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SC15 Video: Intel’s Saleh on OpenHPC, Rise of Big Data, and More

December 3, 2015

Intel always has a lot going on at SC. This year, its Scalable System Framework, Omni-Path Architecture, Knights Landing (up & Read more…

By John Russell

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SC15 Video: Thomas Sterling and William Gropp Explore NSCI Opportunity

November 24, 2015

If you were hoping for a glimpse into the National Strategic Computing Initiative implementation (NSCI) plan last week while at SC15, you were out of luck. Read more…

By John Russell

TOP500 Reanalysis Shows ‘Nothing Wrong with Moore’s Law’

November 20, 2015

In Tuesday night’s TOP500 session, list co-creator and co-author Erich Strohmaier brought perspective to what could at first appear to be a land grab of unprecedented scale by China, when he shared that many of these new entrants were mid-lifecycle systems that were just now being benchmarked. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Australian Teens Pick Up Supercomputing Knowledge, Souvenirs on Trip to SC15

November 20, 2015

Eight students from three specialized science schools in eastern Australia spent a week at the SC15 conference in Austin, Texas, with the goal of bringing home more than the usual conference swag — Read more…

By Jon Bashor, Berkeley Lab Communications Manager

4th HPCG List Features 240% Growth In Machine Entries

November 20, 2015

The High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark list was announced at SC’15. This is the fourth list produced for the emerging benchmark designed to complement the traditional High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the TOP500 systems.

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By John Russell

HP(E) Still Stands Solidly Astride the HPC Server Market

November 20, 2015

On November 1 – not quite three weeks ago – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) emerged from the Big Split. Read more…

By John Russell

Thursday’s SC15 Twitter Roundup

November 19, 2015

As SC15 winds down, we present our final Twitter Roundup for the event. We hope everyone enjoyed themselves in Austin and gets home safely. Read more…

By Thomas Ayres

Gene Amdahl – A Personal Tribute

November 19, 2015

Amidst all the other awful news of last week, the fact that we lost an amazing and wonderful man might have gotten pushed off the front page:

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By John L. Gustafson

China’s Team Diablo Turns Up the Heat to Win SC15 Student Cluster Competition

November 18, 2015

Team Diablo, a team of undergraduate students from Tsinghua University in China, won the top prize in the Student Cluster Competition at the SC15 conference in Austin, Texas. Read more…

By Jon Bashor, Communications Manager, Computing Sciences, Berkeley Lab

Wednesday’s SC15 Twitter Roundup

November 18, 2015

The highly anticipated SC15 Twitter Roundup is finally here! In celebration of the event, we’ve decided to bring you a list of some of the top SC15 tweets that were tweeted throughout the day. Read more…

By Thomas Ayres

HPC ROI: Invest a Dollar to Make $500-plus Reports IDC

November 18, 2015

Perhaps the most eye-popping numbers in IDC’s HPC market report presented yesterday at its annual SC15 breakfast were ROI figures IDC has been developing as part of a DOE grant. Read more…

By John Russell

Sugon VP on Global Market Strategy, the VMware Venture and Robotic Immersive Cooling

November 18, 2015

One of the dominant themes of the latest TOP500 edition, released Monday in time for the opening of the SC15 show in Austin, was China’s leap in list share by number of systems; Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Tuesday’s SC15 Twitter Roundup

November 17, 2015

The highly anticipated SC15 Twitter Roundup is finally here! In celebration of the event, we’ve decided to bring you a list of some of the top SC15 tweets that were tweeted throughout the day. Read more…

By Thomas Ayres

Intel’s Bryant Outlines Drive to Exascale

November 17, 2015

It was a celebratory review of the HPC industry’s achievements to date, a look at the industry’s evolution from its roots in scientific research to providing tools for business insight, and a philosophical discussion of “recursion” – innovation in HPC propelled by machine learning – delivered by Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, at Monday night’s plenary session at SC15. Read more…

By Doug Black

Survey: HPC Storage Sector is Booming

November 17, 2015

Nearly one-third of storage systems spanning storage area networks to cloud platforms reached 1 petabyte or greater capacity in 2015, according to a user census that also projects more than half of installed storage systems will top the 1-PB level by 2020. Read more…

By George Leopold


Dell Charts HPC Course to the Enterprise

November 17, 2015

SC15 is starting to feel like EnterpriseHPC15 — not that there isn’t a lot of extreme scale computing on the menu — Read more…

By John Russell

SADC: Off the Grid for the Last African Mile?

