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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…

PayPal Finds Order from Chaos with HPC

Sep 24, 2014 |

At the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Ryan Quick and Arno Kolster from PayPal describe how the company is using HPC to transform its chaotic real-time server data into intelligent, actionable insight. The unique “Systems Intelligence” approach uses HP’s Moonshot server powered by TI processors to aggregate, analyze and act on transaction data in real time. Read more…

Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 2, 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…

HPC to Transform Materials Design

Sep 30, 2014 |

Shengfeng Cheng, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at Virginia Tech, has developed a new high-performance computing system, called IMAGINE, with the sole purpose of developing new kinds of materials. IMAGINE, which stands for Innovative Materials discovery Accelerated through a Genomics and Informatics Engine, was designed to advance materials modeling. The project is Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 25, 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…

HPC Server Market Sees ‘Okay’ Q2

Sep 22, 2014 |

The worldwide market for HPC technical servers reached $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2014, down 2.6 percent from the same period in 2013, when the market hit $2.51 billion, according to International Data Corporation (IDC) figures. The analyst group attributed the decline to relatively low supercomputer sales. Despite the dip in year-over-year figures, Read more…

TOP500 Stunt Machine Heads to Vegas

Sep 18, 2014 |

Remember “Cherry Creek,” the Intel-designed supercomputer that ran for the duration of SC13 Supercomputing Conference? This “demonstration” system achieved a 400 ranking on that November’s TOP500 list based on a Linpack performance of 131.5 teraflops and a 41st ranking on the subsequent Green500. Intel built the supercomputer in partnership with Supermicro and Bright Computing as Read more…

Off the Wire

Mellanox InfiniBand Leads TOP500 as Most Used Interconnect Technology for HPC

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that InfiniBand continued its leadership as the most deployed interconnect solution on the TOP500 list of supercomputers. The number of InfiniBand-based supercomputers increased 8.7 percent year-over-year to 225, representing 45 percent Read more…

SGI Receives Honors in HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards

Nov 18, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, has been recognized in the annual HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards, presented at the 2014 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC14), in New Orleans, Louisiana. The list of winners were Read more…

MSI Supercomputer to Utilize Mellanox InfiniBand

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced the integration of its Switch-IB EDR 100Gb/s InfiniBand switch systems in the HP-deployed, 712-node supercomputer at the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) at the University of Minnesota, making it the first Read more…

Cray Wins Six HPCwire Awards

Nov 18, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash. and NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — At the 2014 Supercomputing Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Company won six awards from the readers and editors of HPCwire, as part of the publication’s 2014 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards. This marks the 11th consecutive year Cray has been selected for multiple HPCwire Read more…

Ace Computers to Offer New NVIDIA GPU Accelerator in Powerworks Server Product Line

Nov 18, 2014 |

CHICAGO, Ill., Nov. 18 — Ace Computers, one of the leading custom computer builders and HPC specialists in the U.S., today announced that it is offering the NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU accelerator in its Powerworks server product line. Powerworks servers are a smart, innovative, time-tested enterprise-class solution for small business and corporate datacenters, government agencies, Read more…