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What Power8 and OpenPOWER Might Mean for HPC

Apr 23, 2014 |

IBM is making a big play in hybrid computing, seeking to marry its POWER8 processors with various kinds of accelerators and high-speed networking and opening up its chip and system software through the OpenPOWER Foundation. At the Open Innovation Summit in San Francisco today, IBM and its foundation partners talked about how their collaboration would deliver Read more…

NVIDIA Highlights GPU Progress on Titan Supercomputer

Mar 27, 2014 |

The GPU Technology Conference this week in San Jose offered plenty of material for the supercomputing set with a number of presentations focused on specific programming challenges for large-scale scientific and enterprise HPC applications. The Titan system at Oak Ridge National Lab tied together key themes through a number of the talks, which helped put Read more…

New Intel HPC Lead Tracks Phi Momentum

Mar 13, 2014 |

While there may not be a distinct, publicly available roadmap laying out the exact course for the next generation of Xeon Phi, conversations are brewing about how smooth the highway to Knight’s Landing will be, what the destination will look like, and of course, exactly how long it will take to arrive. The unofficial landing Read more…

Altair Crash Tests New Xeon E7s

Mar 12, 2014 |

RADIOSS, one of the top structural analysis solvers in the industry, is used by auto companies like Ford and PSA in France to run car crash and other simulations to test safety and viability of a broad array of products. Like similar CAE codes, it is highly parallelized for top performance on large, powerful clusters–and Read more…

AMD Refreshes Vision for HPC Future

Feb 13, 2014 |

Although they’ve been rather quiet compared to their competitors in the general server, GPU and of course, overall HPC market, it might be too early to write off AMD just yet. If we’re to look at their silence as the “calm before the storm” consider it typhoon season, at least according Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice Read more…

Short Takes

IBM Bets on Nanotubes to Succeed Silicon in 2020

Jul 2, 2014 |

The effect of five decades of exponential progress with silicon chips doubling in speed every couple years as observed by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore in 1965 cannot be overstated. As silicon-based transistors push against the limits of physics, the death of Moore’s law could pack a devastating blow to the industry and even the global Read more…

Russia to Develop Home-Grown Chips

Jun 23, 2014 |

Russian officials want to replace US microprocessors from Intel and AMD with locally-grown parts. According to recent reports from local news services, the Russian government is planning to create its own line of microprocessors using 64-bit ARM chips for use in governmental computers and servers. The new microprocessors will be designed by Baikal Electronics, a Read more…

Comparing Peak Floating Point Claims

Jun 17, 2014 |

With Moore’s law and associated silicon transistor performance “laws” winding down, there is renewed interest in accelerators, e.g., digital signal processors (DSPs), graphics processing units (GPUs), and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Measuring the peak floating-point performance of these non-traditional computing architectures is not without challenges, however. A new white paper from Altera’s Michael Parker attempts to shed Read more…

ASC14 Marks Seventh Win for GPUs

May 29, 2014 |

The past decade has seen a sharp rise in heterogenous computing, processing or coprocessing using more than one processor type. One of the most prominent examples of heterogenous elements in HPC is the GPU computing ecosystem that has been fostered by NVIDIA and AMD. General-purpose GPU (GPGPU) adoption has become widespread in HPC, and student supercomputing Read more…

Sandia Launches Post-Silicon Development Effort

May 28, 2014 |

As microprocessors push up against the limits of miniaturization, many are reflecting on what the post-silicon era has in store. Recently Sandia National Laboratories published an article describing the steps it is taking to extend the pace of computational progress over the coming decades. Some of the forward-leaning technologies include self-learning supercomputers and systems that Read more…

Off the Wire

Netlist Introduces NVvault NVDIMM Product Family

Aug 4, 2014 |

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 4 – Netlist, Inc., a leading provider of high performance memory storage solutions for the cloud computing and storage markets, today announced the introduction of its NVvault DDR3 high performance NVDIMM product family compatible on selected Intel-based Ivy Bridge server boards. This new product family is built upon Netlist’s patented IP, expertise and technical Read more…

AMD Opteron 64-Bit ARM-Based Developer Kits Now Available

Jul 30, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 30 – AMD today announced the immediate availability of the AMD Opteron A1100-Series developer kit, which features AMD’s first 64-bit ARM-based processor, codenamed “Seattle.” AMD is the first company to provide a standard ARM Cortex-A57- based server platform for software developers and integrators. Software and hardware developers as well as early adopters in large datacenters are eligible Read more…

eInfochips to Develop NVIDIA GPU-Powered Products for HPC

Jul 30, 2014 |

July 30 — eInfochips, a leading engineering R&D services company, today announced professional services offered to clients to develop NVIDIA GPU-powered solutions for aerospace and defense, medical imaging, high-performance computing (HPC), industrial, and visual computing applications. Powered by NVIDIA Tesla, NVIDIA Quadro and NVIDIA Tegra GPUs, the next generation of systems designed by eInfochips will Read more…

Pico Computing and TekStart Announce Availability of HMC Controller IP

Jul 29, 2014 |

PALO ALTO, Calif. & SEATTLE, Wash., July 29 – Pico Computing Inc., a technology leader in high-performance computing, and TekStart LLC, a semiconductor adventure capital company, today announced the availability of Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) Controller Intellectual Property (IP). HMC technology brings greatly expanded bandwidth (up to 240GB/s) to image processing, packet processing, video processing, and other high-performance computing Read more…

Magma Receives NVIDIA Certification for ExpressBox 3600

Jul 14, 2014 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 14 — Magma announced today that it has received certification for its new ExpressBox 3600 (EB3600) expansion platform with NVIDIA K40 GPUs. To receive certification, Magma worked closely with NVIDIA to complete an extensive system certification process, which included rigorous thermal and bandwidth tests. This certification allows customers to confidently select the EB3600 Read more…