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DU GeoSolutions Leverages Xeon Phi for Improved Seismic Processing

Mar 23, 2016 |

It’s a given that modern oil and gas exploration couldn’t exist without increasingly powerful supercomputers. Today’s machines enable new capabilities, improve image resolutions, lower costs, and decrease risk. Indeed, many wells, some costing tens of millions of dollars, have missed their targets due to inadequate or incorrect data analysis. This article explores the impact of Read more…

Thomas Sterling: ‘Why We Want to be Part of OpenHPC’

Mar 18, 2016 |

The Indiana University Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) has been part of the OpenHPC community effort since it was launched November 12, 2015. In a recent Q&A with OpenHPC, Professor Thomas Sterling, associate director and chief scientist of CREST, explains the basis for the partnership. As the father of Beowulf clusters, developed in collaboration with Don Becker, Professor Sterling has Read more…

Mapping Out a New Role for Cognitive Computing in Science

Feb 25, 2016 |

The avalanche of data being produced by experimental instruments and sensors isn’t just a big (data) problem – it’s perhaps the biggest bottleneck in science today. What’s needed, say the distinguished authors of a new white paper from the Computing Community Consortium, is a community-wide agenda to develop cognitive computing tools that can perform scientific Read more…

EU Projects Unite on Heterogeneous ARM-based Exascale Prototype

Feb 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 exascale architecture prototype that will, as they describe, put the power of ten million computers into a single supercomputer. The effort is unique in seeking to advance the ARM64 + Read more…

IARPA Seeks Novel Training Data Sets to Advance Artificial Intelligence

Feb 22, 2016 |

Depending upon your perspective Artificial Intelligence is stuck in the doldrums. Its long touted promise has yet to materialize and instead produced boom-bust cycles of grand expectations followed by disappointing results. Maybe the problem isn’t the algorithms but training data sets. This is the latest message from IARPA which has issued a request for information Read more…

James Reinders: Parallelism Has Crossed a Threshold

Feb 4, 2016 |

Is the parallel everything era here? What happens when you can assume parallel cores? In the second half of our in-depth interview, Intel’s James Reinders discusses the eclipsing of single-core machines by their multi- and manycore counterparts and the ramifications of the democratization of parallel computing, remarking “we don’t need to worry about single-core processors anymore Read more…

Handicapping IBM/OpenPOWER’s Odds for Success

Jan 19, 2016 |

2016 promises to be pivotal in the IBM/OpenPOWER effort to claim a non-trivial chunk of the Intel-dominated high-end server landscape. Big Blue’s stated goal of 20-to-30 percent market share is huge. Intel currently enjoys 90-plus percent share and has seemed virtually unassailable. In an ironic twist of the old mantra ‘no one ever got fired Read more…

Exascale Programming: Adapting What We Have Can (and Must) Work

Jan 14, 2016 |

The demands of massive concurrency and increased resilience required for effective exascale computing have led to claims that our existing approach to application programming must be replaced. In this article I argue that disruption is inevitable but will not require new languages or programming environments. Instead disruption will be in application design, introducing new control Read more…

Moore’s Law – Not Dead – and Intel’s Use of HPC to Keep it Alive

Jan 11, 2016 |

Gordon Moore’s 1965 article on the economics driving the increase of semiconductor functionality has turned out to be wildly prophetic in terms of the effect on transistor scaling. Nearly 40 years later, in 2004, Intel was building microprocessors on the 90 nanometer process with 150 million transistors in a single chip. Today, we’re putting as Read more…

Barbara Chapman Named Head of Brookhaven Lab’s Computer Science and Mathematics Group

Jan 7, 2016 |

Barbara Chapman, a leading researcher in programming languages, programming models, and compilers, has been named head of the Computer Science and Mathematics Group (CSM) under the new Computational Science Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. Chapman is also a professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science at Stony Brook Read more…

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs Coming to Automotive ‘Supercomputer’

