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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…

NVIDIA Kepler Parts Top Green500

Nov 22, 2013 |

Twice a year, in step with the biannual TOP500 list, the Green500 list ranks the most powerful systems in the world based on energy-efficiency. Published Wednesday evening at SC13, this year’s Green500 list continues a trend from previous years, the rise of heterogenous supercomputing. The latest list shows that the top 10 greenest systems are Read more…

TACC Presents Highlights from SC13

Nov 21, 2013 |

During SC13 in Denver, Colorado, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has been presenting “live” commentary from the show floor with on-the-spot demonstrations and interviews with TACC representatives and their University of Texas partners. This third edition of TACC’s SC13 roundup provides an overview of the center’s Ultimate Science Environment for researchers and an introduction Read more…

SC Launches HPC Matters Video Challenge

Nov 21, 2013 |

With SC13 in Denver, Colorado, starting to wind down, this mostly-volunteer organization is looking ahead to SC14, where the conference will reprise its SC10 venue: New Orleans. The theme for next year’s show is HPC Matters. So why does HPC matter? We can get carried away with visions of big iron and unlimited FLOPS, but as Read more…

HPC Power Efficiency and the Green500

Nov 20, 2013 |

The first Green500 List was launched in November 2007 ranking the energy efficiency of supercomputers. Co-founder Kirk W. Cameron discusses the events that led to creation of the Green500 List, its maturation, and future directions. An Early Supercomputer Efficiency “List” In 2001 the notions of Green HPC and energy proportional computing were unknown. There was Read more…

HPC Quiz: How Do Your SC Credentials Stack Up?

Nov 19, 2013 |

How do your SC skills stack up? Take this quiz and share the results with its author, Andrew Jones, aka @HPCnotes on Twitter or (maybe not) with your boss… Q1. Your boss asks you “what is this SC thing then”? Do you: a)       Panic and remain mute, hoping they just approve the trip. b)      Launch Read more…

SC13 Talk Pushes HPC in New Educational Directions

Nov 19, 2013 |

According to Dr. Thom Dunning from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, science and engineering research has been revolutionized by computation but, to date computing has largely been used to organize, prepare for and disseminate courses. Dunning says that “The potential of using these technologies to teach students the fundamental principles of a subject through authentic Read more…

Top 500 Interconnect History Highlights Ethernet Trends

Nov 19, 2013 |

As we related earlier when the news of the Top 500 rankings broke this morning, this November’s SC list was a rather static one in terms of the top ten systems. While this isn’t entirely unexpected since it was not likely anyone would usurp China’s dominance and since there were no big processor movements in Read more…

LINPACK Creator Sheds Light on Emerging HPC Benchmark

Nov 18, 2013 |

Back in June during the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), we discussed the need for a potential alternative to the current LINPACK benchmark, which is the sturdy yardstick by which supercomputing might is measured, with its creator, Dr. Jack Dongarra. At that time, he described a new benchmarking effort that is taking shape with the input Read more…

Extreme Computational Biology at SC13: An Interview with Dr. Klaus Schulten

Nov 18, 2013 |

According to Dr. Klaus Schulten from the University of Illinois, the molecular dynamics and visualization programs NAMD and VMD, which serve over 300,000 registered users in many fields of biology and medicine, are pushing the limits of extreme scale computational biology. Schulten says these programs can operate on a wide variety of hardware and offer Read more…