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Architectural Surprises Underpin New HPC Benchmark Results

Dec 1, 2014 |

One of the most heated debates in supercomputing circles over the last several years has been around the continued validity of the current basis of the Top 500 ranking of the fastest systems in the world, the high performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark. Out of these many criticisms, one of the founders of the original LINPACK Read more…

Infiniband Snaps Up Strong Super Share

Jul 8, 2013 |

Infiniband carried a slight majority of the Top 500 share this year at ISC, a trend that Mellanox says will continue, both in HPC and beyond. We discussed IB’s reach and efficiencies with the company’s Gilad Shainer to better understand where Ethernet and Infinband are…

The Top 500 Visualized

Jun 21, 2013 |

To wrap up ISC, we wanted to collect some general visualized trends from this year’s rankings. In this visual feature, we’ve provided information on operating systems, key vendors, processor and interconnect technologies and more. While there are a million ways to analyze the…

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…

Alternatives Emerge as Linpack Loses Ground

Jun 18, 2013 |

Today at the International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzing, Germany, Jack Dongarra presented on a proposed benchmark that could carry a bit more weight than its older Linpack companion. The high performance conjugate gradient (HPCG) concept takes into account new architectures for new applications, while shedding the floating point….

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….

Is China Set to Unveil Record-Shattering Supercomputer?

May 28, 2013 |

When so many folks from the HPC community come at us with credible details about something as important as the next top system on the planet, it’s hard to ignore. To quiet things down (and hopefully bring forth more information) we’ve published the consistent details about what we know from (very) credible sources.about this year’s upcoming Top500 announcement. While unconfimed, we have….

SGI Snatches Oil and Gas Giant with “Cool” Super

Mar 26, 2013 |

<img src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/icex.jpg” alt=”” width=”94″ height=”83″ />European oil and gas giant, Total, has looked to SGI again to supply a super that meets their modeling and simulation needs–but that is focused on power and cooling. The result, based on the SGI ICE X, should pull a top ten ranking on this year’s Top 500 list–the most powerful commercial….

International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’11) is the HPC Event for 2011

Dec 16, 2011 |

The 26th International Supercomputing Conference – ISC’11 – will take place in Hamburg, Germany, from June 19 – 23, 2011.  ISC is a key global conference and exhibition for high performance computing, networking and storage. Over 2,000 attendees expected throughout the week, an even more extensive conference program than the previous year, and about 150 leading exhibitors of supercomputing, software, storage, networking and infrastructure technologies, ISC’11 is on track to draw its highest attendance in the history of the event. <br id=”tinymce” class=”mceContentBody ” />

International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’11) is the HPC Event for 2011

May 16, 2011 |

The 26th International Supercomputing Conference – ISC’11 – will take place in Hamburg, Germany, from June 19 – 23, 2011. ISC is a key global conference and exhibition for high performance computing, networking and storage. Over 2,000 attendees expected throughout the week, an even more extensive conference program than the previous year, and about 150 leading exhibitors of supercomputing, software, storage, networking and infrastructure technologies, ISC’11 is on track to draw its highest attendance in the history of the event.

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