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The Weekly Top Five

Apr 7, 2011 |

The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover Intel’s “Westmere EX” launch party; the Albert Einstein Institute’s new cluster; TACC’s Lonestar 4 inauguration; Penguin Computing’s financial markets server; and NextIO’s partnership with Bright Computing.

Intel Partners See ‘Easy’ Upgrade Path With Xeon 5600 Chips

Mar 18, 2010 |

Westmere parts already showing up in HPC machines.

Westmere Ushers in the Second Coming of Multicore

Mar 18, 2010 |

Latest silicon from Intel, AMD and NVIDIA will change the workstation-cluster dynamic.

Intel Ups Performance Ante with Westmere Server Chips

Mar 16, 2010 |

Right on schedule, Intel has launched its Xeon 5600 processors, codenamed “Westmere EP.” The 5600 represents the 32nm sequel to the Xeon 5500 (Nehalem EP) for dual-socket servers. Intel is touting better performance and energy efficiency, along with new security features, as the big selling points of the new Xeons.

AMD Confirms 12-Core Opteron Production

Feb 23, 2010 |

Magny-Cours siting on eBay forces chipmaker to respond.

Intel to Release Westmere Server Chips in Three Months

Jan 15, 2010 |

First 32nm Xeons promise better performance and energy efficiency.

AMD Server Roadmap: Cores, Lots of Them

Dec 1, 2009 |

Despite the rise of GPUs, CPUs are the foundation high performance computing, with Intel clearly owning the majority of the HPC server market. AMD’s server roadmap over the next couple of years may be able to blunt some of its rival’s momentum, but there are no magic bullets in the company’s arsenal.

AMD’s 2010/2011 Roadmap from the IT Professional’s Perspective

Nov 24, 2009 |

AMD plots its Opteron strategy.

The Shape of Chips to Come

Sep 24, 2009 |

Larrabee, Westmere, and “microserver” chips: Intel talks up its future silicon at IDF.

Intel Ahead of Schedule with New Xeon Server Chips

Sep 23, 2009 |

First 32nm Xeon chips may show up in early 2010.