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SGI supercomputer with liquid cooling

Eco-friendly fluid keeps SGI supercomputer cool and moist

Intel and SGI have built a new supercomputer using an advanced coolant from 3M flowing directly over the hardware to slash the running costs of such systems, and possibly to boost performance. SGI supercomputer with liquid cooling Don't try this with water The SGI ICE X system uses Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors for grunt, and …
Iain Thomson, 09 Apr 2014
Air pollution in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, northeastern China, in October 2013

China's answer to AIRPOCALYPSE: Fire up the supercomputer

China has decided to use the power of supercomputing to help in its on-going quest to beat the smog that is turning the country into an international coughing laughing stock. The Tianhe-1A, which took number one spot on the oft-changing Top 500 list for a few months in 2010, will be set to work trying to figure out the cause of …
Phil Muncaster, 11 Dec 2013
Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z

Nvidia unveils Titan Z: An 8TFLOPS off-the-shelf supercomputer disguised as a gfx card

Nvidia has released its most powerful – and, in our memory at least, its most expensive – GeForce graphics card ever, the GTX Titan Z, which you can have for a hefty $2,999. Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z Five thousand, seven hundred and sixty CUDA cores of 'cool and quiet' GPU power That's not such a high price, said Nvidia CEO …
Rik Myslewski, 26 Mar 2014
The Register breaking news

Supercomputer hacker coughs to flogging DoE logins to FBI agent

The US hacker caught after trying to sell Department of Energy supercomputer logins to an undercover FBI agent has pleaded guilty in a deal that could see him go to jail for up to 18 months. The 24-year-old hacker, Pennsylvania man Andrew James Miller, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and computer fraud to cut his …

IBM and Nvidia: We'll build your data center like a SUPERCOMPUTER

IBM and Nvidia have announced a partnership to "bring supercomputer performance to the corporate data center," in the words of Nvidia's accelerated computing honcho Ian Buck, with systems based on Nvidia Tesla GPUs and IBM Power8 CPUs, and to accelerate IBM enterprise software using Nvidia GPUs. "This is the biggest technology …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013
Cray Mongolian cluster

Supercomputer maker Cray: Jobs for HPC kids? There might be some going

There are some teens and kids in their twenties who skip out on university courses for a trip abroad with their friends, where they spend days and nights chugging down (caffeine) brew, losing sleep and wrestling with, er, clusters. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing... In fact, it could mean that they'll one day work at Cray …

Supercomputer-maker Cray offers cold storage to hungry Big Data boys

Supercomputer supplier Cray is offering archival storage for cold data with automated movement across four storage tiers. The product is a large-scale tiered storage archive solution intended for the HPC and Big Data markets. Cray's Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS) offering uses Storage Manager archival software from Versity, in …
Chris Mellor, 06 Nov 2013
2001: A Space Odyssey

Boffins look down back of Amazon Web Services, find a SUPERCOMPUTER

What runs faster than the majority of the world's supercomputers, costs less, and was used to research organic solar-power cells? The answer is Megarun, a 1.21-petaflop super that was spun up by Cycle Computing in the AMAZON CLOUD. Cycle Computing revealed its Megarun beast on Tuesday before the kickoff of Amazon Web Services's …
Jack Clark, 12 Nov 2013
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

Explicit shots: China's gorgeous flop-tastic Tianhe-2 supercomputer

Some of the feeds and speeds of the Chinese government's Tianhe-2 massively parallel ceepie-phibie supercomputer leaked out in May and then even more came out a week later ahead of the planned big splash at the International Super Computing shindig in Leipzig, Germany. But El Reg has some juicy pics of some of the key components …

Supercomputer vid proves NASA black-hole ring sniffers were RIGHT

Stellar-mass black holes produce their highest-energy light from the turbulent froth of their gas corona, boffins have discovered with the help of a massive amount of supercomputing power. Astronomers from NASA, Johns Hopkins University and the Rochester Institute of Technology used 960 of the Ranger supercomputer's nearly 63, …

My other supercomputer is a Lenovo: What IBM System x sale means for HPC

Back in May 2013, when IBM was first rumoured to be selling part of its System x division to Lenovo, I wrote a story looking at how this might impact IBM’s position in the HPC market. It’s a good time to revisit that analysis and see what the picture looks like now. As I noted in the prior story, it’s damned hard to get solid …
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Swinburne starts design of pulsar-hunting supercomputer

Back when they first discovered pulsars – in the “Little Green Men” era of the 1960s – astronomers were seeing big, loud and slow pulses. Today's pulsar-hunters are hunting subtler beasts and therefore need a lot more computer power, which is why Australia's Swinburne University has decided to spend more than $AU600,000 to …
IBM Watson QA Power7 cluster

