SC10 Video Feature: Songnian Zhou on the IT Renaissance

November 19, 2010

During this year's SC event in New Orleans, we caught up with co-founder and CEO of Platform Computing, Songnian Zhou to take a big picture look at key movements in computing--and where grid and clouds fit within the "Renaissance" Zhou feels is taking place. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Swiss Researchers Propose ‘GreenIT’ Methodology for HPC

November 19, 2010

The latest Green500 list announced this week at SC10 is once again shining the spotlight on the energy efficiency of the world's top supercomputers. But the path to more efficient high performance computing goes beyond this simple benchmark-based approach. Ralf Gruber and Vincent Keller, both from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), describe a holistic approach to more energy-efficient HPC operations in their book, HPC@GreenIT. HPCwire contributor Steve Conway interviewed the Swiss duo about their ideas, including a new benchmark. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

The Greening of HPC — A Conversation with Professor Wu Feng

November 18, 2010

The increased awareness in the HPC community of the need to maximize energy efficiency in compute-intensive environments has never been greater. With The Green500 results coming out this week, HPCwire's Caroline Connor turned to Professor Wu Feng from Virginia Tech, the man largely credited with the movement towards environmentally-sustainable supercomputing. Read more…

By Caroline Connor, for HPCwire

Is 10 Gigabit Ethernet Ready for HPC?

November 18, 2010

Despite the still-modest showing of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) technology in high performance computing deployments, vendors at SC10 were showcasing a wide array of performance-laden Ethernet products. IT Brand Pulse Labs analyst Tim Dales takes a look at the prospects for 10GbE in high performance computing, the migration pattern from GbE to 10GbE, and some application areas that seem especially suitable for the technology. Read more…

By Tim Dales

Easy HPC in the Big Easy: An SC10 Interview with Bill Hilf

November 17, 2010

This week during the kickoff for SC10 we spent an hour with Bill Hilf, General Manager of Microsoft's Technical Computing Group--a segment of the company that is devoted to HPC as well as parallel and cloud computing. We were able to cover everything from ease of use of HPC applications, GPU accessibility issues, job schedulers and their role in cloud for high-performance computing applications--and how Microsoft might finally be finding a way to grab the HPC market once again. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

Python Snakes Its Way Into HPC

November 17, 2010

Interpreted programming languages usually don't find too many friends in high performance computing. Yet Python, one of the most popular general-purpose interpreted languages, has garnered a small community of enthusiastic followers. True believers got the opportunity to hear about the language in the HPC realm in a tutorial session on Monday and a BoF session on Wednesday. Argonne National Lab's William Scullin, who participated in both events, talked with HPCwire about the status of Python in this space and what developers might look forward to. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

A Call to Arms for Parallel Programming Standards

November 16, 2010

Although the parallel programming landscape is relatively young, it's already easy to get lost in. Beside legacy frameworks like MPI and OpenMP, we now have NVIDIA's CUDA, OpenCL, Cilk, Intel Threading Building Blocks, Microsoft's parallel programming extensions for .NET, and a whole gamut of PGAS languages. And according to Intel's Tim Mattson, that's not necessarily a good thing. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

The Not-So-Unlikely Marriage of CUDA and x86

November 16, 2010

NVIDIA's CUDA is easily the most popular programming language for general-purpose GPU computing. But one of the more interesting developments in the CUDA-verse doesn't really involve GPUs at all. In September, HPC compiler vendor PGI (The Portland Group Inc.) announced its intent to build a CUDA compiler for x86 platforms. The technology will be demonstrated for the first time in public at SC10 this week in New Orleans. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

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