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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…

One Year, 7,000 Xeon Phi Cards: The TACC Experience

Feb 3, 2014 |

The Intel Xeon Phi, which was just branded and officially launched back in November 2012, is already behind some leading research at one of the U.S.’s premier scientific computing centers. According to leaders at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), the coprocessor has made significant bounds into a wider array of applications over the last Read more…

IBM’s New Deal Captures Refocused HPC Strategy

Jan 29, 2014 |

It’s been quite a month of news for IBM, with the sale of its x86 business to Lenovo, followed by some intense questioning about what this means for their vision (and future) with HPC customers in academia and government in particular. And while some might call this the centerpiece of a shift in strategy, something Read more…

The Future of Accelerator Programming

Jan 9, 2014 |

Many of the latest supercomputers are based on accelerators, including the two fastest systems according to the 11/2013 TOP500 list. Accelerators are also becoming widespread in PCs and are even starting to appear in handheld devices, which will further boost the interest in accelerator programming. This broad adoption is the result of high performance, good Read more…

Intel Sheds Light on the “Corner to Landing” Leap

Dec 6, 2013 |

Since the first details about the MIC architecture emerged, Intel has continually harkened back to their vision of offering a high degree of parallelism inside a power efficient package that could promise programmability. With the eventual entry of the next generation Xeon Phi hitting the market in years to come with its (still unstated) high Read more…

Short Takes

Pushing Parallel Processing Power at CERN

Feb 17, 2014 |

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) relies on parallel processors, including coprocessors, to power its massive acquisition system. Without the computational power afforded by these processors, discovery is hampered. The reach of the science is supported in part by improvements in computational speed.  Valerie Halyo, research scientist in the Department of Physics at Princeton University, is Read more…

GPUs Power Massive Settlement Mapping

Feb 11, 2014 |

Listen to the podcast interview with lead scientist on the project here. Understanding global population distributions and settlement patterns are key elements when making important risk analysis and infrastructure assessments at both global and local scales. However, one of the challenges of developing large-scale analyses of satellite imagery is being able to efficiently process and Read more…

Scientist Conducts First CUDA-Powered Flight

Jan 24, 2014 |

Georgia Tech professor Jon Rogers recently completed what may be the world’s first GPU-enabled flight of an unmanned aircraft. Rogers and his team used a CUDA-on-ARM development board to guide the flight of a parafoil, as part of a successful mission, which took place on January 10, 2014. Parafoils are a type of parachute commonly Read more…

Carbon Nanotubes Aid Microprocessor Cooling

Jan 23, 2014 |

The semiconductor industry is facing several hurdles in developing the next generation of microprocessors. As more and more transistors are squeezed onto a chip, overheating threatens to negate performance gains. Countering this is a two-step process that begins with getting the heat out of the chip and onto the circuit board, where it can then Read more…

NVIDIA Tesla K40 GPU Speeds Three Diverse Apps

Jan 22, 2014 |

During the week of SC13, NVIDIA launched its highest-performance graphics processor yet, the Tesla K40 GPU accelerator. Compared to the chipmaker’s previous high-end Kepler, the K20X, the Tesla K40 sports more memory, higher clock rates, and a greater number of CUDA cores. Now that a couple month have passed since the debut, we’ll examine the Read more…

Off the Wire

Fujitsu and Oracle Enhance M10 SPARC Servers

Apr 8, 2014 |

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. and TOKYO, Japan, April 8 – Fujitsu and Oracle today announced worldwide availability of enhanced Fujitsu M10-1, M10-4 and M10-4S servers equipped with the new SPARC64 X+ processor, which has 16 cores and runs at speeds up to 3.7 GHz, providing up to 30 percent more processing power than the previous SPARC64 X processor. The new Fujitsu Read more…

AMD Launches FirePro W9100

Apr 8, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 8 –  AMD today launched the AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics card designed for the next generation of 4K workstations accelerated by OpenCL (Open Computing Language). With cutting-edge graphics, up to 2.62 TFLOPS double precision of industry leading GPU compute power and ultra-high resolution (4K) multi-display capabilities, video, design and engineering professionals can Read more…

Supermicro to Showcase Server and Storage Solutions at NAB

Apr 7, 2014 |

LAS VEGAS, Nev., April 7 – Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing brings its latest extreme computing and storage solutions to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show this week in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the spotlight will be Supermicro’s latest Visual Computing Appliance, the NVIDIA Read more…

RSC PetaStream Sets New Record

Apr 2, 2014 |

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, April 2 – RSC Group, the leading Russian developer and integrator of innovative HPC and data center solutions, demonstrated revolutionary RSC PetaStream ultra-high density solution with massive-parallel architecture, direct liquid cooling and the newest Intel Xeon Phi 7120D setting one more world record of computing density of 1.2 PFLOPS peak performance per rack within Read more…

Micron Announces DDR4 Modules Designed for Future Intel Systems

Apr 2, 2014 |

BOISE, Idaho, April 2 – Micron Technology, Inc., a leading provider of advanced memory and storage solutions for enterprise data centers and high-performance computing applications, today announced it is ramping production of DDR4 memory to support upcoming Intel CPU launches. The improved power and performance of DDR4 technology is a critical requirement for the growing enterprise computing Read more…