November 17, 2015

In rural regions around the world, it’s not only distance that prevents people from accessing goods and services, markets, healthcare, and education. Read more…

By Elizabeth Leake, STEM-Trek

Monday’s SC15 Twitter Roundup

November 16, 2015

The highly anticipated SC15 Twitter Roundup is finally here! In celebration of the event, we’ve decided to bring you a list of some of the top SC15 tweets that were tweeted throughout the day.  Read more…

By Thomas Ayres

HPCwire Debuts Outstanding Leadership Awards at SC15

November 16, 2015

This year HPCwire has established a new category within its Annual Readers and Editors Choice Awards program to recognize Outstanding Leadership in HPC. Read more…

By John Russell

Mellanox, ORNL to Deliver UCX Progress Report at SC15

November 16, 2015

At ISC2015 Mellanox introduced a new open-source network communication framework – United Communication X Framework (UCX) – for high-performance and data-centric applications. Read more…

By John Russell

Think Fast: IBM Talks Acceleration in HPC and the Enterprise

November 16, 2015

At SC15 today, IBM provided a glimpse of its broadening vision for accelerator-assisted computing with announcements around Watson, a strategic alliance with FPGA specialist Xilinx, an expanded developer outreach via the SuperVessel program, and new efforts to accelerate the datacenter and a wide variety of applications used in both HPC and the enterprise. Read more…

By John Russell

TOP500 Trends That Cannot Be Ignored

November 16, 2015

The 46th edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list is hot off the presses and while there’s not much to break the monotony at the peak, this is in many ways a pivotal edition of the list in that it makes it hard to dismiss two trends in particular: Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Mellanox Touts Arrival of Intelligent Interconnect

November 16, 2015

Intelligence and integration are the watchwords of an era in which the insatiable demand for faster, more powerful computers can no longer ride the coattails of a strong Moore’s law. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Podcast: Why HPC is Ready for the Cloud

November 15, 2015

Not surprisingly Tim Carroll is unambiguous about whether HPC is ready for the cloud. Read more…

By John Russell

Diane Bryant Comments on Upcoming SC15 HPC Matters Plenary

November 13, 2015

Back in September, the news broke that Intel’s Senior Vice President Diane Bryant was named the HPC Matters plenary speaker for the SC15 conference taking place in Austin, Texas. Read more…

By Thomas Ayres and Tiffany Trader

HPC at the Crossroads with DDN’s Alex Bouzari

November 13, 2015

A company standing in the crossroads, one that is usually ready for whatever is onrushing, is DataDirect Networks, the scalable storage specialist founded in 1998. Read more…

By Doug Black

Hadoop and Spark Get RADICAL at SC15

November 13, 2015

The rapid maturation of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem has caught the eyes of HPC professionals who are eager to take advantage of emerging big data tools, such as Spark. Read more…

By Alex Woodie

PNNL Launches Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation

November 13, 2015

With the recent launch of the Center for Advanced Technology Evaluation (CENATE), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is well positioned to serve as a nexus for evaluating technologies that will be foundational for extreme-scale systems – all within a first-of-its-kind computing proving ground. Read more…

By John Russell

Off to Supercomputing 15 and the Top 10 Things I’m Looking Forward To

November 12, 2015

Here we are again, finalizing our plans before we all take off for Austin. Read more…

By Kim McMahon

OpenACC Reviews Latest Developments and Future Plans

November 11, 2015

This week during the lead up to SC15 the OpenACC standards group announced several new developments including the release and ratification of the 2.5 version of the OpenACC API specification, member support for multiple new OpenACC targets, and other progress with the standard. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Nineteen SADC Delegates to Attend SC15 and TACC Workshop

November 10, 2015

On Nov. 12-20, 2015, 19 Southern African Development Community (SADC) delegates will travel to Austin, Texas to attend a two-day workshop at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC), and the SC15 International Conference for High Performance Computing (HPC), Networking, Storage, and Analysis.  Read more…

By Elizabeth Leake, STEM-Trek

The Beowulf Bash: Give a Little, Get a Lot

November 10, 2015

Sixteen years ago at SC99 in Portland OR, a group of individuals met in a room on Monday night after the opening gala. Read more…

By Doug Eadline, Beowulf Bash Co-Organizer

DDN Starts Pulling Wraps off Complete Product Refresh

November 10, 2015

As part of a comprehensive product line refresh and rollout that will extend through SC next week, DataDirect Networks (DDN) today launched the next generation of its high performance SFA block storage line with SFA14K and SFA14KE, formerly codenamed “Wolfcreek.” Read more…

By John Russell

Will SC15 Talk Provide Glimpse into NSCI Implementation Plans?

