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Compilers and More: MPI+X

Jul 16, 2014 |

At ISC’14, there was intense and continuing interest in the choice of a standard approach for programming the next generation HPC systems. While not guaranteed, many of these systems are likely to be large clusters of nodes with multicore CPUs and some sort of attached accelerators. A standard programming approach is necessary to convince developers, and Read more…

Solving Simulation Complexity

Jul 15, 2014 |

Although HPC has helped solve important problems in nuclear physics, earth sciences, meteorology, etc. since the 1960s, HPC has traditionally existed only for specialists. But, with the democratization of x86 servers, large storage systems, and high-end networking technologies, companies and research facilities can now buy clusters at a reasonable ratio (power/cost) with very powerful, complex Read more…

HPC2014: From Clouds and Big Data to Exascale and Beyond

Jul 14, 2014 |

The International Advanced Research Workshop has become leading reference after being celebrated for more than 20 years. You can blame Lucio Grandinetti (Full Professor at University of Calabria) and his team, who started all of this and managed to put together, year after year, the best in the computing think tank. This edition’s motto was Read more…

Los Alamos Lead Shares ‘Trinity’ Feeds and Speeds

Jul 10, 2014 |

We’ve been anticipating news around the Trinity supercomputer for some time now and today were graced with the news that Cray will be supplying the machine in two phases with the final phase being complete in 2016. For the original background, the first run of the story can be found here. Since that time this Read more…

TSUBAME Prototype System Balances Benchmark Leadership

Jul 9, 2014 |

When it comes to large-scale supercomputing installations, Asia is the continent to watch carefully over the next few years. Already host to the top system in the world, China’s Tianhe-2, Japan and others have ambitions to take over the top ten list of systems. In the most recent rankings, Japan is home to 30 systems Read more…

Short Takes

HPC Task Force Publishes Recommendations

Aug 27, 2014 |

The Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) Task Force on Next Generation High Performance Computing (HPC), established in December by the Secretary of Energy to review the mission and national capabilities related to next generation high performance computing, has released a “final version” draft report. The Task Force was asked to examine the problems and opportunities Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 21, 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…

NVIDIA Boasts ‘Compelling HPC Solution’

Aug 20, 2014 |

Today marks the official release of the NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit version 6.5, which had previously been only available in its pre-release form. In a company blog post, NVIDIA’s Chief Technologist for GPU Computing Software Mark Harris covers the toolkit’s new features and improvements, including “support for CUDA Fortran in developer tools, user-defined callback functions in Read more…

Supercomputing Makes for Smarter Chinese Cities

Aug 19, 2014 |

Home to some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, China is looking to apply that computing power to solve issues that are important to its populace. On Monday, a Chinese researcher revealed a plan to use China’s Tianhe-1A system toward the construction of new “smart cities.” Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of urban planning, Read more…

Earthquake Simulation Scales to 8.6 Petaflops

Aug 14, 2014 |

Intel Labs Vision Stategist Divya Kolar explores how supercomputing is helping society prepare for earthquakes. Current earthquake early warning systems are very limited, and basically only sound the alarm after the earthquake has begun. In a typical scenario, the affected population may have tens of seconds of lead time up to a minute or so depending on Read more…

Off the Wire

NCSA Adds 20PB Storage Capacity to File Repository

Sep 15, 2014 |

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 15 — Spectra Logic announced today that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has increased the capacity of the Spectra tape libraries that support the Blue Waters project, which is one of the world’s largest, most powerful supercomputers. The NCSA expanded its tape active archive capacity with the recent addition of 20 petabytes, Read more…

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre Upgrades Magnus

Sep 12, 2014 |

Sept. 12 — The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has installed the final stage upgrade of the supercomputer, ‘Magnus’, ushering in a new era of Australian research, powered by world-class technology. The Pawsey Centre, which has been operating since November 2013, is an internationally significant supercomputing centre hosting the facilities and expertise to support Australia’s high-end scientific Read more…

Advanced Clustering Updates Pinnacle Servers with New Intel Xeon Processor Family

Sep 12, 2014 |

KANSAS CITY, Ks., Sept. 12 — Advanced Clustering Technologies is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Pinnacle and Horizon line of servers and workstations. Built on the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 “Haswell” processors, these new models include Advanced Clustering’s innovative half-width blade, 2U, 3U, and 4U servers, all designed to showcase the performance Read more…

Leiserson to Receive Ken Kennedy Award for Advances in Parallel Computing

Sep 12, 2014 |

NEW YORK, N.Y., Sept. 12 — Charles E. Leiserson of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will receive the 2014 ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for his influence on parallel computing systems and their adoption into mainstream use through scholarly research and development. He was also cited for his mentoring of computer science leaders and students.  Leiserson introduced the notion of cache-oblivious algorithms, Read more…

Silicon Mechanics Now Offering Servers Powered by Latest Intel Xeon Processor Family

Sep 11, 2014 |

Sept. 11 — Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it now offers servers powered by the latest Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, which features more cores, more cache, faster memory, and an updated chipset with numerous I/O enhancements. The new processors deliver increased performance and power management features, increasing server speed and efficiency. Silicon Mechanics launched Read more…