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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…

Teaching the World About Intel Xeon Phi: An Interview with Rob Farber

Oct 14, 2014 |

Rob Farber is the founder and CEO of TechEnablement, a firm that provides education, planning, analysis and code tutorials, with an emphasis on HPC. In this interview, Rob gives his perspective on the direction of HPC technology and the urgent need for code modernization. He also discusses the newest book by James Reinders and Jim Read more…

Barriers to Personalized Medicine

Sep 29, 2014 |

One of the most promising advances to come out of the intersection of HPC and life sciences is personalized medicine. A new video from Intel highlights the current state of personalized medicine and identifies some of the main technical barriers that still constrain its adoption. As put forth by Christopher Gough lead solutions architect in Read more…

CPUs Outperform GPUs in Financial Markets Benchmark

Sep 22, 2014 |

A recent benchmark conducted by the Securities Technology Analysis Center (STAC) is helping to dispel the myth that GPUs are the primary drivers responsible for boosting computational speeds to new levels. In fact, the study indicates these GPU “accelerators” are actually slowing things down. Intel recently asked STAC to use its STAC-A2 Benchmark suite to Read more…

TOP500 Stunt Machine Heads to Vegas

Sep 18, 2014 |

Remember “Cherry Creek,” the Intel-designed supercomputer that ran for the duration of SC13 Supercomputing Conference? This “demonstration” system achieved a 400 ranking on that November’s TOP500 list based on a Linpack performance of 131.5 teraflops and a 41st ranking on the subsequent Green500. Intel built the supercomputer in partnership with Supermicro and Bright Computing as Read more…

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