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Colovore and Exxact Partner to Deliver Scalable HPC Infrastructure Solutions

Feb 29, 2016 |

Feb. 29 — Colovore, Silicon Valley’s leader in high-density colocation services, and Exxact Corporation, a leading provider of innovative HPC computing platforms, have partnered to deliver a full end-to-end deployment solution for power-dense, high-performance IT infrastructure. The partnership allows for companies deploying HPC, Big Data, and Private/Hybrid Cloud platforms to design, develop, and provision their Read more…

EU Projects Unite on Heterogeneous ARM-based Exascale Prototype

Feb 24, 2016 |

A trio of partner projects based in Europe – Exanest, Exanode and Ecoscale – are working in close collaboration to develop the building blocks for an exascale architecture prototype that will, as they describe, put the power of ten million computers into a single supercomputer. The effort is unique in seeking to advance the ARM64 + Read more…

Light-enabled Microprocessor Holds Promise for Faster Computers

Feb 23, 2016 |

Combining electronics and photonics on semiconductor microchips to speed data transmission isn’t a new idea – the potential for better performance and power reduction are enticing. However thorny manufacturing issues have so far limited widespread use of this approach. That could change soon according to a recent report in Nature[i] and would have have broad Read more…

Supermicro Debuts New Products at Embedded World

Feb 23, 2016 |

NUREMBERG, Germany, Feb. 23 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing showcases its latest Embedded Building Block Solutions this week at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany. At the show, Supermicro will debut its expanded range of compact X10SDV motherboards which now extend top end performance with support for the new Read more…

Scientists Share How GPUs are Advancing Their Research

Feb 18, 2016 |

Over the last decade, GPU computing has had a profound impact on scientific computing. A number of scientists who are using GPUs to accelerate their research have been profiled on NVIDIA’s website. Meet the three that caught our attention: #1 Unraveling Membrane Proteins with GPUs Erik Lindahl, professor of Biophysics at Stockholm University, studies proteins in the body, Read more…

Barcelona Supercomputer Simulation of Super-eruption Sheds Light on Human Migration

Feb 18, 2016 |

About 39,000 years ago a volcanic super‐eruption tossed a volume of ash and debris equivalent to eight Mt Everest’s into the air near Naples Italy. The resulting ash plumes and rain between southern Italy and Siberia were so intense that their effects slowed the advance of modern humans in Europe. It’s thought to have been Read more…

More Doom and Gloom for Moore’s Law…Sort of

Feb 16, 2016 |

The Journal Nature is reporting the latest bi-annual Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Technology Roadmap due next month will for the first time “acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore’s law, the principle that has powered the information-technology revolution since the 1960s, is nearing its end.” The article appearing in the February 9 Read more…

Getting ready for KNL? Take a Lesson from NERSC on Optimizing

Feb 10, 2016 |

NERSC is beginning to tell the world how to optimize applications to run on the new Intel Xeon Phi processors, code name Knights Landing (KNL), that will boot in self-hosted mode to power over 9,300 nodes of the Cori supercomputer by the summer of 2016. Indeed, general availability of KNL is expected before the end Read more…

Biomedical Simulation at PSC Gets Major Performance Boost with Anton 2

Feb 5, 2016 |

Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computationally difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analysis has progressed more rapidly. Development of Anton 1, the ASIC-based supercomputer specifically designed for simulating molecular dynamics by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in 2008, was a major advance. In 2010 DESRES provided an Anton machine Read more…

HZDR Researchers Use Titan to Simulate Tumor Targeting

Jan 26, 2016 |

Efforts to attack tumors with a wide variety of particles – protons and various ions, for example – has a long history. The benefit is these particles typically damage only the target tissue and not surrounding tissue. Unfortunately, these beams come from bulky particle accelerators, which make the treatment cost prohibitive for many patients. An Read more…

