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New Intel HPC Lead Tracks Phi Momentum

Mar 13, 2014 |

While there may not be a distinct, publicly available roadmap laying out the exact course for the next generation of Xeon Phi, conversations are brewing about how smooth the highway to Knight’s Landing will be, what the destination will look like, and of course, exactly how long it will take to arrive. The unofficial landing Read more…

Altair Crash Tests New Xeon E7s

Mar 12, 2014 |

RADIOSS, one of the top structural analysis solvers in the industry, is used by auto companies like Ford and PSA in France to run car crash and other simulations to test safety and viability of a broad array of products. Like similar CAE codes, it is highly parallelized for top performance on large, powerful clusters–and Read more…

AMD Refreshes Vision for HPC Future

Feb 13, 2014 |

Although they’ve been rather quiet compared to their competitors in the general server, GPU and of course, overall HPC market, it might be too early to write off AMD just yet. If we’re to look at their silence as the “calm before the storm” consider it typhoon season, at least according Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice Read more…

New Research Advances Heterogenous 3D Chip Design

Feb 6, 2014 |

As transistors approach the limits of miniaturization, the rapid pace of progress in the microprocessor industry is destined to start declining unless researchers are successful in innovating alternative designs. The best and brightest minds of our time are hard at work developing the next generation of microprocessors so essential to supercomputers, handheld devices and worldwide Read more…

One Year, 7,000 Xeon Phi Cards: The TACC Experience

Feb 3, 2014 |

The Intel Xeon Phi, which was just branded and officially launched back in November 2012, is already behind some leading research at one of the U.S.’s premier scientific computing centers. According to leaders at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), the coprocessor has made significant bounds into a wider array of applications over the last Read more…

Short Takes

IBM Invests $3 Billion in Next-Gen Chip Design

Jul 14, 2014 |

The slow-down of Moore’s law has chip makers expanding their efforts beyond the scaling of silicon-based transistors to include the development of alternative materials and computing approaches. Such is the case with IBM, which last week launched a $3 billion research initiative focused on getting to “7 nanometers and beyond.” The five year program comes Read more…

IBM Bets on Nanotubes to Succeed Silicon in 2020

Jul 2, 2014 |

The effect of five decades of exponential progress with silicon chips doubling in speed every couple years as observed by Intel cofounder Gordon Moore in 1965 cannot be overstated. As silicon-based transistors push against the limits of physics, the death of Moore’s law could pack a devastating blow to the industry and even the global Read more…

Russia to Develop Home-Grown Chips

Jun 23, 2014 |

Russian officials want to replace US microprocessors from Intel and AMD with locally-grown parts. According to recent reports from local news services, the Russian government is planning to create its own line of microprocessors using 64-bit ARM chips for use in governmental computers and servers. The new microprocessors will be designed by Baikal Electronics, a Read more…

Comparing Peak Floating Point Claims

Jun 17, 2014 |

With Moore’s law and associated silicon transistor performance “laws” winding down, there is renewed interest in accelerators, e.g., digital signal processors (DSPs), graphics processing units (GPUs), and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Measuring the peak floating-point performance of these non-traditional computing architectures is not without challenges, however. A new white paper from Altera’s Michael Parker attempts to shed Read more…

ASC14 Marks Seventh Win for GPUs

May 29, 2014 |

The past decade has seen a sharp rise in heterogenous computing, processing or coprocessing using more than one processor type. One of the most prominent examples of heterogenous elements in HPC is the GPU computing ecosystem that has been fostered by NVIDIA and AMD. General-purpose GPU (GPGPU) adoption has become widespread in HPC, and student supercomputing Read more…

Off the Wire

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Upgrades Magnus

Sep 12, 2014 |

Sept. 12 — The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has installed the final stage upgrade of the supercomputer, ‘Magnus’, ushering in a new era of Australian research, powered by world-class technology. The Pawsey Centre, which has been operating since November 2013, is an internationally significant supercomputing centre hosting the facilities and expertise to support Australia’s high-end scientific Read more…

Advanced Clustering Updates Pinnacle Servers with New Intel Xeon Processor Family

Sep 12, 2014 |

KANSAS CITY, Ks., Sept. 12 — Advanced Clustering Technologies is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Pinnacle and Horizon line of servers and workstations. Built on the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 “Haswell” processors, these new models include Advanced Clustering’s innovative half-width blade, 2U, 3U, and 4U servers, all designed to showcase the performance Read more…

Silicon Mechanics Now Offering Servers Powered by Latest Intel Xeon Processor Family

Sep 11, 2014 |

Sept. 11 — Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it now offers servers powered by the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, which features more cores, more cache, faster memory, and an updated chipset with numerous I/O enhancements. The new processors deliver increased performance and power management features, increasing server speed and efficiency. Silicon Mechanics launched Read more…

Sisu Supercomputer Upgraded with New Intel Xeon Processors

Sep 11, 2014 |

Sept. 11 — The Finnish flagship supercomputer, Sisu, has undergone a major upgrade during August. The size of the system has almost quadrupled and the processors have been upgraded to the brand new Intel Xeon E5 Haswell server processors, which were publically announced on September 8th. As a result, Sisu’s computing power increased by over 5 Read more…

University of Southampton Researchers to Benefit from New HPC Equipment

Sep 10, 2014 |

Sept. 10 — The training and research of postgraduate students at the University of Southampton is set to benefit from new high-performance computer equipment, following a successful bid worth almost £400k. The University’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling (NGCM) has recently won a bid from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Read more…