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Something for Everyone at GPU Technology Conference

Mar 23, 2015 |

Once relegated to the category of specialized gaming hardware, today’s graphics processors are solving some of the world’s toughest computing problems. During GTC15 last week in San Jose, the full breadth and depth of session topics provided even more evidence of how far graphics processors have come from their gaming roots. And while this year deep Read more…

GTC15 Keynote Highlights 10X GPU Computing Growth

Mar 17, 2015 |

Although the focus of this year’s GPU Technology Conference keynote wasn’t particularly HPC-centric, references to supercomputing abounded throughout the two-hour presentation delivered by charismatic NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang to a crowd of 4,000 this morning inside the packed San Jose McEnery Convention Center. In addition to the requisite-but-very-cool GPU-enabled visual demonstrations meant to showcase this year’s theme of deep learning, attendees also heard about Read more…

HSA Spec Lays Out Architecture for Acceleration

Mar 17, 2015 |

The Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation marked what it says will be known as a watershed event in heterogeneous computing with the release of the HSA 1.0 specification. The new spec, nearly three years in the making, brings the foundation closer to its goal of enabling write-once run-anywhere programming for accelerated computing on devices ranging from the Read more…

FPGA-Accelerated Search Heads for Mainstream

Mar 10, 2015 |

With data volumes now outpacing Moore’s Law, there is a move to look beyond conventional hardware and software tools. Accelerators like GPUs and the Intel MIC architecture have extended performance goals for many HPC-class workloads. Although field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have not seen the same level of adoption for traditional HPC workloads, a subset of big data Read more…

BSC, Intel Extend Exascale Research Effort

Feb 17, 2015 |

Intel’s efforts to advance exascale computing concepts received a boost with the extension of the company’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – one of four Intel exascale labs in Europe. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work focuses on scalability issues with parallel applications. “[A major goal] Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 19, 2015 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. RT @KAUST_News After much anticipation KAUST’s @cray_inc Read more…

Intel’s James Reinders on Parallel Programming and MIC

Mar 11, 2015 |

On January 30, 2015 at the Colfax International headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Intel’s parallel computing savant James Reinders sat down with Vadim Karpusenko, principal HPC research engineer at Colfax International, for an enlightened discussion on the future of parallel programming and Intel MIC architecture products. As Director and Chief Evangelist at Intel Corporation, Reinders is Read more…

Pushing Back the Limits of Microminaturization

Mar 4, 2015 |

Over the last half a century, computers have transformed nearly every facet of society. The information age and its continuing evolution can be traced to the invention of the integrated circuit and the reliable progression of smaller feature sizes – enabling generation after generation of smaller, faster and cheaper microprocessors. But now that foundational trend of modern computing, Read more…

Growing HPC Beyond Moore’s Law

Mar 2, 2015 |

Rice University’s Dr. Jan E. Odegard recently added his voice to a growing chorus of HPC experts weighing in on the changing HPC landscape. As the featured speaker at the first Lunch’n Learn event put on by the Norwegian Consulate General in Houston, Odegard spoke about the inevitable death of Moore’s law and what it will Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Supermicro to Begin Shipping New 6U MicroBlade Portfolio

May 4, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, is shipping the new extreme-density server platform in high volume, targeting hyper-scale data center, cloud, web hosting environments and video streaming, VDI, high performance video/graphics applications. MicroBlade is a revolutionary, converged architecture that helps data centers Read more…

Dell Expands Server Portfolio

Apr 28, 2015 |

April 28 — Dell today announced an expansion of its 13th generation PowerEdge servers including the PowerEdge R930, Dell’s most powerful server specifically designed for the most demanding enterprise applications such as in-memory databases, customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). Once the domain of UNIX systems, these enterprise applications are increasingly shifting to x86 platforms for increased innovation, Read more…

Lenovo Opens First Global HPC Innovation Centre in Germany

Mar 25, 2015 |

STUTTGART, Germany, March 25 — Lenovo has today announced the opening of the company’s first global High Performance Computing (HPC) innovation centre, offering a permanent R&D and application benchmarking site as well as a new ecosystem of partners that will collaborate on projects to bring the commercial benefits of HPC to a broader spectrum of clients Read more…

AMAX Achieves Elite Solution Provider Status in NVIDIA Partner Network Program

Mar 18, 2015 |

FREMONT, Calif., March 18 — AMAX, a leading provider of HPC and Data Center solutions, today announced that it has achieved Elite Solution Provider status in the NVIDIA Partner Network program. Specifically, the designation recognizes AMAX’s achievement in the Accelerated Computing Competency, which includes technical expertise; customer service; and the ability to design, implement, and maintain best-in-class Read more…

Allinea Releases CUDA 7 Debugging Support

Mar 18, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 18 — Allinea Software is highlighting new additions to Allinea Forge, its suite of debugging and performance tools in the upcoming NVIDIA GTC 2015 with the arrival of CUDA 7 support in its debugger and integrated GPU utilization measurement in its performance profiler and analysis tools. Developers see the addition of CUDA 7 support in Read more…