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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…

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…

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

RSC Group to Create Supercomputing Center for SPbSPU

Sep 22, 2014 |

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept. 22 — RSC Group, the leading developer and integrator of innovative solutions for HPC segment and data centers in Russia and CIS region has announced the project to create the most innovative and one of the most powerful supercomputing centers in Russia for St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University (SPbSPU) with peak performance Read more…

ZIH Becomes Intel Parallel Computing Center

Sep 19, 2014 |

Sept. 19 — The Center for Information Services and High Performance Computing (ZIH) has been established as an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC). The collaboration between ZIH and Intel focuses on increasing the parallelism of existing scientific applications on future supercomputers consisting of many-core processors. Led by ZIH scientists, the new IPCC carries out two Read more…

NEC Launches New Express5800 Servers

Sep 17, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan., Sept. 17 — NEC Corporation announced today the launch of four new models of its Express5800 Series of industry-standard servers. These new servers feature the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family and include rack, modular and blade models, which improve input/output (I/O) performance and network flexibility for various virtualization environments. Also, NEC Read more…

Silicon Mechanics and WSU to Celebrate HPC Cluster Donation

Sep 17, 2014 |

Sept. 17 — Silicon Mechanics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage, and high-performance computing clusters, announces its participation in a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating Wayne State University’s receipt of a high-performance compute cluster as part of Silicon Mechanics’ 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant. The ceremony will be held September 18, 2014 from 11:30-12:30 Read more…

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Upgrades Magnus

Sep 12, 2014 |

Sept. 12 — The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has installed the final stage upgrade of the supercomputer, ‘Magnus’, ushering in a new era of Australian research, powered by world-class technology. The Pawsey Centre, which has been operating since November 2013, is an internationally significant supercomputing centre hosting the facilities and expertise to support Australia’s high-end scientific Read more…