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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…

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Sunday’s Top ISC14 Twitter Roundup

Jun 22, 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 tweeted throughout the day at ISC14. The tweets that caught our eye today are listed below. Check back in tomorrow and every day of the ISC event for more live coverage.  

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…

Off the Wire

Students Use Supercomputing to Design Future Aircraft

Jul 16, 2014 |

LEAMINGTON SPA, U.K., July 16 – From 7th to 10th July, twenty-four budding engineers from across the UK recently took on the challenge of designing future aircraft at the University of Southampton.Organised by The Smallpeice Trust and delivered in partnership with the University’s Faculty of Engineering and the Environment and Microsoft, the course opened up the eyes Read more…

Convey Computer Introduces Image Resizer Accelerator

Jul 15, 2014 |

RICHARDSON, Tex., July 15 – Convey Computer, the leader in hybrid-core computing, today announced the Accelerated Image Resizer, a technology that utilizes an FPGA (field programmable gate array)-based PCI Express card to resize images up to seventy times faster than a conventional server. Convey’s drop-in acceleration can be used to offload image resizing from existing web servers, Read more…

Fujitsu Develops Technology that Reduces Network Switches in Cluster Supercomputers

Jul 15, 2014 |

KAWASAKI, Japan, July 15 — Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced that it has developed a technology that reduces the number of network switches used in a cluster supercomputer system comprised of several thousand units by 40% while maintaining the same level of network performance.Existing cluster supercomputers typically use a “fat tree” network topology, in which, Read more…

Cloud Pharmaceuticals Granted 1M Hours of Supercomputer Time

Jul 14, 2014 |

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., July 14 – Cloud Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a therapeutics company focused on cloud-based drug design and development, announced today the expansion of its drug design and development program. The company has been granted supercomputing time at Argonne National Laboratory to design inhibitors of multiple parasitic targets. Through a discretionary allocation of 1 million core-hours Read more…

New Computing Cluster at Carnegie Mellon Traces Lineage to LANL Supercomputer

Jul 14, 2014 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., July 14 — Parts of a decommissioned Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) supercomputer have found a new home at Carnegie Mellon University, where the components are being reconfigured into a new computing cluster for use in education and research related to large-scale computer systems. The new computing cluster, called Narwhal, is being built at CMU Read more…