Ubiquitous Parallelism and the Classroom

November 20, 2009

The oft-contended best simple statement is that we need ubiquitous parallelism in the classroom. In the near future, most electronic devices will have multiple cores which would benefit greatly from parallel programming. The low hanging fruit is, of course, the student's laptop, and aiding the student to make full use of that laptop. Read more…

By Tom Murphy of Contra Costa College, Paul Gray of the University of Northern Iowa, Charlie Peck of Earlham College, and Dave Joiner of Kean University

Exascale Expectations

November 20, 2009

Supercomputer performance has grown at a fairly constant rate of a 1,000-fold increase per decade. Will the sprint to exascale be able to hold that pace? Read more…

By Michael Feldman

Reconfigurable Computing Research Pushes Forward

November 20, 2009

Despite all the all the recent hoopla about GPGPUs and eight-core CPUs, proponents of reconfigurable computing continue to sing the praises of FPGA-based HPC. We got the opportunity to ask Dr. Alan George, who runs the NSF Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing, about the work going on there and what he thinks the technology can offer to high performance computing users. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Jaguar Scales TOP500

November 19, 2009

AMD's John Fruehe and ORNL's Buddy Bland talk about the significance of Jaguar capturing the top spot in the supercomputing world and what that means for the most demanding science applications. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Parallel NFS Is the Future Standard to Manage Petabyte Level Growth

November 19, 2009

IT professionals are constantly being challenged to manage exponential growth that has reached petabyte levels. As pressures increase on IT to deliver even-higher levels of productivity and efficiency, a new generation file system standard will be required to maximize utilization of powerful server and cluster resources while minimizing management overhead. Read more…

By Don Grabski

Mitrionics Looks Beyond FPGAs

November 18, 2009

Mitrionics has begun work on an experimental compiler that aims to make parallel programming architecture-agnostic. We asked Stefan Möhl, Mitrionics' chief science officer and co-founder, what's behind the new technology and what prompted the decision to expand beyond their FPGA roots. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Intel CTO Tells HPC Crowd to Get a Second Life

November 17, 2009

The opening address of the Supercomputing Conference had a surreal quality to it in more ways than one. Between talking avatars, physics-simulated sound, and a Larrabee demo running HPC-type codes, it was hard to separate reality from fantasy. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

SGI Colors New Shared Memory Machines Ultraviolet

November 16, 2009

After what may be the longest development cycle ever for a supercomputer, SGI has unveiled the first commercial implementation of its Ultraviolet architecture. The company first announced "Project Ultraviolet" at SC03. Now six years later, it has launched Altix UV, the company's first scale-up HPC system based on x86 technology. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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