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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…

DDN Discusses Enterprise HPC Momentum

Aug 26, 2014 |

DataDirect Networks (DDN), the leader in large scale Big Data and Cloud storage, recently announced double digit, profitable growth for the first half of the year 2014, fueled by the adoption of its SFA and WOS technologies by increasing numbers of Strategic Enterprise HPC accounts. In advance of his keynote at the upcoming EnterpriseHPC event Read more…

Cray Adds GPU Powerhouse to CS Supercomputer Lot

Aug 26, 2014 |

The CS family of Cray systems was graced with a new addition today with the arrival of a dense, memory-loaded GPU offering that adds big acceleration to select HPC workloads. The new CS-Storm, which offers up to 8 NVIDIA K40s per 2U server and a peak performance of 11 teraflops per Ivy Bridge-outfitted node, is Read more…

Short Takes

HPC to Transform Materials Design

Sep 30, 2014 |

Shengfeng Cheng, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Virginia Tech, has developed a new high-performance computing system, called IMAGINE, with the sole purpose of developing new kinds of materials. IMAGINE, which stands for Innovative Materials discovery Accelerated through a Genomics and Informatics Engine, was designed to advance materials modeling. The project is Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 25, 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…

HPC Server Market Sees ‘Okay’ Q2

Sep 22, 2014 |

The worldwide market for HPC technical servers reached $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2014, down 2.6 percent from the same period in 2013, when the market hit $2.51 billion, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) figures. The analyst group attributed the decline to relatively low supercomputer sales. Despite the dip in year-over-year figures, Read more…

TOP500 Stunt Machine Heads to Vegas

Sep 18, 2014 |

Remember “Cherry Creek,” the Intel-designed supercomputer that ran for the duration of SC13 Supercomputing Conference? This “demonstration” system achieved a 400 ranking on that November’s TOP500 list based on a Linpack performance of 131.5 teraflops and a 41st ranking on the subsequent Green500. Intel built the supercomputer in partnership with Supermicro and Bright Computing as Read more…

Europe Launches Ultrascale Computing Initiative

Sep 15, 2014 |

NESUS – or Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing – formed earlier this year to study the challenges of ultrascale computing. Launched with about 30 European partner countries, the cross-community initiative has grown to include 39 European countries and six countries from other continents. The goal: to produce a catalogue of open source applications for large-scale complex systems Read more…

Off the Wire

RIKEN Selects Fujitsu to Develop New Supercomputer

Oct 1, 2014 |

Oct. 1 — Following an open bidding process, Fujitsu Ltd. has been selected to work with RIKEN to develop the basic design for Japan’s next-generation supercomputer. The new supercomputer will be the successor of Japan’s current flagship computer, the K computer. The project, which is now called the FLAGSHIP 2020 Project, was launched by the Read more…

Lenovo Completes Initial Closing for Acquisition of IBM’s x86 Server Business

Oct 1, 2014 |

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. and ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 1 – Lenovo and IBM today announced that they have completed the initial closing for Lenovo’s acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business under the terms described in their announcement on Monday, September 29, 2014. Lenovo is acquiring System x, BladeCenter and Flex System blade servers and switches, x86-based Flex integrated systems, Read more…

Iowa State University to Utilize Cori Supercomputer for Research

Oct 1, 2014 |

AMES, Iowa, Oct. 1 — A team of Iowa State University nuclear physicists is preparing to scale up its computer codes for Cori, the next-generation supercomputer being developed by the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center. Iowa State’s Pieter Maris and James Vary want to use the supercomputer to study the basic physics of the Read more…

Projects Headed by UW Researchers Selected for Supercomputer Use

Oct 1, 2014 |

Oct. 1 — Carbon sequestration, planet formation, and two projects that focus on water are the subjects of research University of Wyoming faculty members are conducting with the assistance of the supercomputer in Cheyenne. Four UW research projects were recently awarded computational time and storage space at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC). Each project was critically Read more…

STFC Selects Mellanox Ethernet Technology to Upgrade JASMIN Cluster

Sep 30, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. & YOKNEAM, Israel, Sept. 30 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has selected Mellanox’s Ethernet technology for the upgrade and expansion of its JASMIN super-data-cluster. STFC is one of Europe’s largest multidisciplinary research organizations and hosts the JASMIN system Read more…