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Processor Diversity on the Rise, Reports Intersect360

Nov 12, 2015 |

Intel x86 processors continue to dominate HPC servers while the number of cores per processor also keeps rising, perhaps no surprises there. Also somewhat anticipated, the amount of memory per core, per processor, and per node is rising. These are the top line results of Intersect360 Research’s latest HPC sites survey on processor use. A Read more…

New Supermicro Offerings Support Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v5 and D-1500

Nov 11, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 11 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing releases the industry’s broadest range of Server Building Block Solutions supporting the new Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v5 family (formerly codenamed Skylake-S) and Intel Xeon processor D-1500. Over 15 systems, 25 motherboards and 15 SuperChassis combined Read more…

PGI Accelerator Compilers Add OpenACC Support for x86 Multicore CPUs

Oct 29, 2015 |

NVIDIA today announced availability of its newest PGI Accelerator Fortran, C and C++ compilers (version 15.10) now with support for OpenACC directives-based parallel programming standard on x86 architecture multicore microprocessors. The new compilers allow OpenACC-enabled source code to be compiled for parallel execution on a multicore CPU or a GPU accelerator. “Our goal is to Read more…

ASRock Rack Launches Xeon D Server Motherboards

Oct 29, 2015 |

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Oct. 29 — ASRock Rack, the innovative server technology provider, has made use of the latest Intel Xeon D processors and released D1540D4U-2T2O8R and D1520D4I, targeting the exponential growth for edge data. Intel Xeon D is the first SoC based on Intel Xeon Processor technology. Compared with its predecessor, the performance is enhanced Read more…

TGAC Unleashes DRAGEN to Accelerate Genomics Workflows

Oct 28, 2015 |

Accelerating genomics analysis remains one of the toughest challenges in life science research. All manner of optimizations are in use – disk streaming, optimized parallel files systems, algorithm tweaks, faster processors, and hardware accelerators, to name a few – all with varying results. Today, TGAC reported implementation of the first processor specifically designed to accelerate Read more…

The Case for Mixed-Precision Arithmetic

Oct 22, 2015 |

Everyone knows that 64-bit floating point arithmetic dominates in HPC. When a new Xeon or high-end GPU comes out, the most interesting spec to an HPCer is probably its peak double-precision flops performance, and yet… Along with the democratization of HPC and the rise of accelerators, so have new use cases for sub-FP64 and mixed precision arithmetic. One Read more…

Cray’s High-Density GPU System Sets New Performance Standard For Echelon Reservoir Simulation Software

Oct 21, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and NEW ORLEANS, La., Oct. 21 – At the 2015 Society of Exploration Geophysicists International Exposition and 85th Annual Meeting (SEG) in New Orleans, Louisiana, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. (Nasdaq: CRAY) announced the achievement of a new performance benchmark for reservoir simulations using Stone Ridge Technology’s ECHELON reservoir simulation software and the Cray CS-Storm cluster Read more…

Exxact GPU Cluster Accelerates Cancer Research at Notre Dame

Oct 21, 2015 |

  Oct. 21 — Exxact Corporation, a leading provider of HPC solutions and sole provider of AMBER certified molecular dynamics systems, announced its joint effort with AMBER GPU Development Lead, Dr. Ross Walker, for providing the University of Notre Dame with a GPU solution to help assist cancer research efforts. Notre Dame scientists closely collaborated Read more…

New Supermicro X11 UP Solutions Support Latest Intel Xeon Processor E3-1200 v5 Family

Oct 20, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 20 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing launches its new X11 generation UP systems and solutions raising the bar on performance and efficiency for their single processor platforms, delivering the industry’s broadest range of workstations, long-life embedded solutions and motherboard platforms supporting Read more…

Jack Dongarra et al. on Numerical Algorithms and Libraries at Exascale

Oct 19, 2015 |

The HPC software research community greeted this summer’s announcement of the President’s National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) with tremendous enthusiasm. This response is easy to understand. More than twenty-five years have passed since a US administration last proposed such a coordinated, long term, multiagency strategy to improve the nation’s economic competitiveness and scientific research prowess Read more…

