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Beyond von Neumann, Neuromorphic Computing Steadily Advances

Mar 21, 2016 |

Neuromorphic computing – brain inspired computing – has long been a tantalizing goal. The human brain does with around 20 watts what supercomputers do with megawatts. And power consumption isn’t the only difference. Fundamentally, brains ‘think differently’ than the von Neumann architecture-based computers. While neuromorphic computing progress has been intriguing, it has still not proven very practical.

ARM Scales Chips for Datacenters, HPC

Mar 17, 2016 |

ARM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. announced a multiyear agreement this week to collaborate on leading-edge 7-nanometer FinFET process technology. (FinFET stands for fin-shaped field-effect transistor, an emerging process technology that reduces leakage current in systems-on-chip, or SoCs.)

Brookhaven Lab Named NVIDIA GPU Research Center

Mar 14, 2016 |

UPTON, N.Y., March 14 — The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has been named a 2016 GPU Research Center by NVIDIA, the world leader in visual computing. GPU Research Centers are institutions that embrace and use graphics processing unit (GPU)-accelerated computing across multiple research fields, and are at the forefront of some Read more…

Intel May Sell $1Billion of its Venture Assets

Mar 11, 2016 |

Bloomberg Business is reporting that Intel plans to sell up to $1 billion of its venture capital unit and will consolidate the organization. “Since its start in 1991, Intel Capital has invested about $11.6 billion in more than 1,440 companies in 57 countries across a range of sectors including security, wearable technology and digital media, Read more…

Titan Sheds Light on Universe’s Second Flicker

Mar 9, 2016 |

Right after the Big Bang the universe was filled with hot, ionized hydrogen (H) and helium (He) gas, a bright torch if you will. By 400,000 years later the flame had dimmed as the gas de-ionized (atoms recaptured electrons) and radiation shifted to ‘invisible’ wavelengths. So started the Cosmic Dark Ages. Now a group of Read more…

NSF Seeks ‘Breakthroughs’ for Energy-Efficient Computing

Mar 7, 2016 |

Breakthroughs, by their nature, are rarely generated on demand. That said, the energy problem in computing today is so acute that the National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation are joining forces to stimulate research into developing ‘breakthroughs’ in energy-efficient computing. The new NSF-NRC grants program, Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures (E2CDA), has a Read more…

Will Feature as a Service (FaaS) Become Important? Rambus Thinks So

Mar 3, 2016 |

Mitigating the effects of a declining Moore’s Law will no doubt take many forms. We’re all wondering what the next disruptive technology will be to make the worries moot. In the meantime, one approach to dealing with a stalled Moore’s Law is floated in a recent Rambus Blog, ‘Moore’s Law in the FaaS Lane’ – Read more…

‘Biomolecular Motor-based’ Computer Promises Speed and Reduced Power

Mar 2, 2016 |

Combinatorial tasks are among the hardest for traditional computers. A good example is finding the optimum path through a large complicated network. Every possible path must be evaluated and as datasets grow the computing time grows exponentially making some tasks unfeasible. One practical example is verification of VLSI (very large scale integrated) semiconductor circuit design. Read more…

AMD GPUOpen Fuels Seismic Supercomputing Efforts for Geoscience Leader CGG

Mar 2, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 2 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced that CGG, a pioneering global geophysical services and equipment company, has deployed AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs to accelerate its geoscience oil and gas research efforts, harnessing more than 1 PetaFLOPS of GPU processing power. Employing AMD’s HPC GPU Computing software tools available on GPUOpen.com, CGG rapidly converted Read more…

Mellanox Delivers Next Generation Network Processor to Key Telco Customers

Mar 1, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, March 1 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced today that its next generation network processor, the NPS-400, is now sampling and has been shipped to strategic customers. In addition Mellanox announced that ZTE has selected NPS-400 for its new line Read more…

CSCS Announces Second GPU Hackathon

Mar 1, 2016 |

March 1 — General-purpose Graphics Processing Units (GPGPUs) potentially offer exceptionally high memory bandwidth and performance for a wide range of applications. The challenge in utilizing such accelerators has been the difficulty in programming them. Today, these devices can be programmed with the CUDA/C++ programming platform or with OpenACC Directives for Accelerators, which offer straightforward extensions to Read more…

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…