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AMD Refreshes Roadmap, Transitions Back to HPC

May 7, 2015 |

AMD revealed key elements of its multi-year strategy as part of its 2015 Financial Analyst Day event in New York on Wednesday. Out of the gate, CEO Lisa Su acknowledged the company’s recent challenges, pointing to a weak PC market and market share losses, before turning her attention to the game plan that AMD is Read more…

Four Chinese Supercomputing Orgs Named on US Blacklist

Apr 8, 2015 |

HPCwire has uncovered that four Chinese organizations, including the National University of Defense Technology, which used US-manufactured parts to produce the current fastest supercomputer, Tianhe-2, were placed on the United States’ Entity List on February 18, 2015, meaning that found to be acting contrary to the interests of the US.

Something for Everyone at GPU Technology Conference

Mar 23, 2015 |

Once relegated to the category of specialized gaming hardware, today’s graphics processors are solving some of the world’s toughest computing problems. During GTC15 last week in San Jose, the full breadth and depth of session topics provided even more evidence of how far graphics processors have come from their gaming roots. And while this year deep Read more…

GTC15 Keynote Highlights 10X GPU Computing Growth

Mar 17, 2015 |

Although the focus of this year’s GPU Technology Conference keynote wasn’t particularly HPC-centric, references to supercomputing abounded throughout the two-hour presentation delivered by charismatic NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang to a crowd of 4,000 this morning inside the packed San Jose McEnery Convention Center. In addition to the requisite-but-very-cool GPU-enabled visual demonstrations meant to showcase this year’s theme of deep learning, attendees also heard about Read more…

HSA Spec Lays Out Architecture for Acceleration

Mar 17, 2015 |

The Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation marked what it says will be known as a watershed event in heterogeneous computing with the release of the HSA 1.0 specification. The new spec, nearly three years in the making, brings the foundation closer to its goal of enabling write-once run-anywhere programming for accelerated computing on devices ranging from the Read more…

Short Takes

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…

Machine Learning Guru Sees Future in Multi-GPU Clusters

Apr 30, 2015 |

Machine learning has made enormous strides in the few years, owing in large part to powerful and efficient parallel processing provided by general-purpose GPUs. The latest example of this trend is exemplified by a partnership between New York University’s Center for Data Science and NVIDIA. The mission, says the pair, is to develop next-gen deep learning Read more…

Simulating the First Hybrid Neuromorphic Supercomputer

Apr 7, 2015 |

In order for brain-inspired computing to become a reality, the underlying hardware must become sufficiently powerful to do in-silicon what the brain does naturally. One of the important advances in this field was the 2014 debut of the first neuromorphic chip, “True North,” developed by IBM with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Read more…

Haswell’s New Instructions Benefit FEA Performance

Apr 2, 2015 |

Intel recently published a case study that demonstrates the advantages of the Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 product family for running engineering workloads, using Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA-branded Abaqus/Standard software. Abaqus/Standard is general purpose finite element analysis (FEA) software, which works by sectioning an object into a large number of finite elements, each represented by an equation. As the individual equations are solved and Read more…

Off the Wire

Utah Engineers Take Important Step in Pushing Photonic Computing Speeds

May 18, 2015 |

May 18, 2015 – University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines. The Utah engineers have developed an ultracompact beamsplitter — the smallest on record — for dividing light waves into two separate channels Read more…

Supermicro Debuts New X10 3U MicroCloud

May 11, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 11 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing debuts a new 3U 8-node MicroCloud solution (SYS-5038MR-H8TRF) supporting Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 (up to 145W TDP) optimized for data intensive analytics applications in Oil and Gas exploration and HPC environments. Each node of this new solution Read more…

Supermicro Launches New Line of SuperServers

May 6, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 6 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing launches its new line of 4U 4-Way SuperServers powered by the new Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families featuring “Haswell-EX” 18-core processor performance. Supermicro’s new 4U quad processor systems support up to 6TB Read more…

Altair Invests in FluiDyna GmbH

May 6, 2015 |

TROY, Mich., May 6 — Altair today announced an investment in Garching, Germany based FluiDyna GmbH, a renowned developer of native GPU-based fluid dynamics and numerical simulation technologies. The companies will collaborate to develop GPU optimized computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applications for classical aerodynamics and multi-phase flows in complex geometries. In addition to a technology roadmap to release a new virtual wind tunnel Read more…

Supermicro to Begin Shipping New 6U MicroBlade Portfolio

May 4, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, is shipping the new extreme-density server platform in high volume, targeting hyper-scale data center, cloud, web hosting environments and video streaming, VDI, high performance video/graphics applications. MicroBlade is a revolutionary, converged architecture that helps data centers Read more…