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BSC, Intel Extend Exascale Research Effort

Feb 17, 2015 |

Intel’s efforts to advance exascale computing concepts received a boost with the extension of the company’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – one of four Intel exascale labs in Europe. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work focuses on scalability issues with parallel applications. “[A major goal] Read more…

Compilers and More: Is Amdahl’s Law Still Relevant?

Jan 22, 2015 |

From time to time, you will read an article or hear a presentation that states that some new architectural feature or some new programming strategy will let you work around the limits imposed by Amdahl’s Law. I think it’s time to finally shut down the discussion of Amdahl’s Law. Here I argue that the premise Read more…

NextScale Nodes Crest 1 Teraflops, Await Knights Landing

Nov 19, 2014 |

When the dust settles after its acquisition of the System x business from IBM, Lenovo Group will probably end up with the second largest HPC systems business in the world, behind Hewlett-Packard and eager to close that gap just as it has in the PC market. Lenovo came out swinging at the SC14 supercomputing conference Read more…

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…

Peering Backward to the Big Bang with the CTC and COSMOS

Oct 10, 2014 |

At the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) in Cambridge University, we are endeavouring to push back our understanding to the very beginnings of the Universe, tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Cosmology has had many successes but it leaves many questions unanswered concerning how the Universe came into being and Read more…

Short Takes

GPU-Powered Simulations Advance Heart Research

Feb 5, 2015 |

With heart disease topping the list as the number one cause of death worldwide, heart rhythms disorders, or arrhythmias, are worthy of serious concern. Hoping to halt the devastating effects of the disorder is the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) in Darlinghurst, Australia, where researchers are using a supercomputer to better understand, diagnose and Read more…

IBM Advances Self-Assembly in 3D Transistors

Jan 28, 2015 |

The key to Moore’s law is the ability to incorporate ever-smaller feature sizes into each new chip generation. While the exponential progress ensconced in the “law” has slowed down in the last decade, the payoff is still compelling enough that chip engineers will go to great lengths to forestall its long-predicted demise. One of these Read more…

NVIDIA K80 GPU-System Speeds Up Bioinformatics Tool 12X

Jan 28, 2015 |

Not long ago, the high cost and relative slowness of DNA sequencing were the rate-limiting bottlenecks in biomedical research. Today, post-sequencing data analysis is the biggest challenge. The reason, of course, is the prodigious output from modern next-generation sequencing (NGS) instruments (e.g., Illumina and ThermoFisher/Life Technologies) overwhelming analysis pipelines. Efficiently sifting the data treasure trove Read more…

Baidu Supercomputer Tops Google in Image Recogition

Jan 20, 2015 |

In an effort to oust Google from its the top spot in image recognition, Baidu, Inc. has dedicated a supercomputer to what it claims to be the world’s most accurate computer vision system. Using the ImageNet object classification benchmark, the Chinese search engine company claims that their system managed a 5.98 percent error rate, which Read more…

NVIDIA GPUs Unfold Secrets of the Human Genome

Jan 16, 2015 |

With 3 billion base pairs of DNA on hand, it’s no wonder that genes are able to program nearly ever detail of our physical makeup, from constructing organs to fighting off disease. But how can a system so vast find the right operating manual for one body part, and ignore all the data meant for Read more…

Off the Wire

AMD FirePro Server GPU Now Available on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Servers

Feb 26, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 26 — AMD today announced that the AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) built for High Performance Computing is now available on the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9, the world’s best-selling server. AMD FirePro server GPUs combine with HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers for a variety of specialized applications including Academic and Government Read more…

IDT Develops Supercomputing Platform with NVIDIA and Orange Silicon Valley

Feb 25, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 25 — Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) announced today that it has developed with NVIDIA and Orange Silicon Valley a supercomputing platform that can analyze 4G to 5G base station bandwidth data in real time, enabling network operators to monetize the voluminous data flowing through their communications systems. By connecting clusters of Read more…

Cirrascale Unveils Rackmount Multi-Device Peering Platform

Feb 24, 2015 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 24 — Cirrascale Corporation, a premier developer of build-to-order, open architecture blade-based and rackmount computing infrastructure, today announced the RM4600 Series of rackmount workstations and servers designed around its proprietary 80-lane Gen3 PCIe switch-enabled risers. The new rackmount series supports the recently released Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families and up Read more…

BOXX Introduces APEXX 5

Feb 24, 2015 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Feb. 24 — BOXX Technologies, the leading innovator of high-performance computer workstations and rendering systems, today introduced APEXX 5, the world’s most advanced professional workstation. Designed to accommodate demanding engineering, architectural, VFX, and animation workflows, the highly configurable APEXX 5 is designed to maximize I/O expandability with up to seven total expansion cards, and Read more…

NVIDIA Technology Selected by Elsen

Feb 18, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., Feb. 18 — Elsen, Inc., the Boston-based financial technology firm, is using NVIDIA technology to bring massive gains in speed and efficiency to the financial calculations run by hedge funds and other financial institutions. The NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, which includes GPUs and enabling software, is the leading platform for accelerating data analytics Read more…