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Report Addresses the Perils of Dark Silicon

Dark silicon refers to the processing potential that's lost when thermal constraints disallow full CPU utilization. The gap between transistor scaling and voltage scaling combined with tighter integration of components (multicore, SoCs) has power density ramifications that are of particular concern for embedded computing, but high-performance computing faces similar "dark power" challenges. Bringing attention to this issue and exploring common solutions was the goal of the Dagstuhl Seminar 16052, “Dark Silicon: From Embedded to HPC Systems.” Read more…
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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Read more…

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MIT’s Multicore Swarm Architecture Advances Ordered Parallelism

A relatively new architecture explicitly designed for parallelism – Swarm – based on work at MIT has shown promise for substantially speeding up classes of applications (graphs, for example) and decreasing the programming burden to achieve parallelism. Read more…

Gary Grider (second from right) with the 2015 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize. Also pictured (left to right): Duncan McBranch, Chief Technology Officer of Los Alamos National Laboratory; Terry Wallace, Program Associate Director for Global Security at Los Alamos; and Lee Finewood, Technology Transfer Program Manager for NNSA’s Office of Strategic Partnership Programs. Source: LANL

Los Alamos Researcher Honored for HPC Storage Leadership

Gary Grider, deputy division leader of the High Performance Computing (HPC) Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory, was awarded 2015 Richard P. Feynman Innovation Prize at a ceremony last week for his national leadership in developing cutting-edge HPC strategies and his innovative business partnerships. Read more…

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MeerKAT Telescope Reveals New Details of Universe

This week, the world saw the first images captured by the MeerKat array, which made its debut as one of the most powerful telescopes of its kind. Using 16 out of a planned 64 dishes, the telescope array recorded the radio signals coming from a small area of sky comprising less than .01 percent of the celestial canopy. Read more…

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Lengau: Global Grand Challenges Through an African Lens

South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Program Director Kagiso Chikane recently welcomed 100 guests to the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town for the dedication of the fastest computer on the African continent. “Lengau,” which means “Cheetah” in the African Setswana language, ranked 121 on the June TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers. Read more…
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Briefing Alert: SoftBank will Purchase ARM Ltd for $32B

ARM Ltd has agreed to be bought by Japanese technology company SoftBank for $32B according to both companies. ARM-based chips are already dominant players in the mobile computing market and recently efforts to push ARM processors into servers, including HPC, have gained momentum. Read more…

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Alternative Supercomputing or How to Misuse a Computer

In 2008, the IBM Roadrunner supercomputer broke the petaflops barrier using the power of the heterogeneous Sony Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor. A year prior, the Cell BE had already made its way into the consumer market as the engine inside the SonyPlaystation 3. The PS3's accelerated design, Linux-capability and low price point... Read more…
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LBNL Researchers Report Method to Make “Atomically Thin” Circuits

This week researchers from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have reported a new method to create transistors and circuits that are only a few atoms thick. Their report, Large-scale chemical assembly of atomically thin transistors and circuits, published in Nature Nanotechnology, is another reminder that novel materials and approaches may indeed contribute to extending Moore’s law. Read more…

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Life in a Drop: Ohio Supercomputer Helps Prove Hydration’s Role in Protein Folding

It’s perhaps fitting that in the middle of the summer, when water management is a common challenge, that a paper in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) offers more proof that life as we know it can’t occur without water. Using Ohio Supercomputing Center resources, researchers have shown the critical role water plays in actively guiding protein folding and movement. “For a long time, scientists have been trying to figure out how water interacts with proteins... Read more…
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Weekly Twitter Roundup

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Read more…

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RISC-V Startup Aims to Democratize Custom Silicon

Momentum for open source hardware made a significant advance this week with the launch of startup SiFive and its open source chip platforms based on the RISC-V instruction set architecture. The founders of the fabless semiconductor company — Krste Asanovic, Andrew Waterman, and Yunsup Lee — invented the free and open RISC-V ISA at the University of California, Berkeley, six years ago. The progression of RISC-V and the launch of SiFive opens the door to a new way of chip building that skirts prohibitive licensing costs and lowers the barrier to entry... Read more…
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ISC Workshop Tackles the Co-development Challenge

The long percolating discussion over ‘co-development’ and how best it should be undertaken has gained new urgency in the race towards exascale computing. At a workshop held at ISC2016 last month – Form Follows Function: Do algorithms and applications challenge or drag behind the hardware evolution? – several distinguished panelists offered varying viewpoints. Yesterday, session organizer Tobias Weinzierl posted a summary synopsis of the workshop discussion on arXiv.org. Weinzierl (Durham University) and co-organizer Michael Bader (Technische Universität München) are active participants in the ExaHyPE project (An Exascale Hyperbolic PDE (partial differential equation) Engine, funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 program). Read more…

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The Convergence of HPC and Big Data for Enterprise

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The combined power of clustered servers, advanced networking and massive datasets are merging, and a new Big Data reality is on the rise. Read more…

Meeting HPC Challenges in Manufacturing

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Manufacturing is on the upswing, but with more competition than ever, the pressure to trim product lifecycles and increase productivity is greater than ever. Read more…

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Do-It-Yourself HPC: How the Cloud Democratizes HPC and Public Data for Researchers

Creating the right technology environment is a time-consuming task for researchers who want to focus on science (not servers or long wait times at supercomputing centers). Read more…

Silicon Mechanics and Van Andel Institute partner to deliver an OpenStack HPC solution

The Van Andel Institute (VAI) worked with Silicon Mechanics to not only provide its users a more powerful platform, but a hybrid OpenStack HPC solution with the flexibility to support VAI’s commitment to improve the health and change the lives of current and future generations. Read more…