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NSF Awards $21.6M for Energy-Efficient Computing Projects

Oct 20, 2016 |

Developing energy efficient computing is a high priority worldwide, particularly as the race towards exascale computing heats up. As is often noted, the human brain does with 10-20 watts what supercomputers require megawatts to accomplish. This week the National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation funded nine projects aimed at developing more energy efficient computers. Read more…

PGS Adds Second Cray Super to Houston Mega Center

Oct 17, 2016 |

“We’re gonna need a bigger supercomputer” is what Norwegian oil and gas company Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) must have said to Cray ahead of working with the iconic supercomputer maker to expand its seismic processing capability by a full 50 percent. And it’s not like PGS didn’t already have a big supercomputer.

ORNL’s Future Technologies Group Tackles Memory and More

Oct 13, 2016 |

“Imagine if you’ve got a Titan-size computer (27 PFlops) and it has main memory that’s partially non-volatile memory and you could just leave your data in that memory between executions then just come back and start computing on that data as it sits in memory,” says Jeffrey Vetter, group leader of the Future Technologies Group at Oak Ridge National Labs.

Vectors: How the Old Became New Again in Supercomputing

Sep 26, 2016 |

Vector instructions, once a powerful performance innovation of supercomputing in the 1970s and 1980s became an obsolete technology in the 1990s. But like the mythical phoenix bird, vector instructions have arisen from the ashes. Here is the history of a technology that went from new to old then back to new.

Larry Smarr Helps NCSA Celebrate 30th Anniversary

Sep 20, 2016 |

Throughout the past year, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has been celebrating its 30th anniversary. On Friday, Larry Smarr, whose unsolicited 1983 proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF) begat NCSA in 1985 and helped spur NSF to create not one but five national centers for supercomputing, gave a celebratory talk at NCSA.

ARM Unveils Scalable Vector Extension for HPC at Hot Chips

Aug 22, 2016 |

ARM and Fujitsu today announced a scalable vector extension (SVE) to the ARMv8-A architecture intended to enhance ARM capabilities in HPC workloads. Fujitsu is the lead silicon partner in the effort (so far) and will use ARM with SVE technology in its post K computer, Japan’s next flagship supercomputer planned for the 2020 timeframe. This is an important incremental step for ARM, which seeks to push more aggressively into mainstream and HPC server markets.

DOE Invests $16M in Supercomputer-based Materials Design

Aug 16, 2016 |

Materials science got a boost today when the Department of Energy announced it would invest $16 million over the next four years to accelerate the design of new materials “through use of supercomputers.” The program will focus on software development with an eye towards being able to eventually run on exascale machines. Two four-year projects Read more…

HPE Gobbles SGI for Larger Slice of $11B HPC Pie

Aug 11, 2016 |

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced today that it will acquire rival HPC server maker SGI for $7.75 per share, or about $275 million, inclusive of cash and debt. The deal ends the seven-year reprieve that kept the SGI banner flying after Rackable Systems purchased the bankrupt Silicon Graphics Inc. for $25 million in 2009 and assumed the SGI brand. Bringing SGI into its fold bolsters HPE’s high-performance computing and data analytics capabilities and expands its position…

Cray Revises FY16 Forecast, Citing Chip Delays, Market Slowdown, Smoke

Aug 4, 2016 |

Cray’s annual revenue projections took a hit on Tuesday as processor delays, market uncertainties, and a recent “smoke event” lead the supercomputing company to reduce its FY16 guidance by $175 million. Cray now expects total yearly revenue to be in the $650 million range, down from its previous estimate of $825 million. In 2015, the company Read more…

Lengau: Global Grand Challenges Through an African Lens

Jul 19, 2016 |

South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Program Director Kagiso Chikane recently welcomed 100 guests to the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town for the dedication of the fastest computer on the African continent. “Lengau,” which means “Cheetah” in the African Setswana language, ranked 121 on the June TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.