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The Top 500 Visualized

Jun 21, 2013 |

To wrap up ISC, we wanted to collect some general visualized trends from this year’s rankings. In this visual feature, we’ve provided information on operating systems, key vendors, processor and interconnect technologies and more. While there are a million ways to analyze the…

Full Details Uncovered on Chinese Top Supercomputer

Jun 2, 2013 |

With help from a draft report from Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who also spearheads the process of verifying the top of the pack super, we are able to share the full processor, Xeon Phi coprocessor, custom interconnect, storage and memory, as well as power and cooling information. The supercomputer out of China will be…

Intel’s Big Data to HPC Interconnect

May 2, 2013 |

It’s been a notable week for Intel, with the announcement of two new leadership positions, including the pushing of 30-year veteran engineer, Brian Krzanich into the top slot. With this in mind, we revisit this week’s discussion led by Intel’s John Hengeveld on where the trends of big data and HPC tend to converge on the interconnect and its role in…

Is Amazon’s ‘Fast’ Interconnect Fast Enough for MPI?

Apr 10, 2013 |

Amazon’s EC2 Cluster Compute instance goes head-to-head with Myrinet 10GigE cluster.

Is Amazon’s ‘Fast’ Interconnect Fast Enough for MPI?

Apr 10, 2013 |

Amazon’s EC2 Cluster Compute instance goes head-to-head with Myrinet 10GigE cluster.

Mellanox Rode InfiniBand to New Heights in 2012

Jan 3, 2013 |

But interconnect vendor gets reality check in Q4.

PLX Looks to Bring PCIe Fabric to Market

Nov 14, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/PLX_logo.bmp” alt=”” width=”97″ height=”54″ />PLX Technology, a maker of PCIe switches and bridges, has been spreading the word about using PCIe as a general-purpose HPC interconnect. At SC12 this week, the company went a little further down that path, unveiling their upcoming Express Fabric technology. We asked Vijay Meduri, executive vice president of engineering at PLX to talk about the rationale of using PCIe as an interconnect fabric.

Intel Fabrics Could Put the Squeeze On Mellanox

Sep 25, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Intel_fabric_controller.bmp” alt=”” width=”117″ height=”59″ />It’s been a good year for interconnect maker Mellanox. The company has been riding high in 2012, thanks in large part to its dominant position in the InfiniBand marketplace and the surge in FDR sales over the last several months. But with Intel now eyeing the lucrative high performance interconnect market, Mellanox may soon face a formidable challenge as InfiniBand kingpin.

Intel Weaves Strategy To Put Interconnect Fabrics On Chip

Sep 10, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/computer_chips_on_die_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”85″ />Intel has begun to formulate a strategy that will integrate fabric controllers with its server processors. According to Raj Hazra, general manager of the Technical Computing unit at Intel, the company is planning to use the recently acquired IP from Cray, QLogic and Fulcrum to deliver chips that put what is essentially a NIC onto the processor die. In a recent conversation with Hazra, he outlined their new fabric interconnect strategy.

When Is Cloud the Right Choice for HPC?

Aug 9, 2012 |

Cloud technologies have become integral to a number of services including video streaming, file sharing and social media to name a few. But when it comes to HPC applications, the benefits don’t always translate.