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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…

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…

Short Takes

Planning for Post Moore’s Law

May 28, 2014 |

In this video from Hot Chips 25, Dr. Robert Colwell of DARPA delivers an insightful overview on the “looming issue” that is the death of Moore’s law. Colwell starts out with the humorous point that “physics doesn’t care what we believe.” Believing that Moore’s law – Gordon Moore’s 1965 observation that a chip’s transistor count doubles Read more…

Quantum Processor Hits 99.9 Percent Reliability Target

Apr 25, 2014 |

Physicists at UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) have taken a huge leap forward towards what they refer to as a “fully functional quantum computer” – long-considered the holy grail of both physics and computing. The five cross-shaped elements are the Xmon variant, so named by the team, of the transmon qubit placed in a linear array. A Read more…

Leading Edge Versus Bleeding Edge

Apr 10, 2014 |

Enterprises are always looking for an edge to use against the competition, and information technology was created initially and specifically to be that edge. Decades later, computing in its various forms is the foundation of the modern corporation, and companies are still looking for new ways of gaining an advantage. More times than not, that Read more…

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…

Off the Wire

Silicon Mechanics Adds Additional High-Density Products

Jul 10, 2014 |

July 10 — Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it has expanded its high-density server family with the release of two 2U 4-node products based on Supermicro TwinPro architecture, the Rackform iServ R4420 and Rackform iServ R4422. Each node supports up to two Intel Xeon processors E5-2600v2 series, SAS3 hot-swap drives, and up to 512 GB Read more…

EZchip to Acquire Tilera

Jul 9, 2014 |

YOKNEAM, Israel, July 9 — EZchip Semiconductor Ltd., a leader in high-performance network processors, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Tilera Corporation, a privately-held US-based company that develops high-performance multi-core processors, intelligent network interface cards and white-box appliances for data-center networking equipment. The acquisition is intended to provide significant new growth opportunities Read more…

Eni to Utilize New Supercomputer for Oil and Gas Activities

Jul 3, 2014 |

July 3 – Eni has put into operation its second major HPC system. The new supercomputer has an innovative approach based on the usage of accelerators to implement a so called “hybrid cluster architecture.” It comprises 1500 IBM iDataPlex dx360 M4 nodes, built on more than 30,000 processing cores, each equipped with two NVIDIA Tesla GPU Read more…

Imperial College PhD Student Wins ICT Pioneers Competition

Jul 2, 2014 |

July 2 — Nathan Chong, a PhD student in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London, was announced last Thursday as overall winner of the ICT Pioneers competition, as well as winner of the Technology Everywhere category. The competition recognises the most exceptional UK PhD students in ICT-related subjects who are able to communicate Read more…

HPC Advisory Council Announces 3rd Annual Spain Supercomputing Conference

Jul 1, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & BARCELONA, Spain, July 1 — The HPC Advisory Council, a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, today announced that the HPC Advisory Council, in conjunction with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, will host the 3rd Annual HPC Advisory Council Spain Conference 2014 at the University of Cantabria, Cantabria, Spain, on September 24th, Read more…