2011 Supercomputing Conference
When NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang delivered his keynote at SC11 this week, it was easy to forget that a few short years ago, the company and its GPU products had absolutely nothing to do with supercomputing. Today, of course, the technology is a driving force in the HPC ecosystem and is challenging the entrenched interests of chip makers Intel, AMD, and IBM.
Feature Articles from SC11
(11/18/2011) – If you thought Lustre and GPFS were your only two choices for a high performance, scalable parallel file system, then you’ve probably never heard of OrangeFS. We talked with three of the file system’s developers and backers to discuss the unique attributes of OrangeFS and how it’s being used in the field.
(11/17/2011) – With a number of government and commercial exascale projects in full swing, SC11 has provided a convenient venue for vendors, academics and government types to tout their vision of the future of supercomputing. To get a broad perspective on these efforts, we spoke with Thomas Sterling, Professor of Informatics and Computing Indiana University, and one of the foremost experts on supercomputing architectures.
(11/17/2011) – Advances in silicon photonic integration will present an opportunity for hardware engineers to reconsider basic computer designs. That topic is the theme of a Disruptive Technology session at SC11 on Thursday conducted by Keren Bergman of Columbia University and Nadya Bliss of MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Prior to the conference, we asked Bergen and Bliss to discuss the technology issues surrounding integrated photonics and how it could impact computer systems, including HPC machines.
(11/16/2011) – There are a number of young companies at SC11 this week debuting novel technologies. One of them, Advanced Cluster Systems, recently launched its first software product, with the rather bold name of Supercomputing Engine Technology. It promises one of the Holy Grails of HPC: to turn sequential applications into parallel ones.
(11/16/2011) – Although women comprise the majority of the United States labor force, 60 percent of college graduates in developed countries, most of the internet users, and start more than half of the new companies created each year in the US, they have made surprisingly few inroads into high performance computing. On Thursday at SC11, there will be two sessions where HPC community members can discuss these issues and exchange ideas on how to change the status quo.
(11/16/2011) – At SC11 in Seattle, Intel showed off an early silicon version of Intel’s Many Integrated Core (MIC) “Knight Corner,” the codename for its first commercial product based on their MIC architecture. The demonstration was performed for the benefit of reporters and analysts, who got to see the new chip in action at a press briefing here on Tuesday afternoon.
(11/15/2011) – This month ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, announced the launch of its newest Special Interest Group, SIGHPC. HPCwire caught up with Cherri Pancake, the first Chair of SIGHPC, to get her take on what the group is today, and the role she sees for it in the future of the high performance computing community.
(11/15/2011) – John D’Ambrosia, chair of the Ethernet Alliance weighed in on the focus of the Ethernet Alliance at SC11, expanding on their interoperability goals and describing the overall role of Ethernet technologies in HPC.
(11/14/2011) – For the first time since the TOP500 group began publishing their list of the fastest computers in the world, there was no turnover in the top 10 machines. In fact, the only change at the top was the new record Linpack mark set by the now fully deployed K Computer at RIKEN.
(11/14/2011) – The National Center for Supercomputing Applications has awarded Cray a $188 million contract to complete the NSF-funded Blue Waters supercomputer project at the University of Illinois. An 11.5 petaflops Cray XE6/XK6 hybrid system outfitted with AMD CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs will be deployed next year and become the center’s petascale resource for open science and engineering. The much-anticipated deal was announced on Monday, just as the Supercomputing Conference (SC11) in Seattle got underway.
(11/14/2011) – Supercomputer maker SGI has launched its next generation ICE supercomputer, the company’s flagship scale-out HPC cluster platform. Using Intel’s latest Xeon processors, ICE-X is up to two and half times as dense and twice as fast as the current ICE 8400 system.
(11/14/2011) – A week after launching the PRIMEHPC FX10, Fujitsu has announced that first installation of the new system will go to the Information Technology Center at the University of Tokyo. According to the press release, the 4,800-node supercomputer will deliver 1.13 petaflops peak when it boots up in April 2012.
(11/11/2011) – SC11, the world’s greatest yearly supercomputing show rolls into Seattle this week. To help prepare you for the big week, we have put together a list of the top 10 myths of the phenomenon that is SC. With a little discussion of each, hopefully we will bring out the good, the bad, the hopes and realities of SC. And, maybe, along the way we’ll see why SC matters so much to our community.
(10/20/2011) – At SC11 in Seattle, the stage is set for data-intensive computing to steal the show. This year’s theme correlates directly to the “big data” trend that is reshaping enterprise and scientific computing. We give an insider’s view of some of the top sessions for the big data crowd and a broader sense of how this year’s conference is shaping up overall.
