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ACM Honors Ron Perrott with Distinguished Service Award

May 4, 2016 |

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced today that Ron Perrott, a long-time advocate of international HPC collaboration and an important figure in defining the United Kingdom’s and Europe’s HPC strategy was awarded the ACM Distinguished Service Award. While much of Perrott’s career was spent behind the scenes in coordinating roles, he was also present Read more…

Compilers and More: What Makes Performance Portable?

Apr 19, 2016 |

The term performance portability has appeared many times in the past few years. What does it mean? When did we first start worrying about performance portability? Why is it more relevant now than before? Why are so many discussions about performance portability so depressing? Is there any hope? Michael Wolfe addresses these questions and more in this article.

ASC16 Kicks Off in Wuhan, China: 16 Teams, $40k in Prizes

Apr 18, 2016 |

The fifth annual Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) got off to an exciting start this morning at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, China.

Custom App Container Targets HPC Needs

Apr 15, 2016 |

Custom versions of application containers are emerging that meet stringent requirements. Among the first is an HPC specific container platform dubbed Singularity built around what its developers say is the concept of “mobility of compute.” Despite the fact that commercial and open source application containers are making steady headway in production settings, researchers overseeing HPC Read more…

Intel Debuts ‘Knights Landing’ Ninja Developer Platform

Apr 12, 2016 |

Intel is making good on its promise to offer Knights Landing-based developer platforms ahead of general availability. Systems based on the self-hosted Knights Landing processor are available for pre-order as part of Intel’s developer-targeted early access program. The Ninja Developer Platform is offered in two configurations – a liquid-cooled desk-side machine with one Knights Landing and…

GTC16: NVIDIA Updates SDK; Expands Support for Deep Learning

Apr 5, 2016 |

As always, there’s a flood of news coming out of NVIDIA’s annual GPU Technology Conference, being held this week in San Jose. In addition to the much-anticipated Pascal debut, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed an expansive update to NVIDIA’s SDK…

HPE Expands HPC Lineup; Targets Deep Learning, Lustre, and FS

Apr 4, 2016 |

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for the second straight week introduced new server products with today’s launches aimed at high performance computing. The centerpiece is a GPU-accelerated deep learning platform (Apollo 6500) whose announcement coincides with start of NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC) being held this week in San Jose. HPE also announced a Lustre storage Read more…

The Scalability Dilemma and the Case for Decoupling

Mar 30, 2016 |

The need for extreme scale computing is driven by the seemingly forever fledgling Internet. In abstract, the entire network is already an extreme scale computing engine. The technical difficulty, however, is to harness the dispersed computing powers for a single purpose. An analogy to this would be to build an engine capable of harnessing the Read more…

DU GeoSolutions Leverages Xeon Phi for Improved Seismic Processing

Mar 23, 2016 |

It’s a given that modern oil and gas exploration couldn’t exist without increasingly powerful supercomputers. Today’s machines enable new capabilities, improve image resolutions, lower costs, and decrease risk. Indeed, many wells, some costing tens of millions of dollars, have missed their targets due to inadequate or incorrect data analysis. This article explores the impact of Read more…

Thomas Sterling: ‘Why We Want to be Part of OpenHPC’

Mar 18, 2016 |

The Indiana University Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) has been part of the OpenHPC community effort since it was launched November 12, 2015. In a recent Q&A with OpenHPC, Professor Thomas Sterling, associate director and chief scientist of CREST, explains the basis for the partnership. As the father of Beowulf clusters, developed in collaboration with Don Becker, Professor Sterling has Read more…

Mapping Out a New Role for Cognitive Computing in Science

Feb 25, 2016 |

The avalanche of data being produced by experimental instruments and sensors isn’t just a big (data) problem – it’s perhaps the biggest bottleneck in science today. What’s needed, say the distinguished authors of a new white paper from the Computing Community Consortium, is a community-wide agenda to develop cognitive computing tools that can perform scientific Read more…

EU Projects Unite on Heterogeneous ARM-based Exascale Prototype

Feb 24, 2016 |

A trio of partner projects based in Europe – Exanest, Exanode and Ecoscale – are working in close collaboration to develop the building blocks for an exascale architecture prototype that will, as they describe, put the power of ten million computers into a single supercomputer. The effort is unique in seeking to advance the ARM64 + Read more…

IARPA Seeks Novel Training Data Sets to Advance Artificial Intelligence

Feb 22, 2016 |

Depending upon your perspective Artificial Intelligence is stuck in the doldrums. Its long touted promise has yet to materialize and instead produced boom-bust cycles of grand expectations followed by disappointing results. Maybe the problem isn’t the algorithms but training data sets. This is the latest message from IARPA which has issued a request for information Read more…

James Reinders: Parallelism Has Crossed a Threshold

Feb 4, 2016 |

Is the parallel everything era here? What happens when you can assume parallel cores? In the second half of our in-depth interview, Intel’s James Reinders discusses the eclipsing of single-core machines by their multi- and manycore counterparts and the ramifications of the democratization of parallel computing, remarking “we don’t need to worry about single-core processors anymore Read more…

Handicapping IBM/OpenPOWER’s Odds for Success

Jan 19, 2016 |

2016 promises to be pivotal in the IBM/OpenPOWER effort to claim a non-trivial chunk of the Intel-dominated high-end server landscape. Big Blue’s stated goal of 20-to-30 percent market share is huge. Intel currently enjoys 90-plus percent share and has seemed virtually unassailable. In an ironic twist of the old mantra ‘no one ever got fired Read more…

Exascale Programming: Adapting What We Have Can (and Must) Work

Jan 14, 2016 |

The demands of massive concurrency and increased resilience required for effective exascale computing have led to claims that our existing approach to application programming must be replaced. In this article I argue that disruption is inevitable but will not require new languages or programming environments. Instead disruption will be in application design, introducing new control Read more…

Moore’s Law – Not Dead – and Intel’s Use of HPC to Keep it Alive

Jan 11, 2016 |

Gordon Moore’s 1965 article on the economics driving the increase of semiconductor functionality has turned out to be wildly prophetic in terms of the effect on transistor scaling. Nearly 40 years later, in 2004, Intel was building microprocessors on the 90 nanometer process with 150 million transistors in a single chip. Today, we’re putting as Read more…

Barbara Chapman Named Head of Brookhaven Lab’s Computer Science and Mathematics Group

Jan 7, 2016 |

Barbara Chapman, a leading researcher in programming languages, programming models, and compilers, has been named head of the Computer Science and Mathematics Group (CSM) under the new Computational Science Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. Chapman is also a professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science at Stony Brook Read more…

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs Coming to Automotive ‘Supercomputer’

Jan 6, 2016 |

It’s no secret that NVIDIA is eager to take elements of its successful GPGPU ecosystem developed in partnership with the HPC community and transfer these to the much broader, and more lucrative, consumer space. At SC15, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang referred to machine learning as HPC’s first consumer killer app. Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all made major machine Read more…

SC15 Video: Mellanox’s Gilad Shainer on Co-design, Exascale, UCX, and More

Dec 21, 2015 |

Smart switches, major deployment wins, HPC Centers of Excellence, NICs with on-board FPGAs, and UCX progress were all part of Mellanox’s hectic agenda at SC15. In mid-December DoD approved Mellanox 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for use in defense networks. Then last week, time ran out for acquisition target EZchip to find a higher offer seemingly Read more…