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Austrian HPC Consortium Meets Demanding Inter-node Communication Challenge with Intel True Scale Fabric

Aug 6, 2014 |

The Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC) refers to a collaboration of high-performance computing resources designed to support a consortium of multiple institutions in Austria consisting of the University of Vienna (UNVIE), the Vienna University of Technology (TUVIE), the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), and Read more…

Low Effort Porting Gives Great Scaling of Seismic Code on Numascale Shared Memory Cluster

Aug 4, 2014 |

Numascale and Statoil have initiated a collaboration to optimize OPM for Numascale systems. The original OPM code showed poor scalability even within a single node. With very limited effort, the collaboration was able to obtain almost linear scaling across an entire Numascale system. The configuration enables simulation of entire oilfields with fine grid resolution. The Read more…

This Week in HPC News

Jun 12, 2014 |

If middleware was the theme from last week, then this week is all about hardware, from networking/interconnects (Arista) to systems (HP) to storage (Panasas). Let’s look at little closer at this week’s top stories, starting with HP. HP’s rebooting of the Apollo brand this week was well received. This new family of high performance computing systems Read more…

What Power8 and OpenPOWER Might Mean for HPC

Apr 23, 2014 |

IBM is making a big play in hybrid computing, seeking to marry its POWER8 processors with various kinds of accelerators and high-speed networking and opening up its chip and system software through the OpenPOWER Foundation. At the Open Innovation Summit in San Francisco today, IBM and its foundation partners talked about how their collaboration would deliver Read more…

Top 500 Interconnect History Highlights Ethernet Trends

Nov 19, 2013 |

As we related earlier when the news of the Top 500 rankings broke this morning, this November’s SC list was a rather static one in terms of the top ten systems. While this isn’t entirely unexpected since it was not likely anyone would usurp China’s dominance and since there were no big processor movements in Read more…

Short Takes

Danes Take Back Fastest Data Transfer Title

Aug 6, 2014 |

The team that broke the terabit barrier in 2009 is at it again. This time the High-Speed Optical Communications (HSOC) team at the Technical University of Denmark accomplished a record-smashing 43 terabits per second (Tbps) transfer speed over a single optical fiber with just one laser transmitter. That’s equivalent to a transfer rate of around 5.4 Read more…

NCKU Develops Switchless HPC Cluster

Dec 2, 2013 |

The National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Supercomputing Research Center (RSC), based in Tainan City, Taiwan, has teamed up with Acer to build what it claims is the first ever switchless HPC cluster. The “CK-Star” computer, as it’s known, connects eight computational nodes without employing a switch control, exceeding previous efforts by Intel, according to the university. Read more…

DOE Funds Exascale Interconnect R&D

Nov 15, 2013 |

The Department of Energy (DOE) continues to prime the R&D pump for the next-generation of supercomputers, exascale machines 50 times more powerful than today’s leading number-crunchers. In order to bring this goal to fruition, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science together with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) have awarded $25.4 million in research Read more…

Tiny Laser Transmits Data at Record Speeds

Nov 8, 2013 |

In the age of big data and cloud computing, fast and accurate data transfer is more important than ever. University of Illinois scientists address the network bottleneck. Scientists at the University of Illinois have figured out a way to transmit error-free data over fiber optic networks at 40 gigabits per second, a US record according Read more…

Chip-Level Optical Interconnect Market Primed for Growth

Oct 16, 2013 |

Analyst firm Communications Industry Researchers (CIR) has released a new report covering the latest developments in optical interconnection at the chip level and the progress in this area that is being made by research teams throughout the world. With the current era of multicore processors and 3D chips, computing speeds are limited by how fast Read more…

Off the Wire

A3CUBE Introduces Fortissimo Foundation

Sep 16, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 16 — A3CUBE Inc., a developer of revolutionary communication technology that extends the capability of standard PCIe interconnect to produce industry-leading networked computing and storage solutions, today introduced its Fortissimo Foundation building block software solution. Coupled with A3CUBE’s previously announced RONNIE Express platform, Fortissimo Foundation provides dramatic improvements in application performance Read more…

Mellanox Announces Complete Support for New RoCEv2 Specification

Sep 16, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 16 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced that its end-to-end 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet interconnect solutions support the recently announced IBTA RoCEv2 specification. The RoCEv2 standard enables routing RDMA traffic across Layer 3 Ethernet networks to address the needs Read more…

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…

Altera Showcasing FPGA-Based Products at IDF

Sep 9, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 9 — Altera Corporation is demonstrating several advanced reconfigurable logic technologies at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) 2014 that showcase how its FPGA-based solutions are advancing the capabilities of software-defined data centers and high-performance computing applications. Altera’s FPGA-based solutions on display showcase the capabilities of its hardware and software solutions, including advanced optical Read more…

Mellanox Interconnect Products Optimized for New Intel Xeon Processor Family

Sep 8, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 8 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced that its end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions have been optimized for the new Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 product family (code name “Haswell”). The combination of Mellanox interconnects with the new Intel Read more…