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Filippo Mantovani on What’s Next for Mont-Blanc and ARM

Jul 6, 2015 |

Firing up the Mont-Blanc prototype in mid-June at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was a significant milestone in the European effort to base HPC systems on energy efficient architecture. Mont-Blanc program coordinator Filippo Mantovani was quoted in the release announcing the prototype saying, “Now the challenge starts because with this platform we can foresee how Read more…

IBM, NVIDIA and Mellanox Launch Design Center for HPC

Jul 2, 2015 |

Today’s launch by IBM, NVIDIA, and Mellanox of a new POWER Acceleration and Design Center in Montpellier, France, ratchets up their campaign to attract a wider developer community to the OpenPOWER platform and their efforts to build momentum for the march into the Intel-dominated HPC landscape. The Montpellier-based center is the second of its kind, Read more…

Is IBM Getting Openness Right? Yes, Says GM Doug Balog

Jun 29, 2015 |

The annual Red Hat Summit, held in Boston last week, is something of revival tent for open source where the pulpits are plentiful and so are smiling believers. Indeed it’s hard to dispute the powerful innovation springing from open source. The RH Summit, which started 11 years ago as a modest celebration of open source Read more…

HP Removes Memristors from Its ‘Machine’ Roadmap Until Further Notice

Jun 11, 2015 |

One year after Hewlett-Packard launched its ambitious “this will change everything” project called “The Machine,” the company is making some concessions to its initial vision, something it says is necessary in order to deliver a working prototype by next year. Announced with great fanfare at last year’s HP Discovery event, the Machine was to be Read more…

IBM Power8 Outperforms x86 on Financial Benchmarks

Jun 9, 2015 |

If you’ve been waiting for a formal evaluation of the IBM Power8 architecture on common financial workloads, then look no further. According to results shared at the STAC Summit on June 4, an IBM Power8-based system server delivered more than twice the performance of the best-in-class x86 counterpart when running a set of standard financial industry benchmarks. Sumit Read more…

Short Takes

Graphene Promises Ultimate On-Chip Interconnect Scaling

Jun 29, 2015 |

Graphene has been heralded as a potential Moore’s law extender. The single-atom layer of carbon is prized for its strength, flexibility, lightness and conductivity. While most graphene electronics research has centered on its potential as a silicon replacement, a research project out of Stanford University has a different proposition, one that may, in fact, be a more feasible first-production-use of graphene. In Read more…

First HPC Service at University of Sydney Tackles Big Science Problems

Jun 15, 2015 |

A Dell cluster called Artemis is on track to solve problems important to Australia and the world. Commissioned by the University of Sydney, the new cluster is the university’s first high-performance computer (HPC) service. Like research institutions everywhere, the University of Sydney is seeking to accommodate increasingly data-centric workflows. This new HPC service, established via a partnership Read more…

CPU Benchmarking: Haswell Versus POWER8

Jun 2, 2015 |

With OpenPOWER activity ramping up and IBM’s prominent role in the upcoming DOE machines Summit and Sierra, it’s a good time to look at how the IBM POWER CPU stacks up against the x86 Xeon Haswell CPU from Intel. Citing the compute-intensive nature of today’s financial applications, the acceleration specialists at Xcelerit sought to compare IBM’s powerhouse Read more…

SGI ERI Installation Illustrates Multi-use HPC

May 20, 2015 |

Traditional research and Big Data apps are increasingly run on the same HPC system as lines between their computational requirements blur and demand for dual-use capability grows, said Bob Braham, SGI CMO. He pointed to last month’s ramp up of the latest SGI supercomputer at the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Read more…

Sumit Gupta Leaves NVIDIA to Join IBM

May 19, 2015 |

Long-time industry executive Sumit Gupta has left GPU-pioneer NVIDIA, were he was GM, GPU Accelerated Data Center Computing, to join IBM as VP, HPC & OpenPOWER Operations. Executive changes in the HPC world are common but changes at this executive level are rare. Few details are known but IBM provided the background answers below to Read more…

Off the Wire

D-Wave Systems Breaks 1000 Qubit Quantum Computing Barrier

Jun 22, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 22 —  D-Wave Systems Inc., the world’s first quantum computing company, today announced that it has broken the 1000 qubit barrier, developing a processor about double the size of D-Wave’s previous generation and far exceeding the number of qubits ever developed by D-Wave or any other quantum effort. This is a major technological and Read more…

NCSA and Intel Offer Free Xeon Phi Training

Jun 17, 2015 |

June 17 — NCSA’s Private Sector Program and Intel are offering two free training classes on parallel programming using the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. These workshops provide the foundation needed for software developers to modernize their codes to extract more of the parallel compute performance potential found in both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Read more…

Tesla GPUs Power Winning Team in Student Supercomputing Competition

Jun 12, 2015 |

June 12 — Our Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform has again powered the winning team in a major international student supercomputing competition. And, GPU technology helped another team set a student record in the supercomputing industry’s top performance benchmark. GPUs Help Tsinghua University Prevail, Again For the third year in a row GPU technologies have helped Read more…

HPC Advisory Council and BSC-CNS to Host 4th Annual Spain Supercomputing Conference

Jun 3, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & BARCELONA, Spain, June 3 — 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 4th Annual HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference 2015 at the Campus Diagonal Nord in Barcelona, Spain, on September 22, 2015. Speaker and sponsorship opportunities Read more…

Intel Introduces New Products at Computex

Jun 2, 2015 |

TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 2 — Intel Corporation today announced products and solutions that will deliver new user experiences and support the computing ecosystem’s expansion into new areas. During the opening keynote address at Computex 2015, Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Client Computing Group encouraged the Taiwan ecosystem to work together Read more…