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2008 International Supercomputing Conference



Conference Chair Spotlights ISC’08

The 23rd annual International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) will bring together many of the world’s leading experts in high performance computing this week in Dresden, Germany. HPCwire got an opportunity to ask conference chair Prof. Hans Meuer about the upcoming conference and his thoughts on the direction of supercomputing.

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Feature Articles from ISC

LSI Intros HPC Storage System

(06/20/2008) – This week at ISC in Dresden, Germany, storage vendor LSI is demonstrating the Engenio 7900, a storage product that they feel puts HPC centers right where they need to be: offering users a highly reliable storage solution that doesn’t sacrifice performance or configurability.
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Ties That Bind: Organizing Large-Scale HPC in the European Union

(06/19/2008) – The combined economic resources of the 27 member states of the European Union make it the largest economy in the world. No stranger to the world of HPC, and convinced of the power of technology to further propel the prosperity and well-being of its citizens, the EU is investing heavily in pan-European resources that it hopes will propel its members to the forefront of the computational stage.
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Microsoft’s Big Day

(06/18/2008) – On Wednesday Microsoft announced something big in a little number. NCSA put one of its systems, the 9000+ core Abe system, on the latest Top500 list at number 23. This is the highest ranking Windows HPC system to date and has important implications for Microsoft and the community.
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Run-Up to Petaflops

(06/18/2008) – There is no other way to characterize this year: 2008 will be remembered as “the year” — the year that one petaflops was achieved in Linpack performance. It is a milestone that has been anticipated for almost a decade and a half, and one that was accomplished through the synthesis of two big trends that have emerged as the driving forces for HPC in the last few years — multicore and heterogeneous computing.
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AMD Paces the Field with New GPGPU Offering

(06/17/2008) – As AMD was unpacking its bags in Dresden yesterday, the company announced the next step in the evolution of its GPU-based application accelerator, the FireStream 9250.
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ClearSpeed Puts the Pedal to the Metal

(06/17/2008) – UK-based ClearSpeed has launched its second-generation floating point accelerator lineup based on its new CSX700 “Callanish” ASIC. The new offerings include the e710 and e720 Advance boards and the CATS-700 1 teraflop server.
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NVIDIA Unveils Teraflop GPU Computing

(06/16/2008) – At ISC’08, NVIDIA has announced two new Tesla-branded GPU computing products, which incorporate the company’s next generation 10-series processor that supports double precision floating point operations.
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IBM Roadrunner Takes the Gold in the Petaflop Race

(06/09/2008) – Petaflop. Sure it’s just a number, but it’s a big number. On June 10, IBM announced that its Roadrunner supercomputer reached a record-breaking one petaflop — a quadrillion floating point operations per second — using the standard Linpack benchmark. It is the first general-purpose computer to reach this milestone.
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Special Commentary from ISC

Michael FeldmanMichael Feldman
Intel CTO Pitches Manycore Vision
In Justin Rattner’s ISC keynote address on Thursday, the Intel CTO painted a picture in which future supercomputing technologies are merged into everyday computing. Read more…

Michael FeldmanMichael Feldman
The View From the Top
There wasn’t much suspense on which machine would nab the top spot on the June TOP500 list, which was released earlier today. Last week, IBM and LANL had already let everyone know that Roadrunner crossed the petaflop finish line first. Nonetheless, the new list portends some big changes ahead for supercomputing. Read more…

Michael FeldmanMichael Feldman
The InfiniBand-Wagon Starts Here
A lot of exhibitor activity at ISC this year centers on InfiniBand. News and demos of the HPC fabric seem to be everywhere. Read more…

Chris WillardChris Willard
What Makes a Supercomputer Super?
The announcement of each new TOP500 list and especially those with systems that break the triple order of magnitude barrier in FLOPS tend to get me thinking about the meaning of the term “supercomputer.” Read more…

Michael FeldmanMichael Feldman
Supercomputing’s Spring Fling
I’ll be heading out to Dresden, Germany in a couple of days to attend the annual International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) and immerse myself in all things petascale. Read more…

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