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Adapting Algorithms to Modern Hybrid Architectures

Aug 13, 2014 |

Technology, like other facets of life, commonly experiences cycles of rapid change followed by periods of relative stability. Computing has entered a stage of increased architectural diversity, as evidenced by the rise of accelerators, coprocessors, and other alternatives, like ARM processors. An international team of researchers explores how these various supercomputing architectures perform on parallelized turbulent Read more…

Compilers and More: MPI+X

Jul 16, 2014 |

At ISC’14, there was intense and continuing interest in the choice of a standard approach for programming the next generation HPC systems. While not guaranteed, many of these systems are likely to be large clusters of nodes with multicore CPUs and some sort of attached accelerators. A standard programming approach is necessary to convince developers, and Read more…

Student Supercomputing Competition Embraces GPU-Power

Jun 26, 2014 |

The third and final day of ISC14 concluded with a ceremony honoring one of the week’s most popular events, the Student Cluster Challenge. Taking home first prize for the second straight year was the team from the Centre for HPC (CHPC) in South Africa. Jointly sponsored by Dell, NVIDIA and Mellanox, the undergraduate team relied on Read more…

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…

Short Takes

NVIDIA Boasts ‘Compelling HPC Solution’

Aug 20, 2014 |

Today marks the official release of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit version 6.5, which had previously been only available in its pre-release form. In a company blog post, NVIDIA’s Chief Technologist for GPU Computing Software Mark Harris covers the toolkit’s new features and improvements, including “support for CUDA Fortran in developer tools, user-defined callback functions in Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Micron Announces SDK for Automata Processor

Oct 7, 2014 |

BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 7 — Micron Technology, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced the availability of the evaluation version of the Automata Processor (AP) software development kit (SDK). With the new SDK, developers can design and test advanced applications in areas such as bioinformatics, video/image analytics, and network security, which require Read more…

ARM and TSMC Announce New Multi-Year Agreement

Oct 2, 2014 |

HSINCHU, Taiwan and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 2 — ARM and TSMC today announced a new multi-year agreement that will deliver ARMv8-A processor IP optimized for TSMC 10FinFET process technology. Because of the success in scaling from 20SoC to 16FinFET, ARM and TSMC have decided to collaborate again for 10FinFET. This early pathfinding work will provide valuable learning to enable physical design IP and methodologies Read more…

Innovative Computing Laboratory at UT Becomes Newest IPCC

Oct 2, 2014 |

Oct. 2 — The Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville became the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC).  The objective of the ICL’s IPCC is the development and optimization of numerical linear algebra libraries and technologies for applications, while tackling current challenges in heterogeneous Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor-based High Performance Computing. Read more…

Altera and ARM Expand Partnership for SoC Development Tools

Oct 1, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 1 — Altera Corporation and ARM today announced a long-term agreement to expand their strategic partnership for best-in-class embedded software development tools for SoC FPGAs. In 2012, Altera and ARM announced the creation of the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition, which pioneered the invention of FPGA-Adaptive Debugging for SoC FPGAs. Read more…

Altera Announces Availability of MAX 10 FPGAs

Sep 30, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 30 — Altera Corporation today announced the availability of non-volatile MAX 10 FPGAs, Altera’s latest addition to its Generation 10 portfolio. Using TSMC’s 55 nm embedded flash process technology, MAX 10 FPGAs revolutionize non-volatile FPGAs by delivering dual-configuration flash, analog and embedded processing capabilities in a small-form-factor, low-cost, instant-on programmable logic device. Read more…