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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…

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…

Short Takes

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…

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.

Off the Wire

Magma Adds the ExpressBox 3400 to HPC Expansion Product Line

Nov 25, 2014 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Nov. 25 — Magma, a manufacturer of expansion computing solutions, today announced the addition of the ExpressBox 3400 Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) expansion system to its growing line of Gen 3 PCI Express expansion chassis. The EB3400, targeted for High Performance Computing (HPC) and industrial computing applications, features PCIe Gen 3 connectivity and Read more…

CBS Selects Mellanox InfiniBand for New Supercomputer

Nov 24, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Nov. 24 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions, today announced the Center for Biological and Sequence Analysis (CBS) at the Risø Campus of Denmark Technical University (DTU) has selected Mellanox’s end-to-end FDR 56Gb/s InfiniBand solution for the center’s new supercomputer, making Denmark a global leader Read more…

InfiniBand Interconnect Technology Used in 45 Percent of TOP500 Supercomputers

Nov 20, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 20 — The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), a global organization dedicated to maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand specification, today announced that InfiniBand is the interconnect of choice for 225 of the world’s most powerful computers listed on the TOP500 list (http://www.top500.org). This represents an increase of 8.7 percent from the list published Read more…

Mellanox and Saratoga Speed Contribute to Work at LLNL

Nov 19, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 19 — Computer scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have combined innovative research in graph algorithms and data-intensive runtime systems to achieve world-class results on the Graph500 benchmark (www.graph500.org). The scientists’ work has been enabled by leading edge technology supplied by Saratoga Speed, Inc. and Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. The results achieved Read more…

Numascale, Supermicro, and AMD Announce World’s Largest Shared Memory System to Date

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — Numascale today announced the successful installation of a large shared memory Numascale/Supermicro/AMD system at a customer datacenter facility in North America. The system is the first part of a large cloud computing facility for analytics and simulation of sensor data combined with historical data. The Numascale system, installed over Read more…

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