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IARPA Seeks Partners in Brain-Inspired AI Initiative

Jan 22, 2015 |

US intelligence officials have set in motion a five-year project to spark progress in machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of the human brain. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) recently put out a call for innovative solutions with the greatest potential to advance theories of neural computation as part of the Machine Intelligence Read more…

How to Deploy and Validate Your Cluster

Jan 13, 2015 |

In the previous Cluster Lifecycle Management column, I discussed best practices for choosing the right vendor to build the cluster that meets your needs. Once your team has selected a vendor and finalized the purchase of your new system, the next crucial step is deploying and validating the HPC cluster. As part of the vendor Read more…

US Weather Forecasting Finally Gets Its FLOPS

Jan 6, 2015 |

The US National Weather Service will be getting a 10X boost in supercomputing power, thanks to $44.5 million contract with IBM for two new Cray systems. The upgrade will increase the throughput of the agency’s combined supercomputing resources from about .5 petaflops to five petaflops when the project is completed later this year, enabling it to provide Read more…

SpaceX Leverages HPC to Reach Orbit

Jan 2, 2015 |

The commercial revolution in spaceflight is predicated on bringing computing power and Web 2.0 practices to bear in the quest to reduce the cost of lofting payloads to space. All this must be accomplished while demonstrating safety and reliability for the day when commercial space companies begin carrying crews to Earth’s orbit and beyond. Among Read more…

Workstations, Servers, Clouds: Making the Call for HPC

Dec 17, 2014 |

A recent survey in 25 HPC and CAE LinkedIn groups regarding engineers’ concerns about cloud computing was conducted by UberCloud and revealed that many engineers tend to compare the benefits of workstations versus servers versus clouds in a somewhat misinformed way. In fact, most of them compare the positive aspects of their workstation with the (apparent) roadblocks of Read more…

Short Takes

Saudi Arabia Renews Commitment to Supercomputing

Feb 4, 2015 |

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), located on the Red Sea 50 miles north of Jeddah, is gearing up for a new supercomputer twenty-five times more powerful than its current system. Shaheen-2, a successor to the original Shaheen, is part of an $80 million contract with supercomputer maker Cray that reaffirms Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 29, 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.   Seymour Cray-master architect of the #supercomputer Read more…

A New Purpose for Old Smartphones: Cluster Computing

Jan 27, 2015 |

There are now more mobile devices than people in the world, and the average person upgrades their phone every 18 months. This raises the question of what happens to all the old models. Some of the materials used in these ubiquitous devices do get recycled, but all too often, the phones, tablets and other outdated Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 22, 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.   Prof. David Keyes presented his vision Read more…

Wind Farm Simulation Reveals Important Design Clues

Jan 14, 2015 |

With renewable energy sources like solar and wind power set to become much more cost-effective over the next ten years according to recent studies out of Finland and the EU, interest in the space is building. As experts and pundits address the respective merits of the renewables, scientists continue to study and advance the enabling Read more…

Off the Wire

Hyve and Cavium Collaborate to Deliver ARM-Based Server Offerings

Mar 10, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 10 — Hyve Solutions Corporation today announced its strategic relationship with Cavium, Inc. to bring 64-bit ARM-based volume server solutions to market via its AmbientSeries, addressing the hyper-scale cloud and datacenter market as well as one of the industry’s first dual-socket ARMv8 Open Compute platform. Inspired by OCP, the Hyve Solutions AmbientSeries is a versatile Read more…

Supermicro Launches New Server Offerings Supporting Intel Xeon Processor D-1500

Mar 9, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 9 — Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing launched a new class of low-power, high density server solutions today, optimized for Embedded and hyperscale workloads in Data Center and Cloud environments. The new solutions are available in a growing line of single Read more…

Asetek to Showcase Latest Datacenter Installations at Data Centre World

Mar 5, 2015 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 5 — Asetek will showcase its latest energy saving data center liquid cooling solutions at Data Centre World in London, UK at the ExCeL London Exhibition and Convention Centre – March 11-12, 2015 at booth E55. Asetek will be highlighting installations that reflect the company’s accelerating market momentum with RackCDU D2C (Direct to Chip) liquid cooling solutions. Read more…

SoftLayer to Offer OpenPOWER Servers

Mar 4, 2015 |

ARMONK, N.Y., March 4 — IBM today announced that SoftLayer will offer OpenPOWER-based servers as part of its portfolio of cloud-based services. With the new offering, clients will be able to select OpenPOWER-based “bare metal” servers when configuring their cloud-based IT infrastructure from SoftLayer, an IBM company. Leveraging the OpenPOWER Foundation design concept, the servers were developed to help clients better manage Read more…

Gartner Reports Server Market Growth in 2014

Mar 3, 2015 |

STAMFORD, Conn., March 3 – In the fourth quarter of 2014, worldwide server shipments increased 4.8 per cent year over year, while revenue grew 2.2 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2013, according to Gartner, Inc. In 2014, worldwide server shipments grew 2.2 per cent, and server revenue increased 0.8 per cent. “There were several factors Read more…