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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…

New Research Advances Heterogenous 3D Chip Design

Feb 6, 2014 |

As transistors approach the limits of miniaturization, the rapid pace of progress in the microprocessor industry is destined to start declining unless researchers are successful in innovating alternative designs. The best and brightest minds of our time are hard at work developing the next generation of microprocessors so essential to supercomputers, handheld devices and worldwide Read more…

Short Takes

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…

Planning for Post Moore’s Law

May 28, 2014 |

In this video from Hot Chips 25, Dr. Robert Colwell of DARPA delivers an insightful overview on the “looming issue” that is the death of Moore’s law. Colwell starts out with the humorous point that “physics doesn’t care what we believe.” Believing that Moore’s law – Gordon Moore’s 1965 observation that a chip’s transistor count doubles Read more…

Quantum Processor Hits 99.9 Percent Reliability Target

Apr 25, 2014 |

Physicists at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) have taken a huge leap forward towards what they refer to as a “fully functional quantum computer” – long-considered the holy grail of both physics and computing. The five cross-shaped elements are the Xmon variant, so named by the team, of the transmon qubit placed in a linear array. A Read more…

Leading Edge Versus Bleeding Edge

Apr 10, 2014 |

Enterprises are always looking for an edge to use against the competition, and information technology was created initially and specifically to be that edge. Decades later, computing in its various forms is the foundation of the modern corporation, and companies are still looking for new ways of gaining an advantage. More times than not, that Read more…

Off the Wire

EZchip to Acquire Tilera

Jul 9, 2014 |

YOKNEAM, Israel, July 9 — EZchip Semiconductor Ltd., a leader in high-performance network processors, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately-held US-based company that develops high-performance multi-core processors, intelligent network interface cards and white-box appliances for data-center networking equipment. The acquisition is intended to provide significant new growth opportunities Read more…

Eni to Utilize New Supercomputer for Oil and Gas Activities

Jul 3, 2014 |

July 3 – Eni has put into operation its second major HPC system. The new supercomputer has an innovative approach based on the usage of accelerators to implement a so called “hybrid cluster architecture.” It comprises 1500 IBM iDataPlex dx360 M4 nodes, built on more than 30,000 processing cores, each equipped with two NVIDIA Tesla GPU Read more…

Imperial College PhD Student Wins ICT Pioneers Competition

Jul 2, 2014 |

July 2 — Nathan Chong, a PhD student in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London, was announced last Thursday as overall winner of the ICT Pioneers competition, as well as winner of the Technology Everywhere category. The competition recognises the most exceptional UK PhD students in ICT-related subjects who are able to communicate Read more…

HPC Advisory Council Announces 3rd Annual Spain Supercomputing Conference

Jul 1, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & BARCELONA, Spain, July 1 — The HPC Advisory Council, a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, today announced that the HPC Advisory Council, in conjunction with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, will host the 3rd Annual HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference 2014 at the University of Cantabria, Cantabria, Spain, on September 24th, Read more…

Boston Limited Helps EPCC Break LINPACK Record

Jun 27, 2014 |

ST. ALBANS, U.K., June 27 — Boston Limited, now in its 21st year as a global technology partner for Super Micro Computer, is delighted to announce that the University of Edinburgh’s entry into the ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition, EPCC, has been awarded first place in the LINPACK test. The EPCC team harnessed Boston’s liquid Read more…