IBM. HUMAN-crushing SUPERCOMPUTER Watson. The Cloud. You know where THIS is going

IBM is exposing the super computer brain that crushed puny humans in a TV quiz show to the entire internet. Big Blue announced its IBM Watson Developers Cloud on Thursday, inviting all comers to build big data apps that tap the cognitive powers of its Watson super computer. The idea is to tempt application authors keen on …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Nov 2013

Green supercomputer pioneer to model micro drones

The US Air Force Office of Scientific Research has slung some money in the direction of Virginia Tech to conduct fluid dynamics modelling as part of its Micro Air Vehicle – to you and I, micro-drones – projects. The wrinkle in the contract, worth up to $US6 million over five years, is that researcher Wu Feng is to bring his …
The Eurora supercomputer built by Eurotech and Nvidia

Supercomputer efficiency jumps, but nowhere near exascale needs

It is not precisely the kind of leap that the supercomputer industry needs to reach exascale performance by the end of the decade, but more powerful GPU and x86 coprocessors are enabling more energy-efficient machines, at least according to the latest Green500 rankings. The Green500 list comes out two or three times a year, …

Green supercomputer benchmarks make boffins see red, check blueprints

The biannual Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers has broken new ground in two important ways: for the first time an HPC system broke the 4 gigaflops per watt barrier, and also for the first time all the top 10 systems benefitted from GPU acceleration. Then there's a third bit of note: the benchmarks are …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Nov 2013
The Eurora supercomputer built by Eurotech and Nvidia

Italian 'Eurora' supercomputer pushes the green envelope

The "Eurora" supercomputer that was just fired up in Italy may not be large, but it has taken the lead in energy efficiency over designs from big HPC vendors like Cray and IBM. The new machine was built by Eurotech, a server maker with HPC expertise that is based on Amaro, Italy, in conjunction with graphics chip and GPU …
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Tokyo U gets second FX10 Sparc supercomputer

The University of Tokyo has gone back to Fujitsu for a second helping of K supercomputer. The Institute for Solid State Physics is looking forward to next spring, when Fujitsu will fire up a PrimeHPC FX10 supercomputer that will be used to conduct materials research in high-performance solid state devices. The supercomputer will …
IBM Watson QA Power7 cluster

IBM puts supercomputer Watson to work in ROBOT CALL CENTRE

It's clever enough to beat humans on quiz shows and diagnose illnesses, but is IBM's artificially intelligent supercomputer tough enough to cope with angry consumers who've been on hold for three hours? IBM certainly seems to think so, as it has just given Watson a new job as a customer service manager. Rather than phoning a …
Jasper Hamill, 21 May 2013

World's 'most green' supercomputer in red-hot battle between Intel, Nvidia

Non-profit consortium CINECA has deployed what may be the greenest supercomputer in the world at its Bologna centre in Italy. Called Eurora, the new machine claims it can perform 3,150 megaflops per watt, compared to the 2,499.44 achieved by Green-500 king the Beacon supercomputer at the National Institute for Computational …
Tim Anderson, 04 Feb 2013
Zurich zBox4 construction

Swiss boffins slap together homegrown zBox4 supercomputer

Students and a few wandering professors at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich had a perfect weekend when they scraped together the funds to buy the parts for their zBox4 homegrown supercomputer and assembled the two-rack beast. This is the fourth generation of homegrown machines that the ITP …
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Euro boffins plan supercomputer to SIMULATE HUMAN BRAIN

The European Commission has selected the Human Brain Project (HBP) as one of its Future and Emerging Technologies and will send it up to €1.19b over ten years so it can build a supercomputer capable of simulating the human brain. The HBP wants to build a simulated brain because we don't know enough about our grey matter. The …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2013
IBM Watson QA Power7 cluster

Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

IBM's Watson supercomputer was smart enough to beat two human opponents on US quiz show Jeopardy!, but there is apparently some knowledge that the system is still too immature to handle – namely, the contents of the Urban Dictionary. Watson is perhaps the most sophisticated artificial intelligence computer system developed to …
Neil McAllister, 09 Jan 2013
China's Tianahe-1A Supercomputer

China to build ANOTHER 100 petaflops hybrid supercomputer by 2014?

