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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…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 11, 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. President Jean-Lou Chameau with @KAUST_HPC team in front of Read more…

Supermicro to Unveil Rack Scale Design at IDF Next Week

Aug 11, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 11 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in compute, storage, and networking technologies and green computing has announced the unveiling of its new Supermicro Rack Scale Design (Supermicro RSD) at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco next week in Gold Sponsor booth 600. As a Read more…

K Computer Runs First Accurate Model of Abrupt Torrential Rain

Aug 9, 2016 |

Supercomputers have long been used in weather forecasting but not for abrupt, highly localized events. Now for the first time, a group of researchers using the K computer used the powerful K computer and advanced radar observational data to accurately predict the occurrence of torrential rains in localized areas. These latter events can arise in Read more…

OSS Introduces the Magma StorageBox 1000 at Flash Memory Summit

Aug 9, 2016 |

Aug. 9 — One Stop Systems introduces the Magma StorageBox 1000 Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) expansion system as an addition to their growing line of Gen 3 PCI Express expansion chassis. The SB1000 is targeted for applications in the High Performance Computing (HPC) market, and features PCIe Gen 3 connectivity. The SB1000 provides up Read more…

Mellanox Demonstrates Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct at Flash Memory Summit

Aug 9, 2016 |

SUNNYVALE, Calif. and YOKNEAM, Israel, Aug. 9 — Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the company will be showcasing a new Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct Demo at the Samsung Booth No. 307, at this week’s Flash Memory Summit. The demo runs over Read more…

Nanotech Grand Challenge & Federal Vision for Future Computing

Aug 8, 2016 |

What will computing look like in the post Moore’s Law era? There’s no shortage of ideas. A new federal white paper – A Federal Vision for Future Computing: A Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge – tackles the ‘what’s next’ question and spells out seven specific research and development priorities and identifies the federal entities responsible.

Riken’s Shoubu Supercomputer Captures Top Spot on Green500 List

Aug 8, 2016 |

CELLE, Germany and BLACKSBURG, Va., Aug. 8 — Japan’s research institution RIKEN once again captured the top spot on the Green500 list with its Shoubu supercomputer, the most energy-efficient system in the world. With rating of 6673.84 MFLOPS/Watt, Shoubu edged out another RIKEN system, Satsuki, the number 2 system that delivered 6195.22 MFLOPS/Watt. Both are “ZettaScaler”supercomputers, employing Intel Read more…

ICC Updates Vega Line of Servers

Aug 5, 2016 |

Aug. 5 — International Computer Concepts (ICC), a leading systems integrator of enterprise-level computing solutions, today announced its update of the ICC Vega line of high-frequency trading servers with the latest Broadwell-E microarchitecture from Intel. After extensive testing, the Vega servers featuring overclocked Intel Core i7 processors are ready to ship to customers. The flagship Read more…

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…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 4, 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. A theoretical laboratory – you have supercomputers, equations and Read more…

IBM Phase Change Device Shows Promise for Emerging AI Apps

Aug 3, 2016 |

IBM Research today announced a significant advance in phase-change memristive technology – based on chalcogenide-based phase-change materials – that IBM says has the potential to achieve much higher neuronal circuit densities and lower power in neuromorphic computing. Also, for the first time, researchers demonstrated randomly spiking neurons based on the technology and were able to Read more…

Penguin Computing Provides HPC Cluster to University of Alaska Fairbanks

Aug 2, 2016 |

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 2 — Penguin Computing, a provider of high performance, enterprise data center and cloud solutions, announced that it is delivering an energy-efficient, high-performance computing cluster to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “This community, condo model project launches a significant change in how high-performance computing resources are offered to the UA community,” said Gwendolyn Read more…

UMD and ARL Partner to Provide HPC Resources for Higher Education and Research Communities

Aug 1, 2016 |

COLLEGE PARK, Md., Aug. 1 — The University of Maryland (UMD) and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the central laboratory that provides world-class research for the Army, today announced a strategic partnership to provide high-performance computing (HPC) resources for use in higher education and research communities. As a result of this synergistic partnership, students, Read more…

Transistors Won’t Shrink Beyond 2021, Says Final ITRS Report

Jul 28, 2016 |

The final International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) is now out. The highly-detailed multi-part report, collaboratively published by a group of international semiconductor experts, offers guidance on the technological challenges and opportunities for the semiconductor industry through 2030. One of the major takeaways is the insistence that Moore’s law will continue for some time even though traditional transistor scaling (through smaller feature sizes) is expected to hit an economic wall in 2021.

“Stream”-lining the Scientific Process at XSEDE

Jul 28, 2016 |

Indiana University and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced that Jetstream, the first-ever NSF-supported cloud resource for science and engineering research, will go into full operations as of September 1. But Jetstream is not your typical HPC supercomputer. “NSF, the IU Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI), and our many partners are embarking on a journey to operate a system that is both a production cloud and a first of a kind pilot project,” said IU’s Craig Stewart.

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jul 28, 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. All 52 cabinets of @NERSC Cori #HPC (phase-2) arrive Read more…

Supermicro Shipping Latest Intel Xeon Phi Processor Server Solutions With Omni-Path Fabric

Jul 27, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 27 — Super Micro Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: SMCI), a global leader in compute, storage, and networking technologies and green computing has announced volume shipments of SuperServer solutions based on the new Intel Xeon Phi processor (formerly code named Knights Landing) with integrated or external Intel Omni-Path Architecture (Intel OPA) next generation fabric as options. Supermicro’s SuperServer 5028TK-HTR is a Read more…

Titan Simulation Reveals New Details of Fissioning Plutonium

Jul 26, 2016 |

In a first study of its kind, a team led by the University of Washington’s Aurel Bulgac captured the real-time dynamics of a fissioning plutonium-240 nucleus by simulating the process on the Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), a US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science User Facility. To create Read more…

vCompute Partners With R Systems to Provide Additional Supercomputing and Cloud Resources

Jul 26, 2016 |

HOUSTON, Tex., July 26 — vCompute announced today that it has completed a partnership agreement with R Systems NA Inc. to host additional HPC and Cloud infrastructure in the Houston vCompute data center facility. This high density, non-blocking infiniband configuration allows vCompute clients to immediately benefit from the power of our high performance computing services and deliver reliable and Read more…