SC17 Cluster Competition: Who Won and Why? Results Analyzed and Over-Analyzed

Everyone by now knows that Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU) took home the highest LINPACK Award and the Overall Championship from the recently concluded SC17 Student Cluster Co

By Dan Olds

Perspective: What Really Happened at SC17?

SC is over. Now comes the myriad of follow-ups. Inboxes are filled with templated emails from vendors and other exhibitors hoping to win a place in the post-SC thinking of booth visitors. Attende

By Andrew Jones

SC Bids Farewell to Denver, Heads to Dallas for 30th Anniversary

After a jam-packed four-day expo and intensive six-day technical program, SC17 has wrapped up another successful event that brought together nearly 13,000 visitors to the Colorado Convention Cent

By Tiffany Trader

SC17 Keynote – HPC Powers SKA Efforts to Peer Deep into the Cosmos

This week’s SC17 keynote – Life, the Universe and Computing: The Story of the SKA Telescope – was a powerful pitch for the potential of Big Science projects that also showcased the foundati

By John Russell

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SC17 US Student Cluster Competition Teams: Defending the Home Turf

November 24, 2017

Nine US universities showed up to the SC17 Student Cluster Competition in an attempt to keep the trophies in the United States. Let’s use our video lens to ge Read more…

By Dan Olds

Long Flights to Cluster Fights: Meet the Asian Student Cluster Teams

November 22, 2017

Five teams from Asia traveled thousands of miles to compete at the SC17 Student Cluster Competition in Denver. Our cameras were there to meet ‘em, greet ‘em Read more…

By Dan Olds

Live and in Color, Meet the European Student Cluster Teams

November 21, 2017

The SC17 Student Cluster Competition welcomed two teams from Europe, the German team of FAU/TUC and Team Poland, the pride of Warsaw. Let's get to know them bet Read more…

By Dan Olds

SC17 Student Cluster Kick Off – Guts, Glory, Grep

November 21, 2017

The SC17 Student Cluster Competition started with a well-orchestrated kick-off emceed by Stephen Harrell, the competition chair. It began with a welcome from Read more…

By Dan Olds

How Cities Use HPC at the Edge to Get Smarter

November 17, 2017

Cities are sensoring up, collecting vast troves of data that they’re running through predictive models and using the insights to solve problems that, in some Read more…

By Doug Black

SC17 Student Cluster Competition Configurations: Fewer Nodes, Way More Accelerators

November 16, 2017

The final configurations for each of the SC17 “Donnybrook in Denver” Student Cluster Competition have been released. Fortunately, each team received their e Read more…

By Dan Olds

Student Clusterers Demolish HPCG Record! Nanyang Sweeps Benchmarks

November 16, 2017

Nanyang pulled off the always difficult double-play at this year’s SC Student Cluster Competition. The plucky team from Singapore posted a world record LINPAC Read more…

By Dan Olds

Student Cluster LINPACK Record Shattered! More LINs Packed Than Ever before!

November 16, 2017

Nanyang Technological University, the pride of Singapore, utterly destroyed the Student Cluster Competition LINPACK record by posting a score of 51.77 TFlop/s a Read more…

By Dan Olds

Hyperion Market Update: ‘Decent’ Growth Led by HPE; AI Transparency a Risk Issue

November 15, 2017

The HPC market update from Hyperion Research (formerly IDC) at the annual SC conference is a business and social “must,” and this year’s presentation at S Read more…

By Doug Black

The Betting Window is Closed: Final Student Cluster Competition Betting Odds are in!

November 15, 2017

The window has closed and the bettors are clutching their tickets, anxiously awaiting the results of the SC17 Student Cluster Competition. We’ve seen big chan Read more…

By Dan Olds

2017 Student Cluster Competition Benchmarks, Workloads, and Pre-Planned Disasters

November 15, 2017

The students competing in the 2017 Student Cluster Competition in Denver are facing a grueling 48 hour marathon of HPC benchmarks and real scientific applicatio Read more…

By Dan Olds

Nvidia Focuses Its Cloud Containers on HPC Applications

November 14, 2017

Having migrated its top-of-the-line datacenter GPU to the largest cloud vendors, Nvidia is touting its Volta architecture for a range of scientific computing ta Read more…

By George Leopold

HPE Launches ARM-based Apollo System for HPC, AI

November 14, 2017

HPE doubled down on its memory-driven computing vision while expanding its processor portfolio with the announcement yesterday of the company’s first ARM-base Read more…

By Doug Black

OpenACC Shines in Global Climate/Weather Codes

November 14, 2017

OpenACC, the directive-based parallel programming model used mostly for porting codes to GPUs for use on heterogeneous systems, came to SC17 touting impressive Read more…

By John Russell

Flipping the Flops and Reading the Top500 Tea Leaves

November 13, 2017

The 50th edition of the Top500 list, the biannual publication of the world’s fastest supercomputers based on public Linpack benchmarking results, was released Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Tensors Come of Age: Why the AI Revolution Will Help HPC

