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Intel’s James Reinders on Parallel Programming and MIC

Mar 11, 2015 |

On January 30, 2015 at the Colfax International headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Intel’s parallel computing savant James Reinders sat down with Vadim Karpusenko, principal HPC research engineer at Colfax International, for an enlightened discussion on the future of parallel programming and Intel MIC architecture products. As Director and Chief Evangelist at Intel Corporation, Reinders is Read more…

A Comparison of Heterogeneous and Manycore Programming Models

Mar 2, 2015 |

The high performance computing (HPC) community is heading toward the era of exascale machines, expected to exhibit an unprecedented level of complexity and size. The community agrees that the biggest challenges to future application performance lie with efficient node-level execution that can use all the resources in the node. These nodes might be comprised of Read more…

BSC, Intel Extend Exascale Research Effort

Feb 17, 2015 |

Intel’s efforts to advance exascale computing concepts received a boost with the extension of the company’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – one of four Intel exascale labs in Europe. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work focuses on scalability issues with parallel applications. “[A major goal] Read more…

Practical Advice for Knights Landing Coders

Feb 5, 2015 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is on track to get its next supercomputer system, Cori, by mid-2016. While that’s more than a year away, it’s not too soon to start preparing for the new 30+ petaflops Cray machine, which will feature Intel’s next-generation Knights Landing architecture. So says Richard Gerber, Senior Science Read more…

The Best of HPC in 2014

Jan 27, 2015 |

As we turn the page to 2015, we’re taking a look back at the top stories from 2014 to reflect on just how far the fastest machines in the world (and the people who run them) have come within only 12 months. From the blending of big data and HPC to hardware breakthroughs, 2014 points Read more…

AWS Rolls Out Haswell-Backed Instances

Jan 12, 2015 |

Blogging for Amazon Web Services, Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr announced the public debut of “Haswell”-powered C4 instances, further boosting the HPC horsepower of the EC2 engine. First revealed at the cloud innovator’s re:Invent developer conference in November, the compute-optimized offering is now available in seven AWS regions with more to be added. The new instance types can Read more…

Complex Wheat Genome Nearly Cracked

Dec 4, 2014 |

One of the highlights of SC14 was a focus on how HPC is expanding out of its roots and cropping up in more and more places. One of the more interesting use cases to take center stage at this year’s event in New Orleans was the significance of HPC to understanding and decoding the bread Read more…

Big Data Compels HPC Adoption in Life Sciences

Nov 13, 2014 |

Expect a lot of the talk at SC14 this year to revolve around big data. Ari E. Berman, Ph.D., Director of Government Services and Principal Investigator at BioTeam, Inc., attempts to cut through the noise with a recent post on the Intel blog page reflecting on how big data has upped the computational ante for Read more…

VMware Reports HPC Progress

Nov 3, 2014 |

In a recent blog entry, VMware’s HPC guru Josh Simons provides an overview of the work that his group has been undertaking in recent months. He presents a sneak peak of some of the most significant HPC-relevant developments, and promises to offer a deeper dive in the weeks ahead. Last spring, Simons’ group put together a four-node InfiniBand Read more…

CERN Researchers Explore x86 Alternatives

Oct 28, 2014 |

Energy consumption has become a constraining feature on the growth of computing systems, such that the industry has shifted its focus from pure performance to performance-per-watt. As a result, there is increased interest in newer chip architectures that emphasize energy efficiency. An international group of researchers with ties to CERN are especially concerned with the effect these power constraints Read more…