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Biomedical Simulation at PSC Gets Major Performance Boost with Anton 2

Feb 5, 2016 |

Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computational difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analysis has progressed more rapidly. Development of Anton 1, the ASIC-based supercomputer specifically designed for simulating molecular dynamics by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in 2008, was a major advance. In 2010 DESRES provided an Anton machine Read more…

HZDR Researchers Use Titan to Simulate Tumor Targeting

Jan 26, 2016 |

Efforts to attack tumors with a wide variety of particles – protons and various ions, for example – has a long history. The benefit is these particles typically damage only the target tissue and not surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, these beams come from bulky particle accelerators, which make the treatment cost prohibitive for many patients. An Read more…

A Conversation with James Reinders

Jan 21, 2016 |

As Chief Evangelist of Intel Software Products, James Reinders spends most of his working hours thinking about and promoting parallel programming. He’s essentially a professor at large, attuning himself to the needs of software developers with an interest in parallel programming so he can offer guidance on techniques, ways of learning, and ways to “think parallel” – all with Read more…

AliCloud Partners With NVIDIA to Expand HPC and Deep Learning Market

Jan 21, 2016 |

SHANGHAI, China, Jan. 21 — AliCloud, the cloud computing business of Alibaba Group, today signed a strategic partnership with NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing, at its Computing Conference – 2016 Shanghai Summit attended by 3,000 industry representatives. The two companies will collaborate closely around AliCloud HPC (High Performance Computing) to provide the first GPU-based cloud HPC platform in China. The Read more…

BIOS IT to Unveil ANNA at Deep Learning Summit

Jan 21, 2016 |

Jan. 21 — BIOS IT, a global IT consultancy and solution provider, focused on delivering the latest high-performance, power efficient IT solutions, will be attending the 2016 Deep Learning Summit, in San Francisco, where they will be introducing the BIOS ANNA – the latest artificial neural network accelerator, with 20 times faster training than its Read more…

Handicapping IBM/OpenPOWER’s Odds for Success

Jan 19, 2016 |

2016 promises to be pivotal in the IBM/OpenPOWER effort to claim a non-trivial chunk of the Intel-dominated high-end server landscape. Big Blue’s stated goal of 20-to-30 percent market share is huge. Intel currently enjoys 90-plus percent share and has seemed virtually unassailable. In an ironic twist of the old mantra ‘no one ever got fired Read more…

Exascale Programming: Adapting What We Have Can (and Must) Work

Jan 14, 2016 |

The demands of massive concurrency and increased resilience required for effective exascale computing have led to claims that our existing approach to application programming must be replaced. In this article I argue that disruption is inevitable but will not require new languages or programming environments. Instead disruption will be in application design, introducing new control Read more…

GIGABYTE Launches Line of Server Boards Based on Intel Xeon D-1500 Product Family

Jan 12, 2016 |

Jan. 12 — GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, releases today its line of server motherboards based on the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family, a System-on-a-Chip platform aimed at low power and high density server applications. This new lineup includes at launch four models of Mini-ITX boards mixing different SKUs of Read more…

SGI and DDN Notch Big Wins at National Center for Atmospheric Research

Jan 11, 2016 |

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will install a new 5.34 petaflops supercomputer – Cheyenne – from SGI and a 20PB high performance storage system from DataDirect Networks, both companies announced today. Cheyenne, an SGI ICE XA system, is expected to be operational in early 2017 and will be powered by more than 7000 Read more…

Moore’s Law – Not Dead – and Intel’s Use of HPC to Keep it Alive

Jan 11, 2016 |

Gordon Moore’s 1965 article on the economics driving the increase of semiconductor functionality has turned out to be wildly prophetic in terms of the effect on transistor scaling. Nearly 40 years later, in 2004, Intel was building microprocessors on the 90 nanometer process with 150 million transistors in a single chip. Today, we’re putting as Read more…

