Tag: NVIDIA

OpenPOWER Academic Discussion Group Holds First Workshop

Dec 7, 2015 |

Since its founding in 2013, OpenPOWER Foundation membership has grown to more than 170 including roughly 40 academic members; the latter have formed an Academic Discussion Group and held their first workshop in Austin coinciding with SC15 last month. During a packed 1.5-day agenda, presenters from academia and industry examined progress and opportunities to leverage Read more…

Think Fast: IBM Talks Acceleration in HPC and the Enterprise

Nov 16, 2015 |

At SC15 today, IBM provided a glimpse of its broadening vision for accelerator-assisted computing with announcements around Watson, a strategic alliance with FPGA specialist Xilinx, an expanded developer outreach via the SuperVessel program, and new efforts to accelerate the datacenter and a wide variety of applications used in both HPC and the enterprise. “Accelerators have Read more…

OpenACC Reviews Latest Developments and Future Plans

Nov 11, 2015 |

This week during the lead up to SC15 the OpenACC standards group announced several new developments including the release and ratification of the 2.5 version of the OpenACC API specification, member support for multiple new OpenACC targets, and other progress with the standard. “The 2.5 specification addresses an essential challenge of profiling code where a Read more…

Bioinformatics Challenge: Fat Nodes, Skinny Nodes, or Hybrids

Oct 12, 2015 |

Life sciences organizations typically have a variety of computational requirements and picking the best cluster server architecture has always been a challenge. Do you go with fat nodes typified by their large number of cores per node or thin (sometimes called skinny) nodes with fewer, faster performing cores per node? Certainly, the choice will depend Read more…

Microsoft Puts GPU Boosters on Azure Cloud

Sep 29, 2015 |

Today at its AzureCon, Microsoft expanded the capabilities of its public cloud, Azure, with the addition of N-series GPU-enabled virtual machines available over a fast RDMA network. The company also announced that it is reducing prices on its high-end instances, A8-A11. Jazon Zander, corporate vice president at Microsoft Azure, began by presenting a view of Azure Read more…

IBM/OpenPOWER Seek Traction in Cloud Infrastructure

Sep 23, 2015 |

More is always better when building an ecosystem and the recent selection of an IBM POWER8 system (S822L) by French hosting and services provider Online to put into its bare metal cloud environment is more evidence of OpenPOWER and IBM ambitions to gain (NYSE: IBM) traction in the cloud provider space. Online, a member the Read more…

Today’s Outlook: GPU-accelerated Weather Forecasting

Sep 15, 2015 |

Weather forecasting has always been challenging. When Hurricane Sandy raced up the Atlantic coast, U.S.-run models famously suggested it would track out to sea while a European model predicted a sharp left and landfall, which sadly happened. Forecasting is a high stakes activity. Today, the Swiss Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (MeteoSwiss) announced use Read more…

Mellanox, IBM, ORNL Spearhead UCX Framework Initiative

Jul 13, 2015 |

Interconnect technology specialist Mellanox announced at ISC today a collaboration to develop a new open-source network communication framework – United Communication X Framework (UCX) – for high- performance and data-centric applications. The effort is intended to provide platform abstractions supporting various communication technologies for “high performance compute, and data platforms” and will help pave the Read more…

NVIDIA Wades Farther into Deep Learning Waters

Jul 7, 2015 |

Continuing the machine learning push that set the tone for this year’s GPU Technology Conference, NVIDIA is refreshing its GPU-accelerated deep learning software in tandem with the 2015 International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML), one of the major international conferences focused on the burgeoning domain. The announcement involves updates to CUDA, cuDNN, and DIGITS. Altogether the new features provide significant 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…