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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

HPC Task Force Publishes Recommendations

Aug 27, 2014 |

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Next Generation High Performance Computing (HPC), established in December by the Secretary of Energy to review the mission and national capabilities related to next generation high performance computing, has released a “final version” draft report. The Task Force was asked to examine the problems and opportunities Read more…

DOE Highlights Exascale-Focused Research

Aug 7, 2014 |

Every year the Department of Energy Early Career Award provides outstanding scientists who are early in their careers with funding of at least $150,000 per annum over a five-year span. The 2014 funding round, the program’s fifth, awarded research grants to 35 scientists – including 17 from DOE’s national laboratories and 18 from US universities. The program is designed Read more…

Is This the Exascale Breakthrough We’ve Been Waiting For?

Aug 6, 2014 |

An animated video, narrated by the inimitable Professor Heinz Wolff, popped up on YouTube last month, detailing a prototype optical processor with some remarkable claims. The company behind the effort, UK-based startup Optalysys, says it is on track to deliver exascale levels of processing power on a standard-sized desktop computer within the next few years. Read more…

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…

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

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…