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Trinity Wrestles with Knights Landing Programming Challenge with COE

Jul 5, 2016 |

Seventy-one years ago, on July 16, 1945, an incredible explosion lit up the New Mexico night sky. This was the Trinity Test, the world’s first nuclear detonation, and it marked the beginning of the Nuclear Age. It also ushered in the age of supercomputers, which essentially began with weapons science at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Now a new Trinity, a next generation Cray XC supercomputer is about to take center stage to help the national security labs achieve their primary mission – to provide the nation with a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.

Compilers and More: OpenACC to OpenMP (and back again)

Jun 29, 2016 |

In the last year or so, I’ve had several academic researchers ask me whether I thought it was a good idea for them to develop a tool to automatically convert OpenACC programs to OpenMP 4 and vice versa. In each case, the motivation was that some systems had OpenMP 4 compilers (x86 plus Intel Xeon Phi Knights Corner) and others had OpenACC (x86 plus NVIDIA GPU or AMD GPU), and someone wanting to run a program across both would need two slightly different programs. In each case, the proposed research sounded like a more-or-less mechanical translation process, something more like a sophisticated awk script, and that’s doomed from the start. I will explain below in more detail how I came to this conclusion.

Exxact Announces Planned Production of HPC Solutions Using NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU

Jun 29, 2016 |

FREMONT, Calif., June 29 — Exxact Corporation, a leading provider of high performance computing solutions, today announced its planned production of HPC solutions using the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator for PCIe. Exxact will be integrating the Tesla P100 into their Quantum family of servers, which are currently offered with either NVIDIA Tesla M40 or K80 GPUs. The Read more…

Thomas Sterling’s ISC 2016 Closing Keynote

Jun 23, 2016 |

Capturing the sparkle, wit, and selective skewering in Thomas Sterling’s annual closing ISC keynote is challenging. This year was his 13th, which perhaps conveys the engaging manner and substantive content he delivers. Like many in the room, Sterling is an HPC pioneer as well as the director of CREST, the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies, Indiana University. In his ISC talk, Sterling holds up a mirror to the HPC world, shares what he sees, and invites all to look in as well and see what they may.

ISC 2016 Twitter Roundup

Jun 22, 2016 |

To celebrate ISC 2016, we’ve brought back our ISC-themed Twitter Roundup. For those unable to attend the event in beautiful Frankfurt, Germany, we hope this list will shed some light onto some of the excitement that’s occurring. The tweets that grabbed our attention today are provided below. We hope everyone enjoyed the event and wish you all a safe Read more…

Penguin Computing Announces Production Systems Based on Intel Xeon Phi Processors

Jun 22, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 22 — Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, announced its transition from pre-production deployments last year of systems based on the Intel Xeon Phi processor to full production for Penguin’s Tundra product family. Penguin Computing’s Tundra Extreme Scale Series provides the market with density, serviceability, Read more…

Boston Limited Unveils the Quattro 12256-T

Jun 22, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 22 — Boston Limited unveiled the Boston Quattro 12256-T featuring the latest generation Intel Xeon Phi processor at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. The Quattro 12256-T leverages Intel’s 2nd generation Intel Xeon Phi product family (formerly code named Knights Landing) to deliver massive thread and data parallelism and memory bandwidth, improved single-thread Read more…

Boston Limited Introduces New Deep Learning Platform at ISC 2016

Jun 22, 2016 |

June 22 — Boston Limited have introduced the latest weapon to their machine learning armoury in the guise of the Boston ANNA Pascal, a new NVIDIA Tesla GPU-based solution at ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. The revolutionary NVIDIA Pascal architecture is purpose-built to act as the engine of computers that learn, see, and simulate our Read more…

Intel Launches ‘Knights Landing’ Phi Family for HPC, Machine Learning

Jun 21, 2016 |

From ISC 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany, this week, Intel Corp. announced that its new Xeon Phi product family, formerly code-named Knights Landing, is now shipping for high-performance computing and machine learning workloads. The company had been shipping to early customers for the last six months and was waiting to ramp up production before making the product generally available. The window also gave OEMs time to complete their readiness, said Intel’s Charlie Wuischpard.