Special Commentary from SC11
Podcast: Big Data Rains Down on Seattle; Green500 Goes Blue; SC11 Winners and Losers
The weekly wrap-up of SC11 highlights the rise of big data, the latest Green500 results, and winners and losers from the show.Read more…
Podcast: Blue Waters 2.0; Chip Wars at SC11
Conference kicks off with news about NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer project, the TOP500, and a flurry of processor-related announcements.Read more…
Podcast: Vendors Open New Bag of Supercomputing Toys; A Look Ahead to SC11
Fujitsu, Bull, DataDirect Networks, and Bright Computing make some big news in the lead up to the Supercomputing Conference in Seattle.Read more…
Off the Wire from SC11
- Researchers Set Record for Network Data Transfer at SC11 – (12/14/2011)
- NASA Team Demos Data Superhighway of the Future – (12/07/2011)
- Volex Cable in Interoperability Demo at SC11 – (12/02/2011)
- Tokyo Tech Awarded Gordon Bell Prize – (11/29/2011)
- IU Team Demonstrated 100GbE Network Technology at SC11 – (11/22/2011)
- Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Research Group Using K Supercomputer – (11/21/2011)
- Cray Enters Integrated Storage Market – (11/17/2011)
- GPC Announces Vibration Management System for Improving Storage Performance – (11/17/2011)
- CAPS Announces Two More HMPP Competence Centers in US and Europe – (11/16/2011)
- Mellanox Highlights Performance on FDR 56Gbps InfiniBand and 40GbE Solutions – (11/16/2011)
- Purdue Has Fastest Campus Supercomputer in US – (11/16/2011)
- NAG Unveils New Parallel Numerical Routines – (11/16/2011)
- Solarflare Partners With Hyve Solutions, Demonstrates 10GbE Hardware and Software at SC11 – (11/16/2011)
- Mellanox, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia and the Universitat Jaume I Showcase InfiniBand-Accelerated rCUDA InfiniBand – (11/16/2011)
- “K computer” No. 1 in Four Benchmarks at HPC Challenge Awards – (11/16/2011)
- CAPS, NEC Team Up On GPU Solutions – (11/16/2011)
- InfiniBand, OpenFabrics Enterprise Used in 42 Percent of Fastest Supercomputers – (11/16/2011)
- AccelerEyes, Lenovo Bring Faster GPU Computing to MATLAB – (11/16/2011)
- Netlist Intros New 32GB Virtual Dual Rank RDIMM – (11/16/2011)
- Intel Xeon E5 Debuts on TOP500; First Intel MIC Co-processor Hits 1 Teraflop – (11/15/2011)
- NICS Announces Strategic Engagement with Intel – (11/15/2011)
- Argonne Welcomes Mira, Its Newest and Most Energy-Efficient Supercomputer – (11/15/2011)
- HPCwire Reveals 2011 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards at SC11 – (11/15/2011)
- Microway Announces Integrated NVIDIA Tesla SimCluster and ‘Free Trial’ Program at SC11 – (11/15/2011)
- Altera Announces Industry’s First OpenCL Program for FPGAs – (11/15/2011)
- Appro, Sandia Deploy Experimental Cluster Based on Intel MIC Architecture for Highly-Parallel HPC Workloads – (11/15/2011)
- SDSC’s Gordon Among Top 50 Fastest Supercomputers in the World – (11/15/2011)
- NNSA’s Cielo, Roadrunner Supercomputers Ranked Among World’s Most Powerful Supercomputers – (11/15/2011)
- Colfax International to Provide Intel Cluster Ready Certified Solutions Supporting Xeon E5 Chips – (11/15/2011)
- Convey Computer Doubles Graph500 Performance, Develops New Graph Personality – (11/15/2011)
- LSI to Demonstrate Innovative Application Acceleration Solutions at SC11 Supercomputing Conference – (11/15/2011)
- IBM Launches Blue Gene/Q Supercomputer – (11/15/2011)
- Colfax International Unveils NVIDIA Tesla GPU SimCluster – (11/15/2011)
- The Portland Group, nCore to Produce Training for Programming GPUs – (11/15/2011)
- Penguin Computing Provides Early Access to Future Intel Xeon Processor E5 Family through Penguin On Demand (POD) – (11/15/2011)
- Cycle Computing Reveals CycleCloud BigScience Challenge Finalists at SC11 – (11/15/2011)
- AccelerEyes Releases GPU Library for CUDA, OpenCL Devices – (11/15/2011)
- NVIDIA President and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang Kicks-Off SC11 – (11/15/2011)
- Khronos Releases OpenCL 1.2 Specification – (11/15/2011)
- Japan’s K Computer Retains TOP500 Crown – (11/14/2011)
- NCSA, Cray Partner on New Blue Waters Supercomputer – (11/14/2011)
- Finisar Launches Active Optical Cable for 56 Gb/s InfiniBand, 64Gb/s Fibre Channel – (11/14/2011)
- Boston Limited Launches the NVIDIA TESLA SimCluster – (11/14/2011)
