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NextScale Nodes Crest 1 Teraflops, Await Knights Landing

Nov 19, 2014 |

When the dust settles after its acquisition of the System x business from IBM, Lenovo Group will probably end up with the second largest HPC systems business in the world, behind Hewlett-Packard and eager to close that gap just as it has in the PC market. Lenovo came out swinging at the SC14 supercomputing conference Read more…

Jülich Tag Teams With IBM, Nvidia On Data Centric Computing

Nov 10, 2014 |

The Power Acceleration and Design Center that has just been launched at the Jülich Supercomputing Center in Munich, Germany, is not just about focusing the system research and software development around IBM’s Power processors and Nvidia’s Tesla GPU accelerators. More importantly, the center is hanging out a shingle and letting organizations in Europe know where Read more…

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…

Short Takes

Unmasking the Speed Limit of Modern Electronics

Dec 11, 2014 |

For the first time, scientists have captured the essence of semiconductor computing on film by taking snapshots of the electron transfer from valence to conduction band states. It is this leap that forms the basis for the entire semiconductor industry, digital electronics and modern computing as we know it. Using attosecond extreme ultraviolet (XUV) spectroscopy Read more…

CERN Researchers Explore x86 Alternatives

Oct 28, 2014 |

Energy consumption has become a constraining feature on the growth of computing systems, such that the industry has shifted its focus from pure performance to performance-per-watt. As a result, there is increased interest in newer chip architectures that emphasize energy efficiency. An international group of researchers with ties to CERN are especially concerned with the effect these power constraints Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Arkansas HPC Center Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

Dec 5, 2014 |

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Dec. 5 — The Arkansas High Performance Computing Center at the University of Arkansas has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, a technical membership organization that enables its members to customize IBM’s trademarked POWER CPU high-performance processors and system platforms. The goal of the OpenPOWER Foundation is to create an open ecosystem, using the POWER Read more…

SURFsara Recognized as NVIDIA CUDA Research Center

Dec 4, 2014 |

Dec. 4 — NVIDIA, the world leader in the field of computer graphics technology, has recognized SURFsara as a CUDA Research Center. SURFsara was recognized for its advanced research and expertise in the field of HPC technology and visualization using Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). SURFsara offers amenities like the ‘Elvis’ cluster for remote visualization, the national ‘LISA’ cluster for Read more…

Intel Piece Reveals Details About IPCCs at Penn State, University of Oregon, and Georgia Tech

Dec 3, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 3 — An Intel piece reveals the details about recently established Intel Parallel Computing Centers at prestigious universities through the Intel Software Academic Program. University of Oregon, Pennsylvania State University and Georgia Institute of Technology all received cutting edge instruments and guidance to further parallel processing knowledge and innovation. The document describes how Intel Read more…

Allinea DDT Released for the ARMv8 Platform

Nov 26, 2014 |

WARWICK, U.K., Nov. 26 — The arrival of the new 64-bit ARM processor architecture in high performance computing received a significant boost with the announcement of availability for a key development tool from Allinea Software. Allinea DDT, is the leading debugger for HPC and will enable applications to be ported to the ARMv8 architecture quickly. “Getting applications up Read more…

AMD FirePro Awarded Top Spot on Green500 List

Nov 24, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 24 — AMD powers the L-CSC cluster at the GSI research facility achieving the number one position for supercomputers on the latest Green500 List, a ranking of the 500 most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, with recognition as the world’s leader in energy-efficient high performance GPU computing (HPL). The L-CSC cluster is installed at Read more…

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