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Will Magnets Be the Cure for What Ails Moore’s Law?

Oct 1, 2014 |

With silicon-based processors facing some inexorable limits, scientists are looking elsewhere to keep computing on its exponential growth track. One potential alternative that is getting some traction is magnet-based computing. A group of electrical engineers at the Technische Universität München (TUM) is studying the feasibility of using miniature magnets as the building block for integrated Read more…

PayPal Finds Order from Chaos with HPC

Sep 24, 2014 |

At the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Ryan Quick and Arno Kolster from PayPal describe how the company is using HPC to transform its chaotic real-time server data into intelligent, actionable insight. The unique “Systems Intelligence” approach uses HP’s Moonshot server powered by TI processors to aggregate, analyze and act on transaction data in real time. Read more…

New Haswells Spark Open Season for HPC Systems

Sep 15, 2014 |

What do you get when you add more cores, improved memory bandwidth, and a notable uptick in performance out of a freshly-launched chip? One hell of a lot of announcements from a broad, hungry base of server makers. And to be fair, a lot of excitement from the HPC user community to boot. While one Read more…

Intel ‘Haswell’ Xeon E5s Aimed Squarely at HPC

Sep 8, 2014 |

The HPC market is a key one for Intel’s Xeon E5 family of processors, and that is perfectly evident as the chip maker rolls out the “Haswell” Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors for servers and workstations at its Intel Developer Forum today in San Francisco. Many of the new features in the Haswell Xeon E5s are Read more…

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…

Short Takes

Baidu Supercomputer Tops Google in Image Recogition

Jan 20, 2015 |

In an effort to oust Google from its the top spot in image recognition, Baidu, Inc. has dedicated a supercomputer to what it claims to be the world’s most accurate computer vision system. Using the ImageNet object classification benchmark, the Chinese search engine company claims that their system managed a 5.98 percent error rate, which Read more…

NVIDIA GPUs Unfold Secrets of the Human Genome

Jan 16, 2015 |

With 3 billion base pairs of DNA on hand, it’s no wonder that genes are able to program nearly ever detail of our physical makeup, from constructing organs to fighting off disease. But how can a system so vast find the right operating manual for one body part, and ignore all the data meant for Read more…

Unmasking the Speed Limit of Modern Electronics

Dec 11, 2014 |

For the first time, scientists have captured the essence of semiconductor computing on film by taking snapshots of the electron transfer from valence to conduction band states. It is this leap that forms the basis for the entire semiconductor industry, digital electronics and modern computing as we know it. Using attosecond extreme ultraviolet (XUV) spectroscopy Read more…

CERN Researchers Explore x86 Alternatives

Oct 28, 2014 |

Energy consumption has become a constraining feature on the growth of computing systems, such that the industry has shifted its focus from pure performance to performance-per-watt. As a result, there is increased interest in newer chip architectures that emphasize energy efficiency. An international group of researchers with ties to CERN are especially concerned with the effect these power constraints Read more…

Quick Change Material Begs Post-Silicon Consideration

Sep 22, 2014 |

With Moore’s law in peril, the search is on for the next computing substrate. Keeping up the pace of progress in an ever more compute and data driven world will likely require a post-silicon invention that can satisfy humanity’s need for faster, smaller, greener and more powerful computers. In recognition of the size and speed Read more…

Off the Wire

NVIDIA Technology Selected by Elsen

Feb 18, 2015 |

BOSTON, Mass., Feb. 18 — Elsen, Inc., the Boston-based financial technology firm, is using NVIDIA technology to bring massive gains in speed and efficiency to the financial calculations run by hedge funds and other financial institutions. The NVIDIA Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, which includes GPUs and enabling software, is the leading platform for accelerating data analytics Read more…

OCF Joins the OpenPOWER Foundation

Feb 5, 2015 |

Feb. 5 — OCF, the HPC, big data management and analytics provider, has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community based on the POWER microprocessor architecture, as a silver member. The OpenPOWER foundation is an open, not-for-profit technical community created to enable today’s data centres to rethink their approach to technology.  The aim of Read more…

Dedicated Computing Joins Intel Cluster Ready Program

Jan 15, 2015 |

WAUKESHA, Wis., Jan. 15 – Dedicated Computing, a global technology company, announced its participation in the Intel Cluster Ready program to deliver integrated high-performance computing (HPC) cluster solutions to the Life Sciences market.  Powered by Intel Xeon processors, Dedicated Computing is offering a family of purpose built analytics and storage clusters for use in bioinformatics research. Dedicated Computing’s Read more…

Silicon Mechanics Announces Support for NVIDIA Tesla K80 Accelerators in HPC Product Line

Jan 5, 2015 |

Jan. 5 — Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it offers the newly released NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator as an available option in its expertly configured GPU accelerator products and high-performance computing (HPC) solutions. The NVIDIA Tesla K80 dual-GPU accelerator, the new flagship offering of the Tesla Accelerated Computing Platform, is the world’s fastest accelerator, designed for complex machine learning, Read more…

Arkansas HPC Center Joins OpenPOWER Foundation

Dec 5, 2014 |

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Dec. 5 — The Arkansas High Performance Computing Center at the University of Arkansas has joined the OpenPOWER Foundation, a technical membership organization that enables its members to customize IBM’s trademarked POWER CPU high-performance processors and system platforms. The goal of the OpenPOWER Foundation is to create an open ecosystem, using the POWER Read more…