Tag: cpu

MIT Programmers Attack Big Data Memory Gap

Sep 15, 2016 |

Among the computing challenges presented by big data is the scattering of unstructured items across huge datasets. Pulling together that data from arbitrary locations in main memory is therefore emerging as a major performance bottleneck in CPUs. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have proposed a solution to the memory “locality” problem Read more…

IBM Advances Against x86 with Power9

Aug 30, 2016 |

After offering OpenPower Summit attendees a limited preview in April, IBM is unveiling further details of its next-gen CPU, Power9, which the tech mainstay is counting on to regain market share ceded to rival Intel. Built on GlobalFoundries 14nm finFET process technology, Power9 will be the centerpiece in Power-based servers starting in the second half of Read more…

Contrary View: CPUs Sometimes Best for Big Data Visualization

Dec 1, 2015 |

Contrary to conventional thinking, GPUs are often not the best vehicles for big data visualization. In this commentary, I discuss several key technical reasons why a CPU-based “Software Defined Visualization” approach can deliver a more flexible, performant, scalable, cost effective, and power efficient solution to big data visualization than a conventional GPU-based approach. An example Read more…

ORNL Shows Off Titan on Periscope

Nov 5, 2015 |

If you need a reason to join the Periscope craze, how about getting an inside look at the fastest supercomputer in the United States? Today staff at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), the DOE Office of Science user facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) took the Periscope audience on a tour of Titan, Read more…

PGI Accelerator Compilers Add OpenACC Support for x86 Multicore CPUs

Oct 29, 2015 |

NVIDIA today announced availability of its newest PGI Accelerator Fortran, C and C++ compilers (version 15.10) now with support for OpenACC directives-based parallel programming standard on x86 architecture multicore microprocessors. The new compilers allow OpenACC-enabled source code to be compiled for parallel execution on a multicore CPU or a GPU accelerator. “Our goal is to Read more…

Filippo Mantovani on What’s Next for Mont-Blanc and ARM

Jul 6, 2015 |

Firing up the Mont-Blanc prototype in mid-June at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) was a significant milestone in the European effort to base HPC systems on energy efficient architecture. Mont-Blanc program coordinator Filippo Mantovani was quoted in the release announcing the prototype saying, “Now the challenge starts because with this platform we can foresee how Read more…

Is IBM Getting Openness Right? Yes, Says GM Doug Balog

Jun 29, 2015 |

The annual Red Hat Summit, held in Boston last week, is something of revival tent for open source where the pulpits are plentiful and so are smiling believers. Indeed it’s hard to dispute the powerful innovation springing from open source. The RH Summit, which started 11 years ago as a modest celebration of open source Read more…

IBM Power8 Outperforms x86 on Financial Benchmarks

Jun 9, 2015 |

If you’ve been waiting for a formal evaluation of the IBM Power8 architecture on common financial workloads, then look no further. According to results shared at the STAC Summit on June 4, an IBM Power8-based system server delivered more than twice the performance of the best-in-class x86 counterpart when running a set of standard financial industry benchmarks. Sumit Read more…

CPU Benchmarking: Haswell Versus POWER8

Jun 2, 2015 |

With OpenPOWER activity ramping up and IBM’s prominent role in the upcoming DOE machines Summit and Sierra, it’s a good time to look at how the IBM POWER CPU stacks up against the x86 Xeon Haswell CPU from Intel. Citing the compute-intensive nature of today’s financial applications, the acceleration specialists at Xcelerit sought to compare IBM’s powerhouse Read more…

Sumit Gupta Leaves NVIDIA to Join IBM

May 19, 2015 |

Long-time industry executive Sumit Gupta has left GPU-pioneer NVIDIA, were he was GM, GPU Accelerated Data Center Computing, to join IBM as VP, HPC & OpenPOWER Operations. Executive changes in the HPC world are common but changes at this executive level are rare. Few details are known but IBM provided the background answers below to Read more…