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A Slice of Green with Accelerators On Top

Jul 1, 2014 |

On the heels of a successful ISC14 in Leipzig, Germany, last week, the latest Green500 list was just published, and once again the TSUBAME-KFC is the world’s greenest supercomputer with an energy efficiency of 4.4 gigaflops per watt. This system from Tokyo Institute of Technology broke the 4.0 gigaflops per watt mark last November, and it’s still Read more…

Student Supercomputing Competition Embraces GPU-Power

Jun 26, 2014 |

The third and final day of ISC14 concluded with a ceremony honoring one of the week’s most popular events, the Student Cluster Challenge. Taking home first prize for the second straight year was the team from the Centre for HPC (CHPC) in South Africa. Jointly sponsored by Dell, NVIDIA and Mellanox, the undergraduate team relied on Read more…

Iconic Supercomputing Vendor Charts Comeback

Jun 24, 2014 |

Today at ISC14 Cray announced a $54 million contract with the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) for two next-generation Cray XC supercomputers and a Cray Sonexion storage system. This latest win, however, is just part of a larger story about a supercomputing company that is still very much relevant four decades after founder Seymour Cray helped spawn an Read more…

Tuesday’s Top ISC14 Twitter Roundup

Jun 24, 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 day at ISC14 in beautiful Leipzig, Germany. The tweets that caught our eye today are listed below. Check back in tomorrow for an entirely updated list. To view the Read more…

Breaking: Detailed Results from Today’s Top 500 Fastest Supercomputers List

Jun 23, 2014 |

Greetings from Germany and the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC14) where, as happens each year, the bi-annual list of the top 500 fastest supercomputers is unveiled. Usually, this happens with a great deal of fanfare and speculation over which machine will take the top position. However, this year, there is little surprise in the finding that Read more…

Short Takes

Stampede Foreshadows Heterogenous Supercomputing

Jun 19, 2014 |

Supercomputers, and the people who run them, are the rock stars of the science and engineering world, enabling discoveries and facilitating crucial insights on some of the most challenging problems facing humanity. One of the world’s most powerful computing systems is Stampede, a key resource of the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) that was funded Read more…

Tiny Titan Preps Students for Multicore Era

Jun 16, 2014 |

Supercomputing can be daunting to the uninitiated. A peek at the hardware, for example, with row after row of black boxes, reveals little of the exciting science that is being enabled by these ultra-fast computations. To help make the world of HPC a little less opaque, staff members at Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL) created Read more…

Supercomputers Boost Jet Engine Design

Jun 11, 2014 |

The United States is home to many of the world’s top supercomputers, powerful machines that enable a wide-range of research efforts, from exploring the outer reaches of the universe to enabling faster, quieter and more efficient jet engines. As revealed in a recent report, a group of GE engineers are working with researchers from Arizona Read more…

Titan Enables Next-Gen Nuclear Models

Jun 5, 2014 |

One of the main research areas for the Titan supercomputer, the elite Cray system installed at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility, is energy, and in particular nuclear energy. At this point, about 20 percent of America’s energy is produced by nuclear power. Many experts say that increasing this percentage is key to meeting our nation’s growing Read more…

IIT-Kanpur Launches Second Supercomputer

Jun 4, 2014 |

The Indian Institute Of Technology at Kanpur (IIT-K) unveiled a new supercomputer yesterday – India’s fifth fastest and a premier resource for this educational institution. Ashish Dutta, head of the Computer Centre, revealed that IIT-K spent about Rs. 48 crore (US$8 million) in acquiring the machine, which will be used for research, education and training Read more…

Off the Wire

Magma Receives NVIDIA Certification for ExpressBox 3600

Jul 14, 2014 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 14 — Magma announced today that it has received certification for its new ExpressBox 3600 (EB3600) expansion platform with NVIDIA K40 GPUs. To receive certification, Magma worked closely with NVIDIA to complete an extensive system certification process, which included rigorous thermal and bandwidth tests. This certification allows customers to confidently select the EB3600 Read more…

Supermicro to Highlight Range of Products at Microsoft WPC

Jul 14, 2014 |

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing will highlight a range of MicroBlade, SuperBlade SuperServer and SuperStorage solutions certified for Windows Server 2012 R2 this week at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington, D.C. At the show, Supermicro will Read more…

NREL Researchers Utilizing NSF-Supported Stampede Supercomputer

Jul 10, 2014 |

July 10 — Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are using the National Science Foundation-supported Stampede supercomputer to improve biofuel production by determining how certain enzymes break down cellulose (plant cell walls). In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in January 2014, they describe a newly-discovered, naturally-occurring enzyme modeled with Stampede Read more…

Cray Awarded $174M Supercomputer Contract From NNSA

Jul 10, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., July 10 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Company has been awarded one of the largest contracts in Cray’s history — a $174 million deal to provide the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) with a next generation Cray XC supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion storage system. The next-generation Cray XC supercomputer Read more…

Silicon Mechanics Adds Additional High-Density Products

Jul 10, 2014 |

July 10 — Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it has expanded its high-density server family with the release of two 2U 4-node products based on Supermicro TwinPro architecture, the Rackform iServ R4420 and Rackform iServ R4422. Each node supports up to two Intel Xeon processors E5-2600v2 series, SAS3 hot-swap drives, and up to 512 GB Read more…