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Fujitsu Targets 100 Petaflops Supercomputing

Aug 12, 2014 |

On Monday at the Hot Chips 26 conference, Fujitsu revealed details about its upcoming SPARC64 XIfx chips, which the company is counting on to reach the 100-petaflops barrier and revitalize its HPC game. Of the top 10 fastest supercomputers on the current TOP500 list, only one is a Fujitsu system. But with the new 32-core Read more…

NERSC Launches Exascale Readiness Program with Intel, Cray

Aug 11, 2014 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is collaborating with supercomputing vendors Intel and Cray to prepare for Cori, the Cray XC supercomputer scheduled to be deployed at NERSC in 2016. Named in honor of American biochemist Gerty Cori, the next-generation supercomputer will have a sustained performance that is at least ten times that Read more…

Charming Exascale Power Problems

Jul 30, 2014 |

Power, energy and reliability present major challenges to HPC researchers in their endeavor to build larger machines. As we approach the exascale era, both hardware and software designers need to account for these challenges while optimizing performance. The Parallel Programming Laboratory (PPL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has been actively working on Read more…

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…

Seismic Imaging at the DEEP End

Jun 3, 2014 |

With exascale presenting a much larger challenge than previous exponential computing markers, an integrated, collaborative approach is all the more necessary. While concerted funding efforts for extreme-scale computing came a bit later than many had hoped, there are several international efforts afoot currently, including the European project, DEEP. DEEP, which stands for Dynamical ExaScale Entry Read more…

Short Takes

India to Launch $730M National Supercomputing Mission

Oct 6, 2014 |

India’s plans to be a world-class computing power are taking shape as the nation’s government lays out its strategy to build a vast supercomputing grid, comprised of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities. The project is expected to take seven years and comes with a price tag of $730 million (Rs. 4,500-crore). It calls for at least Read more…

Report Pins HPC Progress to Software Scalability

Oct 2, 2014 |

A new report from the Council on Competitiveness (Council) explores how US government investment in HPC benefits America’s industrial and economic competitiveness. The Council on Competitiveness, with funding from the US Department of Energy, engaged Intersect360 Research to interview HPC-using US organizations across a wide range of industries. Over a six month period, Intersect360 conducted Read more…

Seismic Explorers Set Exascale Course

Sep 23, 2014 |

In a recent blog post, Cray Senior Practice Leader Geert Wenes argues that “a perfect storm in seismic processing requirements” is ensuring that the oil and gas industry will be an early adopter of exascale computing technologies. The industrial sector is not far behind the DOE when it comes to interest in exascale, contends Wenes, especially the integrated oil Read more…

HPC Server Market Sees ‘Okay’ Q2

Sep 22, 2014 |

The worldwide market for HPC technical servers reached $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2014, down 2.6 percent from the same period in 2013, when the market hit $2.51 billion, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) figures. The analyst group attributed the decline to relatively low supercomputer sales. Despite the dip in year-over-year figures, Read more…

A New Era in HPC

Sep 17, 2014 |

A recent presentation that came out of the 2014 Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF) HPC workshop, held in July in Arlington, Virginia, holds that HPC is on the cusp of new era. In “Supercomputing 101: A History of Platform Evolution and Future Trends,” Rob Neely, Associate Division Leader, Center for Applied Scientific Computing, Lawrence Livermore National Read more…

Off the Wire

HPC Advisory Council Announces First Annual Singapore HPC Conference

Aug 4, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 4 — The HPC Advisory Council, a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, today announced that the HPC Advisory Council, in association with A*STAR Computational Resource Centre, will hold the HPC Advisory Council Singapore High-Performance Computing Conference 2014 on October 7, 2014 in Singapore. The conference is open to the public and Read more…

Dongarra and Team Start New Supercomputing Journal

Jul 28, 2014 |

July 28 — Jack Dongarra and his colleague Vladimir Voevodin have started a new publication called “Journal Supercomputing Frontiers and Innovations” (JSFI). JSFI is a peer reviewed publication that addresses the need for greater dissemination of research and development findings and results at the leading edge of high performance computing systems, highly parallel methods, and Read more…