November 13, 2017

Thirty years ago, parallel computing was coming of age. A bitter battle began between stalwart vector computing supporters and advocates of various approaches to parallel computing. IBM skeptic Alan Karp, reacting to announcements of nCUBE’s 1024-microprocessor system and Thinking Machines’ 65,536-element array, made a public $100 wager that no one could get a parallel speedup of over 200 on real HPC workloads. Read more…

By John Gustafson & Lenore Mullin

AMD Showcases Growing Portfolio of EPYC and Radeon-based Systems at SC17

November 13, 2017

AMD’s charge back into HPC and the datacenter is on full display at SC17. Having launched the EPYC processor line in June along with its MI25 GPU the focus he Read more…

By John Russell

Early Cluster Comp Betting Odds Favor China, Taiwan, and Poland

November 11, 2017

So far the early action in the betting pool favors Taiwan’s NTHU, China’s Tsinghua, and, surprisingly, Poland’s University of Warsaw. Other notables inclu Read more…

By Dan Olds

Exhaustive Profile of SC17 Cluster Competition Teams – Let’s go DEEP…

November 11, 2017

Like a fat man at a Vegas buffet, we’re now ready to delve deeply into the SC17 cluster teams. In this article, we’re going to take our initial personal loo Read more…

By Dan Olds

SC17: Legion Seeks to Elevate HPC Programming

November 9, 2017

As modern HPC architectures become ever more complex, so too does the task of programming these machines. In the quest for the trifecta of better performance, portability and programmability, new HPC programming systems are being developed. The Legion programming system, a data-centric parallel programming system for writing portable high performance programs, is one such effort. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Ahead of SC17, Mellanox Launches Scalable 200G Switch Platforms

November 9, 2017

In the run-up to the annual supercomputing conference SC17 next week in Denver, Mellanox made a series of announcements today, including a scalable switch platf Read more…

By Doug Black

The HPC Storage Cocktail, Both Shaking and Stirring SC17

November 9, 2017

I’ve no doubt that familiar themes will be circulating the halls of Supercomputing in Denver, echoes of last year’s show – how to survive in the post-Moor Read more…

By Rosemary Francis

Deep Learning for Science: A Q&A with NERSC’s Prabhat

November 7, 2017

Deep learning is enjoying unprecedented success in a variety of commercial applications, but it is also beginning to find its footing in science. Just a decade Read more…

By Kathy Kincade

SC17: AI and Machine Learning are Central to Computational Attack on Cancer

November 7, 2017

Enlisting computational technologies in the war on cancer isn’t new but it has taken on an increasingly decisive role. At SC17, Eric Stahlberg, director of th Read more…

By John Russell

Student Cluster Competition Plus Gambling? Count me in!

November 3, 2017

We all love HPC, right? We love college students too; particularly undergraduates that are striving to learn the ins and outs of HPC systems and applications Read more…

By Dan Olds

SC17 Cluster Competition Teams Unveiled!

November 2, 2017

As we draw nearer to SC17, tensions are rising with each passing day. Sixteen teams of university undergrads are putting the final touches on their clusters and Read more…

By Dan Olds

SC17 Preview: The National Strategic Computing Initiative

November 2, 2017

In Washington, the conventional wisdom is that an initiative started by one presidential administration will not survive into a new one. This seemed to be parti Read more…

By Alex R. Larzelere

The Longest Mile Matters: [email protected] Coming to Denver, Colorado

November 1, 2017

The Understanding Risk in Shared CyberEcosystems workshop will convene Saturday, November 11 through Thursday, November 16, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. In additi Read more…

By Elizabeth Leake

SC17: Singularity Preps Version 3.0, Nears 1M Containers Served Daily

November 1, 2017

Just a few months ago about half a million jobs were being run daily using Singularity containers, the LBNL-founded container platform intended for HPC. That wa Read more…

By John Russell

SC17 Preview: Q&A with Women in HPC’s Toni Collis

October 31, 2017

HPCwire interviews Women in HPC’s Toni Collis about the importance of diversity and inclusion in high-performance computing. An Applications Consultant in HPC Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

SC17 Preview – Back to the Future!

October 24, 2017

I’m really looking forward to returning to Denver this year and I’ll admit that I have a real soft spot for Blue Bear. As a regular SC attendee (and at time Read more…

By Dairsie Latimer

2017 Gordon Bell Prize Finalists Named

October 23, 2017

The three finalists for this year’s Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing have been announced. They include two papers on projects run on China’s Read more…

By John Russell

Student Cluster Competition Coverage New Home

October 16, 2017

Hello computer sports fans! This is the first of many (many!) articles covering the world-wide phenomenon of Student Cluster Competitions. Finally, the Student Read more…

By Dan Olds

SC17 Preview: Invited Talk Lineup Includes Gordon Bell, Paul Messina and Many Others

September 25, 2017

With the addition of esteemed supercomputing pioneer Gordon Bell to its invited talk lineup, SC17 now boasts a total of 12 invited talks on its agenda. As SC Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

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