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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…

New Microchip Designed by Team at UC Davis

Jun 20, 2016 |

June 20 — A microchip containing 1,000 independent programmable processors has been designed by a team at the University of California, Davis, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The energy-efficient “KiloCore” chip has a maximum computation rate of 1.78 trillion instructions per second and contains 621 million transistors. The KiloCore was presented at the 2016 Symposium on Read more…

NVIDIA Debuts PCIe-based P100; Broadens Aim at CPU Dominance

Jun 19, 2016 |

NVIDIA seems to be mounting a vigorous effort to dethrone the CPU as the leader of the processor pack for HPC and demanding datacenter workloads. That’s a tall order. Introduction at ISC 2016 of a PCIe-based version of is new Tesla P100 card is one element in the strategy. It should ease the upgrade path Read more…

What Knights Landing Is Not

Jun 18, 2016 |

As we get ready to launch the newest member of the Intel Xeon Phi family, code named Knights Landing, it is natural that there be some questions and potentially some confusion. I have found that everything is clear, when we really understand that Knights Landing is an Intel processor. That makes it NOT Knights Corner. Read more…

Northumbria University Selects BIOS-IT to Deploy Centralized HPC infrastructure

Jun 17, 2016 |

June 17 — Northumbria University, working in partnership with BIOS IT have become one of the first UK sites to deploy Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) for their centralised HPC infrastructure. This is the first stage of Northumbria University’s long term objective to provide its students, researchers and faculty members with a state of the Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 16, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Jim Kurose discussing @NSF_CISE's vision for research #cyberinfrastructure. #bluewaters @XSEDEscience pic.twitter.com/S7msWMPZjO — NCSAatIllinois (@NCSAatIllinois) June 13, 2016 Read more…

OpenACC Adds Support for OpenPOWER; Touts Growing Traction

Jun 13, 2016 |

In a show of strength leading up to ISC the OpenACC standards group today announced its first OpenPOWER implementation, the addition of three new members – University of Illinois, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Stony Brook University – and details of its expanding 2016 training schedule. Michael Wolfe, technical director of OpenACC, also talked with HPCwire about thorny compiler challenges still remaining as…

Intel Xeon E7 Balloons In-memory Capacity, Targets Real-Time Analytics

Jun 8, 2016 |

Who crunches more data faster, wins. It’s this drive that cuts through and clarifies the essence of the evolutionary spirit in the computer industry, the dual desire to get to real time with bigger and bigger chunks of data. The locomotive: HPC technologies adapted to enterprise mission-critical data analytics. With its memory capacity of up Read more…

Exiting Intel, James Reinders Offers a Brief Personal Retrospective

Jun 6, 2016 |

You may have heard that Intel has encouraged “long timers” (like me) to consider early retirement. Well, the offer was convincing for me. After 10,001 days at Intel, it is time for me to start the next phase of my life. I’ve accepted the “ERP offer” (early retirement) with my last day being June 24, 2016 (exactly 10,000 days after my start date). I’ll be in the office as much as needed to help transitions and wrap things up. Let me know if you need/want anything from me as I finish up.

HPC and Big Data Convergence Takes Life at PSC’s Bridges

Jun 1, 2016 |

Roughly three months into early operations, the Bridges computing resources being deployed at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is bearing fruit. Designed to accommodate traditional HPC and big data analytics, Bridges had supported 245 projects as of May 26. This ramping up of the NSF-funded ($9.6 M) Bridges project is an important step in delivering practical Read more…

Cavium Unveils ThunderX2 Plans, Reports ARM Traction is Growing

May 31, 2016 |

Cavium yesterday rolled out plans for ThunderX2, the next generation of its ThunderX line of ARM system-on-a-chip (SOC) processors. Given all of the recent noise around Intel’s Broadwell and Knights Landing chips, the announcement is a reminder that the ARM camp continues to make what it believes is steady progress into the x86-dominated landscape. Cavium made Read more…

Univa Expands Grid Engine Support for Docker and Intel KNL

May 31, 2016 |

Univa today announced general availability of Grid Engine 8.4.0. The latest version of Grid Engine includes many new features including expanded support for Docker containers as well as “preview support” for Intel’s latest Xeon Phi code named Knights Landing processor. Univa also reports fixing more than 80 prior issues. Leading the container enhancements, users can now automatically dispatch and run jobs in Docker containers, from a user specified Docker image.

Secretive AI Startup Pioneers Artificial Imagination

May 26, 2016 |

In the influx of deep learning startups, one stealth mode venture, Vicarious, has already made something of a name for itself. As reported in MIT Technology Review, the Silicon Valley-area company is working to give computers the power of imagination, or something close to it. The article reports that this innovative effort is going against the tide Read more…

GPU-based Deep Learning Enhances Drug Discovery Says Startup

May 26, 2016 |

Sifting the avalanche of life sciences (LS) data for insight is an interesting and important challenge. Many approaches are used with varying success. Recently, improved hardware – primarily GPU-based – and better neural networking schemes are bringing deep learning to the fore. Two recent papers report the use of deep neural networks is superior to typical machine learning (support vector machine model) in sieving LS data for drug discovery and personalized medicine purposes.

AMD Introduces the FirePro S7100X GPU for Blade Servers

May 25, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 25 — AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced AMD Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) for blade servers, AMD FirePro S7100X GPU. AMD MxGPU is the industry’s first and only hardware-virtualized GPU compliant with the SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization) PCIe virtualization standard. The AMD FirePro S7100X GPU is a simple, secure solution for graphics virtualization providing workstation-class experience for Read more…

ORNL Researchers Create Framework for Easier, Effective FPGA Programming

May 24, 2016 |

Programmability and portability problems have long inhibited broader use of FPGA technology. FPGAs are already widely and effectively used in many dedicated applications (accelerated packet processing, for example), but generally not in situations that require ‘reconfiguring’ the FPGA to accommodate different applications. A group of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory is hoping to change that.

IBM to Offer NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU Accelerator in the Cloud

May 20, 2016 |

DALLAS, Tex., May 20 — IBM (NYSE: IBM) has become the first company to offer the NVIDIA Tesla M60 GPU accelerator in the cloud, giving companies of all sizes easier and more affordable access to the latest virtual desktop applications with no compromise to performance. IBM continues to be in lock step with NVIDIA in bringing Read more…

Supercomputing Helping Clean Up Waste From WWII

May 17, 2016 |

May 17 — More than seven decades after the end of WWII, radioactive waste from the Manhattan Project is still awaiting cleanup. Progress at sites around the country—the largest is Hanford in southeastern Washington—has been slow, costly and plagued with problems. Cleaning up radioactive waste is incredibly complicated. It’s a little separating certain grains of sand from Read more…

Edico Genome to Make DRAGEN Available on New IBM Power Systems for HPC

May 12, 2016 |

SAN DIEGO, Calif., May 12 — Edico Genome, creator of the world’s first bio-IT processor designed to analyze next-generation sequencing data, today announced a collaboration with IBM to make DRAGEN available on the new IBM Power Systems S822LC for high performance computing (HPC). In addition, Edico is now offering the Broad Institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK), a software package for analysis of Read more…

TGAC Installs largest SGI UV 300 Supercomputer for Life Sciences

May 11, 2016 |

Two weeks ago, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) based in the U.K. turned on the first of two new SGI UV300 computers. Next week, or thereabouts, TGAC will bring a second identical system online. Combined with its existing SGI UV2000, TGAC will have the largest SGI system dedicated to life sciences in the world. The upgrade will allow TGAC to significantly shorten the time required to assemble wheat genomes, a core activity in TGAC efforts to enhance worldwide food security.