We passed through the 10 petaflops barrier in the supercomputer racket last year, and the next station on the train to exaflops is 100 petaflops. China already admitted at last year's International Super Computing '12 shindig that it was working on a kicker to Tianhe-1A hybrid CPU-GPU supercomputer, with the goal of having the …

UK's HECToR supercomputer in 27PB MEGA-storage boost

HECToR, the Edinburgh-based supercomputer used by UK researchers to tackle science's more thorny mathematical problems, is having petabytes of disk and tape storage installed in a massive storage expansion. HECToR stands for the High End Computing Terra Scale Resource and has been built in several phases. It is a Cray-built 800 …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jul 2012

Supercomputer sage Cray musters Lustre cluster storage hustler

Supercomputer company Cray is starting up a standalone storage company with a Cray Cluster Connect product for rustling up business supplying X86 Lustre clusters. "Connect" in Cray Cluster Connect (C3) does not refer to just the physical connection hardware linking nodes in a cluster. Instead Cray is referring to everything …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jun 2013

'Flash Gordon' supercomputer powers up in January

Say hello to Flash Gordon; the world's first flash-powered supercomputer will come online in the San Diego Supercomputer Centre in January. It's being built by Appro International using Intel 710 flash drives and cost a bargain basement (this is supercomputing budget land) $20 million for 280+ teraflops, 36 million IOPS, and …
Chris Mellor, 15 Dec 2011
The Tegra 3 ARM board and Tesla K20 GPU powering Pedraforca

Barcelona taps Tesla and Tegra for next-gen hybrid supercomputer

The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has been monkeying around with the combination of low-powered processors and relatively low-end graphics chips. Well, BSC is getting ready to take its ceepie-geepie prototyping up another notch by marrying a baby ARM processor aimed at smartphones and tablets with a full-on GPU coprocessor. …
lotus F1 team, car front view

How do you drive a supercomputer round a Formula 1 track?

When you arrive at the Lotus F1 Team HQ you’re politely asked not to take pictures without asking first. It soon becomes clear that most of the site is off bounds photographically, so we agree that it’ll be easier all round if our guide, senior account manager Luca Mazzocco, simply tells us when we can take photos. It’s not so …
Joe Fay, 22 Jul 2013

Supercomputer Watson too thick to use Siri

Looks like the human race has some breathing space in our intelligence arms race with computers. Though supercomputer Watson beats the best human brains at quiz games, it can't use the iPhone app Siri. Take that, Watson. You'll never know where to find the best Thai restaurants in town. The question came up last night at an …
Anna Leach, 17 Nov 2011
China's Tianahe-1A Supercomputer

Russia, India aim to dislodge China from No 1 on top of the 'flops

Russia and India may be about to join forces in taking on a common adversary: China and its floptastic Tianhe-2 beast which currently sits atop the Top 500 supercomputer list. Boris Shabanov of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) has invited a group from the Indian Institute of Science and local Karnataka lawmakers to discuss …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Apr 2014

Blighty's new top supercomputer bagged by software boffins

The UK government is buying an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer and iDataplex [PDF] servers, with DDN storage, to use in its Daresbury laboratory. The lab is used for developing software for next-generation supercomputers, presumably the exascale thingies needed for chewing through Really Big Data. The funding and authorisation …
Chris Mellor, 04 Apr 2012

Gordon the supercomputer is intense about data

According to San Diego Supercomputing Center chief Mike Norman, his brainchild 'Gordon' is the world’s first data intensive supercomputer. In the works for two years, Gordon was being shipped from system house Appro to its new home in San Diego last week during SC11 in Seattle. In the video, I catch up with Mike and discuss what …
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Australian supercomputer to use geothermal cooling

As Australia’s Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope takes shape, CSIRO has begun drilling in an unusual approach to cooling supercomputers. The petascale powerhouse needed by ASKAP is being built in water-short Perth, so instead of sucking nearly 40 million litres of water from the city’s supply, CSIRO plans a …
The Zythos Supercomputer at Australia's iVEC

What could you do with 264 Sandy Bridge cores and 6TB of RAM?

What could you do with 264 Xeon E5-4610 cores running at 2,5GHz and 6TB of RAM? As it happens, you can now try to find out: Perth's supercomputer facility iVEC has just shouted-out to anyone who likes the idea of taking its new, large-memory computer system Zythos for a spin. Zythos is an SGI UV2000. The machine is built from …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Mar 2014

VLSCI's supercomputer passes acceptance test, lands in top 50

The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative – VLSCI to its friends – is close to opening up its BlueGene/Q powerhouse for user jobs. The system passed its acceptance testing over the weekend of June 18, and is expected to be in full production in a matter of weeks, the organisation’s CEO Peter Taylor has told The Register …

Human overlord Watson lives in the 'clouds' now, in a $1bn cognition unit. Don't be afraid

IBM has said that it wants to throw more than a billion dollars at powerful cognition overlord and Jeopardy!-playing human crusher Watson... so that the supercomputer can become a new business unit. The Watson Group will be headed up by Big Blue's former senior veep of software solutions Michael Rhodin and will try to milk some …
IBM's Watson playing Jeopardy

