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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…

Manufacturing Exascale

Jul 7, 2014 |

Exascale systems are certainly the current buzz in high performance computing. While theoretical projections suggest the possibility to have an exascale system by 2018, reality tells us that a usable supercomputer of that size will require at least few years into the next decade. Simply adopting the current approach – more of the same but Read more…

Bull Charges Ahead in Supercomputing Despite Big Data Refocus

Jul 2, 2014 |

In many ways, Bull has been a mirror, reflecting companies like Cray from across the Atlantic. One on the one hand, both companies have deep roots in supercomputing, with particularly strong continental bases. Conversely, the arrival of the big data phenomenon has marked a chance for both companies to wrench free from strict supercomputing affiliations Read more…

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…

Short Takes

Getting to Exascale

Jul 24, 2014 |

As the exascale barrier draws ever closer, experts around the world turn their attention to enabling this major advance. Providing a truly deep dive into the subject matter is the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science. The institution’s summer 2014 issue of “Topics” takes a hard look at the way that supercomputing is progressing. In Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 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 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 check out the top Read more…

Simulations Reveal More About Oldest Known Star

Jul 23, 2014 |

Thanks to the power of supercomputing, scientists from the Universities of Göttingen and Copenhagen now have a better understanding of one of the most ancient stars in the universe. The results of their study were published in the July 21st edition of Astrophysical Journal Letters. The group used high-resolution computer simulations to model the formation of the oldest Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 17, 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 check out the top Read more…

Austrian Unis Stand Up Paraffin-Cooled Supercomputer

Jul 15, 2014 |

Despite stagnation at the upper echelon of supercomputing, countries around the world are continuing to invest in supercomputing as a tool for science and innovation. In Austria, several universities have joined forces to purchase an energy-efficient supercomputer that relies on oil immersion to keep cool. Eight Austrian universities are participating in the project and will share the supercomputing resource, Read more…

Off the Wire

Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions, IBM Announce New Supercomputing Center

Aug 13, 2014 |

ARMONK, N.Y. and LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 13 –  Florida Polytechnic University, Flagship Solutions Group, and IBM today announced a new supercomputing center at the University composed of IBM high performance systems, software and cloud-based storage, to help educate students in emerging technology fields. Florida Polytechnic University is the newest addition to the State University System of Florida and Read more…

Supermicro to Showcase Platforms at Siggraph

Aug 12, 2014 |

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 12 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing exhibits its latest solutions for the 3D, CG, VFX and Interactive Media Industry this week at Siggraph 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The convergence of art, science and physics in blockbuster cinema and Read more…

Atos Offer to Acquire Bull Approved

Aug 12, 2014 |

PARIS, France, Aug. 12 — Atos, an international information technology services company, and Bull, the trusted partner for enterprise data, together announced today the successful completion of the tender offer launched by Atos for all the issued and outstanding shares in the capital of Bull. The transaction represents a key milestone in the creation in Read more…

PSC to Expand Data Supercell Using Supermicro 12Gb/s SAS 3.0 SuperStorage Platforms

Aug 11, 2014 |

Aug. 11 — The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and Super Micro Computer Inc. are pleased to announce delivery of the first Supermicro 12-gigabit-per-second (Gb/s) SAS 3.0 SuperStorage platforms, for use in PSC’s Data Supercell archival system. Installation of these advanced-technology disk shelves marks the beginning of a new generation of high-throughput storage infrastructure. The SAS Read more…

Silicon Mechanics Launches Servers and JBODS Featuring SAS3

Aug 7, 2014 |

Aug. 7 — Silicon Mechanics, Inc. announces that it has launched four storage servers featuring end-to-end SAS3, including SAS3 controllers, backplanes, and drives, which allow for up to 12 gigabits per second (Gb/s) of throughput per port. Also available are two new SAS3 JBODs. The new products are fully backward compatible with SAS2, so customers Read more…