Jan 6, 2016 |

It’s no secret that NVIDIA is eager to take elements of its successful GPGPU ecosystem developed in partnership with the HPC community and transfer these to the much broader, and more lucrative, consumer space. At SC15, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang referred to machine learning as HPC’s first consumer killer app. Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all made major machine Read more…

SC15 Video: Mellanox’s Gilad Shainer on Co-design, Exascale, UCX, and More

Dec 21, 2015 |

Smart switches, major deployment wins, HPC Centers of Excellence, NICs with on-board FPGAs, and UCX progress were all part of Mellanox’s hectic agenda at SC15. In mid-December DoD approved Mellanox 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for use in defense networks. Then last week, time ran out for acquisition target EZchip to find a higher offer seemingly Read more…

SC15 Video: IBM’s Dave Turek on Big Data, CORAL, and HPC’s Evolution

Dec 8, 2015 |

Accelerated computing certainly dominated the IBM message at SC15 but there were many sub-themes in Austin. Big data, the beneficial impact of software frameworks (think Apache Spark), workflow optimization, and a growing role for cloud in HPC delivery were all in the mix. HPCwire managing editor John Russell sat down with Dave Turek, IBM VP Read more…

SC15 Video: Intel’s Saleh on OpenHPC, Rise of Big Data, and More

Dec 3, 2015 |

Intel always has a lot going on at SC. This year, its Scalable System Framework, Omni-Path Architecture, Knights Landing (up & running) and leading role in OpenHPC were all on the docket. Of course, there was the usual Intel-IBM (re: OpenPOWER) rivalry – much of the buzz this year was around whose approach to delivering Read more…

Contrary View: CPUs Sometimes Best for Big Data Visualization

Dec 1, 2015 |

Contrary to conventional thinking, GPUs are often not the best vehicles for big data visualization. In this commentary, I discuss several key technical reasons why a CPU-based “Software Defined Visualization” approach can deliver a more flexible, performant, scalable, cost effective, and power efficient solution to big data visualization than a conventional GPU-based approach. An example Read more…

4th HPCG List Features 240% Growth In Machine Entries

Nov 20, 2015 |

The High Performance Conjugate Gradients (HPCG) Benchmark list was announced at SC’15. This is the fourth list produced for the emerging benchmark designed to complement the traditional High Performance LINPACK (HPL) benchmark used as the official metric for ranking the TOP500 systems. The first HPCG list was announced at ISC’14 a year and a half Read more…

HPCwire Debuts Outstanding Leadership Awards at SC15

Nov 16, 2015 |

This year HPCwire has established a new category within its Annual Readers and Editors Choice Awards program to recognize Outstanding Leadership in HPC. We realize there is no single preeminent leader in HPC and that’s a good thing. The diversity of opinion and expertise is a major driver of progress. There are many individuals whose Read more…

Mellanox, ORNL to Deliver UCX Progress Report at SC15

Nov 16, 2015 |

At ISC2015 Mellanox introduced a new open-source network communication framework – United Communication X Framework (UCX) – for high-performance and data-centric applications. At the time Gilad Shainer of Mellanox said, “By providing our advancements in shared memory, MPI and underlying network transport technologies, we can continue to advance open standards-based networking and programming models. UCX Read more…

Think Fast: IBM Talks Acceleration in HPC and the Enterprise

Nov 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 FPGA specialist Xilinx, an expanded developer outreach via the SuperVessel program, and new efforts to accelerate the datacenter and a wide variety of applications used in both HPC and the enterprise. “Accelerators have Read more…

Hadoop and Spark Get RADICAL at SC15

Nov 13, 2015 |

The rapid maturation of the Apache Hadoop ecosystem has caught the eyes of HPC professionals who are eager to take advantage of emerging big data tools, such as Spark. One HPC group presenting on the topic at the SC15 show this week in Austin, Texas, is Rutgers University’s RADICAL team. The Research in Advanced Distributed Read more…