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The Exascale Revolution

Oct 23, 2014 |

The post-petascale era is marked by systems with far greater parallelism and architectural complexity. Failing some game-changing innovation, crossing the next 1000x performance barrier will be more challenging than previous efforts. At the 2014 Argonne National Laboratory Training Program on Extreme Scale Computing (ATPESC), held in August, Professor Pete Beckman delivered a talk on “Exascale Architecture Trends” and their impact on the programming and executing of computational Read more…

Our Series Continues: Considering Cluster Lifecycle Management

Oct 22, 2014 |

In the first cluster management column, I discussed the importance of performing a needs assessment to ensure that an organization implementing its first HPC cluster designs a system that fulfills the requirements of its users and ultimately provides a positive ROI for the enterprise. It’s important to keep in mind there are no one-size-fits-all solutions Read more…

HPC in Higher Education

Oct 21, 2014 |

Whilst HPC systems form a relatively small part of most organisations’ IT infrastructure, they often demand the most attention. They are like the disruptive child at school who make up 5% – yet demand 30% of the resources. As a result, HPC systems are relatively unique and pose quite a challenge to most organisations who have them. Read more…

Report Assesses NSF Supercomputing

Oct 14, 2014 |

A new report calls into question the National Science Foundation’s ability to continue its leadership position as a provider of advanced computing resources. At the behest of the National Science Foundation, a National Research Council committee carried out a study examining the priorities and associated trade-offs for advanced computing in support of NSF-sponsored science and Read more…

Peering Backward to the Big Bang with the CTC and COSMOS

Oct 10, 2014 |

At the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) in Cambridge University, we are endeavouring to push back our understanding to the very beginnings of the Universe, tiny fractions of a second after the Big Bang. Cosmology has had many successes but it leaves many questions unanswered concerning how the Universe came into being and Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 30, 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…

Poland Steps Up Supercomputing Game

Oct 30, 2014 |

Earlier this month, Gdańsk University of Technology declared plans to build the fastest supercomputer in Poland, a $9 million project developed via a partnership with companies Megatel and Action. The contract marks the first time Poland will have a computing cluster in excess of a petaflops. The consortium expects the 1.2 petaflops system will be Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 23, 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…

Community Grid Fosters Microbial Discovery

Oct 22, 2014 |

An international team of volunteers is putting their spare computing power to work unlocking the secrets of microbes from around the world. By plugging in to IBM’s World Community Grid, contributors are creating a supercomputer that can carry out genetic comparisons of a wide variety of tiny organisms that are too small to see with the naked eye. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 16, 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…

Off the Wire

ARCHER System to be Upgraded

Oct 31, 2014 |

Oct. 31 — The ARCHER system will be expanded with the addition of a further 10 cabinets of Cray XC30, using the same Intel IvyBridge processor technology currently in use in ARCHER. The upgrade is a result of an in-depth consultation process with users and the wider scientific communities using ARCHER. The clear message was Read more…

NCAR Releases DTS for Next Generation Supercomputer

Oct 30, 2014 |

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 30 — The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has just released a Draft Technical Specification (DTS) for its next generation supercomputer.  This new system, called NWSC-2 for procurement purposes, will be the successor to Yellowstone and related systems that have been in production since December 2012. The procurement is being led by the Computational Read more…

SGI Awarded Contract to Advance DoD Supercomputing Capabilities

Oct 30, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., Oct. 30 — SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, today announced that the Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded SGI a supercomputer contract as part of a technology insertion for their High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). The contract, part of the DoD’s ongoing Read more…

SC14 to Feature Plenary Talks Focused on HPC in Healthcare and Entertainment Industries

Oct 30, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Oct. 30 — From November 16th-21st, New Orleans will host the annual Supercomputing Conference (SC14) and feature two Invited Plenary Talks focused on how high performance computing (HPC) will continue to play a pivotal role in both the healthcare and entertainment industries. Supercomputers are the world’s largest and fastest computers that have 10,000 Read more…

Mellanox Introduces New 40 Gigabit Ethernet NICs Supporting OCP 2.0 Specification

Oct 30, 2014 |

PARIS, France, Oct. 30 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced its 40GbE NICs support the recently released Open Compute Project (OCP) 2.0 server and storage specification. Available in Q4 2014, the ConnectX-3 Pro OCP-based 40GbE NICs with RDMA over Converged Ethernet Read more…