Cray XK7 Titan Used to Simulate Complicated Blood Flow

Oct 14, 2015 |

A team of researchers from Brown University, ETH Zurich, the Universita da Svizzera Italiana (USI) and Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) is using America’s largest, most powerful supercomputer to help understand and fight diseases affecting some of the body’s smallest building blocks. The team, led by Brown’s George Karniadakis, is using the Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer Read more…

Bioinformatics Challenge: Fat Nodes, Skinny Nodes, or Hybrids

Oct 12, 2015 |

Life sciences organizations typically have a variety of computational requirements and picking the best cluster server architecture has always been a challenge. Do you go with fat nodes typified by their large number of cores per node or thin (sometimes called skinny) nodes with fewer, faster performing cores per node? Certainly, the choice will depend Read more…

“Hazel Hen” Cray Supercomputer in Stuttgart Delivers 7.42 PFlops

Oct 9, 2015 |

The High Performance Computing Center Stuttgart (HLRS), member of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing, today reported completion of the second upgrade of its supercomputing-installation. The Cray (NASDAQ: CRAY) XC40 system at HLRS – code named “Hazel Hen” – delivers a peak performance of 7.42 Petaflops, almost twice as much as the previous system known as Read more…

Potential ‘Game-Changer’ in Quantum Computing Reported

Oct 6, 2015 |

A major advance in enabling quantum computing has been described in a article at Phys.org based on a Nature Letter (A two-qubit logic gate in silicon). “We’ve demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate – the central building block of a quantum computer – and, significantly, done it in silicon. Because we use essentially the same device Read more…

Defining Scalable OS Requirements for Exascale and Beyond

Oct 5, 2015 |

Over the past couple of decades two primary trends have driven system software for supercomputers to become significantly more complex. First, hardware has become more complex. Massive inter-node parallelism (100,000+ nodes), increasingly large intra-node parallelism (100+ hardware threads), wider vector units, accelerators, coprocessors, etc., have required that system software play a larger role in delivering Read more…

IBM Reports Carbon Nanotube Transistor Breakthrough

Oct 1, 2015 |

Perhaps Moore’s law isn’t doomed just yet. Maybe. IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) reported in a paper in Science today a technique for making carbon nanotube transistors with tiny (~9nm) contacts that exhibit low, size-independent resistance. This overcomes a huge hurdle in shrinking transistor size beyond current limits. “I think this is the first carbon nanotube Read more…

Microsoft Puts GPU Boosters on Azure Cloud

Sep 29, 2015 |

Today at its AzureCon, Microsoft expanded the capabilities of its public cloud, Azure, with the addition of N-series GPU-enabled virtual machines available over a fast RDMA network. The company also announced that it is reducing prices on its high-end instances, A8-A11. Jazon Zander, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, began by presenting a view of Azure Read more…

NVIDIA GPUs to Accelerate Microsoft Azure

Sep 29, 2015 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 29 — NVIDIA today announced that Microsoft will offer NVIDIA GPU-enabled professional graphics applications and accelerated computing capabilities to customers worldwide through its cloud platform, Microsoft Azure. Deploying the latest version of NVIDIA GRID in its new N-Series virtual machine offering, Azure is the first cloud computing platform to provide NVIDIA GRID 2.0 virtualized graphics for Read more…

AI’s Forward March: Machine Teaches Itself to Play Chess in 72 Hours

Sep 23, 2015 |

The field of artificial intelligence has had a rocky history with numerous setbacks, but there have been high points too, like when IBM’s Deep Blue beat reigning chess champion, Garry Kasparov, in 1997, or when another IBM machine, Watson, proved its mettle on the popular quiz show Jeopardy, in 2011. Now machine learning, and its Read more…

Chief Processor Architect Exits AMD

Sep 22, 2015 |

Jim Keller, former chief architect of microprocessor cores at AMD, left the chip company for the second time last week to pursue other opportunities. Keller was in charge of the company’s next-generation x86 “Zen” cores, which take center stage in AMD’s roadmap and in its strategy to combat larger rival Intel. Not due out until Read more…