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Intel’s FPGAs Target Datacenters, Networking

Oct 6, 2016 |

Targeting cloud computing, datacenters, network infrastructure and Internet of Things sensors, chipmaker Intel Corp. said it is sampling the latest version of its field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Intel said this week its Stratix 10 FPGAs are the first chips based on its 14-nanometer tri-gate process technology used to implement its HyperFlex architecture.

Microsoft Eyes AI Supercomputer on Azure

Oct 3, 2016 |

Microsoft is jumping on the artificial intelligence bandwagon with the formation of a new research group that will seek to make the technology more accessible via its Azure cloud while helping to deliver new capabilities across applications, services and infrastructure. The infrastructure portion of the effort focuses on combining the processing engines like GPUs and Read more…

EU Projects Unite on Heterogeneous ARM-based Exascale Prototype

Feb 24, 2016 |

A trio of partner projects based in Europe – Exanest, Exanode and Ecoscale – are working in close collaboration to develop the building blocks for an exascale architecture prototype that will, as they describe, put the power of ten million computers into a single supercomputer. The effort is unique in seeking to advance the ARM64 + Read more…

Shining a Light on SKA’s Massive Data Processing Requirements

Jun 4, 2015 |

One of the many highlights of the fourth annual Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15) was the MIC optimization test, which this year required students to optimize a gridding algorithm used in the world’s largest international astronomy effort, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. Gridding is one of the most time-consuming steps in radio telescope data processing. Read more…

SRC Debuts Defense-Hardened FPGA Server

May 28, 2015 |

The SRC Saturn 1 server debuted today, built by reconfigurable computing specialists SRC Computers and positioned as an x86 alternative for high-volume workloads in hyperscale computing and big data analytics. While we have seen several FPGA-based server solutions come to market in the past year, the Saturn-1 is distinguished by its pedigree and insulation from Read more…

FPGA-Accelerated Search Heads for Mainstream

Mar 10, 2015 |

With data volumes now outpacing Moore’s Law, there is a move to look beyond conventional hardware and software tools. Accelerators like GPUs and the Intel MIC architecture have extended performance goals for many HPC-class workloads. Although field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) have not seen the same level of adoption for traditional HPC workloads, a subset of big data Read more…

Programmability Matters

Jun 30, 2014 |

While discussions of HPC architectures have long centered on performance gains, that is not the only measure of success, according to Petteri Laakso of Vector Fabrics. Spurred by ever-proliferating core counts, programmability is taking on new prominence. Vector Fabrics is a Netherlands-based company that specializes in multicore software parallelization tools, so programmability is high on Read more…

A Shot of Java to Send Accelerators Mainstream

Sep 5, 2013 |

When it comes to mainstream adoption of the use of GPUs and other accelerators, one of the primary barriers lies in programmability. While the vendor communities around accelerators have pushed to flatten the learning curve, the fact remains that it takes special effort on the part of ordinary developers to undertake the educational process. In this in-depth audio feature, we talk to Rice University researcher, Max Grossman about how Java…

The Week in HPC Research

Mar 7, 2013 |

<img src=”” alt=”” width=”100″ height=”58″ />The top research stories of the week include novel methods of data race detection; a comparison of predictive laws; a review of FPGA’s promise; GPU virtualization using PCI Direct pass-through; and an analysis of the Amazon Web Services High-IO platform.

Latest FPGAs Show Big Gains in Floating Point Performance

Apr 16, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”” alt=”” width=”105″ height=”77″ />Thanks to shrinking semiconductor process geometries, the newest FPGAs have more usable transistors than ever before and are now capable of considerable floating point (FP) performance. That makes them candidates for more generalized use in high performance computing. This article describes the FP capabilities of Xilinx’s new Virtex-7 FPGA and how it stacks up against a generic 16-core CPU.