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LINPACK’s ‘Companion Metric’ Gains Traction

Jul 15, 2015 |

The TOP500 organizers published their 45th twice-yearly list this week in tandem with ISC 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. What is becoming increasingly clear, as our analysis piece covered and as many in the community have also pointed out, is that the salad days of “better-than-Moore’s” performance growth hit an inflection point in 2008. We went into the Read more…

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China Scores Fifth TOP500 Win with Tianhe-2

Jul 14, 2015 |

When China grabbed the TOP500 crown for its Tianhe-2 supercomputer in June 2013 with double the peak FLOPS of the next fastest machine (Titan at Oak Ridge National Laboratory), could anyone have foreseen that the machine would still hold on to the top spot a full two years later? As we can see from the 45th edition Read more…

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HP, Intel Partner to Expand HPC Into the Enterprise

Jul 13, 2015 |

When the going gets tough, the tough join together to innovate. This is the message we are hearing from HPC stakeholders across the government and vendor landscape. It would an oversimplification to say that big data is responsible for driving this deeper partner integration but the technology trend has something to with it. More precisely, the Read more…

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Momentum Builds for Intel’s HPC Scalable System Framework

Jul 13, 2015 |

At a press conference on Friday, Intel delivered a progress report on the state of its unfolding HPC portfolio. With key products like Omni-Path and Knights Landing set to launch later this year, Intel is focusing on the momentum that is building for its HPC Scalable System Framework. The company also announced that it is entering into a deeper alliance Read more…

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IBM First to 7nm Process with Working Transistors

Jul 9, 2015 |

IBM Research has announced the world’s first 7nm node test chips with functioning transistors, accomplished via a partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE). Although production 7nm chips are at least two years away, IBM has delivered on its promise to develop the process nodes and beaten Read more…

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Short Takes

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 25, 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. Thierry Breton, CEO Atos, at Read more…

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Senate and House America COMPETES Bills Face Off

Jun 23, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of research and advanced computing technology to American competitiveness, but there is disagreement about the role of the government in funding such efforts. Currently two bills are making their way through the legislative process as potential successors to the America COMPETES Acts of 2007 and 2010 (which were passed by President Read more…

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Texas Supercomputers Contribute to Cancer Hotspot Discovery

Jun 22, 2015 |

Powerful supercomputers around the country continue to push advances in critical areas, such as cancer research. One of the latest such success stories comes out of The University of Texas at Austin, where Texas Advanced Computing Center machines revealed a connection between cross-shaped (cruciform) DNA segments and human cancers. By shedding light on the pathways involved in Read more…

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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 18, 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.   #ISC16 is already taking Read more…

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Unlocking the Mysteries of Space

Jun 16, 2015 |

Some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world are helping NASA scientists reveal the mysteries of the universe. The intensive discovery process would not be possible without the modeling and simulation capabilities of high-performance computers, like Pleiades, which is located at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility at Ames Research Center, and Titan, the fastest Read more…

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Off the Wire

PRACE Issues Call for Proposals for DECI-13

Aug 14, 2015 |

Aug. 14 — DECI provides cross-national access to European Tier-1 HPC resources (national systems). Access will be awarded for a period of 12 months, beginning January 18, 2016. Resources are available on the following architectures: Cray XC30/Cray XC40, IBM Blue Gene/Q, Intel clusters (various processor and memory configurations) and hybrid systems (clusters with GPGPU accelerators or Xeon Phi Co-processors) made available from Cyprus, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, UK. Applicants need Read more…

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Tianhe-1A Shut Down After Nearby Explosion

Aug 13, 2015 |

Editor’s note: Updated coverage is available here. BEIJING, Aug. 13 — China has shut down supercomputer Tianhe-1A due to a deadly explosion that took place in the port city of Tianjin on Wednesday night. Tianhe-1A is housed at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, about 75 miles southeast of Beijing. The building sustained broken windows and collapsed ceilings when a violent Read more…

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Blue Waters Helps Beckman Researchers Construct Atomic Model of an Immature Retrovirus

Aug 12, 2015 |

Aug. 12 — Using molecular modeling and large-scale molecular dynamic simulation, Beckman researchers have constructed an atomic model of an immature retrovirus. The researchers from the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group published their work in the journal Structure. Retroviruses, such as HIV, are tricky to treat. They go through a multistage process to produce infectious particles. Read more…

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University of Texas, NEDO Collaborate on Energy Efficient Datacenter

Aug 11, 2015 |

AUSTIN, Tex., Aug. 11 — Partnering with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), which acts as a Japanese government agency, The University of Texas at Austin will begin using alternative energy sources to power some of its high-performance computers. Energy efficiency in data centers is a major focus in the technology industry Read more…

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Supermicro Deploys New Supercomputer at OIST

Aug 11, 2015 |

OKINAWA, Japan, Aug. 11 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing announces the deployment of a new supercomputer in Japan at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) supporting scientists and researchers focused on discovery and innovation in the life, physical and environmental sciences. The OIST Read more…

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