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HPC Budgets: Where is the Money Going?

Jan 14, 2016 |

Perhaps not surprisingly hardware still accounts for lion’s share (48%) of HPC budgets according to Intersect360 Research’s just released 2015 report – HPC Budget Allocation Map: HPC Budget Distribution. Server spending has been the top item the last five years, and edged up about two percent over 2014. Storage was second, again a repeat. More Read more…

Deep Learning, Ocean Modeling, and HPCG Come to ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Jan 14, 2016 |

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) announced details of the Preliminary Contest last week. College students from around the world are being asked to design a high performance computer (HPC) system that optimizes with both HPCG and MASNUM_WAM applications under 3000W as well as to conduct a DNN performance optimization on a standalone hybrid CPU+MIC Read more…

Exascale Programming: Adapting What We Have Can (and Must) Work

Jan 14, 2016 |

The demands of massive concurrency and increased resilience required for effective exascale computing have led to claims that our existing approach to application programming must be replaced. In this article I argue that disruption is inevitable but will not require new languages or programming environments. Instead disruption will be in application design, introducing new control Read more…

Intersect360 Report Shows DDN With Largest Share of Installed Systems at HPC Sites

Jan 13, 2016 |

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 13 — DataDirect Networks (DDN) today announced that it fortified its position as the HPC storage market leader during 2015. DDN posted the largest share of installed systems at HPC sites and expanded its lead versus other storage vendors at surveyed HPC sites according to the recently published Intersect360 Research HPC User Site Census report. Read more…

GIGABYTE Launches Line of Server Boards Based on Intel Xeon D-1500 Product Family

Jan 12, 2016 |

Jan. 12 — GIGABYTE Technology, a leading creator of high performance server hardware, releases today its line of server motherboards based on the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family, a System-on-a-Chip platform aimed at low power and high density server applications. This new lineup includes at launch four models of Mini-ITX boards mixing different SKUs of Read more…

NOAA Completes Weather and Climate Supercomputer Upgrades

Jan 12, 2016 |

Jan. 12 — NOAA’s Weather and Climate Operational Supercomputer System is now running at record speed, with the capacity to process and analyze earth observations at quadrillions of calculations per second to support weather, water and climate forecast models. This investment to advance the field of meteorology and improve global forecasts secures the U.S. reputation Read more…

Nor-Tech Demos Benefits of Upgrading to an HPC Cluster From a Workstation With New Innovations

Jan 12, 2016 |

Jan. 12 — Nor-Tech is taking a leadership role with two tools that prove the benefits of upgrading to a cluster from a workstation: a Demo HPC Cluster for CAE/CFD/FEA; and an online tool, in partnership with Intel, for demonstrating the ROI of simulation clusters in real time. Clients and prospects have been taking advantage Read more…

K Computer Assists Fujitsu and NIMS

Jan 12, 2016 |

TOKYO, Japan, Jan. 12 — Fujitsu Limited today announced that, in joint research with the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., it has developed the world’s largest magnetic-reversal simulator, using a mesh covering more than 300 million micro-regions. Based on the large-scale magnetic-reversal simulation technology first developed in 2013, this new development Read more…

SGI and DDN Notch Big Wins at National Center for Atmospheric Research

Jan 11, 2016 |

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will install a new 5.34 petaflops supercomputer – Cheyenne – from SGI and a 20PB high performance storage system from DataDirect Networks, both companies announced today. Cheyenne, an SGI ICE XA system, is expected to be operational in early 2017 and will be powered by more than 7000 Read more…

Moore’s Law – Not Dead – and Intel’s Use of HPC to Keep it Alive

Jan 11, 2016 |

Gordon Moore’s 1965 article on the economics driving the increase of semiconductor functionality has turned out to be wildly prophetic in terms of the effect on transistor scaling. Nearly 40 years later, in 2004, Intel was building microprocessors on the 90 nanometer process with 150 million transistors in a single chip. Today, we’re putting as Read more…