- Supermicro Expands HPC Portfolio with Latest Processors, Interconnect Technologies – (11/14/2011)
- OpenMP Expands to Embedded Systems, Accelerators – (11/14/2011)
- Clustered Systems Unveils 100KW, 50TFLOP Rack – (11/14/2011)
- SGI Adds AMD Opteron 6200 Processors to Server Lines – (11/14/2011)
- Molex Showcases HPC Interconnect Technology, Expertise at SC11 – (11/14/2011)
- Brocade Selected for Largest Single Site Deployment of 100 GbE in a Research Institute – (11/14/2011)
- Adaptive Computing Supports HPC Open Source Community with New TORQUE 4.0 Beta – (11/14/2011)
- Texas Instruments, UT Austin Port Linear Algebra Library to Multicore DSP – (11/14/2011)
- High Performance Research Projects Advance Through New Interoperable Transatlantic Network Services – (11/14/2011)
- Jackson Laboratory Selects Scyld ClusterWare and Moab HPC Suite for Genomics Work – (11/14/2011)
- Convey, Nimbix to Deliver Hybrid-Core Computing to the Cloud – (11/14/2011)
- Ethernet Alliance Showcases Ethernet Technologies at SC11 – (11/14/2011)
- Penguin Computing Adds AMD Opteron 6200, 4200 Processors to Server Line – (11/14/2011)
- ASUS Intros Serverboard with Integrated FDR InfiniBand Adapters – (11/14/2011)
- NVIDIA Names Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Moscow State University as CUDA Centers of Excellence – (11/14/2011)
- OpenSFS Funds Indiana University to Develop Lustre Wide Area Networks – (11/14/2011)
- AMD Launches Opteron 6200 and 4200 Series Processors – (11/14/2011)
- Indiana University Highlights HPC Expertise At SC11 – (11/14/2011)
- Texas Instruments Enters HPC Market with Multicore DSPs – (11/14/2011)
- SGI Intros Next-Generation ICE Blade Server Platform – (11/14/2011)
- Long Distance 40Gbps RDMA Data Transfers Demonstrated at SC11 – (11/14/2011)
- NVIDIA GPUs to Accelerate Blue Waters Superercomputer – (11/14/2011)
- Cray Lands $188 Million Contract, Releases 2012 Outlook – (11/14/2011)
- Mellanox Releases ScalableSHMEM 2.0, ScalableUPC 2.0 for HPC – (11/14/2011)
- Appro Xtreme-X Ranks Among Top 15 Fastest Supercomputers in the World – (11/14/2011)
- SPEC Group Developing FP Accelerator Benchmark – (11/14/2011)
- NVIDIA, Cray, PGI, CAPS Unveil New Programming Standard for Parallel Computing – (11/14/2011)
- Barcelona Supercomputing Center to Deploy Prototype ARM-based CPU/GPU Supercomputer – (11/14/2011)
- Avago Technologies Showases Fiber Optic Solutions at SC11 – (11/14/2011)
- HPC Advisory Council Announces Winner of University Award Program – (11/14/2011)
- Fujitsu Receives New Supercomputer System Order from University of Tokyo – (11/14/2011)
- Enterpoint Showing FPGA Offerings at SC11 – (11/13/2011)
- HPC LINKS Announces Open Source HPC Software Platform – (11/13/2011)
- Nanoelectric Simulation Team Finalists for Gordon Bell Prize – (11/11/2011)
- One of the World’s Fastest Networks Goes Live in Seattle – (11/11/2011)
- Ciena to Demo Optical Networking Technology at SC11 – (11/10/2011)
- Netlist to Showcase Memory Offerings at SC11 – (11/10/2011)
- DigitalGlobe Deploys EMC Isilon NAS for Geospatial Information Service – (11/10/2011)
- Pico Computing to Demo FPGA-Accelerated Bioinformatics at Supercomputing Conference – (11/09/2011)
- Data Grid Technology to be Showcased in RENCI Booth at SC11 – (11/09/2011)
- PSC’s Blacklight Supercomputer Opens New Doors in Research – (11/09/2011)
- TACC to Highlight HPC and Visualization Technologies at SC11 – (11/09/2011)
- Nexsan to Showcase Storage Offerings at SC11 – (11/09/2011)
- Purdue Team Gears Up for SC11 Cluster Challenge – (11/08/2011)
- RENCI to Demo On-Demand Resources and Provisioning at SC11 – (11/01/2011)
- IEEE, ACM Awards to be Presented at SC11 – (10/18/2011)
- Hardcore Computer to Showcase Liquid Submersion Cooling Technology at SC11 – (10/17/2011)
- IEEE Selects Charles Seitz for Seymour Cray Award – (10/05/2011)
- IBM Watson to Make Appearance at SC11 – (09/22/2011)
- Spectra Logic to Spotlight Storage Wares, Technologies at Fall Tradeshows – (09/20/2011)
- SC11 Visualization Showcase to Highlight the Beauty of Science – (09/14/2011)
- NVIDIA CEO and Founder Jen-Hsun Huang to Keynote SC11 – (09/06/2011)
- SC11 Team Seeks Proposals from Disruptive Innovators – (07/08/2011)
- Submissions Now Being Accepted for the SC11 Technical Program – (03/03/2011)
- High Energy Physicists Set New Record for Network Data Transfer – (12/09/2009)