IBM to invest $100m and a decade into using Watson in Africa

IBM is planning to invest $100m and 10 years on getting Africa hooked on its Watson supercomputer system. Big Blue said that it wants to use the system in "Project Lucy", named after the earliest known human ancestor, to help the continent in key areas like healthcare, education, sanitation and agriculture. "In the last decade …
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Blighty promised £43m prang-predicting supercomputer

The government is to invest £158m in IT infrastructure, including data storage, networks and high performance computing, to support research institutions and industry. Announcing the move, David Willetts, the minister for universities and science, said the largest allocation will pay for a national supercomputer to support …

Cray flogs 1PB of TASty storage to German übercomputing boffins, leaves them in tiers

The North German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN) is buying more than 1PB of tiered Cray storage to hold archived scientific research data. HLRN (Norddeutscher Verbund für Hoch- und Höchstleistungsrechnen) is a joint project of the seven northern German states of Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, …
Chris Mellor, 09 Apr 2014

Cray scoops Brit switch maker staff and assets from administrator

Cray, the supercomputer maker, has bought intellectual property assets from the collapsed UK switch maker Gnodal and is taking on "the vast majority of staff" to bulk up its European R&D team. Bristol-based Gnodal, a small start-up with just 15 employees, was venture-backed so we infer that it failed to get a new funding round …
Drew Cullen, 04 Nov 2013
Donkey Kong

King Kong's dangling cluster cut loose

The supercomputer used to animate Peter Jackson's 2005 version of King Kong has been donated to New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology (AUT). The supercomputer comprises 200 IBM HS20 Blade servers, a piece of kit Big Blue sold back in 2005 and a couple of preceding years. IBM's page for the HS20 suggests the machines …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jan 2014
Intel bunny suit snap

Intel reels in Cray's supercomputer interconnect biz

Intel really is taking networking and system interconnects very seriously, and is buying the interconnect hardware business from massively parallel supercomputer maker Cray for $140m. The move is something of a surprise to us outside of Cray, Intel, and the government supercomputer labs that pay the bills at the supercomputer …
Google sign outside Mountain View headquarters

Ex-Cray supercomputer interconnect guru Scott leaves Nvidia for Google

Steve Scott, the system interconnect expert who was the lead designer for the three most current generations of node-lashing routers and server interconnect interfaces for Cray supercomputers, has a new gig at hyperscale data center operator Google. For the past two years, Scott has been the chief technology officer for Nvidia's …
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Supercomputer helps boffins crack 3D material sims...

So who cares about dendrites and dendrite solidification? If you’re an auto manufacturer facing a mandate to radically increase the fuel economy of your cars, you care a lot. Or if you’re working on new jet engines and need to cut some pounds while increasing durability. Actually, if you rely on any alloy that has to have those …

Met Office wants better supercomputer to predict EXTREME weather

The UK's Met Office needs bigger and better supercomputers if it is to confidently and accurately predict the weather and give emergency services a longer lead time for extreme weather conditions, a government group said today. The Science and Technology committee of MPs advised in a report on the Met Office that, despite the …
The Eurocomm Pather 5Se Mobile Server supercomputer-class laptop

Who wants a Xeon-powered, 12-core, RAID 10 … LAPTOP?

The exotic laptop lads at Eurocom have just unleashed another in their series of very peculiar contraptions: the Panther 5SE laptop. Eurocom won't like us calling it a laptop: the official name is “Mobile Server supercomputer-class laptop”. Supercomputer is perhaps a bit over the top, even if the computer can pack a 12-core, 24 …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Nov 2013
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Make it Intel: CSIRO needs new kit to replace supercomputer

Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO (Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation), has issued a tender to replace its Silicon Graphics Altix 4700 systems with Linux x86-based kit. The tender, which closes on 1 March, seeks a system with double the capacity of the Altix, compatibility with existing …
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SMART supercomputer smacks flash in its stash

IBM is going to use NAND flash storage in its planned monster BlueGene/Q supercomputer. This is the water-cooled supercomputer that IBM showed in component form at the recent SC10 conference in New Orleans. The flash is the XceedIOPS multi-level cell NAND product from SMART. It uses 34nm process technology and comes in a 2.5- …
Chris Mellor, 25 Nov 2010

Supercomputer simulates neutron star-black hole SMACKDOWN

A German supercomputer will simulate what happens when neutron stars collide with black holes. The Datura supercomputer at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam, Germany, will be used by the Numerical Relativity Group at the Albert Einstein Institute there. They will search for the gravitational waves …
Chris Mellor, 14 Apr 2011