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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…

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…

Short Takes

Earthquake Simulation Scales to 8.6 Petaflops

Aug 14, 2014 |

Intel Labs Vision Stategist Divya Kolar explores how supercomputing is helping society prepare for earthquakes. Current earthquake early warning systems are very limited, and basically only sound the alarm after the earthquake has begun. In a typical scenario, the affected population may have tens of seconds of lead time up to a minute or so depending on Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 14, 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…

DOE Highlights Exascale-Focused Research

Aug 7, 2014 |

Every year the Department of Energy Early Career Award provides outstanding scientists who are early in their careers with funding of at least $150,000 per annum over a five-year span. The 2014 funding round, the program’s fifth, awarded research grants to 35 scientists – including 17 from DOE’s national laboratories and 18 from US universities. The program is designed Read more…

Brainy IBM Chip Packs One Million Neuron Punch

Aug 7, 2014 |

IBM researchers have developed a super-efficient chip inspired by the functioning of the human brain. Named TrueNorth, the chip features 5.4 billion transistors arranged in a network of 4,096 neurosynaptic cores, yielding the equivalent of one million neurons and 256 million synapses. Despite being one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, TrueNorth consumes just 70mW during Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 7, 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…

Off the Wire

Silicon Mechanics and WSU to Celebrate HPC Cluster Donation

Sep 17, 2014 |

Sept. 17 — Silicon Mechanics, Inc., a leading manufacturer of rackmount servers, storage, and high-performance computing clusters, announces its participation in a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating Wayne State University’s receipt of a high-performance compute cluster as part of Silicon Mechanics’ 3rd Annual Research Cluster Grant. The ceremony will be held September 18, 2014 from 11:30-12:30 Read more…

Cray Awarded Supercomputer Contract from KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Sep 16, 2014 |

SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 16 — Global supercomputer leader Cray Inc. today announced the Company has been awarded a contract valued at more than $13 million to provide the PDC Center for High Performance Computing at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden with a next-generation Cray XC supercomputer. The Cray system will be one Read more…

NCSA Employs Active Archive to Store Blue Waters Supercomputer Nearline Data

Sep 16, 2014 |

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 16 — The Active Archive Alliance announced today that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has employed an active archive to store nearline data. The NCSA’s active archive provides 100 percent of the nearline storage for the Blue Waters supercomputer, which is one of the world’s largest active file repositories stored on high capacity, highly reliable Read more…

Huawei Signs Global Reseller Agreement with Bright Computing

Sep 16, 2014 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 16 — Bright Computing, a leading provider of management solutions for clusters and clouds, and Huawei, a leading supplier of information and telecommunication technology, have signed a global reseller agreement that enables Huawei to deliver Bright Cluster Manager as part of its high performance computing solution. The agreement brings a powerful new addition Read more…

NCSA Adds 20PB Storage Capacity to File Repository

Sep 15, 2014 |

BOULDER, Colo., Sept. 15 — Spectra Logic announced today that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has increased the capacity of the Spectra tape libraries that support the Blue Waters project, which is one of the world’s largest, most powerful supercomputers. The NCSA expanded its tape active archive capacity with the recent addition of 20 petabytes, Read more…