University of East Anglia Builds New HPC System for Diverse Users

Jan 7, 2016 |

Jan. 7 — The University of East Anglia is continuing its quest to bring HPC to greater numbers of ‘non-traditional’ research users by investing in a powerful new High Performance Computing (HPC) system to sit at the heart of its HPC service. The system marks the university’s second new HPC system in 4-years and, like Read more…

Penguin Computing Mines Commodity Gold

Jan 6, 2016 |

We recently sat down with Fremont, Calif.-based Penguin Computing to learn about the Linux cluster specialist’s unique approach to the HPC and hyperscale market, and how this privately owned company has managed to hold its own and then some against much larger competitors like Dell and HP on the hardware side and Amazon on the public cloud side. Read more…

Allocation Proposals for Time on Blue Waters Due April 4

Jan 6, 2016 |

Jan. 6 — At least 80 percent of the capacity of Blue Waters—about 150 million node-hours each year—is available to scientists and engineers across the country through the National Science Foundation’s Petascale Computing Resource Allocation program. The next proposal due date is Apr. 4, 2016. General Information Program Title: Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC) Synopsis of Program: In Read more…

Gordon Supercomputer Used to Test Compounds for Uncoupler Activities

Jan 5, 2016 |

Jan. 5 — Antibiotic resistance has been called one of the world’s most pressing health problems, with some studies suggesting that, absent major improvements in drug discovery, by 2050 more individuals will die from drug-resistant bacterial infections than cancer. To help stem this nightmare scenario, a team of researchers – with the aid of the Gordon supercomputer at the Read more…

Cray’s Barry Bolding on 2016 Trends Including Big Data and the HPC Productivity Imperative

Jan 4, 2016 |

Cray doesn’t do Top500 press releases says Barry Bolding, Cray SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Not a bad strategy when you don’t have to: five Crays are in the Top Ten of the latest Top500 list (Nov. 2015) including the two newest machines (Trinity (DOE) and Hazel-Hen (HLRS)). Media coverage and market notice are inevitable. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Dec 17, 2015 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Coolest booth at #AGU15? Definitely @NASA. @NASA_Supercomp #HPC pic.twitter.com/vZbbDiaSXR — Addison Snell (@addisonsnell) December 16, 2015 Converge Read more…

Exxact GPU Cluster Ranked in the TOP500 List of World’s Most Powerful Supercomputers

Dec 17, 2015 |

Dec. 17 — At the 2015 Supercomputing Conference in Austin, Texas, leading HPC and visualization provider Exxact Corporation announced its first ever ranking in the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Codenamed the Yoda, the Exxact developed supercomputer placed No. 227 on the list featuring 7,920 cores, a Rmax value of 417.0 teraflops, Read more…

SC15 Video: Intersect360 Research’s Addison Snell on TOP500 Trends, Accelerated Computing and Moore’s Law

Dec 15, 2015 |

Among the smorgasbord of BoFs, plenary sessions, benchmarking results and vendor news that came out of SC15 last month, a few topics stand out as being particularly noteworthy, including China’s increased TOP500 share, the rise in accelerated computing and the fledgling OpenHPC project. HPCwire Senior Editor Tiffany Trader sat down with Intersect360 Research CEO Addison Snell Read more…

IDT and CERN Engineer Low-Latency Platform to Speed and Improve Analytics at Large Hadron Collider

Dec 15, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 15 — Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (IDT) (NASDAQ: IDTI) announced today that it has developed with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) a low-latency platform to speed and improve the management of analytics at the organization’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and data center. Developed at IDT’s Open HPAC Lab and built upon the company’s Read more…

GPU-Accelerated Deep Neural Nets Look for Cures that Already Exist

Dec 11, 2015 |

Discovering cures for cancer, for Alzheimer’s, for multiple sclerosis, for Parkinson’s, for the halting and reversing of aging itself, may not require the development of new drugs. It may mean discovering properties and therapies in drugs already developed and used for other diseases. That’s the principle driving bioinformatics start-up Insilico Medicine, a Baltimore-based company utilizing Read more…