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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…

Will Magnets Be the Cure for What Ails Moore’s Law?

Oct 1, 2014 |

With silicon-based processors facing some inexorable limits, scientists are looking elsewhere to keep computing on its exponential growth track. One potential alternative that is getting some traction is magnet-based computing. A group of electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) is studying the feasibility of using miniature magnets as the building block for integrated Read more…

PayPal Finds Order from Chaos with HPC

Sep 24, 2014 |

At the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Ryan Quick and Arno Kolster from PayPal describe how the company is using HPC to transform its chaotic real-time server data into intelligent, actionable insight. The unique “Systems Intelligence” approach uses HP’s Moonshot server powered by TI processors to aggregate, analyze and act on transaction data in real time. Read more…

New Haswells Spark Open Season for HPC Systems

Sep 15, 2014 |

What do you get when you add more cores, improved memory bandwidth, and a notable uptick in performance out of a freshly-launched chip? One hell of a lot of announcements from a broad, hungry base of server makers. And to be fair, a lot of excitement from the HPC user community to boot. While one Read more…

Intel ‘Haswell’ Xeon E5s Aimed Squarely at HPC

Sep 8, 2014 |

The HPC market is a key one for Intel’s Xeon E5 family of processors, and that is perfectly evident as the chip maker rolls out the “Haswell” Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors for servers and workstations at its Intel Developer Forum today in San Francisco. Many of the new features in the Haswell Xeon E5s are Read more…

Short Takes

Quick Change Material Begs Post-Silicon Consideration

Sep 22, 2014 |

With Moore’s law in peril, the search is on for the next computing substrate. Keeping up the pace of progress in an ever more compute and data driven world will likely require a post-silicon invention that can satisfy humanity’s need for faster, smaller, greener and more powerful computers. In recognition of the size and speed Read more…

GPUs Advance Deep Learning

Sep 18, 2014 |

Over the last decade, GPU-acceleration techniques have infiltrated the high-end of supercomputing, but increased adoption of GPUs is occurring in other compute-driven disciplines too, like deep learning, one of the fastest growing segments of the machine learning field. The trend toward accelerated computing reached a new high at last week’s ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge. The event, Read more…

Haswell Speeds Popular Financial App

Sep 17, 2014 |

Continuing our coverage of the new Intel “Haswell” Xeon E5 v3 series chips, we turn our attention to a recent blog post from software acceleration specialists Xcelerit to see how the Haswell fares on a popular Monte-Carlo financial application. The Haswell E5 family offers significant performance gains over the previous Ivy Bridge processors but to Read more…

Haswell-EP Performance Deep Dive

Sep 16, 2014 |

A recent Microway blog post offers a detailed look at how the new Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 “Haswell-EP” processors perform for HPC applications. “The Xeon E5-2600v3 processors introduce the highest performance available to date in a socketed CPU. For the first time, a single CPU is capable of more than half a TeraFLOPS (500 GFLOPS),” notes Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 11, 2014 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

Off the Wire

Advanced Clustering Offering Phi Developer Kit

Oct 21, 2014 |

KANSAS CITY, Ks., Oct. 21 — Advanced Clustering Technologies is pleased to announce the Phi Developer Kit that comes with Phi pre-installed and pre-configured so that HPC customers can take advantage of a significant discount now being offered on the Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor 31S1P. Right now HPC customers can save 90% off the regular price for an Intel Read more…

DUG to Purchase HPC Hardware from SGI

Oct 21, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif. and PERTH, Australia, Oct. 21 — DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG), a global geosciences company offering seismic processing and interpretation solutions to the oil and gas industry, has announced the purchase of high performance computing (HPC) hardware from SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics, and data management, significantly improving the Read more…

OVH Launches Cloud Service Based on IBM POWER8 Processor

Oct 17, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 17 — IBM today announced that leading Internet hosting provider OVH has launched an on-demand cloud service based on IBM’s POWER8 processor, tuned specifically for Big Data, high performance computing and database workloads. In addition to introducing this new cloud service, OVH has become the newest member of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community over 60 members strong worldwide Read more…

Supermicro to Showcase Products at VMworld

Oct 14, 2014 |

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 14 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing highlights its 2U TwinPro VMware certified EVO: RAIL, 4U FatTwin Virtual SAN Ready Nodes and an early access program NVIDIA GRID vGPU based SuperServer at VMworld in Barcelona, Spain this week. Supermicro’s EVO: RAIL hyper-converged Read more…

PRACE, SHAPE, and NSilico Pool HPC Knowledge to Develop Faster Sequencing Methods

Oct 13, 2014 |

Oct. 13 — PRACE, SHAPE, and NSilico teamed up with computational experts from CINES (France) and ICHEC (Ireland) to address the key problem of rapid alignment of short DNA sequences to reference genomes by deploying the Smith-Waterman algorithm on an emerging many-core technology, the Intel Xeon Phi co-processor. The project entitled “High performance computation for Read more…