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Integrated Photonics Coming of Age

November 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. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Startup Aims to Bring Parallel Applications to the Masses

November 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. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Women Still Struggle to Find Their Place in HPC

November 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. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Intel Sets High Water Mark of One Teraflop with ‘Knights Corner’

November 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Making High Performance Computing Special — the ACM Way

November 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. Read more…

By John E. West

Ethernet Innovations Take Aim at HPC

November 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. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

TOP500 Shows Signs of Stagnation

November 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

NCSA Signs Up Cray for Blue Waters Redo

November 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

SGI Unveils Faster, Denser ICE Machine for Supercomputing

November 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Fujitsu’s Next-Generation Super to Debut in Japan

November 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

The Top Ten Myths of SC

November 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. Read more…

By Andrew Jones

Big Data Rains Down on Seattle

October 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. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

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