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Reconfigurable Computing Research Pushes Forward

November 20, 2009

Despite all the all the recent hoopla about GPGPUs and eight-core CPUs, proponents of reconfigurable computing continue to sing the praises of FPGA-based HPC. We got the opportunity to ask Dr. Alan George, who runs the NSF Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, about the work going on there and what he thinks the technology can offer to high performance computing users. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Parallel NFS Is the Future Standard to Manage Petabyte Level Growth

November 19, 2009

IT professionals are constantly being challenged to manage exponential growth that has reached petabyte levels. As pressures increase on IT to deliver even-higher levels of productivity and efficiency, a new generation file system standard will be required to maximize utilization of powerful server and cluster resources while minimizing management overhead. Read more…

By Don Grabski

Jaguar Scales TOP500

November 19, 2009

AMD's John Fruehe and ORNL's Buddy Bland talk about the significance of Jaguar capturing the top spot in the supercomputing world and what that means for the most demanding science applications. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Big Blue Simulates Little Brain

November 19, 2009

Bigger brains on the way. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Mitrionics Looks Beyond FPGAs

November 18, 2009

Mitrionics has begun work on an experimental compiler that aims to make parallel programming architecture-agnostic. We asked Stefan Möhl, Mitrionics' chief science officer and co-founder, what's behind the new technology and what prompted the decision to expand beyond their FPGA roots. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Tokyo Tech Aims for 3 Petaflop Super in 2010

November 18, 2009

Buying Teslas by the bushel. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Intel CTO Tells HPC Crowd to Get a Second Life

November 17, 2009

The opening address of the Supercomputing Conference had a surreal quality to it in more ways than one. Between talking avatars, physics-simulated sound, and a Larrabee demo running HPC-type codes, it was hard to separate reality from fantasy. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Cray Supers Grab Gold, Bronze in TOP500

November 17, 2009

Jaguar leaves Roadrunner in the dust. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

DataDirect Networks Builds on Storage Fusion Architecture

November 16, 2009

HPC storage vendor DataDirect Networks will soon offer integrated clustered file system support in its Storage Fusion Architecture product line. The idea is to drastically reduce the amount of storage switches and file system servers, and thus the cost and complexity of supercomputer-sized file storage. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

SGI Colors New Shared Memory Machines Ultraviolet

November 16, 2009

After what may be the longest development cycle ever for a supercomputer, SGI has unveiled the first commercial implementation of its Ultraviolet architecture. The company first announced "Project Ultraviolet" at SC03. Now six years later, it has launched Altix UV, the company's first scale-up HPC system based on x86 technology. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Déjà Vu All Over Again

November 16, 2009

Never short on opinions, especially when it comes to high performance computing, Convey Computer Co-Founder Steve Wallach talked to HPCwire about the future of HPC and how lessons from the past can point the way for the future. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

OpenFabrics Alliance Weaves Its Story at SC09

November 15, 2009

We have developed something of a tradition at HPCwire in the weeks leading up to each year's SC conference; we interview the chairman of the OpenFabrics Alliance (OFA). Jim Ryan of Intel has been the OFA's chair all these years, and our annual interview with Jim was as interesting as ever. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

NVIDIA Unleashes Fermi GPU for HPC

November 15, 2009

NVIDIA has announced the first Fermi GPU products here at the Supercomputing Conference (SC09) in Portland, Oregon, where thousands of attendees will get a chance to see the company's next-generation chip in action. The GPUs will first touch down in NVIDIA's new Tesla 20-series products aimed at HPC workstations and servers. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

SC09 Ready Or Not

November 13, 2009

Once more unto the breach. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

A Conversation with SC09 General Chair Wilf Pinfold

November 6, 2009

SC09 General Chair Wilf Pinfold shares his thoughts on organizing the world's largest Supercomputing event, examines this year's big conference themes and gives his take on the state of the industry and how that reflects on the conference. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

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