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NASA’s Earth Science Supercomputer Balloons to 3.3 Petaflops

Apr 29, 2015 |

In what is being called an unprecedented upgrade, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is tripling the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to power NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts. The open procurement process included the benchmarking of NCCS codes – notably the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version Read more…

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Trans-Continental InfiniBand Charts Exascale Course

Feb 3, 2015 |

Many nations are racing to cross the exascale computing finish line by roughly 2020. Yet the challenges are such that establishing useful exascale computers some 50-100 times faster than today’s leadership machines requires the coordinated efforts of a vast array of stakeholders. At Supercomputing 2014 (SC14), an industry collaboration called InfiniCortex launched with the goal Read more…

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Jülich Tag Teams With IBM, Nvidia On Data Centric Computing

Nov 10, 2014 |

The Power Acceleration and Design Center that has just been launched at the Jülich Supercomputing Center in Munich, Germany, is not just about focusing the system research and software development around IBM’s Power processors and Nvidia’s Tesla GPU accelerators. More importantly, the center is hanging out a shingle and letting organizations in Europe know where Read more…

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Our Series Continues: Considering Cluster Lifecycle Management

Oct 22, 2014 |

In the first cluster management column, I discussed the importance of performing a needs assessment to ensure that an organization implementing its first HPC cluster designs a system that fulfills the requirements of its users and ultimately provides a positive ROI for the enterprise. It’s important to keep in mind there are no one-size-fits-all solutions Read more…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Off the Wire

QLogic Ethernet Adapters Deliver Enhanced Features for OpenStack Kilo Release

May 18, 2015 |

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 18, 2015 – QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that QLogic(R) FastLinQ(TM) 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) adapters have been verified to support OpenStack Kilo, the 11th release of OpenStack. QLogic FastLinQ adapters support Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) offload Read more…

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Mellanox and Microsoft to Demonstrate Storage Replica Over Long-Haul Using MetroX

May 5, 2015 |

CHICAGO, Ill., May 5 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions, announced today a storage replication solution over long distance collaboration with Microsoft at the Ignite 2015 conference. The collaboration utilizes Microsoft’s next generation Windows Server 2016 Storage Replica technology over Mellanox’s MetroX long-haul system and end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand interconnect Read more…

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Lenovo Opens First Global HPC Innovation Centre in Germany

Mar 25, 2015 |

STUTTGART, Germany, March 25 — Lenovo has today announced the opening of the company’s first global High Performance Computing (HPC) innovation centre, offering a permanent R&D and application benchmarking site as well as a new ecosystem of partners that will collaborate on projects to bring the commercial benefits of HPC to a broader spectrum of clients Read more…

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Mellanox Announces Commercial Deployments of LinkX Cables in 100Gb/s Networks

Mar 23, 2015 |

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 23 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced commercial deployments of its new 100Gb/s LinkX active optical cables (AOCs) and direct attach copper cables (DACs) for data center and high performance computing applications. The new LinkX cables use the Read more…

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IEEE Photonics Society’s Optical Interconnects Conference to Explore Next-Gen Supercomputers

Mar 20, 2015 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 20 — The IEEE Photonics Society will hold the fourth annual Optical Interconnects Conference on 20 – 22 April 2015 at the Wyndham San Diego Bayside Hotel in San Diego, CA. Established more than 25 years ago as the Workshop on Interconnections within High Speed Digital Systems, the conference will bring together the optical Read more…

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