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs Coming to Automotive ‘Supercomputer’

Jan 6, 2016 |

It’s no secret that NVIDIA is eager to take elements of its successful GPGPU ecosystem developed in partnership with the HPC community and transfer these to the much broader, and more lucrative, consumer space. At SC15, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang referred to machine learning as HPC’s first consumer killer app. Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all made major machine Read more…

Quantum Computing Collaboration Between Microsoft and Rambus

Jan 6, 2016 |

Rambus Inc., the chip technology intellectual property vendor, is working with Microsoft Research on future memory requirements for quantum computing. Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS), Sunnyvale, Calif., confirmed just before the holidays it is collaborating with the software giant (NASDAQ: MSFT) on memory systems for next-generation quantum computing. The promising but largely untested technology is slowly gaining Read more…

OpenPOWER Foundation Names New Board Leadership to Propel POWER Architecture

Jan 5, 2016 |

PISCATAWAY, N.J., Jan. 5 — The OpenPOWER Foundation today announced the election of John Zannos, Canonical, Chair, and Calista Redmond, IBM, President of the OpenPOWER Foundation Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2016. Zannos and Redmond bring deep knowledge of the open technology development community and intimate familiarity with the Foundation’s core mission, with both Read more…

GPU-Accelerated Deep Neural Nets Look for Cures that Already Exist

Dec 11, 2015 |

Discovering cures for cancer, for Alzheimer’s, for multiple sclerosis, for Parkinson’s, for the halting and reversing of aging itself, may not require the development of new drugs. It may mean discovering properties and therapies in drugs already developed and used for other diseases. That’s the principle driving bioinformatics start-up Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based company utilizing Read more…

Baidu Unveils New Research Results From SVAIL

Dec 10, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec. 10 –Baidu Research, a division of Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU), today unveiled new research results from its Silicon Valley AI Lab (SVAIL). Results include the ability to accurately recognize both English and Mandarin with a single learning algorithm. The results are detailed in a paper posted on ArXiv.org: Deep Speech 2: End-to-End Speech Recognition Read more…

Titan Helps Researchers Explore Explosive Star Scenarios

Dec 8, 2015 |

A team led by Michael Zingale of Stony Brook University is exploring the physics of Type Ia supernovas using the Titan supercomputer at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Titan is the flagship machine of the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility located at Read more…

SC15 Video: Intel’s Saleh on OpenHPC, Rise of Big Data, and More

Dec 3, 2015 |

Intel always has a lot going on at SC. This year, its Scalable System Framework, Omni-Path Architecture, Knights Landing (up & running) and leading role in OpenHPC were all on the docket. Of course, there was the usual Intel-IBM (re: OpenPOWER) rivalry – much of the buzz this year was around whose approach to delivering Read more…

OpenPOWER Foundation Announces 2016 OpenPOWER Summit

Dec 2, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 2 — The OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community dedicated to accelerating datacenter innovation by taking advantage of open interfaces, reference designs, and collaboration opportunities on the POWER processor architecture, today announced its 2016 OpenPOWER Summit: Revolutionizing the Datacenter. The industry conference, open to the public at large, will be held April 5-7 at the San Read more…

Contrary View: CPUs Sometimes Best for Big Data Visualization

Dec 1, 2015 |

Contrary to conventional thinking, GPUs are often not the best vehicles for big data visualization. In this commentary, I discuss several key technical reasons why a CPU-based “Software Defined Visualization” approach can deliver a more flexible, performant, scalable, cost effective, and power efficient solution to big data visualization than a conventional GPU-based approach. An example Read more…

ORNL Process Could be White Lightning to Electronics Industry

Dec 1, 2015 |

A new era of electronics and even quantum devices could be ushered in with the fabrication of a virtually perfect single layer of “white graphene,” according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The material, technically known as hexagonal boron nitride, features better transparency than its sister, graphene, is chemically inert, Read more…