EU Projects Unite on Heterogeneous ARM-based Exascale Prototype

February 24, 2016

A trio of partner projects based in Europe – Exanest, Exanode and Ecoscale – are working in close collaboration to develop the building blocks for an exasca Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Think Fast: IBM Talks Acceleration in HPC and the Enterprise

November 16, 2015

At SC15 today, IBM provided a glimpse of its broadening vision for accelerator-assisted computing with announcements around Watson, a strategic alliance with FP Read more…

By John Russell

FPGA-Accelerated Search Heads for Mainstream

March 10, 2015

With data volumes now outpacing Moore’s Law, there is a move to look beyond conventional hardware and software tools. Accelerators like GPUs and the Intel MI Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Latest FPGAs Show Big Gains in Floating Point Performance

April 16, 2012

Thanks to shrinking semiconductor process geometries, the newest FPGAs have more usable transistors than ever before and are now capable of considerable floating point (FP) performance. That makes them candidates for more generalized use in high performance computing. This article describes the FP capabilities of Xilinx’s new Virtex-7 FPGA and how it stacks up against a generic 16-core CPU. Read more…

By Nicole Hemsoth

The Expanding Floating-Point Performance Gap Between FPGAs and Microprocessors

November 22, 2010

For the past several years, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have been getting large enough to compete with microprocessors in floating-point performance. Using the theoretical peak performance numbers, the FPGA's floating-point performance is growing faster than microprocessors. This article calculates the peak performance for several FPGA devices from Xilinx and compares them to a reference microprocessor for equivalent time periods and shows that this gap in performance is growing. Read more…

By Dave Strenski, Cray; Prasanna Sundararajan, Xilinx; and Ralph Wittig, Xilinx

Convey Debuts Second-Generation Hybrid-Core Platform

November 9, 2010

In an HPC market that seems determined to go down the CPU-GPU path, upstart Convey Computer may yet offer a few surprises. The company today unveiled the sequel to its HC-1 platform it introduced in 2008. Called the HC-1ex, the new system adds a lot more performance and capability, but retains the original x86-FPGA co-processor design. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

The Week in Review

October 28, 2010

Chinese Tianhe-1A supercomputer exploits GPU power to deliver 2.5 petaflops; and Cray nabs a $60 million contract with the University of Stuttgart. We recap those stories and more in our weekly wrapup. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Intel Linked with HPC Boost Buy

January 18, 2010

Could the chip maker's rumored interest in FPGAs be part of an HPC strategy? Read more…

By Timothy Prickett Morgan

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