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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…

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…

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

EMGS Selects Mellanox 40 Gigabit Ethernet Switches and NICs

Jan 6, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Jan. 6 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced its industry-leading 40 Gigabit Ethernet solutions have been deployed by EMGS, the Norway-based market leader in electromagnetic (EM) technology, who uses its proprietary technology to support oil and gas companies Read more…

IDT Launches RapidIO 40-100 Gbps Interface Product Portfolio

Dec 9, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 9 — Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) today announced the launch of a RapidIO 40-100 Gbps interface product portfolio, developed to lower latency while improving bandwidth for high-performance computing (HPC), wireless, analytics and embedded applications. For the first in a series of products planned, IDT is introducing a 40 Gbps RapidIO 10xN IP Read more…

Bull Unveils Exascale Program

Nov 25, 2014 |

PARIS, France, Nov. 25 — Bull, an Atos company, has unveiled its exascale program. The main ambition of this program is to design and develop in Europe the next generation of supercomputers that will contribute to producing world-class solutions for both research and industrial purposes. With one of the largest teams dedicated to High-Performance Computing (HPC) Read more…

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…