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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…

FPGA-Accelerated Search Heads for Mainstream

Mar 10, 2015 |

With data volumes now outpacing Moore’s Law, there is a move to look beyond conventional hardware and software tools. Accelerators like GPUs and the Intel MIC architecture have extended performance goals for many HPC-class workloads. Although field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have not seen the same level of adoption for traditional HPC workloads, a subset of big data Read more…

Short Takes

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…

Market Responds to Intel-Altera Negotiations

Mar 30, 2015 |

If Intel Corp. goes ahead with purported plans to purchase programmable logic peddler Altera Corp., it would be the largest-ever acquisition in the x86 chipmaker’s 46-year history. Whether or not the deal actually goes through, the negotiations, first reported by the Wall Street Journal on March 27, are interesting for several reasons. As NASDAQ.com pointed Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 19, 2015 |

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. RT @KAUST_News After much anticipation KAUST’s @cray_inc Read more…

Intel’s James Reinders on Parallel Programming and MIC

Mar 11, 2015 |

On January 30, 2015 at the Colfax International headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Intel’s parallel computing savant James Reinders sat down with Vadim Karpusenko, principal HPC research engineer at Colfax International, for an enlightened discussion on the future of parallel programming and Intel MIC architecture products. As Director and Chief Evangelist at Intel Corporation, Reinders is Read more…

Off the Wire

Lenovo Opens First Global HPC Innovation Centre in Germany

Mar 25, 2015 |

STUTTGART, Germany, March 25 — Lenovo has today announced the opening of the company’s first global High Performance Computing (HPC) innovation centre, offering a permanent R&D and application benchmarking site as well as a new ecosystem of partners that will collaborate on projects to bring the commercial benefits of HPC to a broader spectrum of clients Read more…

AMAX Achieves Elite Solution Provider Status in NVIDIA Partner Network Program

Mar 18, 2015 |

FREMONT, Calif., March 18 — AMAX, a leading provider of HPC and Data Center solutions, today announced that it has achieved Elite Solution Provider status in the NVIDIA Partner Network program. Specifically, the designation recognizes AMAX’s achievement in the Accelerated Computing Competency, which includes technical expertise; customer service; and the ability to design, implement, and maintain best-in-class Read more…

Allinea Releases CUDA 7 Debugging Support

Mar 18, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 18 — Allinea Software is highlighting new additions to Allinea Forge, its suite of debugging and performance tools in the upcoming NVIDIA GTC 2015 with the arrival of CUDA 7 support in its debugger and integrated GPU utilization measurement in its performance profiler and analysis tools. Developers see the addition of CUDA 7 support in Read more…

Supermicro Debuts New NVIDIA Tesla GPU SuperServers

Mar 17, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 17 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology, and green computing today debuts its new 1U 4x GPU SuperServer platform at the NVIDIA 2015 GPU Technology Conference (GTC) in San Jose, Calif. The new SYS-1028GQ-TRT supports up to 4 NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators (up to 300W) with a Read more…

E4 Announces New Series of ThunderX-Based ARKA Servers

Mar 17, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 17 — E4 Computer Engineering, a leading Italian manufacturer of hardware solutions for high performance computing and data center, today announced a new series of ThunderX ARMv8-A enabled ARKA dense computing sever product line. The new Cavium ThunderX based systems leverage the design of the proven and successful ARKA modular servers, which are well Read more…