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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

NVIDIA K80 GPU-System Speeds Up Bioinformatics Tool 12X

Jan 28, 2015 |

Not long ago, the high cost and relative slowness of DNA sequencing were the rate-limiting bottlenecks in biomedical research. Today, post-sequencing data analysis is the biggest challenge. The reason, of course, is the prodigious output from modern next-generation sequencing (NGS) instruments (e.g., Illumina and ThermoFisher/Life Technologies) overwhelming analysis pipelines. Efficiently sifting the data treasure trove Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Supermicro Launches New Server Offerings Supporting Intel Xeon Processor D-1500

Mar 9, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 9 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing launched a new class of low-power, high density server solutions today, optimized for Embedded and hyperscale workloads in Data Center and Cloud environments. The new solutions are available in a growing line of single Read more…

OLCF Announces 2015 GPU Hackathons

Mar 3, 2015 |

March 3 — The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is joining forces with National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) to produce three GPU hackathon events in 2015. The goal of each hackathon is for current or prospective user groups of large hybrid CPU-GPU systems to send teams of Read more…

AMD FirePro Server GPU Now Available on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Servers

Feb 26, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 26 — AMD today announced that the AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) built for High Performance Computing is now available on the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9, the world’s best-selling server. AMD FirePro server GPUs combine with HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers for a variety of specialized applications including Academic and Government Read more…

IDT Develops Supercomputing Platform with NVIDIA and Orange Silicon Valley

Feb 25, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 25 — Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) announced today that it has developed with NVIDIA and Orange Silicon Valley a supercomputing platform that can analyze 4G to 5G base station bandwidth data in real time, enabling network operators to monetize the voluminous data flowing through their communications systems. By connecting clusters of Read more…

Cirrascale Unveils Rackmount Multi-Device Peering Platform

Feb 24, 2015 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 24 — Cirrascale Corporation, a premier developer of build-to-order, open architecture blade-based and rackmount computing infrastructure, today announced the RM4600 Series of rackmount workstations and servers designed around its proprietary 80-lane Gen3 PCIe switch-enabled risers. The new rackmount series supports the recently released Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families and up Read more…