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Microsoft’s Big Day

June 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. Read more…

By John E. West

Run-Up to Petaflops

June 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. Read more…

By Thomas Sterling and Chirag Dekate

The View From the Top

June 18, 2008

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…

By Michael Feldman

AMD Paces the Field with New GPGPU Offering

June 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. Read more…

By John E. West

ClearSpeed Puts the Pedal to the Metal

June 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

The InfiniBand-Wagon Starts Here

June 17, 2008

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…

By Michael Feldman

NVIDIA Unveils Teraflop GPU Computing

June 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

What Makes a Supercomputer Super?

June 16, 2008

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…

By Chris Willard

Conference Chair Spotlights ISC’08

June 13, 2008

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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Supercomputing’s Spring Fling

June 12, 2008

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…

By Michael Feldman

IBM Roadrunner Takes the Gold in the Petaflop Race

June 9, 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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