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LINPACK Creator Sheds Light on Emerging HPC Benchmark

Nov 18, 2013 |

Back in June during the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), we discussed the need for a potential alternative to the current LINPACK benchmark, which is the sturdy yardstick by which supercomputing might is measured, with its creator, Dr. Jack Dongarra. At that time, he described a new benchmarking effort that is taking shape with the input Read more…

SC13 Research Highlight: There Goes the Performance Neighborhood…

Nov 16, 2013 |

Message passing can take up a significant fraction of the run time for massively parallel science simulation codes. Consistently high message passing rates are required for these codes to deliver good performance. At Supercomputing 2013 (SC13), our research team from Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) will present the results of our study that show that run-to-run variability Read more…

Infiniband Snaps Up Strong Super Share

Jul 8, 2013 |

Infiniband carried a slight majority of the Top 500 share this year at ISC, a trend that Mellanox says will continue, both in HPC and beyond. We discussed IB’s reach and efficiencies with the company’s Gilad Shainer to better understand where Ethernet and Infinband are…

PSC Tests New Shared Memory Waters

Jul 1, 2013 |

The Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center recently announced a new step in its path to discover new routes to solving memory and I/O problems for data-intensive applications. While they already have a stable of systems that take new approaches to shared memory and have looked to software-based solutions as alternatives, they have now turned to Numascale to dip their toe in the hardware-based…

Cray Cracks Commercial HPC Code

Jun 20, 2013 |

During a conversation this week with Cray CEO, Peter Ungaro, we learned that the company has managed to extend its reach into the enterprise HPC market quite dramatically–at least in supercomputing business terms. With steady growth into these markets, however, the focus on hardware versus the software side of certain problems for such users is….

Short Takes

Infinera, DANTE Achieve Guinness Record

Aug 30, 2013 |

Earlier this month, Infinera and DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe) set a record for fastest provisioning of long haul optical transmission capacity. In less than 20 minutes, the network specialists enabled enough capacity to support the simultaneous streaming of 1.6 million HD films in both directions.

Considerations in HPC Cluster Network Selection

Jul 17, 2013 |

There’s a lot going on in the networks of HPC clusters, and selecting the right network fabric, equipment, and topology is important to ensuring good performance for given applications. A “one size fits all” approach rarely works, and architects will do well to tailor the network to the needs of the application.

Building Supercomputers with Raspberries

May 22, 2013 |

At some point in the not-too-distant future, building powerful, miniature computing systems will be considered a hobby for high schoolers, just as robotics or even Lego-building are today. That could be made possible through recent advancements made with the Raspberry Pi computers.

Is Amazon’s ‘Fast’ Interconnect Fast Enough for MPI?

Apr 10, 2013 |

Amazon’s EC2 Cluster Compute instance goes head-to-head with Myrinet 10GigE cluster.

UCSD’s Big Data Freeway

Mar 21, 2013 |

UCSD rolls out a next-generation bypass network across its La Jolla, Calif., campus.

Off the Wire

Open Industry Consortium to Bring 25 and 50 Gigabit Ethernet to Cloud-Scale Networks

Jul 2, 2014 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 2 – A consortium of companies including Arista Networks, Broadcom Corporation, Google Inc., Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., and Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of a specification optimized to allow data center networks to run over a 25 or 50 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet link protocol. This new specification will enable the cost-efficient scaling of Read more…

HPC Advisory Council Announces 3rd Annual Spain Supercomputing Conference

Jul 1, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & BARCELONA, Spain, July 1 — The HPC Advisory Council, a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, today announced that the HPC Advisory Council, in conjunction with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, will host the 3rd Annual HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference 2014 at the University of Cantabria, Cantabria, Spain, on September 24th, Read more…

Mellanox to Acquire Integrity Project

Jun 24, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, announced its intent to acquire privately-held Integrity Project, which includes an accomplished team of software technology veterans. Based in Ramat-Gan, Israel, Integrity Project was formed out of an elite military technology unit, specializing in the Read more…

Visit Finisar Booth at ISC14 for Live Quadwire EDR Demo

Jun 24, 2014 |

June 24 — Visit Finisar Booth 462 at ISC’14 for a live demonstration of the new 100G Quadwire EDR Active Optical Cable for the next generation of supercomputers. While learning more about Finisar’s cutting edge technology, don’t forget to leave your business card to enter our drawing for an iPad mini. Finisar is enabling the next generation of supercomputers with interconnects Read more…

Finisar to Display Optical Interconnect Portfolio for HPC Applications at ISC14

Jun 23, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and LEIPZIG, Germany, June 23 – Finisar Corporation today announced that it will display its market-leading product portfolio of optical interconnects, optimized for demanding High-Performance Computing (HPC) applications, at the International Supercomputing Conference 2014 (ISC’14). These optical interconnects, based on 10G, 14G, and 25G per channel solutions, leverage Finisar’s patented fiber optic technology for the Read more…