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On the Road to Exascale, Expect Delays

Feb 2, 2011 |

With exascale predictions all the rage, here’s a more sobering look at the next big thing in supercomputing.

Algorithms Engulf Wall Street

Jan 19, 2011 |

Automated trading software runs amok.

European Exascale Project Drives Toward Next Supercomputing Milestone

Jan 6, 2011 |

With petascale systems now deployed on three continents, the HPC industry is already looking toward the next milestone in supercomputing: exascale computing. In Europe, this activity is centered on the European Exascale Software Initiative (EESI), a project that brings together industry and government organizations committed to helping usher in the transition from petascale to exascale systems over the next decade.

Looking to Fault-Tolerant Software

Nov 9, 2010 |

Achieving workable software-based fault tolerance will require a fresh approach for developers.

IBM Aims to Transform Its HPC Business

Nov 4, 2010 |

Big Blue sees green in mainstream high performance computing market.

Compilers and More: Hardware/Software Codesign

Nov 2, 2010 |

There is a growing feeling that merely taking the latest processor offerings from Intel, AMD or IBM will not get us to exascale in a reasonable time frame, cost budget, and power constraint. One avenue to explore is designing and building more specialized systems, aimed at the types of problems seen in HPC, or at least at the problems seen in some important subset of HPC. Of course, such a strategy loses the advantages we’ve enjoyed over the past two decades of commoditization in HPC; however, a more special purpose design may be wise, or necessary.

The Week in Review

Oct 28, 2010 |

Chinese Tianhe-1A supercomputer exploits GPU power to deliver 2.5 petaflops; and Cray nabs a $60 million contract with the University of Stuttgart. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup.

Company Offers a New Way to Parallelize Applications

Sep 30, 2010 |

Startups always begin with big ambitions and Massively Parallel Technologies is no exception. This week, the company unveiled “Blue Cheetah,” which is described as a “total application ecosystem” that aims to revolutionize the traditional software development and distribution model, especially for highly parallel codes.

The iTunes of Algorithms

Sep 30, 2010 |

Massively Parallel Technologies takes aim at the software business model.

GIS Applications Take to the Clouds

Jul 20, 2010 |

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications have been among those relegated to the traditional mode of software delivery until more recently as some of the main players in the industry have taken the first tentative steps toward to the clouds. This new delivery model marks a paradigm shift from a business model standpoint and has the potential to bring compute-intensive GIS applications to a larger user base than ever before.