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Horst Simon on the HPC Slowdown

Feb 13, 2015 |

At an HPC meetup event in San Francisco on Feb 10, Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon makes the case that Moore’s law and parallelism can no longer be counted on to provide the exponential growth that has been driving high-performance computing for six decades. If indeed Moore’s law is coming to an end, there Read more…

Co-designing for Big Data in Barcelona

Feb 12, 2015 |

The third annual Big Data and Extreme Computing conference gathered in Barcelona last month, bringing more than 100 experts from around the world together to report on ground-breaking research at the intersection of big compute and big data. As with last year, the event played host to a wide-range of relevant and timely presentations, including Read more…

Practical Advice for Knights Landing Coders

Feb 5, 2015 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is on track to get its next supercomputer system, Cori, by mid-2016. While that’s more than a year away, it’s not too soon to start preparing for the new 30+ petaflops Cray machine, which will feature Intel’s next-generation Knights Landing architecture. So says Richard Gerber, Senior Science Read more…

Obama’s 2016 Budget Boosts R&D, Exascale Funding

Feb 4, 2015 |

On Monday, the Obama administration sent its FY 2016 budget request to Congress for the new fiscal year starting October 1. A chapter on Research and Development prepared by the Office of Management and Budget states that the Administration is seeking an increase of 5.5 percent for all federal R&D over current levels for a total Read more…

Trans-Continental InfiniBand Charts Exascale Course

Feb 3, 2015 |

Many nations are racing to cross the exascale computing finish line by roughly 2020. Yet the challenges are such that establishing useful exascale computers some 50-100 times faster than today’s leadership machines requires the coordinated efforts of a vast array of stakeholders. At Supercomputing 2014 (SC14), an industry collaboration called InfiniCortex launched with the goal Read more…

Short Takes

NASA Supercomputer Intensifies Exomoon Search

Feb 11, 2015 |

Aliens – they aren’t just the cornerstone of science fiction; they’re at the center of a key question for astronomers and philosophers alike: “Are we alone in the universe?” Recently, NASA has made strides toward answering this question through its search for potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system. Not only could finding such a Read more…

LANL’s Ulam Super Finds New Job at University of New Mexico

Feb 10, 2015 |

After its tenure at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), the Ulam supercomputer hit its retirement age in early 2014. But rather than simply decommissioning the system, the New Mexico Consortium opted to let it live out the rest of its days serving another community: the University of New Mexico (UNM). Now housed in what was Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Feb 5, 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.   Team South Africa of @ISChpc 2015 Read more…

Saudi Arabia Renews Commitment to Supercomputing

Feb 4, 2015 |

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), located on the Red Sea 50 miles north of Jeddah, is gearing up for a new supercomputer twenty-five times more powerful than its current system. Shaheen-2, a successor to the original Shaheen, is part of an $80 million contract with supercomputer maker Cray that reaffirms Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 29, 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.   Seymour Cray-master architect of the #supercomputer Read more…

Off the Wire

AMD FirePro Server GPU Now Available on HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Servers

Feb 26, 2015 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 26 — AMD today announced that the AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) built for High Performance Computing is now available on the HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9, the world’s best-selling server. AMD FirePro server GPUs combine with HP ProLiant DL380 Gen9 servers for a variety of specialized applications including Academic and Government Read more…

IDT Develops Supercomputing Platform with NVIDIA and Orange Silicon Valley

Feb 25, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 25 — Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) announced today that it has developed with NVIDIA and Orange Silicon Valley a supercomputing platform that can analyze 4G to 5G base station bandwidth data in real time, enabling network operators to monetize the voluminous data flowing through their communications systems. By connecting clusters of Read more…

Cirrascale Unveils Rackmount Multi-Device Peering Platform

Feb 24, 2015 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Feb. 24 — Cirrascale Corporation, a premier developer of build-to-order, open architecture blade-based and rackmount computing infrastructure, today announced the RM4600 Series of rackmount workstations and servers designed around its proprietary 80-lane Gen3 PCIe switch-enabled risers. The new rackmount series supports the recently released Intel Xeon processor E5-2600/1600 v3 product families and up Read more…

Asetek Announces Global OEM Purchase Agreement with Fujitsu

Feb 24, 2015 |

OSLO, Norway, Feb. 24 — Asetek announced today a global purchase agreement with Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH, a leading global server vendor. Fujitsu will incorporate Asetek’s RackCDU D2C liquid cooling technology into its High Performance Computing (HPC) server product line. RackCDU enhances Fujitsu’s ability to provide solutions for world-class data center efficiency and reduced operating costs. RackCDU Read more…

Stalprodukt S.A. Selects Cray XC30 Supercomputer for Modeling Steel Designs

Feb 24, 2015 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Feb. 24 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced that Stalprodukt S.A., a leading global steel processor, purchased a Cray XC30 supercomputer for structural analysis modeling used in the testing of steel designs. This continues Cray’s worldwide expansion and is the first Cray XC supercomputer in Poland. To meet Stalprodukt S.A.’s requirements, Cray delivered a Cray XC30 supercomputer Read more…