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New Sandia Director Jill Hruby Transcends Glass Ceiling

Jun 24, 2015 |

Sandia National Laboratories has named Jill Hruby to its highest post. When Hruby officially take the reins of the nation’s largest laboratory on July 17, she becomes Sandia’s 14th director in its 60-plus year history as well as the first woman to lead one of the three National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) laboratories. As director of Read more…

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Four Challenges Facing Exascale Application Prep

Jun 22, 2015 |

Worry over readying HPC applications for exascale computing isn’t new and various efforts are underway. Whether they are sufficient is a matter of debate. A major stumbling block, of course, is no one knows precisely what exascale architecture will look like. A recent paper (June 9) on arXiv.org from IBM Research and several European academic Read more…

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Japan Preps for HPC-Big Data Convergence

Jun 18, 2015 |

The task of drawing discrete boundaries around the tech spheres known as HPC and big data is getting more complicated with each passing year. Many are anticipating convergence between these camps. One prominent HPCer waving the convergence flag is Satoshi Matsuoka, a professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information and Computing Center. In his Read more…

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HP Removes Memristors from Its ‘Machine’ Roadmap Until Further Notice

Jun 11, 2015 |

One year after Hewlett-Packard launched its ambitious “this will change everything” project called “The Machine,” the company is making some concessions to its initial vision, something it says is necessary in order to deliver a working prototype by next year. Announced with great fanfare at last year’s HP Discovery event, the Machine was to be Read more…

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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…

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Short Takes

A Road to Practical Extreme Scale CFD?

Jun 5, 2015 |

A CFD code used for combustion simulation just reached a major scalability milestone, thanks to the work of Intelligent Light and partners at Georgia Tech and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The AVF-Leslie combustion simulation code (a derivative of Georgia Tech’s Leslie3D solver code) harnessed 64,000 cores on supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Read more…

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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…

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Saudi Arabia Aims to Enrich Society with Bespoke Supercomputer

Jun 1, 2015 |

Another successful high-performance computing deployment has come to fruition at King Abdulaziz University (KAU). The Fujitsu-built machine, called Aziz, was officially switched on by His Royal Highness Prince Mishaal bin Majed bin Abdul Aziz. The ceremony was attended by Akira Kabemoto, head of Fujitsu’s service platform business, and some 250 researchers, academics and students. The event also Read more…

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Oil and Gas Workloads Drive Supercomputing in Brazil

Jun 1, 2015 |

International exploration and production firm BG Brasil is raising the supercomputing profile of Latin America with the launch of an SGI supercomputer that is expected to “revolutionize seismic data processing” in the region. Last week BG Brasil and Senai CIMATEC officially welcomed the new machine, named “CIMATEC Yemoja” after a local Afro-Brazilian deity, and debuted their new world-class Read more…

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SGI ERI Installation Illustrates Multi-use HPC

May 20, 2015 |

Traditional research and Big Data apps are increasingly run on the same HPC system as lines between their computational requirements blur and demand for dual-use capability grows, said Bob Braham, SGI CMO. He pointed to last month’s ramp up of the latest SGI supercomputer at the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Read more…

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Off the Wire

Racklive Introduces New Low Latency Server Line

Sep 22, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 22 — Racklive, a leading provider of made-to-order datacenter solutions for companies worldwide, announces the immediate availability of their new Low Latency Server line. The Low Latency Line is architected for High Frequency Trading (HFT) and High Performance Computing (HPC) applications. The new RL-1210BR-HFT, a 1U server, and the RL-2210BR-HFT, a Read more…

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Intersect360 Research Releases New Report on HPC Applications

Sep 19, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 19 — Newly segmented market research reveals a stable and mature technical computing segment with opportunities to expand, as well as a plethora of new HPC opportunities in business computing, according to Intersect360 Research’s 2014 HPC User Site Census: Applications. The research firm segmented their research into High Performance Business Computing (HPBC) Read more…

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ZIH Becomes Intel Parallel Computing Center

Sep 19, 2014 |

Sept. 19 — The Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) has been established as an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC). The collaboration between ZIH and Intel focuses on increasing the parallelism of existing scientific applications on future supercomputers consisting of many-core processors. Led by ZIH scientists, the new IPCC carries out two Read more…

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Altair Unveils HyperWorks 13.0

Sep 16, 2014 |

TROY, Mich., Sept. 16 – Altair today announced a new release of HyperWorks, the most comprehensive version to date of its computer-aided engineering (CAE) software platform, which has set the global standard for enabling its users to create more durable and efficient products. HyperWorks 13.0 increases engineering productivity in four distinct areas: Performance optimization. Through a wide array of solvers and multiphysics Read more…

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Praesum Communications is Now Praesum Supercomputing

Sep 10, 2014 |

PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 10 — Praesum Communications announced today that will now be doing business as Praesum Supercomputing and will provide advanced OpenCL-based computational acceleration products for a wide range of applications. This marks an important shift in the business direction of Praesum, which is known for being a leader in smart switching technologies in Read more…

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