Tag: Xeon

IBM Power8 Outperforms x86 on Financial Benchmarks

Jun 9, 2015 |

If you’ve been waiting for a formal evaluation of the IBM Power8 architecture on common financial workloads, then look no further. According to results shared at the STAC Summit on June 4, an IBM Power8-based system server delivered more than twice the performance of the best-in-class x86 counterpart when running a set of standard financial industry benchmarks. Sumit Read more…

CPU Benchmarking: Haswell Versus POWER8

Jun 2, 2015 |

With OpenPOWER activity ramping up and IBM’s prominent role in the upcoming DOE machines Summit and Sierra, it’s a good time to look at how the IBM POWER CPU stacks up against the x86 Xeon Haswell CPU from Intel. Citing the compute-intensive nature of today’s financial applications, the acceleration specialists at Xcelerit sought to compare IBM’s powerhouse Read more…

Wrangler and Comet Reflect Changing NSF Priorities

May 4, 2015 |

“Early operations mode” describes the status of two NSF-funded systems that are on track to support a wider range of user than is traditionally served by elite-level supercomputing. Wrangler is the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) system that we reported on last week, so now we turn our attention to Comet, the petascale supercomputer readying for launch at San Diego Read more…

Haswell’s New Instructions Benefit FEA Performance

Apr 2, 2015 |

Intel recently published a case study that demonstrates the advantages of the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family for running engineering workloads, using Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA-branded Abaqus/Standard software. Abaqus/Standard is general purpose finite element analysis (FEA) software, which works by sectioning an object into a large number of finite elements, each represented by an equation. As the individual equations are solved and Read more…

AWS Rolls Out Haswell-Backed Instances

Jan 12, 2015 |

Blogging for Amazon Web Services, Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr announced the public debut of “Haswell”-powered C4 instances, further boosting the HPC horsepower of the EC2 engine. First revealed at the cloud innovator’s re:Invent developer conference in November, the compute-optimized offering is now available in seven AWS regions with more to be added. The new instance types can Read more…

CERN Researchers Explore x86 Alternatives

Oct 28, 2014 |

Energy consumption has become a constraining feature on the growth of computing systems, such that the industry has shifted its focus from pure performance to performance-per-watt. As a result, there is increased interest in newer chip architectures that emphasize energy efficiency. An international group of researchers with ties to CERN are especially concerned with the effect these power constraints 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…

Haswell Speeds Popular Financial App

Sep 17, 2014 |

Continuing our coverage of the new Intel “Haswell” Xeon E5 v3 series chips, we turn our attention to a recent blog post from software acceleration specialists Xcelerit to see how the Haswell fares on a popular Monte-Carlo financial application. The Haswell E5 family offers significant performance gains over the previous Ivy Bridge processors but to Read more…

Haswell-EP Performance Deep Dive

Sep 16, 2014 |

A recent Microway blog post offers a detailed look at how the new Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 “Haswell-EP” processors perform for HPC applications. “The Xeon E5-2600v3 processors introduce the highest performance available to date in a socketed CPU. For the first time, a single CPU is capable of more than half a TeraFLOPS (500 GFLOPS),” notes Read more…

New Haswells Spark Open Season for HPC Systems

Sep 15, 2014 |

What do you get when you add more cores, improved memory bandwidth, and a notable uptick in performance out of a freshly-launched chip? One hell of a lot of announcements from a broad, hungry base of server makers. And to be fair, a lot of excitement from the HPC user community to boot. While one Read more…