HPC Clouds — Alto Cirrus or Cumulonimbus

November 21, 2008

The "cloud" model of exporting user workload and services to remote, distributed and virtual environments is emerging as a powerful computing paradigm. Yet, one domain that challenges this model in its characteristics and needs is high performance computing. Read more…

By Thomas Sterling and Dylan Stark

Oak Ridge Dives Into Science at the Petascale

November 19, 2008

Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently unveiled the first petascale system dedicated to scientific research, a Cray XT machine with a theoretical peak performance of 1.64 petaflops. We talked with Doug Kothe, director of science at ORNL's National Center for Computational Sciences, about the challenges of and potential breakthroughs in science now possible with this built-for-science petascale system. Read more…

By Leo Williams (Science Writer, ORNL)

Michael Dell Talks HPC

November 18, 2008

Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell delivered the keynote address at the Supercomputing conference this morning in Austin, Texas, offering his perspective on where high performance computing is headed. We caught up with Dell shortly before the conference to get a preview of the keynote and to ask him about some of the hot-button issues that are driving the HPC industry today. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Supercomputing Conference Turns 20

November 16, 2008

After more than a year of planning, the 20th annual Supercomputing conference (SC08) kicks off on Monday in Austin, Texas. SC08's general chair, Patricia J. Teller, tells us what we can look forward to this week. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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