RSC Announces Tornado Solution with New Phi Processors

Jun 21, 2016 |

Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany, June 21 — RSC Group, the leading developer and system integrator of innovative solutions for high-performance computing (HPC) segment and datacenters in Russia and CIS has demonstrated a new generation of its high performance, scalable and energy-efficient RSC Tornado solution with direct liquid cooling based on the newest multicore Intel Xeon Phi processor Read more…

World’s First 1,000-Processor Chip Said to Show Promise Across Multiple Workloads

Jun 21, 2016 |

A blindingly fast microchip, the first to contain 1,000 independent processors and said to show promise for digital signal processing, video processing, encryption and datacenter/cloud workloads, has been announced by a team at the University of California, Davis. The “KiloCore” chip has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 Read more…

Inspur and Intel Announce KEEP User Migration Program

Jun 21, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 21 — ISC16 is currently being held in Frankfurt. During the event, Inspur and Intel announced a user migration program named “KEEP” (Knights Landing Evaluation and Escalation Program) for the Intel Xeon Phi processor (formerly codenamed Knights Landing) that was officially unveiled by Intel during the conference. Both parties will work together to build a Read more…

HPE Tackles Phi, Debuts Mfg. Solution and New HPC Software Environment

Jun 20, 2016 |

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), now about eight months into its transition as a separate entity, retained the prestige of fielding the most systems of any vendor on the Top500 list announced at the ISC2016. HPE had 127 systems (25.4 percent) though the number was down from 155 just six months ago. Other ISC news included Read more…

ISC 2016 Twitter Roundup

Jun 20, 2016 |

To celebrate ISC 2016, we’ve brought back our ISC-themed Twitter Roundup. For those unable to attend the event in beautiful Frankfurt, Germany, we hope this list will shed some light onto some of the excitement that’s occurring. The tweets that grabbed our attention today are provided below and check back in on Wednesday for our final ISC 2016 Twitter Read more…

Baidu Researcher Pushes GPU Scalability for Deep Learning

Jun 20, 2016 |

Greg Diamos, senior researcher, Silicon Valley AI Lab, Baidu, is on the front lines of the reinvigorated frontier of machine learning. Before joining Baidu, Diamos was in the employ of NVIDIA, first as a research scientist and then an architect (for the GPU streaming multiprocessor and the CUDA software). Given this background, it’s natural that Diamos’ research is focused on advancing breakthroughs in GPU-based deep learning. Ahead of a paper he is presenting at the 33rd International Conference on Machine Learning, Diamos answered questions about his research and his vision for the future of machine learning.

Supermicro Showcasing HPC Solutions at ISC16

Jun 20, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 20 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in compute, storage, and networking technologies and green computing exhibits its High Performance Computing solutions at the International Supercomputing Conference this week in Frankfurt, Germany. At the show Supermicro will debut the latest innovations in HPC architectures and technologies including a 2U 4-Node server supporting Read more…

AMAX Launches Converged Solutions Upgraded With Latest Intel Xeon Phi X200 Product Family

Jun 20, 2016 |

FREMONT, Calif., June 20 — AMAX, a leading provider of Cloud/IaaS, GPU, HPC and Server Appliance platforms, announced today that its diverse product lines, including Converged Solutions and AMAX HPC Clusters, are now available integrated with the latest Intel Xeon Phi x200 product family (formerly codenamed Knights Landing). The new Intel Xeon Phi platform is a 14nm many-core x86 Read more…

NVIDIA Introduces Tesla P100 GPU Accelerator for PCIe Servers

Jun 20, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 20 — To meet the unprecedented computational demands placed on modern data centers, NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) today introduced the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator for PCIe servers, which delivers massive leaps in performance and value compared with CPU-based systems. Demand for supercomputing cycles is higher than ever. The majority of scientists are unable to secure adequate time Read more…

OSS Exhibits GPUltima With New NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU for PCIe at ISC16

Jun 20, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 20 — One Stop Systems (OSS), a leading provider of high performance computing appliances for a multitude of HPC applications, today will exhibit for the first time in Europe the OSS GPUltima petaflop compute accelerator in a single rack. This high-density platform delivers petaflop performance at greatly reduced cost and space requirements. The GPUltima supports up to Read more…

Univa Grid Engine Version 8.4.0 Now Available

Jun 20, 2016 |

FRANKFURT, Germany, June 20 — Univa, a leading innovator of workload management, today announced the release of Univa Grid Engine Version 8.4.0 with preview support for the Intel Xeon Phi processor (formerly code-named “Knights Landing”), enabling enterprises to launch and control jobs on Intel Xeon Phi processor-based systems. The update simplifies running and managing applications on Read more…