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Alternatives to x86 for Physics Processing

Nov 11, 2013 |

The global distributed computing system known as the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG) brings together resources from more than 150 computing centers in nearly 40 countries. Its mission is to store, distribute and analyze the 25 petabytes of data generated each year by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), based out of the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. Read more…

A Path to Many-Task Computing on the Xeon Phi

Oct 24, 2013 |

It’s been nearly a year since the Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor debuted at SC12, and in that time, it has experienced strong acceptance from the community. But as this is a relatively new technology, research into its usefulness is still forthcoming. Adding to the growing body of research on the Phi is “Understanding the Costs Read more…

Phi and Kepler Run Monte Carlo Race

Sep 18, 2013 |

This week we spoke with Jörg Lotze, CTO and cofounder of financial services-driven software firm, Xcelerit, about benchmarking accelerators, coprocessors, and multicore architectures with specific emphasis on how GPUs stack up against Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. Lotze discussed the challenges and opportunities of each in the context of real-world Monte Carlo examples.

IBM Dials Up Density for HPC and Hyperscale

Sep 11, 2013 |

Today IBM announced NextScale, which will eventually evolve into the place of its iDataPlex systems. Tapping the power of the new Ivy Bridge processors, coupled with eventual support for a host of accelerated options (GPUs, Xeon Phi and likely other processor choices) the company also put its stake in the ground for hyperscale and HPC..

Iowa State Accelerates Science with GPU-Phi Supercomputer

Sep 6, 2013 |

Iowa State has taken delivery of its most powerful supercomputer yet. The 4,768 core “Cyence” HPC cluster – accelerated by NVIDIA GPUs and Intel Xeon Phis – is the touchstone of a $2.6 million project to revitalize HPC-based research at Iowa State…

Intel Firms Up Fortran, Steps to Standards

Sep 4, 2013 |

Following Intel’s low-key announcement today of updates to Cluster Studio and Parallel Studio, we spoke with its software and tools guru, James Reinders, about what these enhancements mean for Xeon Phi, Fortran development, and the advancement along standards lines, including OpenMP 4.0 and….

Intel Hits Refresh on Datacenter Vision

Jul 26, 2013 |

This week at the Intel “Reimagine the Datacenter” event in San Francisco, we talked with the company’s HPC lead, Raj Hazra about the general themes that emerged during a series of presentations around efficiency, performance and a new approach to integration across the stack. While not an HPC-oriented set of announcements, Hazra said…

Intel Snaps New Grips to HPC Hook

Jun 17, 2013 |

Not content to let the Tianhe-2 announcement ride alone, Intel rolled out a series of announcements around its Knights Corner and Xeon Phi products–all of which are aimed at adding some options and variety for a wider base of potential users across the HPC spectrum. Today at the International Supercomputing Conference, the company’s Raj….

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…

IDC Posits Processor Possibilities

May 1, 2013 |

This week we’re at the IDC User Forum in Tucson, staying cool amidst some heated talks about which processor, coprocessor and accelerator approaches are going to push into the lead in the next few years. To take this pulse, we sat down with IDC’s Steve Conway to talk about some general trends that are a tall drink of water for a few key vendors, including Intel, NVIDIA…..