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The Modern GPU: A Graphic History

Aug 21, 2013 |

What do the Atari 2600 and Tianhe-1A have in common? It may be difficult to imagine, but both systems are examples of the use of cutting-edge graphic processers for their times. This demonstrates the fascinating evolution of the GPU, which today is one of the most critical hardware components of supercomputer architectures.

HPC500 Q2 Call Recap

Aug 20, 2013 |

The HPC500 recently held its quarterly members only call and the topic was processor architectures. The group is comprised of industry leaders who steer the direction of HPC and bring HPC technology to bear on challenging problems in science, engineering, and business.

UCSC Ramps Up Astrophysics Work with New HPC Gear

Aug 7, 2013 |

A new 60 teraflops supercomputer and 1 petabyte high speed storage system recently installed on the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz will give astrophysicists at the college the computational and storage headroom they need to model the heavens like never before.

Steve Scott Leaves NVIDIA for Google

Aug 6, 2013 |

Steve Scott has given up his job as the chief technology officer for NVIDIA’s GPU business to help build big systems for Google. It’s unclear exactly what Scott, who formerly designed interconnects for Cray, will be doing at the Internet giant, but the smart money is that it’s something big.

NVIDIA Shows Off Mobile Variant of Kepler GPU

Aug 5, 2013 |

NVIDIA used a recent graphics conference to demonstrate Project Logan, the low-power version of the Kepler GPU that it’s developing for smartphones and tablets. The GPU maker says that, when it ships, Project Logan will enable graphics capabilities for mobile devices that are on par with the most powerful desktop- and console-based gaming systems.

NVIDIA Takes PGI Under Wing

Jul 29, 2013 |

Moments ago, NVIDIA announced its acquisition of the Portland Group (PGI) which has provided compiler and tools for the HPC-oriented C and Fortran markets. According to the company’s Sumit Gupta, this will allow them to further build their software portfolio and to push the adoption of GPUs through OpenACC in particular. NVIDIA and PGI will…

GPUs Put Real-Time Defense on the Map

Jul 17, 2013 |

With ever more surveillance footage at home and abroad, there is an increasing need to handle, in near real-time, the immense processing required to sift through faces, spaces and signals. This week NVIDIA targeted the government and military geospatial intelligence community with a targeted stack of common packages for GeoInt (geospatial intelligence) developers and analysts….

AMD Taken to Task on HPC Investment

Jul 10, 2013 |

This week we talked with AMD’s GM of the Server Business Unit, Andrew Feldman about his company’s role in the future of HPC. We asked how invested they are in the future of this market, what technologies will push their drive forward, and where they see the biggest opportunities in high performance computing. Interestingly, we found that….

NVIDIA to Build Exascale-Class Systems for UK Researchers

Jul 2, 2013 |

NVIDIA will develop exascale-class supercomputers that feature hundreds of thousands of GPUs for the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the organizations announced in June. The massive, government-funded systems will be used to further scientific research in the UK, and create a center of excellence for parallel programming.

South African Student HPC Team Rides GPUs to Victory at ISC 2013

Jun 27, 2013 |

When an underdog team of undergrads from South Africa arrived in Leipzig, Germany for the 2013 Student Cluster Challenge last week, they had the odds stacked against them. But what the team lacked in experience was more than made up for with intestinal fortitude, not to mention a heavy dose of NVIDIA GPUs.

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