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Adapting Algorithms to Modern Hybrid Architectures

Aug 13, 2014 |

Technology, like other facets of life, commonly experiences cycles of rapid change followed by periods of relative stability. Computing has entered a stage of increased architectural diversity, as evidenced by the rise of accelerators, coprocessors, and other alternatives, like ARM processors. An international team of researchers explores how these various supercomputing architectures perform on parallelized turbulent Read more…

Fujitsu Targets 100 Petaflops Supercomputing

Aug 12, 2014 |

On Monday at the Hot Chips 26 conference, Fujitsu revealed details about its upcoming SPARC64 XIfx chips, which the company is counting on to reach the 100-petaflops barrier and revitalize its HPC game. Of the top 10 fastest supercomputers on the current TOP500 list, only one is a Fujitsu system. But with the new 32-core Read more…

Austrian HPC Consortium Meets Demanding Inter-node Communication Challenge with Intel True Scale Fabric

Aug 6, 2014 |

The Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC) refers to a collaboration of high-performance computing resources designed to support a consortium of multiple institutions in Austria consisting of the University of Vienna (UNVIE), the Vienna University of Technology (TUVIE), the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), and Read more…

XSEDE Allocation System to Receive Makeover

Jul 22, 2014 |

XSEDE is a set of resources and systems that thousands of researchers, scientists and engineers regularly use to do groundbreaking science. But how does an XSEDE user actually request time on supercomputers or ask for time with XSEDE-supported resource experts? As of now, XSEDE users turn to POPS (Partnerships Online Proposal System), a system that Read more…

Exascale Resilience Turns a Corner

Jul 21, 2014 |

While advancing the field of HPC into the exascale era is beset by many obstacles, resiliency might be the most thorny of all. As the number of cores proliferate so too do the number of incorrect behaviors, threatening not just the operation of the machine, but the validity of the results as well. When you Read more…

Short Takes

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…

Europe Launches Ultrascale Computing Initiative

Sep 15, 2014 |

NESUS – or Network for Sustainable Ultrascale Computing – formed earlier this year to study the challenges of ultrascale computing. Launched with about 30 European partner countries, the cross-community initiative has grown to include 39 European countries and six countries from other continents. The goal: to produce a catalogue of open source applications for large-scale complex systems Read more…

NERSC Highlights Exascale-Energy Connection

Sep 11, 2014 |

It’s been almost six months since the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) formally announced Cori, the new supercomputer set to be installed at the lab in the mid-2016 timeframe. Originally known as NERSC-8, the new machine will sport over 9,300 nodes, equipped with next-generation Knights Landing architecture housed within a Cray XC environment. Each Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Sep 11, 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…

Aerospace Explores the Compute Horizon

Sep 4, 2014 |

For much of the history of aviation, designers and engineers ran their calculations and experiments without the benefit of computers. But as the price of computation dropped, the competitive advantage conferred by digital engineering became clear. The aerospace industry has reached a turning point where the complexity of the simulation work is necessitating an increase in the Read more…

Off the Wire

Four University of Illinois Faculty Members Selected as Blue Waters Professors

Oct 28, 2014 |

Oct. 28 — Four newly hired University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign faculty members have been selected as Blue Waters Professors, an honor that comes with substantial computing and data resources on the Blue Waters supercomputer at the university’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Blue Waters is one of the world’s most powerful computing systems, capable Read more…

Mellanox to Provide Ethernet Technology for New Microsoft Cloud Platform System

Oct 28, 2014 |

BARCELONA, Spain, Oct. 28 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for servers and storage systems, today announced they will be providing ConnectX-3 Pro 10GbE Network Interface Cards (NICs) with Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation (NVGRE) technology to provide consistent, high-performance for the recently announced Microsoft Cloud Platform System. Mellanox’s ConnectX-3 Pro adapter Read more…

PRACE and RIST to Sign MoU

Oct 28, 2014 |

Oct. 28 — On October 30, 2014, the Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) and the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) will sign a memorandum of understanding (hereinafter called MOU) on information exchange concerning the promotion of shared use of supercomputers. This will help RIST and PRACE to perform their projects more effectively Read more…

Supermicro Exhibits Latest X10 HPC Products at SEG 2014

Oct 27, 2014 |

DENVER, Colo., Oct. 27 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing exhibits its latest X10 high performance computing (HPC) solutions at the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG 2014) International Conference this week in Denver, Colorado. Supermicro’s new 6U 28x dual-processor (DP) node MicroBlade supporting 56x 120W Read more…

Fujitsu Unveils ETERNUS CD10000 System

Oct 27, 2014 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 27 — As organizations continue to grapple with the problem of how to leverage Big Data as they cross the Petabyte divide, Fujitsu, a leading information, communications, and technology (ICT) company, addresses this issue by introducing the world’s first storage system designed to grow and last as long as the online data it hosts. Read more…