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Earthquake Simulation Scales to 8.6 Petaflops

Aug 14, 2014 |

Intel Labs Vision Stategist Divya Kolar explores how supercomputing is helping society prepare for earthquakes. Current earthquake early warning systems are very limited, and basically only sound the alarm after the earthquake has begun. In a typical scenario, the affected population may have tens of seconds of lead time up to a minute or so depending on Read more…

China’s Supercomputing Strategy Called Out

Jul 17, 2014 |

Since China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer has successfully held on to its number one position for three iterations of the TOP500 list, there has been a lot of attention focused on just how useful this nearly 34-petaflops (LINPACK) beast actually is. In fact for many years the consensus on supercomputing in China has centered on a dearth of application Read more…

Fastest Supercomputer Runs Ubuntu, OpenStack

May 27, 2014 |

Although cloud is still widely considered a technology for the masses, the proliferation of cloud within HPC now goes all the way to the highest echelons of supercomputing. China’s National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), which oversees reining TOP500 chart-topper, Tianhe-2, and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, have entered into a partnership to support both Ubuntu Read more…

China Means Business with Supercomputing Push

Jun 20, 2013 |

China is making significant strides towards its goals to use supercomputing as the next big platform to spur economic growth. The country now makes up 13% of the Top 500 (with 51% from the United States). We talk with Inspur’s Chief Scientist of HPC Applications about how the system will be used to forward the goals of the national…

Supercomputers: Not Always the Best for Big Data

Jun 18, 2013 |

The world’s largest supercomputers, like Tianhe-2, are great at traditional, compute-intensive HPC workloads, such as simulating atomic decay or modeling tornados. But data-intensive applications–such as mining big data sets for connections–is a different sort of workload, and runs best on a different sort of computer.

Intel Snaps New Grips to HPC Hook

Jun 17, 2013 |

Not content to let the Tianhe-2 announcement ride alone, Intel rolled out a series of announcements around its Knights Corner and Xeon Phi products–all of which are aimed at adding some options and variety for a wider base of potential users across the HPC spectrum. Today at the International Supercomputing Conference, the company’s Raj….

Top 500 Results Reveal Global Acceleration, Balance Shift

Jun 17, 2013 |

The Top 500 list of the world’s fastest computers has just been announced. Not surprisingly, since it’s been reported on prior to the official announcement, the Chinese Tianhe-2 system tops the list. And that is an understatement. We talk with Jack Dongarra, Horst Simon, Hans Meuer and others from the….

Top Supercomputer Signals Growth of Chinese HPC Industry

Jun 12, 2013 |

At 31 petaflops of sustained LINPACK capacity, the new Chinese Tianhe-2 supercomputer will be the fastest supercomputer in the world when this month’s Top 500 list comes out, as we reported previously in HPCwire.

Full Details Uncovered on Chinese Top Supercomputer

Jun 2, 2013 |

With help from a draft report from Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, who also spearheads the process of verifying the top of the pack super, we are able to share the full processor, Xeon Phi coprocessor, custom interconnect, storage and memory, as well as power and cooling information. The supercomputer out of China will be…

Details Emerge About China’s 50+ Petaflop Chart-Topper

May 29, 2013 |

We have some new details that filtered in with some credible community input through the night about China’s 50+ petaflop system. We have been able to confirm a number of the points of speculation and rumor, including the vendor, the exact Linpack results, the location of the system, and the fact that it is a MIC….

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