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Compilers and More: MPI+X

Jul 16, 2014 |

At ISC’14, there was intense and continuing interest in the choice of a standard approach for programming the next generation HPC systems. While not guaranteed, many of these systems are likely to be large clusters of nodes with multicore CPUs and some sort of attached accelerators. A standard programming approach is necessary to convince developers, and Read more…

Student Supercomputing Competition Embraces GPU-Power

Jun 26, 2014 |

The third and final day of ISC14 concluded with a ceremony honoring one of the week’s most popular events, the Student Cluster Challenge. Taking home first prize for the second straight year was the team from the Centre for HPC (CHPC) in South Africa. Jointly sponsored by Dell, NVIDIA and Mellanox, the undergraduate team relied on Read more…

Micron, Intel Reveal Memory Slice of Knight’s Landing

Jun 24, 2014 |

As we move into the pre-exascale era, issues of power consumption, network bandwidth, I/O and other issues will continue to push increasing integration. This was a key theme during the International Supercomputing Conference this week in Germany where Intel’s Raj Hazra provided an early look into how it will integrate various pieces of the future Read more…

GPUs Add Up For ARM Chips In HPC

Jun 23, 2014 |

The first wave of credible 64-bit ARM processors are coming to market late this year or early next, and as is usually the case, the high-performance computing community is getting first crack at figuring out how these chips might be deployed to run various kinds of simulations more efficiently or cost effectively. Applied Micro, which Read more…

What Power8 and OpenPOWER Might Mean for HPC

Apr 23, 2014 |

IBM is making a big play in hybrid computing, seeking to marry its POWER8 processors with various kinds of accelerators and high-speed networking and opening up its chip and system software through the OpenPOWER Foundation. At the Open Innovation Summit in San Francisco today, IBM and its foundation partners talked about how their collaboration would deliver Read more…

Short Takes

GPUs Advance Deep Learning

Sep 18, 2014 |

Over the last decade, GPU-acceleration techniques have infiltrated the high-end of supercomputing, but increased adoption of GPUs is occurring in other compute-driven disciplines too, like deep learning, one of the fastest growing segments of the machine learning field. The trend toward accelerated computing reached a new high at last week’s ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge. The event, Read more…

Haswell Speeds Popular Financial App

Sep 17, 2014 |

Continuing our coverage of the new Intel “Haswell” Xeon E5 v3 series chips, we turn our attention to a recent blog post from software acceleration specialists Xcelerit to see how the Haswell fares on a popular Monte-Carlo financial application. The Haswell E5 family offers significant performance gains over the previous Ivy Bridge processors but to Read more…

Haswell-EP Performance Deep Dive

Sep 16, 2014 |

A recent Microway blog post offers a detailed look at how the new Intel Xeon E5-2600v3 “Haswell-EP” processors perform for HPC applications. “The Xeon E5-2600v3 processors introduce the highest performance available to date in a socketed CPU. For the first time, a single CPU is capable of more than half a TeraFLOPS (500 GFLOPS),” notes Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 11, 2014 |

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. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

NVIDIA Boasts ‘Compelling HPC Solution’

Aug 20, 2014 |

Today marks the official release of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit version 6.5, which had previously been only available in its pre-release form. In a company blog post, NVIDIA’s Chief Technologist for GPU Computing Software Mark Harris covers the toolkit’s new features and improvements, including “support for CUDA Fortran in developer tools, user-defined callback functions in Read more…

Off the Wire

SURFsara Recognized as NVIDIA CUDA Research Center

Dec 4, 2014 |

Dec. 4 — NVIDIA, the world leader in the field of computer graphics technology, has recognized SURFsara as a CUDA Research Center. SURFsara was recognized for its advanced research and expertise in the field of HPC technology and visualization using Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). SURFsara offers amenities like the ‘Elvis’ cluster for remote visualization, the national ‘LISA’ cluster for Read more…

Intel Piece Reveals Details About IPCCs at Penn State, University of Oregon, and Georgia Tech

Dec 3, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 3 — An Intel piece reveals the details about recently established Intel Parallel Computing Centers at prestigious universities through the Intel Software Academic Program. University of Oregon, Pennsylvania State University and Georgia Institute of Technology all received cutting edge instruments and guidance to further parallel processing knowledge and innovation. The document describes how Intel Read more…

Allinea DDT Released for the ARMv8 Platform

Nov 26, 2014 |

WARWICK, U.K., Nov. 26 — The arrival of the new 64-bit ARM processor architecture in high performance computing received a significant boost with the announcement of availability for a key development tool from Allinea Software. Allinea DDT, is the leading debugger for HPC and will enable applications to be ported to the ARMv8 architecture quickly. “Getting applications up Read more…

AMD FirePro Awarded Top Spot on Green500 List

Nov 24, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 24 — AMD powers the L-CSC cluster at the GSI research facility achieving the number one position for supercomputers on the latest Green500 List, a ranking of the 500 most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, with recognition as the world’s leader in energy-efficient high performance GPU computing (HPL). The L-CSC cluster is installed at Read more…

Penguin Computing Announces New Collaboration with AMD

Nov 20, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 20 — Penguin Computing, provider of high performance computing, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, today announced the first application optimized accelerated processing unit (APU) clusters, making seamless GPU and CPU memory sharing on clusters a reality based on heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) from Advanced Micro Devices. The shared memory capability Read more…