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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…

BSC, Intel Extend Exascale Research Effort

Feb 17, 2015 |

Intel’s efforts to advance exascale computing concepts received a boost with the extension of the company’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – one of four Intel exascale labs in Europe. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work focuses on scalability issues with parallel applications. “[A major goal] Read more…

Compilers and More: Is Amdahl’s Law Still Relevant?

Jan 22, 2015 |

From time to time, you will read an article or hear a presentation that states that some new architectural feature or some new programming strategy will let you work around the limits imposed by Amdahl’s Law. I think it’s time to finally shut down the discussion of Amdahl’s Law. Here I argue that the premise Read more…

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…

Short Takes

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…

Pushing Back the Limits of Microminaturization

Mar 4, 2015 |

Over the last half a century, computers have transformed nearly every facet of society. The information age and its continuing evolution can be traced to the invention of the integrated circuit and the reliable progression of smaller feature sizes – enabling generation after generation of smaller, faster and cheaper microprocessors. But now that foundational trend of modern computing, Read more…

Growing HPC Beyond Moore’s Law

Mar 2, 2015 |

Rice University’s Dr. Jan E. Odegard recently added his voice to a growing chorus of HPC experts weighing in on the changing HPC landscape. As the featured speaker at the first Lunch’n Learn event put on by the Norwegian Consulate General in Houston, Odegard spoke about the inevitable death of Moore’s law and what it will Read more…

Off the Wire

Dell Expands Server Portfolio

Apr 28, 2015 |

April 28 — Dell today announced an expansion of its 13th generation PowerEdge servers including the PowerEdge R930, Dell’s most powerful server specifically designed for the most demanding enterprise applications such as in-memory databases, customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Once the domain of UNIX systems, these enterprise applications are increasingly shifting to x86 platforms for increased innovation, Read more…

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…