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Micron, Intel Reveal Memory Slice of Knight’s Landing

Jun 24, 2014 |

As we move into the pre-exascale era, issues of power consumption, network bandwidth, I/O and other issues will continue to push increasing integration. This was a key theme during the International Supercomputing Conference this week in Germany where Intel’s Raj Hazra provided an early look into how it will integrate various pieces of the future Read more…

GPUs Add Up For ARM Chips In HPC

Jun 23, 2014 |

The first wave of credible 64-bit ARM processors are coming to market late this year or early next, and as is usually the case, the high-performance computing community is getting first crack at figuring out how these chips might be deployed to run various kinds of simulations more efficiently or cost effectively. Applied Micro, which Read more…

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…

Short Takes

Brainy IBM Chip Packs One Million Neuron Punch

Aug 7, 2014 |

IBM researchers have developed a super-efficient chip inspired by the functioning of the human brain. Named TrueNorth, the chip features 5.4 billion transistors arranged in a network of 4,096 neurosynaptic cores, yielding the equivalent of one million neurons and 256 million synapses. Despite being one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, TrueNorth consumes just 70mW during Read more…

Is This the Exascale Breakthrough We’ve Been Waiting For?

Aug 6, 2014 |

An animated video, narrated by the inimitable Professor Heinz Wolff, popped up on YouTube last month, detailing a prototype optical processor with some remarkable claims. The company behind the effort, UK-based startup Optalysys, says it is on track to deliver exascale levels of processing power on a standard-sized desktop computer within the next few years. Read more…

New Photoresist Could Add Years to Moore’s Law

Jul 17, 2014 |

Over the last five decades, microprocessors have gotten cheaper and more powerful as predicted by Gordon Moore’s famous observation, which states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. However, the limits of miniaturization can only go so far before crossing the quantum threshold. Currently there is some progress left Read more…

IBM Invests $3 Billion in Next-Gen Chip Design

Jul 14, 2014 |

The slow-down of Moore’s law has chip makers expanding their efforts beyond the scaling of silicon-based transistors to include the development of alternative materials and computing approaches. Such is the case with IBM, which last week launched a $3 billion research initiative focused on getting to “7 nanometers and beyond.” The five year program comes Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Sisu Supercomputer Upgraded with New Intel Xeon Processors

Sep 11, 2014 |

Sept. 11 — The Finnish flagship supercomputer, Sisu, has undergone a major upgrade during August. The size of the system has almost quadrupled and the processors have been upgraded to the brand new Intel Xeon E5 Haswell server processors, which were publically announced on September 8th. As a result, Sisu’s computing power increased by over 5 Read more…

University of Southampton Researchers to Benefit from New HPC Equipment

Sep 10, 2014 |

Sept. 10 — The training and research of postgraduate students at the University of Southampton is set to benefit from new high-performance computer equipment, following a successful bid worth almost £400k. The University’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling (NGCM) has recently won a bid from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Read more…

SDSC Joins IPCC Program

Sep 10, 2014 |

Sept. 10 — The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, is working with semiconductor chipmaker Intel Corporation to further optimize research software to improve the parallelism, efficiency, and scalability of widely used molecular and neurological simulation technologies. The collaboration is part of the Intel Parallel Computing Centers program, which Read more…

Registration Now Open for University of Houston Oil & Gas Workshop

Sep 9, 2014 |

Sept. 9 — High-level, directive-based programming models have been rapidly gaining traction as a portable, productive means to develop application code for multicore platforms and accelerators. Due to their usability and portability, programming APIs such as OpenMP and OpenACC, are increasingly being adopted as an alternative to lower-level APIs such as CUDA and OpenCL. This Read more…

TYAN Launches Array of Platforms Supporting New Intel Xeon Processor Family

Sep 9, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Sept. 9 — TYAN, an industry-leading, server platform design manufacturer, and subsidiary of MITAC Computing Technology Corporation, launched its full array of platforms supporting the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family. With 5 products and 10 SKUs in total, TYAN’s comprehensive Haswell-EP based product line addresses the diverse needs of datacenter Read more…