together drove much of Read more…

IBM ‘Returns to HPC’ with New Linux Server Line Says Gupta

Oct 8, 2015 |

IBM today launched a new line of Power8-based Linux servers – the Power LC (Linux cluster) Line – including one offering that marks IBM’s return to the HPC market, according to Sumit Gupta, vice president of HPC and OpenPOWER Operations at IBM (NYSE: IBM). Three servers were announced, aimed at cloud computing, data analytics, and Read more…

IBM Reports Carbon Nanotube Transistor Breakthrough

Oct 1, 2015 |

Perhaps Moore’s law isn’t doomed just yet. Maybe. IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) reported in a paper in Science today a technique for making carbon nanotube transistors with tiny (~9nm) contacts that exhibit low, size-independent resistance. This overcomes a huge hurdle in shrinking transistor size beyond current limits. “I think this is the first carbon nanotube Read more…

IBM & OpenPOWER: Accelerating Business Applications in the Data-Driven Enterprise with CAPI

Sep 28, 2015 |

CAPI-attached acceleration has three pillars: accelerated computing, accelerated storage, and accelerated networking. Connected coherently to a POWER CPU to give them direct access to the CPU’s system memory, these techniques leverage accelerators like FPGAs and GPUs, storage devices like flash, and networking devices like Infiniband.   These devices, connected via CAPI, are programmable using simple Read more…