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Peering Backward to the Big Bang with the CTC and COSMOS

Oct 10, 2014 |

At the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) in Cambridge University, we are endeavouring to push back our understanding to the very beginnings of the Universe, tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Cosmology has had many successes but it leaves many questions unanswered concerning how the Universe came into being and Read more…

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…

Short Takes

GPU-Powered Simulations Advance Heart Research

Feb 5, 2015 |

With heart disease topping the list as the number one cause of death worldwide, heart rhythms disorders, or arrhythmias, are worthy of serious concern. Hoping to halt the devastating effects of the disorder is the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (VCCRI) in Darlinghurst, Australia, where researchers are using a supercomputer to better understand, diagnose and Read more…

IBM Advances Self-Assembly in 3D Transistors

Jan 28, 2015 |

The key to Moore’s law is the ability to incorporate ever-smaller feature sizes into each new chip generation. While the exponential progress ensconced in the “law” has slowed down in the last decade, the payoff is still compelling enough that chip engineers will go to great lengths to forestall its long-predicted demise. One of these Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

E4 Announces New Series of ThunderX-Based ARKA Servers

Mar 17, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 17 — E4 Computer Engineering, a leading Italian manufacturer of hardware solutions for high performance computing and data center, today announced a new series of ThunderX ARMv8-A enabled ARKA dense computing sever product line. The new Cavium ThunderX based systems leverage the design of the proven and successful ARKA modular servers, which are well Read more…

Cavium Adds Support for NVIDIA GPU Accelerators in ThunderX Processor Family

Mar 16, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 16 — Cavium, Inc., a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, data center, cloud, wired and wireless networking, today announced it has added support for NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerators in its ThunderX ARM processor family. The ThunderX product family is Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8 server processor for next generation data center and Read more…

ANSYS and Intel Collaborate

Mar 12, 2015 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., March 12 — Engineers using the newly released ANSYS 16.0 in combination with powerful Intel Xeon technology can realize a 300 percent decrease in solution time – helping them to innovate and bring new products to market faster. The ANSYS and Intel partnership ensures that simulation engineers performing structural analysis can expect seamless high-performance computing (HPC) operations with multi-core Xeon E5 v3 processors and many-core Xeon Read more…

Penguin Computing Announces OCP-Driven Tundra Cluster Ecosystem

Mar 10, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10 — Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today gave customers a peek at the future of increased customization and choice in high performance computing at the Open Compute Project Summit. “Facebook had the forethought to create the Open Compute Foundation and share IP from Read more…

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…