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…
With the advance of multicore and manycore processors, managing caches becomes more difficult. Researchers at MIT suggest that it might make sense to let software, rather than hardware, manage these high-speed on-chip memory banks.
Intel’s manycore wonder comes with its own programming challenges.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/knights_corner_chip.jpg” alt=”” width=”98″ height=”85″ />Intel Corp. officially made its entry into the manycore realm today as it debuted “Knights Corner,” the company’s first Xeon Phi coprocessor. The new products clock in at just over a teraflop, double precision, setting the stage for an HPC accelerator battle that will pit Intel against GPU makers NVIDIA and AMD. Both of those companies also released their latest HPC accelerators into the wild earlier today at the annual Supercomputing Conference in Salt Lake City.
What could you do with a 48-core smart phone? If Intel has its way, you won’t have to wait long to find out.
Kickstarter investment model notches another high-tech success.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Epiphany_16_small.JPG” alt=”” width=”93″ height=”79″ />Chipmaker Adapteva is attempting to bypass the conventional venture capital funding route and collect money via a micro-investor platform known as Kickstarter. In the process, the company will open up its software and hardware design for its manycore Epiphany architecture, and deliver a parallel computing kit to anyone who can ante up $99.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NREL_logo.gif” alt=”” width=”112″ height=”48″ />The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has ordered a $10 million HP supercomputer equipped with the latest Intel Xeon CPUs and Xeon Phi coprocessors. When completed in 2013, the system will deliver one petaflop of performance and will take up residence in one of the most energy-efficient datacenters in the world.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Xeon_Phi.jpg” alt=”” width=”120″ height=”91″ />As Intel’s Xeon Phi processor family gets ready to debut later this year, the chipmaker continues to reveal some of the details of its first manycore offering. Although the company isn’t yet ready to talk speeds and feeds, this week they did divulge some of their design decisions that they believe will make the Xeon Phi coprocessor shine as an HPC accelerator. The new revelations were presented on Tuesday at the IEEE-sponsored Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California.
Intel refines Knights Corner design as it prepares to go head-to-head against its GPU competition.