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Dan Olds is a partner at OrionX, a strategy and research firm based in the US.

Purdue and NEU coalition breaks HPCG benchmark record

HPC Blog On the HPCG side of the house, Purdue/NEU reigned supreme with their score of 1,394.32. They foiled FAU's plans for a HPC benchmark sweep by topping the Germans by a comfortable margin. Beihang and EPCC took the third and fourth place respectively. HPCG is a benchmark that's hard on both the students and the systems. It's …
Dan Olds, 4 Jul 2017

Mighty Tsinghua crew crushes their cluster rivals in Frankfurt

HPC Blog The ISC Student Cluster Competition is in the record books and now it's time to dive into the numbers and see what happened. This time, we're going to present the results day-by-day and show you how the lead changes hands over time. Day 1: HPCC, HPCG The first day is devoted to industry standard benchmarks. HPCC (also known as …
Dan Olds, 4 Jul 2017

Students smash competitive clustering LINPACK world record

HPC Blog Enormous happenings at the ISC17 Student Cluster Competition, where students from the Friedrich-Alexander-Universitat (FAU) broke the student cluster competition world record for HPL (LINPACK). This gives the home court German team the coveted Highest LINPACK award. This marks the first time a German team has won a major …
Dan Olds, 3 Jul 2017
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Cluster kids: Meet the students giving all for science and HPC glory

HPC Blog As part of our continuing coverage of the most exciting events in the computer sporting world, Student Cluster Competitions, we like to meet each team individually. Through the miracle of video, we can share these conversations with you, the cluster competition aficionados. Use these interviews to help you get to know the …
Dan Olds, 22 Jun 2017

Gear, racks, software hacks – what the cluster kids are rockin' at ISC17

HPC Blog The tension is rising at the ISC17 Student Cluster Competition being held this week in Frankfurt, Germany. Eleven university teams are vying for the coveted Ultimate Champion award, the Highest LINPACK award, and the Fan Favourite Prize. I know that everyone is closely following these competitions, but just a few words to the …
Dan Olds, 21 Jun 2017

Cluster-wrestling kids pimp their HPC rides in Frankfurt

HPC Blog Eleven teams at the ISC17 Student Cluster Competition will go head to head live in glamorous Frankfurt, Germany, this week. Yep, this one goes to 11. For those few of you who aren't slavishly following these contests, here's a quick explanation. A student cluster competition is where teams of undergrads design their own …
Dan Olds, 19 Jun 2017

To heck with the laws of physics... we will squeeze more juice from these processors

HPC Blog Dratted laws of physics. Cranking up frequencies is difficult due to leakages from ever smaller guard rails on the electron highways inside the processor. You have to jack up the power to make sure the instructions make it through, which leads to thermal problems. Martin Hilgeman, HPC consultant with Dell EMC, gave a tour de …
Dan Olds, 7 Jun 2017

Crank up the caffeine for ISC Student Cluster Competition 2017

HPC Blog Some people are afraid of public speaking, others fear spiders or snakes. Still others fear having to put together and benchmark high performance computing clusters in front of thousands of spectators and a worldwide audience of millions online. Are you in that camp? If you are, then you have a lot in common with competitors …
Dan Olds, 7 Jun 2017
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Want to know more about HPC apps? This explicit vid has some answers

HPC Blog The HPC Advisory Council exists to spread the word about high-performance computing tech, provide a network of expertise, equipment for members, and generally educate all-comers about the wonders of HPC. Thrillingly, it also has a bunch of equipment to play with in-house, including clusters ranging from four to 38 nodes, and a …
Dan Olds, 6 Jun 2017
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Fluster-cluster fracas in Frankfurt: HPC kids fight again

HPC Blog We’re only a few weeks away from the 6th annual ISC Student Cluster Competition, and student cluster aficionados worldwide are gearing up to watch the battle. ISC Cluster Competition Taipan Pak Lui and I shot a video at SC16 where we unveiled the teams for the ISC event, you can watch it below. For those of you who don’t have …
Dan Olds, 31 May 2017

Inspur jacks up huge heat sink-sporting beast

HPC Blog At trade shows, I’m always attracted by the sight of huge heat sinks bunched together on a system board. Big and powerful hardware is a weakness of mine. The sight of them pulls me to the booth like a giant tractor beam. That’s exactly what happened when I wondered by the Inspur booth at GTC17. Its new AGK-2 server is quite …
Dan Olds, 30 May 2017
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Nvidia: Pssst... farmers. Need to get some weeds whacked?

