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TOP500 Stunt Machine Heads to Vegas

Sep 18, 2014 |

Remember “Cherry Creek,” the Intel-designed supercomputer that ran for the duration of SC13 Supercomputing Conference? This “demonstration” system achieved a 400 ranking on that November’s TOP500 list based on a Linpack performance of 131.5 teraflops and a 41st ranking on the subsequent Green500. Intel built the supercomputer in partnership with Supermicro and Bright Computing as 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…

A Slice of Green with Accelerators On Top

Jul 1, 2014 |

On the heels of a successful ISC14 in Leipzig, Germany, last week, the latest Green500 list was just published, and once again the TSUBAME-KFC is the world’s greenest supercomputer with an energy efficiency of 4.4 gigaflops per watt. This system from Tokyo Institute of Technology broke the 4.0 gigaflops per watt mark last November, and it’s still Read more…

New HPC Benchmark Delivers Promising Results

Jun 26, 2014 |

One of the undisputed themes at ISC14 was the continued speculation about how the Top500 Linpack benchmark will keep pace with evolving system and application demands. We have been following progress with the HPCG companion metric that Linpack co-founders Dr. Jack Dongarra, Piotr Luszczek (both at the University of Tennessee/Oak Ridge National Lab) and Michael Read more…

Are Supercomputing’s Elite Turning Backs on Accelerators?

Jun 26, 2014 |

Now that this year’s Top500 has been released and analyzed, we wanted to take a step back to look at a few emerging trends. One of the elements of the last couple of lists that caught our eye is that despite the availability of new accelerator/co-processor choices, there is a noticeable leveling off in overall Read more…

Iconic Supercomputing Vendor Charts Comeback

Jun 24, 2014 |

Today at ISC14 Cray announced a $54 million contract with the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) for two next-generation Cray XC supercomputers and a Cray Sonexion storage system. This latest win, however, is just part of a larger story about a supercomputing company that is still very much relevant four decades after founder Seymour Cray helped spawn an Read more…

Breaking: Detailed Results from Today’s Top 500 Fastest Supercomputers List

Jun 23, 2014 |

Greetings from Germany and the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC14) where, as happens each year, the bi-annual list of the top 500 fastest supercomputers is unveiled. Usually, this happens with a great deal of fanfare and speculation over which machine will take the top position. However, this year, there is little surprise in the finding that Read more…

Peek into China’s Plans for Top Supercomputer Shows No Slowdown

Mar 20, 2014 |

This week we learned more about Japan’s exascale plans for the 2020 timeframe, but also on the contender list to be among the first to reach exascale-class computing levels is China. For now, however, the country has its sights set on continuing to dominate the list in 2015 and beyond. To put this and the Read more…

Details Emerging on Japan’s Future Exascale System

Mar 18, 2014 |

The Big Data and Extreme Computing meeting in Fukuoka, Japan concluded recently, pushing a great deal of information about international progress toward exascale initiatives into the global community. As the host country, Japan had ample opportunity to gather many of the researchers building out the next incarnation of the K Computer, which is expected to Read more…

Focus Sharpens on New HPC Benchmark

Jan 6, 2014 |

Over the last few years in particular, discussions about the limitations of the current measurement for the Top500, the LINPACK benchmark, have echoed louder. The result of these lines of questioning have led to a new benchmarking possibility–one that takes real world application needs and current architectural and system design trends into greater account. LINPACK Read more…