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Exascale Resilience Turns a Corner

Jul 21, 2014 |

While advancing the field of HPC into the exascale era is beset by many obstacles, resiliency might be the most thorny of all. As the number of cores proliferate so too do the number of incorrect behaviors, threatening not just the operation of the machine, but the validity of the results as well. When you Read more…

Student Supercomputing Competition Embraces GPU-Power

Jun 26, 2014 |

The third and final day of ISC14 concluded with a ceremony honoring one of the week’s most popular events, the Student Cluster Challenge. Taking home first prize for the second straight year was the team from the Centre for HPC (CHPC) in South Africa. Jointly sponsored by Dell, NVIDIA and Mellanox, the undergraduate team relied on Read more…

ISC14 Video Highlights

Jun 25, 2014 |

It’s the third and final day of ISC14, but there is still much to unwrap in the way of news, content and insight. To highlight some of the most memorable moments from the event, the ISC support team has put together a series of daily video packages. In the first day’s video, Anna Schorr from Read more…

Intel Gives Code Modernization Fresh Push

May 28, 2014 |

In the conversations leading up to exascale, one of the most frequently cited pain points is the need for massive software optimization and code modernization. But this isn’t just a relevant topic for the largest system operators at the supercomputing pinnacle. According to Intel’s General Manager of the Technical Computing Group, Charlie Wuischpard, there are Read more…

Engineering Codes to Meet the Exascale Era

May 8, 2014 |

As we look to the future applications for exascale-class computers, the grand science challenges are often first on the list. From modeling the climate to the underpinnings of the universe, the problems most often associated with exascale computing are epic in scope. However, the range of complex, multidisciplinary engineering problems that can be solved with Read more…

Short Takes

DOE to Fund Exascale Resilience Research

Jul 30, 2014 |

As the calendar counts down to the first exascale supercomputer, efforts to resolve the steep technological challenges are increasing in number and urgency. Among the many obstacles inhibiting extreme-scale computing platforms – resilience is one of the most significant. As systems approach billion-way parallelism, the proliferation of errors at current rates just won’t do. In Read more…

Wave Energy Gains Momentum with HPC

Jul 30, 2014 |

You are no doubt familiar with solar parks and wind farms, but what about wave farms? With the disastrous implications of climate change pushing government and industry to pursue greener energy sources, there has been increased interest in solar and wind power, but another renewable is also on the rise: wave energy. Wave farms, also called wave Read more…

SC14 Technical Program Preview

Jul 29, 2014 |

July has been rather quiet in the HPC space, but what better time to start looking ahead and preparing for the busy fall ahead, including the preeminent annual HPC event: SC14. Attendees won’t flock to this event until November 16, but SC planners are busy getting everything into place, including the core event offering: the Read more…

The Portability Mandate

Jul 24, 2014 |

Argonne National Laboratory recently published several sessions from its Summer 2013 Extreme-Scale Computing program to YouTube. One of these is a lesson on combining performance and portability presented by Argonne Assistant Computational Scientist Jeff Hammond. For some reason the video image does not match the lecture, but you will find a link to Hammond’s slide deck here. Read more…

Getting to Exascale

Jul 24, 2014 |

As the exascale barrier draws ever closer, experts around the world turn their attention to enabling this major advance. Providing a truly deep dive into the subject matter is the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. The institution’s summer 2014 issue of “Topics” takes a hard look at the way that supercomputing is progressing. In Read more…

Off the Wire

eInfochips to Develop NVIDIA GPU-Powered Products for HPC

Jul 30, 2014 |

July 30 — eInfochips, a leading engineering R&D services company, today announced professional services offered to clients to develop NVIDIA GPU-powered solutions for aerospace and defense, medical imaging, high-performance computing (HPC), industrial, and visual computing applications. Powered by NVIDIA Tesla, NVIDIA Quadro and NVIDIA Tegra GPUs, the next generation of systems designed by eInfochips will Read more…

Newest Version of SysFera-DS Released

Jul 1, 2014 |

PARIS, France, July 1 – SysFera has introduced a new version of its SysFera-DS software that simplifies management of hybrid high performance computing (HPC) environments. The more lightweight architecture of this latest version, SysFera-DS v4.5, can be fully installed without downtime and ready for production in less than two hours. SysFera-DS v4.5 enables administrators to continue to provide best quality of Read more…

Finisar to Display Optical Interconnect Portfolio for HPC Applications at ISC14

Jun 23, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LEIPZIG, Germany, June 23 – Finisar Corporation today announced that it will display its market-leading product portfolio of optical interconnects, optimized for demanding High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications, at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 (ISC’14). These optical interconnects, based on 10G, 14G, and 25G per channel solutions, leverage Finisar’s patented fiber optic technology for the Read more…

AMD Launches FirePro W8100 Professional Graphics Card

Jun 23, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 23 – AMD today launched the AMD FirePro W8100 professional graphics card, enabling new levels of workstation performance delivered by the company’s second generation, industry-leading AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. With nearly 38 times the performance of the closest competing product based on double precision testing, and powered by OpenCL, the AMD FirePro Read more…

Cirrascale Releases ARM64 Development Platform for HPC and Cloud Applications

Jun 23, 2014 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 23 — Cirrascale Corporation, a premier developer of build-to-order, independent blade-based and rackmount computing and storage infrastructure for conventional and modular data centers, today launched its high density, two-in-one ARM64 development platform, the RM1905D. The platform is powered by the Applied Micro Circuits Corporation X-Gene 64-bit ARM Server-on-a-Chip and NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPU accelerators. Read more…