Tag: TOP500

LINPACK’s ‘Companion Metric’ Gains Traction

Jul 15, 2015 |

The TOP500 organizers published their 45th twice-yearly list this week in tandem with ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. What is becoming increasingly clear, as our analysis piece covered and as many in the community have also pointed out, is that the salad days of “better-than-Moore’s” performance growth hit an inflection point in 2008. We went into the Read more…

China Scores Fifth TOP500 Win with Tianhe-2

Jul 14, 2015 |

When China grabbed the TOP500 crown for its Tianhe-2 supercomputer in June 2013 with double the peak FLOPS of the next fastest machine (Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory), could anyone have foreseen that the machine would still hold on to the top spot a full two years later? As we can see from the 45th edition Read more…

The Necessary Marriage of Big Data with Exascale

Jun 29, 2015 |

Failure to incorporate big data computing insights into efforts to achieve exascale computing would be a critical mistake argue Daniel Reed and Jack Dongarra in their article, Exascale Computing and Big Data, published in the July issue of the Communications of the ACM journal. While scientific and big data computing have historically taken different development Read more…

Tracking the Trajectory to Exascale and Beyond

Jun 8, 2015 |

The future of high performance computing is now being defined both in how it will be achieved and in the ways in which it will impact diverse fields in science and technology, industry and commerce, and security and society. At this time there is great expectation but much uncertainty creating a climate of opportunity, challenge, Read more…

Blacklisting Doesn’t Slow Intel Investment in China

Apr 28, 2015 |

Intel may be barred from selling leading edge technology to China’s top supercomputer sites but it is nonetheless ramping up its high-end collaboration with China. On April 21st, Intel launched the first Intel Parallel Computing Center in China, a joint effort with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), with widely publicized ceremonies in China. “This Read more…

Making the Case for HPC Just Got Easier

Mar 24, 2015 |

A new study highlights the importance of locally available supercomputers to university research. Authored by a cross-disciplinary team of experts from Clemson University, the report provides compelling evidence connecting TOP500-level computing power with technical efficiency of research output. HPC users are well aware of the advantages that leadership computing confers in terms of competitiveness, innovation and other societal benefits, but policy makers require Read more…

TOP500, Green500: Signs of Change Revealed

Dec 1, 2014 |

Faced with several iterations of seemingly stagnant TOP500 releases, there may be some more insight to glean yet thanks to an Exascalar analysis, undertaken by Intel’s Director of Power Technology Execution Winston Saunders. According to Saunders, “Exascalar is one of the best ways to visualize changes in the Green500 and Top500 lists since it compares both Read more…

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…

Why the TOP500 Standstill Won’t Last Forever

Nov 17, 2014 |

Traditionally, one of the most exciting opening elements of the annual SC event is the announcement of the list of the Top 500 supercomputers on the planet. There are often surprises or at the very least, some notable movements as large systems enter the list, offering new ways to track architectural and system design trends. Read more…

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…