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)

Closing the Parallelism Gap with the Chapel Language

November 19, 2008

Chapel is a high-level parallel programming language being developed by Cray for DARPA's High Productivity Computing Systems (HPCS) program. We asked Brad Chamberlain, the technical lead for the Chapel language project, to give us an overview of the language, the rational behind its design, and an update on the current state of the Chapel effort. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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

Startup Provides a New Twist on Reconfigurable Supercomputing

November 17, 2008

The HPC community has been dabbling with Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) for several years now, but the technology has never reached escape velocity. But at SC08 this week, startup Convey Computer Corp. launched a new server and software stack that aims to tame FPGAs and deliver reconfigurable computing to everyday HPC users. 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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