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Jetstream: Targeting the Long Tail of Science

May 21, 2015 |

Improving HPC access to the so-called long tail of science is an ongoing NSF priority. Several initiatives, funded at least in part by NSF, are underway and one – Jetstream – is the first NSF-funded HPC Cloud targeted directly at domain scientists and engineers who typically have limited access to HPC resources and limited expertise. Read more…

Tech Giants Battle for Image Recognition Supremacy

May 13, 2015 |

The race to exascale isn’t the only rivalry stirring up the advanced computing space. Artificial intelligence sub-fields, like deep learning, are also inspiring heated competition from tech conglomerates around the globe. When it comes to image recognition, computers have already passed the threshold of average human competency, leaving tech titans, like Baidu, Google and Microsoft, vying to Read more…

Purdue Lights Up Eighth Cluster in Eight Years

May 12, 2015 |

At Purdue, installing cluster computers is a tradition that inspires teamwork. The university’s central computing organization, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP),  just built its eighth cluster in as many years – seven of these are TOP500-level machines – with help from more than 100 staff and volunteers. On Friday morning, the crew got to work unboxing and assembling Read more…

AMD Refreshes Roadmap, Transitions Back to HPC

May 7, 2015 |

AMD revealed key elements of its multi-year strategy as part of its 2015 Financial Analyst Day event in New York on Wednesday. Out of the gate, CEO Lisa Su acknowledged the company’s recent challenges, pointing to a weak PC market and market share losses, before turning her attention to the game plan that AMD is Read more…

IEEE Group Seeks to Reinvent Computing as Scaling Stalls

May 6, 2015 |

Computer scientists worried about the end of computing as we know it have been banging heads for several years looking for ways to return to the historical exponential scaling of computer performance. What is needed, say the proponents of an initiative called “Rebooting Computing,” is nothing less than a radical rethinking of how computers are Read more…

Short Takes

SGI ERI Installation Illustrates Multi-use HPC

May 20, 2015 |

Traditional research and Big Data apps are increasingly run on the same HPC system as lines between their computational requirements blur and demand for dual-use capability grows, said Bob Braham, SGI CMO. He pointed to last month’s ramp up of the latest SGI supercomputer at the Earthquake and Volcano Information Center at the University of Tokyo’s Earthquake Read more…

Sumit Gupta Leaves NVIDIA to Join IBM

May 19, 2015 |

Long-time industry executive Sumit Gupta has left GPU-pioneer NVIDIA, were he was GM, GPU Accelerated Data Center Computing, to join IBM as VP, HPC & OpenPOWER Operations. Executive changes in the HPC world are common but changes at this executive level are rare. Few details are known but IBM provided the background answers below to Read more…

IBM Advances Silicon Photonics, Quantum Computing

May 14, 2015 |

Engineers at IBM have developed a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip, which the company says will soon enable manufacturing of 100 Gb/s optical transceivers. The advance promises to offer a more economical way to move the huge amounts of data required for cloud computing and big data applications. It’s a significant milestone for Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

May 7, 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. What a mere $208M Read more…

Glacier Researchers Apply 3D Models to Helping Nepal

May 5, 2015 |

US-based glacier researchers are redirecting their usual activities toward the Nepali earthquake relief effort. The research teams – one at The Ohio State University and another at the University of Minnesota – are using their software code, Surface Extraction for TIN-based Searchspace Minimization (SETSM), in tandem with powerful supercomputers at Ohio Supercomputer Center to generate Read more…

Off the Wire

Appropriations Committee Provides $1.24B For Advanced Computing, Cuts ITER

May 21, 2015 |

WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water Development, said approval of the Energy and Water appropriations legislation by the full Appropriations Committee is an example of setting priorities and “getting the Senate working again.” The legislation is one of the first two appropriations Read more…

Forrester Survey: IBM Most Popular Hosted Private Cloud

May 20, 2015 |

ARMONK, N.Y. – May 20, 2015 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) is the most popular provider of hosted private cloud according to a survey from independent research firm Forrester Research. IBM hosted private cloud solutions are preferred twice as much as competitive offerings. Forrester Research found that more than twice as many firms use or plan Read more…

UK Sponsors Academia-Industry Effort to Bring AI to Analytics

May 20, 2015 |

LONDON, UK – May 20, 2015 – Massive Analytic, a start-up specialising in innovative precognitive enterprise analytics, and the Department of Computer Science at University College London (UCL) have secured a 12 month Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to collaborate on the patented technology artificial precognition that drives the Oscar AP data analytics platform. The initiative Read more…

Mellanox, Supermicro Collaborate to Deliver CloudX-based Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

May 19, 2015 |

VANCOUVER, CANADA – May 19, 2015 – Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance cloud networking solutions, today announced at OpenStack Summit 2015 that it has collaborated with Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI) to provide hyper-converged OpenStack cloud-in-a-rack solutions based on the Mellanox CloudX reference architecture, Supermicro servers and storage, OpenStack cloud Read more…

QLogic Ethernet Adapters Deliver Enhanced Features for OpenStack Kilo Release

May 18, 2015 |

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 18, 2015 – QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq:QLGC), a leading supplier of high performance network infrastructure solutions, today announced that QLogic(R) FastLinQ(TM) 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) adapters have been verified to support OpenStack Kilo, the 11th release of OpenStack. QLogic FastLinQ adapters support Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) and Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) offload Read more…