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<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/digital_time_tunnel_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”95″ height=”95″ />In the world of high performance computing, a lot of the important news this year revolved around heterogeneous computing, big data, and HPC interconnects. Two vendors that perhaps embodied those technologies more so than others were Cray and Intel, both of which figured prominently in some of the biggest HPC stories in 2012. Here are HPCwire’s highlights and lowlights for the year.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpccloud/Adaptive_Computing_Moab_2012.jpg” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”67″ />At SC12, Adaptive announced its Moab HPC Suite 7.2 release, which includes several productivity enhancements and introduces support for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. The workload management vendor also launched two new products as part of its Moab HPC Suite: Application Portal Edition and Remote Visualization Edition.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Blue_Waters_NCSA.jpg” alt=”” width=”110″ height=”53″ />NCSA’s Blue Waters system is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, but it won’t be appearing on the TOP500 list, nor will it be taking part in the HPC Challenge awards. HPCwire spoke with Project Director Bill Kramer to get the full story on this important decision.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Michio_Kaku_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”100″ height=”95″ />Imagine a world where a computer chip costs just a penny. They could be embedded anywhere and everywhere. Celebrity physicist Michio Kaku talked about the implications of this and much more in his much-anticipated keynote address at Supercomputing 2012 (SC12) this week in Salt Lake City, where he discussed the huge role that high performance computing will play in the year 2100.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/neural_small.jpg” alt=”” />In a part serious, part provocative style, here is a light-hearted look at the different personality stereotypes involved in high performance computing. This is by no means an exclusive list, but it does illustrate the range of people who contribute to the flavor of the world of supercomputing.
<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.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpccloud/Windows-Azure-cloud_230x.jpg” alt=”” width=”93″ height=”58″ />Microsoft has unveiled a set of “big compute” capabilities for its Windows Azure offering. The company is courting the HPC space with more powerful hardware, new instance configurations, and the updated Microsoft HPC Pack 2012.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/CARMA_MICROCLUSTER_small.gif” alt=”” width=”107″ height=”56″ />This week at SC12, Italian cluster maker E4 Computer Engineering, launched a new series heterogeneous clusters, which pair an NVIDIA’s ARM+GPU Tegra3 with a discrete Quadro GPU. We asked E4’s Simone Tinti, who leads the HPC team at E4, to describe the new systems and talk about the advantage they offer to high performance computing users.