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Practicalities and Challenges in the Petaflops Era

June 22, 2011

Every year at ISC we stop and look back at the field of HPC, which has consistently exhibited the greatest rate of change of any technology in the history of mankind. This year is particularly important as the conventional methods that have served well over the last two decades are in direct contention with the technology trends pushing us towards a new future -- this in the context of petaflops-capable supercomputers that have become the new standard at the top end of HPC and the reemergence of Asia as a dominant player in that ethereal regime. Read more…

By Thomas Sterling and Chirag Dekate

GPU Challenges: A Q&A with NVIDIA’s David Kirk

June 22, 2011

At ISC this year, there are plenty of sessions devoted to manycore processors, especially in the role of HPC accelerators. Not surprisingly, a lot of these are centered on the current sweetheart of manycore: GPUs. HPCwire caught up with Kirk and asked him about some of the specific challenges of GPU computing today and how he views the role of integrated CPU-GPU architectures as they come into play. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Cray CEO and VP-EMEA Talk Europe, China, GPUs and More

June 21, 2011

Cray enters the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) with a new generation of its flagship and midrange supercomputer lines, renewed momentum in Europe, and fresh perspectives on HPC market trends and technologies. HPCwire talked with Cray CEO Pete Ungaro and Ulla Thiel, vice president, EMEA to get their perspective on the company's successes, challenges, and future plans. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

IDC Shares HPC Market Figures, Trends, Predictions at ISC

June 21, 2011

IDC presented its overview of the market for high performance computing at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany this week. Tom Tabor reflects on these trends and predictions in this post from Hamburg. Read more…

By Tom Tabor

Japanese Supercomputer Is New TOP500 Champ

June 20, 2011

A Japanese supercomputer took the world title for the fastest computer in the world after the latest TOP500 list was announced Monday morning at ISC'11. Fujitsu's K Computer delivered a world beating 8.162 petaflops on the Linpack benchmark, vaulting over the now second-place 2.57 petaflop Tianhe-1A supercomputer in China and third-place 1.76 petaflop Jaguar supercomputer in the US. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Intel Touts Manycore Coprocessor at Supercomputing Conference

June 20, 2011

Today at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Hamburg, Germany, Intel outlined the progress it has made over the last year toward bringing its Many Integrated Core (MIC) coprocessor platform to market. MIC is Intel's answer to general-purpose GPU computing, and like the latter technology, Intel believes it can parlay the its manycore design into future exascale systems. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Heterogeneous Computing and HPC Accelerators, Disruptive Technologies in the Making

June 18, 2011

At this week's International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, two of the biggest topics on the agenda are heterogeneous architectures and GPU/accelerator computing. Those emerging trends are joined at the hip, thanks mostly to the efforts of NVIDIA and their industry partners. Intel's ongoing plans for its Many Integrated Core (MIC) co-processor and AMD's introduction of its CPU-GPU "Fusion" processors are yet additional indications that the industry is moving to an architecture where CPUs married to accelerators will provide the next big seismic shift in high performance computing. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Supercomputing in Transition

June 16, 2011

ISC to shine spotlight on heterogeneous computing. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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