The slow-down of Moore’s law has chip makers expanding their efforts beyond the scaling of silicon-based transistors to include the development of alternative materials and computing approaches. Such is the case with IBM, which last week launched a $3 billion research initiative focused on getting to “7 nanometers and beyond.” The five year program comes
The Department of Energy (DOE) continues to prime the R&D pump for the next-generation of supercomputers, exascale machines 50 times more powerful than today’s leading number-crunchers. In order to bring this goal to fruition, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science together with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have awarded $25.4 million in research
On Wednesday, November 6, 2013, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to explore the reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act, which funds government research and development initiatives, essential for maintaining the country’s global position. Passed in 2007, the America COMPETES Act was intended to double federal spending in science
All countries have some computing capability, but relatively fewer are serious players in HPC. So far in the Middle East, the only country to place machines on the Top500 list is Saudi Arabia. Qatar, which is right next door, is a very wealthy and focused country that could easily become a significant HPC power. Why
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin likes supercomputers, or more to the point he likes what they can do to boost innovation and competitiveness. At the July 1st dedication ceremony for Mira, the IBM BlueGene/Q supercomputer installed last year at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois, Senator Durbin said: “They know the cost [of supercomputers] but they
Prime Minister pushes for $1B investment in supercomputing capability.
During the International Supercomputing Conference, Bull’s Matthew Foxton sounded an alarm bell for the European supercomputing community with his statement that all the R&D will not prove useful to Europe’s future without a solid investment in the “D”–not just the “R”.
Moore’s Law is projected to come to an end sometime around the middle of the next decade — a timeframe that coincides with the epoch of exascale computing. A white paper by Marc Snir, Bill Gropp and Peter Kogge discusses what we should be doing now to prepare high performance computing for the post-Moore’s Law era.
Bruce Maches provides a thorough examination of the complexity and resource requirements of specialized life science applications and what the role (and challenges) will be as cloud continue to enter into the industry. Many life science companies are struggling to afford to internally build, implement, and support much of the required systems and infrastructure but as Maches argues, there are alternatives.