HPC blog While there are always vehicles on the show floor at GTC17, it would seem this is the first time an actual John Deere tractor has been in the mix. But the tractor wasn’t the point, it’s what was attached to the tractor that might be interesting for rural types. Weeds are the bane of farmers as they cut down on crop yields. The …
Dan Olds, 30 May 2017

IBM man goes deep on why they're all shiny OpenCAPI people

HPC Blog IBM gave the audience a deeper dive into the OpenCAPI initiative and hardware at the recently concluded HPC Advisory Council annual meeting in Lugano, Switzerland. OpenCAPI is a new connection type that gives a high bandwidth, low latency, connection for memory, accelerators, network, storage, and other devices like ASICs. …
Dan Olds, 22 May 2017
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Parallel programming masterclass with compsci maven online

HPC Blog Dr DK Panda is a world-recognised expert on parallel programming and networking. He's a Distinguished Scholar at The Ohio State University and his research group has developed the MVAPICH2 (high performance MPI and MIP+PGAS) libraries for InfiniBand, iWARP, and RoCE with support for GPUs, Xeon Phi, and virtualization. His …
Dan Olds, 22 May 2017

HPC kid cluster-wrestle: Gene-sequencing app Falcon was wind beneath winner's wings

HPC Blog Tsinghua University topped their 19 competitors to take home the Overall Championship trophy at the recent ASC17 Student Cluster Competition in Wuxi, China. But this isn’t the first time the school has tasted the sweet nectar of victory while hoisting the winners’ cup. In addition to previous ASC wins, the team had a golden …
Dan Olds, 15 May 2017

Never mind custody decisions, let's AI up our police cars

HPC blog Not long after the news that UK cops may use artificial intelligence to make decisions on custody, Nvidia was showing off AI-for-cops at its GTC event – except this time it's the vehicular sort. Of course, all of this is par for the course at the GTC event, you’ll always hear about the latest car sensor technology, self- …
Dan Olds, 15 May 2017

Chinese supercomputer newbs smash student cluster-building record

HPC Blog Yet another record has fallen at the Asia Supercomputer Community Student Cluster Competition. This time, it’s the HPCG (High Performance Conjugate Gradients) mark. Little-known Weifang University in Shandong Province, which also set a new student LINPACK record, notched a score of 992.333 GFLOP/s, handily topping the rest of …
Dan Olds, 9 May 2017
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Why student cluster compos? A supercomputer kids' taskmaster explains

HPC Blog As some of the blogs on the fifth annual ASC17 Asia Student Supercomputer challenge started to hit El Reg, we noticed a couple of comments that made me think that some of you out there are missing the point of these student cluster competitions. Here are a couple of them: “So the newcomers won because they had two more NVIDIA …
Dan Olds, 8 May 2017

Final day of world's biggest student cluster-wrestling compo

HPC Blog As a HPC cluster competition starts to wind down and deadlines are close, I like to do a video check in with the teams to see how they’re doing. Usually they’re either very relaxed or very nervous. The relaxed ones either know where they stand and whether they’re in or out of the competition for first place or one of the other …
Dan Olds, 8 May 2017

Student cluster-wrestlers face off in HPC battle: You and whose army? Um, China's

HPC Blog With 20 university teams, Asia Supercomputer Community 2017 is the largest student cluster competition in the world. So it’s only natural that this story, which will give you a chance to meet the teams via video, will be the longest student cluster competition story in history. In the videos, we’re talking to the kids on the …
Dan Olds, 5 May 2017
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Straight outta Shandong cluster noobs set new LINPACK world record

HPC Blog Another world record has fallen. Asian Student Cluster competitors have broken the student LINPACK record with an amazing score of 31.7 TF/s. This barely tops the former record of 31.15 TF/s set at SC16 by the University of Science & Technology of China. The new record holder is Weifang University of Science & Technology, a …
Dan Olds, 27 Apr 2017

The more ya node: Asia cluster romp's a picture of supercomputer trends

HPC Blog More than 230 university teams vied for only 20 slots in the 2017 Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) finals being held this week in Wuxi, China. At 20 teams, this is the largest cluster competition the world has ever seen. Really, it is. Each team consists of five undergrads and a coach, who is usually a faculty advisor. …
Dan Olds, 26 Apr 2017

HPC kids battle each other... oh, and tussle with the world's fastest supercomputer

HPC Blog This year's edition of the Asian Student Cluster Competition (ASC) is the largest competition of its kind in the world, with 20 teams of university undergrads battling each other, themselves, and the world’s fastest supercomputer, Sunway TaihuLight, to win the Asian Cluster Crown*. But more than just bragging rights are at …
Dan Olds, 24 Apr 2017
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Highly available? Of course you are. But did you download DRBD?

LINBIT, creators of the Distributed Replicated Block Device (DRBD) storage system for Linux, has announced that its software has been downloaded ONE MEEEEELLION times. In this day and age, a million downloads for consumer software isn't such a huge deal. But when you're talking enterprise software, and mission-critical …
Dan Olds, 6 Apr 2017

Ah, breathe that fresh alpine air. And look over there, a majestic HPC Advisory Council

HPC Blog Looking to find out about the latest cutting-edge research and the best way to utilise HPC gear? Or would you just like to hang out with your HPC homies on the Piazza della Riforma in the brisk night air? Either way, you'll want to be in Lugano, Switzerland, next week because the HPC Advisory Council is coming to town. The HPC …
Dan Olds, 6 Apr 2017

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