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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…

IBM’s New Deal Captures Refocused HPC Strategy

Jan 29, 2014 |

It’s been quite a month of news for IBM, with the sale of its x86 business to Lenovo, followed by some intense questioning about what this means for their vision (and future) with HPC customers in academia and government in particular. And while some might call this the centerpiece of a shift in strategy, something Read more…

The Future of Accelerator Programming

Jan 9, 2014 |

Many of the latest supercomputers are based on accelerators, including the two fastest systems according to the 11/2013 TOP500 list. Accelerators are also becoming widespread in PCs and are even starting to appear in handheld devices, which will further boost the interest in accelerator programming. This broad adoption is the result of high performance, good Read more…

Intel Sheds Light on the “Corner to Landing” Leap

Dec 6, 2013 |

Since the first details about the MIC architecture emerged, Intel has continually harkened back to their vision of offering a high degree of parallelism inside a power efficient package that could promise programmability. With the eventual entry of the next generation Xeon Phi hitting the market in years to come with its (still unstated) high Read more…

Intel Brings Knights to the Roundtable at SC13

Nov 23, 2013 |

This week during SC13, Intel hosted a roundtable session to discuss the future of its upcoming Knights Landing product, hitting on where the key benefits are expected for technical computing users and how Knight’s Landing might influence the shape of next generation systems and applications. As Intel turns its focus on the Xeon front to Read more…

Short Takes

How RSC Pushed PetaStream To 1.2 Petaflops With Xeon Phi

Apr 3, 2014 |

Russian supercomputer maker RSC Group is pushing the compute density limits to the extreme again. The company has upgraded its PetaStream system, which debuted at the SC13 conference last year, with a new variant of the Xeon Phi X86 coprocessor from Intel. With the upgrade, RSC is able to push the peak theoretical performance of Read more…

Is the ECC Performance Price Worth it for GPUs?

Mar 13, 2014 |

Listen to the podcast followup on this story. One of several elements that separates high performance computing GPUs from their gaming and graphics brethren is the addition of ECC codes, which target critical bit-flip errors in memory, which can lead to invalid results or system problems. While ECC is often deemed a necessary component for Read more…

Benchmarking MPI Communication on Phi-Based Clusters

Mar 12, 2014 |

Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) architecture was designed to accommodate highly-parallel applications, a great many of which rely on the Message Passing Interface (MPI) standard. Applications deployed on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors may use offload programming, an approach similar to the CUDA framework for general purpose GPU (GPGPU) computing, in which the CPU-based application is Read more…

Computing at the Speed of Light

Feb 27, 2014 |

With Moore’s law type advances showing signs of stagnation and decline, researchers around the world are hard at work innovating techniques to improve the speed of computing. A research duo from Northeastern University has come up with a breakthrough that could lay the groundwork for a new generation of fast, powerful computing devices. Assistant professor Read more…

Pushing Parallel Processing Power at CERN

Feb 17, 2014 |

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) relies on parallel processors, including coprocessors, to power its massive acquisition system. Without the computational power afforded by these processors, discovery is hampered. The reach of the science is supported in part by improvements in computational speed.  Valerie Halyo, research scientist in the Department of Physics at Princeton University, is Read more…

Off the Wire

Boston Limited and CoolIT Join Forces to Sponsor EPCC Student Team at ISC14

Jun 26, 2014 |

LEIPZIG, Germany, June 26 – Boston Limited and CoolIT Systems, Inc., would like to congratulate the student team from EPCC at The University of Edinburgh for their 1st place ranking for the Highest LINPACK in the ISC14 Student Cluster Challenge. This achievement was made possible, in part, with a joint sponsorship by Boston and CoolIT. The student team, led by Xu Read more…

Boston Limited to Highlight New HPC Innovations at ISC14

Jun 25, 2014 |

LEIPZIG, Germany, June 25 — Boston Limited, now in its 21st year as distribution partner for Super Micro Computer, is a Bronze Sponsor at the annual International Supercomputing Conference 2014 in Leipzig, Germany from June 23 – 25th where they will be highlighting some new innovations in their range of powerful and scalable HPC server Read more…

Eurotech Teams with AppliedMicro and NVIDIA to Develop New HPC System Architecture

Jun 25, 2014 |

LEIPZIG, Germany, June 25 — Eurotech, a leading provider of embedded and supercomputing technologies, has teamed up with Applied Micro Circuits Corporation and NVIDIA to develop a new, original high performance computing (HPC) system architecture that combines extreme density and best-in-class energy efficiency. The new architecture is based on an innovative highly modular and scalable packaging concept. Read more…

Micron Collaborates with Intel to Enhance Knights Landing

Jun 23, 2014 |

BOISE, Idaho, June 23 – Micron Technology, Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, today announced an ongoing collaboration with Intel to deliver an on-package memory solution for Intel’s next-generation Xeon Phi processor, codenamed Knights Landing. The memory solution is the result of a long-term effort between the two companies to break down the Read more…

Intel Announces New Details for Knights Landing

Jun 23, 2014 |

LEIPZIG, Germany, June 23 – Intel Corporation today announced new details for its next-generation Intel Xeon Phi processors, code-named Knights Landing, which promise to extend the benefits of code modernization investments being made for current generation products. These include a new high-speed fabric that will be integrated on-package and high-bandwidth, on-package memory that combined, promise Read more…