A Conversation with James Reinders

Jan 21, 2016 |

As Chief Evangelist of Intel Software Products, James Reinders spends most of his working hours thinking about and promoting parallel programming. He’s essentially a professor at large, attuning himself to the needs of software developers with an interest in parallel programming so he can offer guidance on techniques, ways of learning, and ways to “think parallel” – all with Read more…

AliCloud Partners With NVIDIA to Expand HPC and Deep Learning Market

Jan 21, 2016 |

SHANGHAI, China, Jan. 21 — AliCloud, the cloud computing business of Alibaba Group, today signed a strategic partnership with NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing, at its Computing Conference – 2016 Shanghai Summit attended by 3,000 industry representatives. The two companies will collaborate closely around AliCloud HPC (High Performance Computing) to provide the first GPU-based cloud HPC platform in China. The Read more…

BIOS IT to Unveil ANNA at Deep Learning Summit

Jan 21, 2016 |

Jan. 21 — BIOS IT, a global IT consultancy and solution provider, focused on delivering the latest high-performance, power efficient IT solutions, will be attending the 2016 Deep Learning Summit, in San Francisco, where they will be introducing the BIOS ANNA – the latest artificial neural network accelerator, with 20 times faster training than its Read more…

Handicapping IBM/OpenPOWER’s Odds for Success

Jan 19, 2016 |

2016 promises to be pivotal in the IBM/OpenPOWER effort to claim a non-trivial chunk of the Intel-dominated high-end server landscape. Big Blue’s stated goal of 20-to-30 percent market share is huge. Intel currently enjoys 90-plus percent share and has seemed virtually unassailable. In an ironic twist of the old mantra ‘no one ever got fired Read more…

Exascale Programming: Adapting What We Have Can (and Must) Work

Jan 14, 2016 |

The demands of massive concurrency and increased resilience required for effective exascale computing have led to claims that our existing approach to application programming must be replaced. In this article I argue that disruption is inevitable but will not require new languages or programming environments. Instead disruption will be in application design, introducing new control Read more…

GIGABYTE Launches Line of Server Boards Based on Intel Xeon D-1500 Product Family

Jan 12, 2016 |

Jan. 12 — GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, releases today its line of server motherboards based on the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family, a System-on-a-Chip platform aimed at low power and high density server applications. This new lineup includes at launch four models of Mini-ITX boards mixing different SKUs of Read more…

SGI and DDN Notch Big Wins at National Center for Atmospheric Research

Jan 11, 2016 |

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will install a new 5.34 petaflops supercomputer – Cheyenne – from SGI and a 20PB high performance storage system from DataDirect Networks, both companies announced today. Cheyenne, an SGI ICE XA system, is expected to be operational in early 2017 and will be powered by more than 7000 Read more…

Moore’s Law – Not Dead – and Intel’s Use of HPC to Keep it Alive

Jan 11, 2016 |

Gordon Moore’s 1965 article on the economics driving the increase of semiconductor functionality has turned out to be wildly prophetic in terms of the effect on transistor scaling. Nearly 40 years later, in 2004, Intel was building microprocessors on the 90 nanometer process with 150 million transistors in a single chip. Today, we’re putting as Read more…

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs Coming to Automotive ‘Supercomputer’

Jan 6, 2016 |

It’s no secret that NVIDIA is eager to take elements of its successful GPGPU ecosystem developed in partnership with the HPC community and transfer these to the much broader, and more lucrative, consumer space. At SC15, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang referred to machine learning as HPC’s first consumer killer app. Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all made major machine Read more…

Quantum Computing Collaboration Between Microsoft and Rambus

Jan 6, 2016 |

Rambus Inc., the chip technology intellectual property vendor, is working with Microsoft Research on future memory requirements for quantum computing. Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS), Sunnyvale, Calif., confirmed just before the holidays it is collaborating with the software giant (NASDAQ: MSFT) on memory systems for next-generation quantum computing. The promising but largely untested technology is slowly gaining Read more…