Cray Details Its Cluster Supercomputing Strategy

July 28, 2015

When iconic American supercomputer maker Cray purchased 20-year-old HPC cluster vendor Appro in late 2012, Cray CEO Peter Ungaro referred to Appro's principal I Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Supercomputing Transforms Data into Knowledge

April 17, 2013

Advances in data-intensive supercomputing increase understanding of autism and related disorders, set the stage for future treatments. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Top 10 Hits and Misses for 2012

December 13, 2012

In the world of high performance computing, a lot of the important news this year revolved around heterogeneous computing, big data, and HPC interconnects. Two vendors that perhaps embodied those technologies more so than others were Cray and Intel, both of which figured prominently in some of the biggest HPC stories in 2012. Here are HPCwire's highlights and lowlights for the year. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Cray to Buy Appro for $25 Million

November 9, 2012

Supercomputer-maker Cray has announced it intends to buy Appro International, a privately held HPC cluster vendor. Cray is paying about $25 million for Appro, and will get at least $3.5 million in working capital from the cluster-maker. News of the deal boosted Cray's stock price, which jumped 10 percent on Friday. Read more…

By Richard L. Brandt

Appro Heats Up HPC Portfolio with Warm Water Cooling

October 31, 2012

Air-cooled servers may soon go the way of the single-core CPU. In high performance computing datacenters, the hottest new trend in energy efficiency is warm water cooling. IBM, Eurotech, and a handful of other vendors have paved the way with this technology and now Appro has entered the fray with its own solution. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Intel Rolls Out New Server CPUs

May 14, 2012

Intel Corp. has launched three new families of Xeon processors, joining the Xeon E5-2600 series the chipmaker introduced in March. These latest chips span the entire market for the Xeon line, from four- and two-socket servers, down to entry-level workstations and microservers. A number of HPC server makers, including SGI, Dell, and Appro announced updated hardware based on the new silicon. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

The Power of the HPC Cluster Software Stack

March 26, 2012

The recent growth of the HPC market, powered almost exclusively by the adoption of Linux clusters, has been dramatic. But the expanding complexity of technical clusters that is the dominant species of many HPC systems can have a diminishing effect if it is not effectively addressed. A major cause of cluster complexity is proliferating hardware parallelism with systems averaging thousands of processors, each of them a multi-core chip whose core count can double every other year. Add to this trend the additional issues of third-party software costs, the difficulty of scaling many applications and cluster management complexity quickly begins to augment. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Japanese University Boots Up 800-Teraflop GPU Supercomputer

February 14, 2012

Japan's newest supercomputer, an 802-teraflop GPU-accelerated Appro cluster, went into production last week at the University of Tsukuba, just north of Tokyo. The machine represents the lynchpin of the university's HA-PACS project, a three-year effort that will attempt to push the envelope on GPU-pumped supercomputing. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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