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The Exascale Revolution

Oct 23, 2014 |

The post-petascale era is marked by systems with far greater parallelism and architectural complexity. Failing some game-changing innovation, crossing the next 1000x performance barrier will be more challenging than previous efforts. At the 2014 Argonne National Laboratory Training Program on Extreme Scale Computing (ATPESC), held in August, Professor Pete Beckman delivered a talk on “Exascale Architecture Trends” and their impact on the programming and executing of computational Read more…

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…

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

K Computer Recognized in Class 1 and 2 of HPC Challenge Awards

Nov 19, 2014 |

TOKYO, Japan, Nov. 19 — RIKEN, the University of Tsukuba and Fujitsu today announced that they received top ranks in two of the four benchmarks at the 2014 HPC Challenge Class 1 Awards, which evaluate the overall performance of supercomputers, for the performance of the K computer. The first-place rankings were received in two benchmarks: Global Read more…

Numascale, Supermicro, and AMD Announce World’s Largest Shared Memory System to Date

Nov 18, 2014 |

NEW ORLEANS, La., Nov. 18 — Numascale today announced the successful installation of a large shared memory Numascale/Supermicro/AMD system at a customer datacenter facility in North America. The system is the first part of a large cloud computing facility for analytics and simulation of sensor data combined with historical data. The Numascale system, installed over Read more…

Seagate Announces Reseller Agreement with SGI

Nov 18, 2014 |

CUPERTINO & MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — Seagate Technology plc, a world leader in storage solutions, today announced that it has signed a reselling partnership agreement with SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. SGI will be offering customers the ClusterStor 1500, 6000, and 9000 appliances, along with Read more…

Eurotech Launches Hive System

Nov 18, 2014 |

Nov. 18 — It is a new family of HPC systems, built on the innovative “Brick” supercomputing architecture, recently presented at ISC14, that promises to raise the bar for acceleration, optimization and flexibility. The Hive HPC systems are optimized for accelerated workloads, offering performance and energy efficiency at levels rarely seen before. This is obtained Read more…

IT4Innovations Supercomputing Center Selects SGI Supercomputer to Advance Research

Nov 18, 2014 |

MILPITAS, Calif., Nov. 18 — SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, announced that the IT4Innovations National Supercomputing Center in the Czech Republic selected an SGI supercomputer to advance research in a variety of fields including nanotechnology, computational chemistry, hydrology, engineering, material science and drug development. The Read more…