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SC13 Spotlights Three Main Trends

Dec 18, 2013 |

Collecting my thoughts after a thrilling and enlightening Supercomputing Conference in Denver, I want to discuss some of the key trends and highlights observed. The annual conference is always a hotbed of product announcements and this year, the 25th running, was no exception. There are many articles covering the key announcements, so I instead want Read more…

HPC Progress: No More Free Lunch

Dec 11, 2013 |

As HPC news hits its end-of-year slump before the raft of new activity begins anew in January, what better time to take in some SC13 highlights that you may have missed. During the show, NVIDIA Corp. hosted a number of compelling booth sessions at its GPU Technology Theatre, and full videos of these talks are Read more…

SC13 Demo Provides Impetus for AWS Experiment

Dec 4, 2013 |

Adaptive Computing, the company that powers many of the world’s largest technical computing environments with its Moab optimization and scheduling software, was among the many HPC-oriented vendors assembled at SC13 in Denver. In preparation for the show, Adaptive’s Chief Solutions Architect Daniel Hardman prepared to demo a new technology, called Moab Task Manager, that was launching during Read more…

SC13 in Review: The Week’s Top Newsmakers

Nov 28, 2013 |

This year at SC13 we counted over 100 HPC-specific announcements that hit the wires over the course of the week, many of which were from vendors, organizations and users that we were within a short walk across the show floor in Denver. We wanted to point to some of the key newsmakers during the show, Read more…

SC13 Student Cluster Competition Results Are In

Nov 25, 2013 |

This year’s Student Cluster Competition (SCC) at SC13 in Denver, Colorado, brought together student teams from the around the world for a grueling two-day face-off. The winning teams were revealed during an SC13 Awards Ceremony luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 21., where Team Longhorn from the University of Texas at Austin was declared the overall winner Read more…

SC13 Wrapup: Supercomputing’s Top Themes

Nov 24, 2013 |

For those of us who traveled to Denver for SC13, it’s now back to “normal” as the year in high performance computing begins its slow descent into relative silence before a fresh start in 2014. Sitting down to plow through the plethora of new items to pluck for a top announcements article seemed impossible without Read more…

HPC Luminaries Reflect on 25 Years of SC

Nov 23, 2013 |

As SC13 comes to a close, we thought it might be a good time to take a look back at what the last 25 years of the SC conference has meant for key people in the supercomputing space. From Jack Dongarra, Horst Simon, Kathy Yelick and others, take a step back in time (and see Read more…

New Benchmark Could Shake Up TOP500 Rankings

Nov 22, 2013 |

The latest TOP500 list of the world’s fastest systems was recently published during SC13 and at first glance not much has changed since the previous list released in June. There was only a single new entrant to the top 10, Piz Daint, a Cray XC30 system installed at the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) in Read more…

Gordon Bell Prize Bubbles from Sequoia

Nov 22, 2013 |

Each year at SC, the ACM hands out one of the most coveted awards, the Gordon Bell Prize. The award, which became a regular feature of SC, began in 1987 and now carries a $10,000 prize sponsored by parallel computing luminary, Gordon Bell. Winners demonstrate high peak performance figures on real world applications or demonstrate Read more…

Mont Blanc Forges Cluster from Smartphone Chips

Nov 22, 2013 |

The Mont Blanc project, an effort by a number of European supercomputing centers and vendors that seeks to create an energy-efficient supercomputer based on ARM processors and GPU coprocessors, has put together its third prototype. That is one more step on the path to an exascale system. The third generation machine, which is being shown Read more…