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AMD Releases FirePro S9300 x2 Server GPU

Apr 1, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 1 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) has announced that researchers at the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) will harness the AMD FirePro S9300 x2 Server GPU, the world’s fastest single-precision GPU accelerator, to analyze extraordinary amounts of data to help create a new, very detailed 3D map of the largest volume of the Universe ever Read more…

‘Broadwell’ Launch Brings Intel’s Advanced Scale Framework Into Focus

Mar 31, 2016 |

The Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v4 (code named “Broadwell”), the first processor within the company’s Scalable System Framework, is said to deliver up to 44 percent performance improvements in advanced scale, HPC and datacenter application environments.

Allinea Software to Address Developers and Users at GTC 2016

Mar 31, 2016 |

March 31 — The leading provider of software tools for developing and optimizing high performance code, Allinea Software, will address developers and users at the GPU Technology Conference (#GTC 16) in San Jose on the 4th – 7th April 2016. The company will highlight the best practices required to unleash the potential performance within the latest Read more…

Total’s Pangea is now the Largest Industrial Supercomputer

Mar 29, 2016 |

Energy giant Total, long a prominent user of high performance computing, now has the largest supercomputer used by industry says the company. Total’s upgraded Pangea supercomputer from SGI delivers 6.7 petaflops, up from 2.3 petaflops, with expanded storage of 26 petabytes – enough to rank the system among the top ten of the Top500 list Read more…

Intel Stretches Node Cycles, Bids Farewell to Tick-Tock

Mar 28, 2016 |

In a recent 10-K filing (an annual report to the US Securities and Exchange commission), Intel announced that it is retiring its 24-month tick-tock development model and replacing it with a 30-month ‘process, architecture, optimization’ model.

OpenACC Momentum Builds

Mar 24, 2016 |

March 24 — The OpenACC standards group, the organization that leads the definition and standardization of directives-based programming for accelerators, today announced several recent application successes, additional hackathons and a broad range of learning opportunities taking place during the upcoming GPU Technology Conference being held in San Jose, CA April 4-7, 2016. OpenACC is a Read more…

DU GeoSolutions Leverages Xeon Phi for Improved Seismic Processing

Mar 23, 2016 |

It’s a given that modern oil and gas exploration couldn’t exist without increasingly powerful supercomputers. Today’s machines enable new capabilities, improve image resolutions, lower costs, and decrease risk. Indeed, many wells, some costing tens of millions of dollars, have missed their targets due to inadequate or incorrect data analysis. This article explores the impact of Read more…

Beyond von Neumann, Neuromorphic Computing Steadily Advances

Mar 21, 2016 |

Neuromorphic computing – brain inspired computing – has long been a tantalizing goal. The human brain does with around 20 watts what supercomputers do with megawatts. And power consumption isn’t the only difference. Fundamentally, brains ‘think differently’ than the von Neumann architecture-based computers. While neuromorphic computing progress has been intriguing, it has still not proven very practical.

ARM Scales Chips for Datacenters, HPC

Mar 17, 2016 |

ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. announced a multiyear agreement this week to collaborate on leading-edge 7-nanometer FinFET process technology. (FinFET stands for fin-shaped field-effect transistor, an emerging process technology that reduces leakage current in systems-on-chip, or SoCs.)

Brookhaven Lab Named NVIDIA GPU Research Center

Mar 14, 2016 |

UPTON, N.Y., March 14 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has been named a 2016 GPU Research Center by NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing. GPU Research Centers are institutions that embrace and use graphics processing unit (GPU)-accelerated computing across multiple research fields, and are at the forefront of some Read more…

Intel May Sell $1Billion of its Venture Assets

Mar 11, 2016 |

Bloomberg Business is reporting that Intel plans to sell up to $1 billion of its venture capital unit and will consolidate the organization. “Since its start in 1991, Intel Capital has invested about $11.6 billion in more than 1,440 companies in 57 countries across a range of sectors including security, wearable technology and digital media, Read more…

Titan Sheds Light on Universe’s Second Flicker

Mar 9, 2016 |

Right after the Big Bang the universe was filled with hot, ionized hydrogen (H) and helium (He) gas, a bright torch if you will. By 400,000 years later the flame had dimmed as the gas de-ionized (atoms recaptured electrons) and radiation shifted to ‘invisible’ wavelengths. So started the Cosmic Dark Ages. Now a group of Read more…

NSF Seeks ‘Breakthroughs’ for Energy-Efficient Computing

Mar 7, 2016 |

Breakthroughs, by their nature, are rarely generated on demand. That said, the energy problem in computing today is so acute that the National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation are joining forces to stimulate research into developing ‘breakthroughs’ in energy-efficient computing. The new NSF-NRC grants program, Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA), has a Read more…

Will Feature as a Service (FaaS) Become Important? Rambus Thinks So

Mar 3, 2016 |

Mitigating the effects of a declining Moore’s Law will no doubt take many forms. We’re all wondering what the next disruptive technology will be to make the worries moot. In the meantime, one approach to dealing with a stalled Moore’s Law is floated in a recent Rambus Blog, ‘Moore’s Law in the FaaS Lane’ – Read more…

‘Biomolecular Motor-based’ Computer Promises Speed and Reduced Power

Mar 2, 2016 |

Combinatorial tasks are among the hardest for traditional computers. A good example is finding the optimum path through a large complicated network. Every possible path must be evaluated and as datasets grow the computing time grows exponentially making some tasks unfeasible. One practical example is verification of VLSI (very large scale integrated) semiconductor circuit design. Read more…

AMD GPUOpen Fuels Seismic Supercomputing Efforts for Geoscience Leader CGG

Mar 2, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 2 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced that CGG, a pioneering global geophysical services and equipment company, has deployed AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs to accelerate its geoscience oil and gas research efforts, harnessing more than 1 PetaFLOPS of GPU processing power. Employing AMD’s HPC GPU Computing software tools available on GPUOpen.com, CGG rapidly converted Read more…

Mellanox Delivers Next Generation Network Processor to Key Telco Customers

Mar 1, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, March 1 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced today that its next generation network processor, the NPS-400, is now sampling and has been shipped to strategic customers. In addition Mellanox announced that ZTE has selected NPS-400 for its new line Read more…

CSCS Announces Second GPU Hackathon

Mar 1, 2016 |

March 1 — General-purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs) potentially offer exceptionally high memory bandwidth and performance for a wide range of applications. The challenge in utilizing such accelerators has been the difficulty in programming them. Today, these devices can be programmed with the CUDA/C++ programming platform or with OpenACC Directives for Accelerators, which offer straightforward extensions to Read more…

Colovore and Exxact Partner to Deliver Scalable HPC Infrastructure Solutions

Feb 29, 2016 |

Feb. 29 — Colovore, Silicon Valley’s leader in high-density colocation services, and Exxact Corporation, a leading provider of innovative HPC computing platforms, have partnered to deliver a full end-to-end deployment solution for power-dense, high-performance IT infrastructure. The partnership allows for companies deploying HPC, Big Data, and Private/Hybrid Cloud platforms to design, develop, and provision their Read more…

EU Projects Unite on Heterogeneous ARM-based Exascale Prototype

Feb 24, 2016 |

A trio of partner projects based in Europe – Exanest, Exanode and Ecoscale – are working in close collaboration to develop the building blocks for an exascale architecture prototype that will, as they describe, put the power of ten million computers into a single supercomputer. The effort is unique in seeking to advance the ARM64 + Read more…