The Weekly Top Five

April 14, 2011

The Weekly Top Five features the five biggest HPC stories of the week, condensed for your reading pleasure. This week, we cover Bull's third petascale computing contract; IBM's new POWER7 servers, the first hybrid spintronics computer chips, Bull and Whamcloud's beefed-up Lustre support; and Tilera's latest manycore development tools. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

IBM Revs Power7 Server Lineup

April 12, 2011

Watson's decisive win over two of Jeopardy's top champions on national television earlier this year could turn out to be the most effective infomercial in the history of IT. Capitalizing on that accomplishment, IBM is working hard to highlight the supercomputing technology at every opportunity, including this week's rollout of new and improved Power7-based servers. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Must See TV: IBM Watson Heads for Jeopardy Showdown

February 9, 2011

Next week the IBM supercomputer known as "Watson" will take on two of the most accomplished Jeopardy players of all time, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, in a three-game match starting on February 14. If Watson manages to best the humans, it will represent the most important advance in machine intelligence since IBM's "Deep Blue" beat chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997. But this time around, the company also plans to make a business case for the technology. Trivial pursuit this is not. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

IBM Aims to Transform Its HPC Business

November 4, 2010

Big Blue sees green in mainstream high performance computing market. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Profitable Year Eludes Cray in 2009

February 18, 2010

Supercomputer maker Cray had one of its best years in recent memory, but just missed posting a profit. This week the company told investors what went wrong and right for the company in 2009, and gave an outline of what's on tap for 2010. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

IBM Releases Energy Efficient Power7 System

February 9, 2010

Company says new high-end servers will deliver "intelligent performance." Read more…

By Darryl K. Taft

Chips Ahoy: Vendors Show Off Their Latest Silicon

February 9, 2010

Chipmakers converged on San Francisco this week to talk up their newest semiconductor products at the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC). Of particular interest to the HPC crowd are Intel's Westmere EP and "Tukwila" Itanium 9300, and IBM's POWER7. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

IBM Ponders the Exascale

December 9, 2009

Over the next ten years of HPC history, the mainstream teraflop systems of today will evolve into the petaflop systems of tomorrow, while the leading-edge petaflop supercomputers will be replaced by exaflop machines. As the most diverse player in the HPC server business, IBM has some unique advantages as it charts a path toward the exascale milestone. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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