<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpccloud/SC12_logo.jpg” alt=”” width=”106″ height=”75″ />The SC12 technical forum schedule is impressive for the quality and depth of content and the sheer scope of subjects covered, however this same depth and scope can make it daunting to wade through. For that reason, HPC in the Cloud has pared the list down to the sessions that promise the most relevance to the HPC cloud and grid computing community.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/knights_corner_chip.jpg” alt=”” width=”98″ height=”85″ />Intel Corp. officially made its entry into the manycore realm today as it debuted “Knights Corner,” the company’s first Xeon Phi coprocessor. The new products clock in at just over a teraflop, double precision, setting the stage for an HPC accelerator battle that will pit Intel against GPU makers NVIDIA and AMD. Both of those companies also released their latest HPC accelerators into the wild earlier today at the annual Supercomputing Conference in Salt Lake City.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/top-500_small.PNG” alt=”” width=”99″ height=”66″ />In the battle of the DOE labs, Oak Ridge Lab’s Titan supercomputer has taken the title from the former TOP500 champ, Lawrence Livermore’s Sequoia. The GPU-charged Titan, using the new NVIDIA K20X-equipped XK7 blades from Cray, delivered 17.6 petaflops to Sequoia’s 16.3 petaflops on Linpack, the sole metric for TOP500 rankings.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/NVIDIA_Tesla_K20X_K20_GPU_Accelerator_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”101″ height=”80″ />The battle of teraflop accelerators began today as NVIDIA launched a new family of supercomputing GPUs based on the Kepler architecture. The Tesla K20 and the K20X represent the company’s latest and greatest and are intended to keep NVIDIA’s successful HPC accelerator franchise out in front of the competition. The chipmaker announced the new hardware as the 2012 Supercomputing Conference, in Salt Lake City, got underway.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/FirePro_S10000_Angle_black_180.jpg” alt=”” width=”98″ height=”85″ />AMD is launching its most powerful graphics card yet: the dual-GPU FirePro S10000 promises 5.91 teraflops of peak single precision and 1.48 teraflops of peak double precision floating point performance. And with AMD’s “Graphics Core Next” (GCN) architecture under the hood, the S10000 can deliver compute and graphics processing simultaneously.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/cray_appro_small.JPG” alt=”” width=”96″ height=”69″ />Supercomputer-maker Cray has announced it intends to buy Appro International, a privately held HPC cluster vendor. Cray is paying about $25 million for Appro, and will get at least $3.5 million in working capital from the cluster-maker. News of the deal boosted Cray’s stock price, which jumped 10 percent on Friday.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Beowulf_Bash_2012_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”96″ height=”49″ />The celebration surrounding the opening of the Supercomputing Conference traditionally kicks off with Gala Opening on Monday evening. But those in the know leave the convention center and head to the biggest open HPC community party of the year: the Beowulf Bash. HPC guru and Beowulf pioneer Thomas Sterling talks about what makes this particular event so special.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/SC12_logo_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”96″ height=”49″ />The epic supercomputing event of the year, SC12, will be booting up next week in Salt Lake City, Utah, attracting HPC digerati, vendors, press, and analysts from around the world. And even though the DOE won’t be there in full force this year, big crowds are still expected. This year’s event should deliver plenty of fodder for those looking to keep up on the latest and greatest in the field.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/Cardioid_code_image_LLNL_IBM_180x.jpg” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”90″ />The world’s fastest computer has created the fastest computer simulation of the human heart. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sequoia supercomputer, a TOP500 chart topper, was built to handle top secret nuclear weapons simulations, but before it goes behind the classified curtain, it is generating sophisticated cardiac simulations.
<img style=”float: left;” src=”http://media2.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/SC12_logo_small.jpg” alt=”” width=”137″ height=”74″ />The upcoming Super-computing Conference (SC12) may not turn out to be the blow-out high performance computing hullabaloo it normally is. The recent GSA scandal involving overzealous spending at one of their conferences a couple of years ago has precipitated new federal policy that is forcing government labs to abandon their exhibits and cutback attendance at the world’s largest supercomputing event.