October 15, 2015

With Randy Bryant (OSTP) and Tim Polk (NIST) slated the to give an invited talk at SC15 explaining the National Strategic Computing Initiative, the timing seems perfect for an early preview of specifics contained in NSCI’s implementation plan. Read more…

By John Russell

SC15 Chair on HPC Transforms, Diversity Outreach, and Austin

March 3, 2015

SC15 General Chair Jackie Kern is hardly new to the HPC community. A member of the SC planning committee since 2003, Kern led the building of SCINET in 2007. Read more…

By John Russell

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SC15 Breaks Exhibits and Attendance Records While in Austin - (11/20/2015)

Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to IBM and Leading University Researchers - (11/19/2015)

HLRS Runs Europe’s Fastest Supercomputer - (11/19/2015)

iRODS Consortium Welcomes NICS as Newest Member at SC15 - (11/19/2015)

SDSC Receives HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award for Comet Supercomputer - (11/18/2015)

DDN Wins Six HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards - (11/18/2015)

Alan Alda Gives Inspiring Keynote to Open SC15 in Austin Yesterday - (11/18/2015)

Cray Wins Six HPCwire Awards - (11/18/2015)

Inspur Unveils I9000 Blade System at SC15 - (11/18/2015)

Huawei to Deliver HPC Cluster for Apache Spark to University of Warsaw - (11/18/2015)

Omnibond Announces Integration of Globus With CloudyCluster - (11/18/2015)

Mangstor New NX Series All-Flash Storage Arrays Now Available - (11/18/2015)

Hazel Hen of HLRS Captures Position 8 on New TOP500 List - (11/17/2015)

Latest Graph500 Ranking of Fastest Supercomputers Released by Leading Universities at SC15 - (11/17/2015)

HLRS Receives HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award for Best Use of HPC in Automotive - (11/17/2015)

Indiana University Releases Version 2.0 of HPX-5 Runtime System - (11/17/2015)

Seagate Introduces ClusterStor G200 Spectrum Scale - (11/17/2015)

TACC Recognized in HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards - (11/17/2015)

SGI Introduces New Customers and Earns HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards - (11/17/2015)

Aspera to Showcase Data Transfer Innovations for HPC at SC15 - (11/17/2015)

SC15 HPC Matters Plenary Session Available Now Online - (11/17/2015)

HPC Leading Institutes to Form UCX Consortium to Expand Collaboration Within HPC Community - (11/17/2015)

Altair Receives 2015 HPCwire Editors’ Choice Award in Oil and Gas - (11/17/2015)

Penguin Computing Reports Customer Deployment of Tundra ES Servers Based on Cavium ThunderX Processors - (11/17/2015)

IDC Announces New Winners of HPC Innovation Excellence Awards - (11/17/2015)

Silicon Mechanics Sponsors Joint Venture Between BioTeam and TACC - (11/17/2015)

Adaptive Computing Unveils Moab 9.0 - (11/17/2015)

Inventec Unveils Server Platforms Based on Cavium ARMv8 ThunderX Product Family - (11/17/2015)

Ethernet Alliance Maps Out Ethernet’s Future in SC15 Panel - (11/17/2015)

Crossroads StrongBox NAS Integrated With DDN GRIDScaler - (11/17/2015)

South African Centre for HPC Selects Bright Infrastructure Management Solution - (11/17/2015)

Cavium to Showcase ThunderX ARM-Based Server Platforms for HPC at SC15 - (11/17/2015)

ClusterStor L300 Introduced by Seagate - (11/17/2015)

Bright Computing to Release Version 7.2 of Cluster Manager Software Solutions in Early 2016 - (11/17/2015)

