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Is IBM Getting Openness Right? Yes, Says GM Doug Balog

Jun 29, 2015 |

The annual Red Hat Summit, held in Boston last week, is something of revival tent for open source where the pulpits are plentiful and so are smiling believers. Indeed it’s hard to dispute the powerful innovation springing from open source. The RH Summit, which started 11 years ago as a modest celebration of open source Read more…

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HP Removes Memristors from Its ‘Machine’ Roadmap Until Further Notice

Jun 11, 2015 |

One year after Hewlett-Packard launched its ambitious “this will change everything” project called “The Machine,” the company is making some concessions to its initial vision, something it says is necessary in order to deliver a working prototype by next year. Announced with great fanfare at last year’s HP Discovery event, the Machine was to be Read more…

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IBM Power8 Outperforms x86 on Financial Benchmarks

Jun 9, 2015 |

If you’ve been waiting for a formal evaluation of the IBM Power8 architecture on common financial workloads, then look no further. According to results shared at the STAC Summit on June 4, an IBM Power8-based system server delivered more than twice the performance of the best-in-class x86 counterpart when running a set of standard financial industry benchmarks. Sumit Read more…

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Tracking the Trajectory to Exascale and Beyond

Jun 8, 2015 |

The future of high performance computing is now being defined both in how it will be achieved and in the ways in which it will impact diverse fields in science and technology, industry and commerce, and security and society. At this time there is great expectation but much uncertainty creating a climate of opportunity, challenge, Read more…

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HP Launches HPC & Big Data Global Business Unit

Jun 4, 2015 |

When HP finally divides into two pieces – HP Inc. (PCs and printers) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (servers and services) – how will the HPC portfolio fare? Views vary of course. The split is meant to let the ‘new’ companies shed distraction and sharpen focus. HPC will live within HP Enterprise, but perhaps surprisingly not Read more…

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Short Takes

CPU Benchmarking: Haswell Versus POWER8

Jun 2, 2015 |

With OpenPOWER activity ramping up and IBM’s prominent role in the upcoming DOE machines Summit and Sierra, it’s a good time to look at how the IBM POWER CPU stacks up against the x86 Xeon Haswell CPU from Intel. Citing the compute-intensive nature of today’s financial applications, the acceleration specialists at Xcelerit sought to compare IBM’s powerhouse Read more…

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SGI ERI Installation Illustrates Multi-use HPC

May 20, 2015 |

Traditional research and Big Data apps are increasingly run on the same HPC system as lines between their computational requirements blur and demand for dual-use capability grows, said Bob Braham, SGI CMO. He pointed to last month’s ramp up of the latest SGI supercomputer at the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Read more…

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Sumit Gupta Leaves NVIDIA to Join IBM

May 19, 2015 |

Long-time industry executive Sumit Gupta has left GPU-pioneer NVIDIA, were he was GM, GPU Accelerated Data Center Computing, to join IBM as VP, HPC & OpenPOWER Operations. Executive changes in the HPC world are common but changes at this executive level are rare. Few details are known but IBM provided the background answers below to Read more…

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Machine Learning Guru Sees Future in Multi-GPU Clusters

Apr 30, 2015 |

Machine learning has made enormous strides in the few years, owing in large part to powerful and efficient parallel processing provided by general-purpose GPUs. The latest example of this trend is exemplified by a partnership between New York University’s Center for Data Science and NVIDIA. The mission, says the pair, is to develop next-gen deep learning Read more…

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Simulating the First Hybrid Neuromorphic Supercomputer

Apr 7, 2015 |

In order for brain-inspired computing to become a reality, the underlying hardware must become sufficiently powerful to do in-silicon what the brain does naturally. One of the important advances in this field was the 2014 debut of the first neuromorphic chip, “True North,” developed by IBM with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Read more…

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Off the Wire

Penguin Computing Announces Its Densest 1U GPU Server

Jul 13, 2015 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, July 13 — Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced the Relion 1904GT server, which packs four GPU accelerators in a 1U form factor. “We redesigned this system with a completely new layout of the motherboard,” said William Wu, senior product manager, Penguin Computing. “The result Read more…

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IBM Now Offering NVIDIA Tesla K80 Dual-GPU Accelerators on Bare Metal Cloud Servers

Jul 8, 2015 |

DALLAS, Tex., July 8 — IBM is now offering NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerators on bare metal cloud servers. With the new offering, IBM Cloud is bringing high-speed performance to the SoftLayer cloud infrastructure, enabling companies to build supercomputing clusters without having to expand their existing technology infrastructure. In addition to bringing SoftLayer supercomputing capabilities Read more…

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AMD Announces New FirePro S9170 Server GPU

Jul 8, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 8 — AMD today announced the new AMD FirePro S9170 server GPU, the world’s first and fastest 32GB single-GPU server card for DGEMM heavy double-precision workloads, with support for OpenCL 2.0. Based on the second-generation AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPU architecture, this new addition to the AMD FirePro server GPU family is Read more…

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D-Wave Systems Breaks 1000 Qubit Quantum Computing Barrier

Jun 22, 2015 |

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 22 —  D-Wave Systems Inc., the world’s first quantum computing company, today announced that it has broken the 1000 qubit barrier, developing a processor about double the size of D-Wave’s previous generation and far exceeding the number of qubits ever developed by D-Wave or any other quantum effort. This is a major technological and Read more…

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NCSA and Intel Offer Free Xeon Phi Training

Jun 17, 2015 |

June 17 — NCSA’s Private Sector Program and Intel are offering two free training classes on parallel programming using the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors. These workshops provide the foundation needed for software developers to modernize their codes to extract more of the parallel compute performance potential found in both Intel Xeon processors and Intel Xeon Read more…

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