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First HPC Cluster with AMD Fusion Chips Debuts at Sandia

Nov 2, 2011 |

Penguin Computing builds experimental supercomputer with heterogeneous CPU-GPU processors.

TACC Steps Up to the MIC

Apr 21, 2011 |

Supercomputing center starts coding to Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) chip.

IBM Revs Power7 Server Lineup

Apr 12, 2011 |

Watson’s decisive win over two of Jeopardy’s top champions on national television earlier this year could turn out to be the most effective infomercial in the history of IT. Capitalizing on that accomplishment, IBM is working hard to highlight the supercomputing technology at every opportunity, including this week’s rollout of new and improved Power7-based servers.

Intel Scales Up Cores and Memory with New Westmere EX CPUs

Apr 6, 2011 |

This week Intel launched its new Westmere EX lineup, the latest Xeons aimed at large-memory, multi-socketed servers. The new chips come in 6-, 8- and 10-core flavors and will be sold under the name Xeon E7. According to Intel, these latest CPUs deliver 40 percent greater performance than the previous generation Nehalem EX processors while maintaining the same power draw.

Attack of the Killer Micros Redux

Mar 3, 2011 |

Will ARM’s ubiquity in the consumer market doom the x86 in HPC?

Dell Unveils Eight-Socket HPC Box

Feb 14, 2011 |

Dell has introduced an ultra-dense rack server built for high performance computing. Based on the latest and greatest Opteron 6100 series (“Magny-Cours”) processors, the PowerEdge C6145 puts two independent four-socket servers in a 2U chassis, offering up to 96 cores, 1 TB memory, and 10 PCIe slots.

ARM Processors Set to Challenge x86 On Its Own Turf

Feb 2, 2011 |

The dominance of the x86 in desktop machines, servers, and supercomputers will soon be challenged by the ARM microprocessor. That according Tudor Brown, ARM Holdings’ president and co-founder, who this week took a few shots at the x86 dynasty. Brown’s comments and recent events suggest future ARM-based processors could form a credible threat to high-end CPUs made by AMD and Intel.

Chipmakers Churn

Jan 13, 2011 |

Intel settles with NVIDIA; AMD jettisons CEO.

The Not-So-Unlikely Marriage of CUDA and x86

Nov 16, 2010 |

NVIDIA’s CUDA is easily the most popular programming language for general-purpose GPU computing. But one of the more interesting developments in the CUDA-verse doesn’t really involve GPUs at all. In September, HPC compiler vendor PGI (The Portland Group Inc.) announced its intent to build a CUDA compiler for x86 platforms. The technology will be demonstrated for the first time in public at SC10 this week in New Orleans.

Convey Debuts Second-Generation Hybrid-Core Platform

Nov 9, 2010 |

In an HPC market that seems determined to go down the CPU-GPU path, upstart Convey Computer may yet offer a few surprises. The company today unveiled the sequel to its HC-1 platform it introduced in 2008. Called the HC-1ex, the new system adds a lot more performance and capability, but retains the original x86-FPGA co-processor design.