InfiniBand Continues Its Position as Preferred Top500 Supercomputing Interconnect - (11/17/2015)

Seagate Engineers Tiered Archive System for HPC Storage - (11/17/2015)

Cavium Receives Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Award From HPCwire - (11/17/2015)

E4 Announces Availability and Deployment of Cavium ThunderX-Based ARKA Servers - (11/17/2015)

OSS Features HDCA With Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors at SC15 - (11/17/2015)

Georgia Tech Students Named Finalists for Best Student Research Paper at SC15 - (11/17/2015)

Bright Computing Receives Honors in 2015 HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards - (11/16/2015)

Stephen Hawking CTC Receives Honors in HPCwire Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards - (11/16/2015)

HPCwire Reveals Winners of the 2015 Readers’ and Editors’ Choice Awards at SC15 in Austin - (11/16/2015)

Silicon Mechanics Announces 5th Annual Research Cluster Grant - (11/16/2015)

Intel Announces Advancements to Scalable System Framework - (11/16/2015)

AMD Launches Boltzmann Initiative - (11/16/2015)

Huawei Introduces Latest PCIe SSD Product for HPC at SC15 - (11/16/2015)

Supermicro Debuts New 100Gbps HPC Cluster Solution at SC15 - (11/16/2015)

Pica8 Drives High-Speed SDN at SC15 - (11/16/2015)

Dell Unveils Advancements to HPC Portfolio - (11/16/2015)

Supermicro Debuts New Storage Server at SC15 - (11/16/2015)

Accelerator Use Surges in World’s Top Supercomputers - (11/16/2015)

Molex Showcases High-Speed Interconnect Offerings at SC15 - (11/16/2015)

Nexenta and Supermicro to Showcase Unified Product Portfolio at SC15 - (11/16/2015)

CHPC Selects Mellanox InfiniBand Solution to Accelerate New Petaflop-Capable System - (11/16/2015)

CALIENT to Showcase HPC Optical Networking Solutions at SC15 - (11/16/2015)

World’s Most Powerful Computer Network is Live in Austin - (11/16/2015)

TYAN Exhibits HPC Optimized Server Platforms Featuring Intel Xeon Processor E7-4800 v3 and E5-2600 v3 at SC15 - (11/16/2015)

Fixstars to Attend SC15 - (11/16/2015)

improvscience Returns to SC - (11/16/2015)

Mellanox InfiniBand Continues Growth and Interconnect Leadership on the TOP500 - (11/16/2015)

Infinera and Corsa Announce SC15 Demonstration - (11/16/2015)

SC15 Releases Exclusive Podcast With Alan Alda - (11/13/2015)

Xilinx to Showcase Solutions for Datacenter and HPC Applications at SC15 - (11/13/2015)

Brookhaven Lab to Present Cutting-Edge Computing Capabilities at SC15 - (11/13/2015)

Altera to Demonstrate FPGA-Based Datacenter and Search Acceleration Solutions at SC15 - (11/13/2015)

ASRock Rack to Showcase Latest Products at SC15 - (11/13/2015)

The Beowulf Bash – Where We Know We Belong - (11/12/2015)

Asetek to Showcase Growing Adoption of OEM Solutions at SC15 - (11/12/2015)

SC15 Releases Additional Details for Upcoming Event - (11/12/2015)

Ciena Gives Insight Into Upcoming SC15 Demonstrations - (11/12/2015)

Allinea to Showcase New Product Enhancements at SC15 - (11/11/2015)

Chelsio Communications to Demonstrate at SC15 - (11/11/2015)

SC15 General Chair Jackie Kern Previews Conference and Exhibition - (11/11/2015)

SC15 Details Upcoming SCinet Network Research Exhibition - (11/11/2015)

Intel Releases SC15 Community Hub Details - (11/10/2015)

Kitware Announces Exascale Exhibition at SC15 - (11/10/2015)

CoolIT Systems to Launch Latest Liquid Cooling Solutions for HPC Servers and Datacenters at SC15 - (11/10/2015)

Ethernet Alliance Showcases Ethernet’s Growing Speed Diversity at SC15 - (11/10/2015)

X-ISS to Unveil Plans for European Expansion at SC15 - (11/09/2015)

HPC Matters Plenary Session With Diane Bryant to be Webcast - (11/09/2015)


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