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Micron Reveals HPC Ambitions with Convey Purchase

Apr 1, 2015 |

If you’re looking to establish yourself as an HPC player, you can either develop the technology yourself or purchase an established HPC company. Today, advanced memory maker Micron went with the latter course of action by acquiring Convey Computer Corp, widely known for its deep HPC roots and track record delivering hybrid-core computing. The financial terms Read more…

HPC Appliance Aims to Boost Engineering Productivity

Mar 31, 2015 |

ANSYS, Lenovo and OCF have joined forces to put a turnkey HPC appliance into the hands of the UK engineering community. The plug-and-play appliance, designed to run computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, is the result of a unique partnership between engineering simulation software specialist ANSYS, hardware vendor Lenovo and high performance cluster integrator OCF. The Read more…

Seismic Supercomputer Balloons to Five Petaflops — This One’s a Cray

Mar 25, 2015 |

When it comes to oil and gas supercomputers, the ante has been upped once again. In the past couple years, energy giants BP, Total and Eni have rolled out mega supercomputing centers, and now Norwegian oil and gas company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has outdone them all with a 5-petaflops Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Read more…

IBM’s First OpenPOWER Server Targets HPC Workloads

Mar 19, 2015 |

The first annual OpenPOWER Summit, held this week in San Jose, Calif., in tandem with NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC), launched a raft of hardware and other announcements intended to cede market share from Intel. On Wednesday, foundation members showed off more than a dozen hardware solutions, an assortment of systems, boards, and cards, and even a new microprocessor Read more…

FPGA-Accelerated Search Heads for Mainstream

Mar 10, 2015 |

With data volumes now outpacing Moore’s Law, there is a move to look beyond conventional hardware and software tools. Accelerators like GPUs and the Intel MIC architecture have extended performance goals for many HPC-class workloads. Although field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have not seen the same level of adoption for traditional HPC workloads, a subset of big data Read more…

Short Takes

India Greenlights $730 Million Supercomputing Grid

Mar 26, 2015 |

The Indian government has approved a seven-year supercomputing program worth $730 million (Rs. 4,500-crore) intended to restore the nation’s status as a world-class computing power. The prime mandate of the National Supercomputing Mission, first revealed last October, is the construction of a vast supercomputing grid connecting academic and R&D institutions and select departments and ministries. The Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 26, 2015 |

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. #GTC15 @cray_inc is by far the #HPC Read more…

Making the Case for HPC Just Got Easier

Mar 24, 2015 |

A new study highlights the importance of locally available supercomputers to university research. Authored by a cross-disciplinary team of experts from Clemson University, the report provides compelling evidence connecting TOP500-level computing power with technical efficiency of research output. HPC users are well aware of the advantages that leadership computing confers in terms of competitiveness, innovation and other societal benefits, but policy makers require Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 19, 2015 |

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. RT @KAUST_News After much anticipation KAUST’s @cray_inc Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Mar 12, 2015 |

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.   #TBT 'Gigabyte Gals': Women played integral Read more…

Off the Wire

Six PhD Students Selected as Blue Waters Graduate Fellows

May 6, 2015 |

May 6 — Six outstanding computational science PhD students from across the country have been selected to receive Blue Waters Graduate Fellowships for 2015-2016. The fellowship program, now in its second year, provides graduate students in diverse fields with substantial support and the opportunity to leverage the petascale power of NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer to Read more…

Supermicro to Begin Shipping New 6U MicroBlade Portfolio

May 4, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 4 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing, is shipping the new extreme-density server platform in high volume, targeting hyper-scale data center, cloud, web hosting environments and video streaming, VDI, high performance video/graphics applications. MicroBlade is a revolutionary, converged architecture that helps data centers Read more…

NSF and SDSC Give Trestles Supercomputer to U of Arkansas

May 4, 2015 |

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., May 4 — A workhorse of a supercomputer is coming to the University of Arkansas. The National Science Foundation and the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, have agreed to transfer ownership of the computer cluster known as “Trestles” to the Arkansas High Performance Computing Center. Once installed, Read more…

IBM Unveils Power Systems Offerings to Support SAP HANA

May 4, 2015 |

ARMONK, N.Y., May 4 — Building on the deep technology partnership between IBM and SAP, IBM today announced a set of integrated Power Systems solutions designed to help clients process volumes of data with incredible speed for both transactional and analytics workloads. After a successful client testing period in 2014, IBM today announced a series of Power Systems Solution Read more…

Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence Poker Competition Reaches Halfway Point

May 1, 2015 |

PITTSBURGH, Penn., May 1 — Today marks the halfway point of an 80,000-hand journey in the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” poker competition. After 40,000 hands, the ‘humans’— four professional poker players — have taken a lead over Carnegie Mellon University’s artificial intelligence program, Claudico.    Hosted at Rivers Casino, this first-ever challenge began on Friday, April Read more…