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Seagate to dismount and fsck its ClusterStor?

Amid the looming closure of its Havant facility in the UK, Seagate has nothing to say about the future of ClusterStor, its HPC disk array product line that was engineered there. When we learned Seagate was planning to close its Havant site with 325 job losses, we realized that this was the ClusterStor development shop. …
Chris Mellor, 25 Jul 2016
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China prototypes pre-exascale super trio with its own non-US chips

Before any country can deploy an exascale system, they have to get pre-exascale prototypes into the field to test out their underlying technologies and determine what approaches have the best chance of scaling up performance and being manufactured affordably. It looks like China is looking at three different pre-exascale systems …
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Please stop working and abuse your expense account at the beach

On-Call Welcome again to On-Call, The Register's usually-on-a-Friday foray into readers' recollections of jobs gone wrong, gone weird or sometimes gone in places that defy even the most lurid imaginings. This week, On-Call has returned from a holiday find a mail bag full of emails from readers paid to do nothing. So in the interests …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jul 2016
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In mourning for Nano, chap crafts 1k-loc text editor

Ticked off by the news that Nano opted out of GNU, a programmer called Salvatore Sanfilippo has written his own text editor. What's impressive about it is that it provides a basic code editor with syntax highlighting and search, without ncurses as a dependency, and in a mere 1,000 lines of code (at Github). Why did he decide …
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DDN ups Top 500 showing

DDN Storage has 70 per cent of the top 500 supercomputer installations using its storage, up from 67 per cent last year. That’s 350 installations, up from 335, an increase of 15. At a recent Paris briefing, DDN President Paul Bloch said growth was fairly limited in the supercomputing storage market segment. Despite Cray …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2016
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Last panel in place, China ready to boot up giant telescope

China's bolted down the last mirror of its Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), put away the hex key, and is about to start trial observations with the instrument. Xinhua has announced the last of its 4,450 panels was hoisted into place over the weekend, meaning it's time for the Chinese astroboffins to …
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PAC slams UK.gov for lack of evidence-based science investments

The Public Accounts Committee has advised the UK government to take a more evidence-based approach when deciding spending on science projects, according to a report published today. The report comes at a time when the future of science funding hangs in the balance after the UK voted to leave the European Union. The EU gives …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Jun 2016

Let's grow a baby universe in a supercomputer, watch black holes collide

Physicists have created simulations that predict the rate at which gravitational waves from the collision of monstrous supermassive black holes may be detected. The results are due to be announced later today at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting. In a monumental discovery, gravitational waves were …
Katyanna Quach, 27 Jun 2016
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Cray explores options for supercomputing-as-a-service

Cray is exploring options to offer supercomputing "as a service", but don’t expect AWS to be offering the venerable vendor’s number-crunching monsters online anytime soon. Rather, the company is looking at ways it can offer its technology as a service, which if nothing else potentially relieves customers of at least some of …
Joe Fay, 27 Jun 2016
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Nice cluster, kid. But can these supercomputing students actually predict the weather?

HPC blog Your correspondent wrote this blog during the action at the ISC’16 Student Cluster Competition arena, located on the trade show floor of the ISC’16 conference. So far, everything is going well for the teams – everyone has their hardware and finished their basic set-up over the weekend. Yesterday was when the rubber met the …
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Plump Dell lays its table for the upcoming HPC Stampede

Michael Dell is getting out the good china as his firm prepares to dine on a slice of the world's supercomputer market. Dell’s PC and server shop has rolled out a series of High Performance Computer Systems targeting applications in life sciences, manufacturing and research. They are: the HPC System for Life Sciences, …
Gavin Clarke, 21 Jun 2016
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Supercomputers in 2030: Lots of exaflops and LOTS of DRAM

Supercomputers will overcome the predicted crumbling of Moore’s Law over the next few years to show massive leaps in performance between now and 2030 – but will still look pretty familiar to today’s compute power junkies. In a series of sessions at ISC this morning covering exascale architectures, speakers predicted a rapid …
Joe Fay, 21 Jun 2016

Fujitsu picks 64-bit ARM for Japan's monster 1,000-PFLOPS super

ISC Fujitsu has signaled it will use 64-bit ARMv8 cores in the whopping exascale supercomputer it's building for Japan's boffins. Back in 2014, the Japanese IT giant was hired by the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science to construct the Flagship 2020 machine – dubbed the Post-K super because it will succeed Japan's K …
Chris Williams, 20 Jun 2016
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Home-cooked tech helps China topple US as top supercomputer user

ISC For the first time since the Top 500 rankings of the most powerful supercomputers in the world was started 23 years ago, the United States is not home to the largest number of machines on the list – and China, after decades of intense investment and engineering, is. Supercomputing is not just an academic or government …

All aboard the PCIe bus for Nvidia's Tesla P100 supercomputer grunt

ISC Nvidia has popped its Tesla P100 accelerator chip onto PCIe cards for bog-standard server nodes tasked with artificial intelligence and supercomputer-grade workloads. The P100 was unveiled in April at Nvidia's GPU Tech Conference in California: it's a 16nm FinFET graphics processor with 15 billion transistors on a 600mm2 die. …
Chris Williams, 20 Jun 2016
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It's not us, it's you: Boffins ditch supercomputers in lust for new materials

Physicists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology have created a quantum simulator designed to model complex quantum mechanics phenomena that even the fastest supercomputer could not compute. The researchers created the simulator by trapping up to 219 beryllium ions inside a Penning trap in a bid to study …
Katyanna Quach, 10 Jun 2016

'MongoDB ate my containers!'

Line Break Welcome back to The Register's weekly software bug parade, Line Break: Season Two. After a hiatus, and a vacation here or there, Line Break has been recommissioned. You can catch up on previous episodes, here. The idea is simple: if you spot buggy code in the wild that's driven you bonkers or to hysterics, drop us a line with …
Chris Williams, 08 Jun 2016
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From iWarp to Knight's Landing: James Reinders leaves Intel

Intel's HPC director and evangelist James Reinders is leaving Intel after 27 years - or as he puts it, 10,001 days - accepting the firm's offer of early retirement for long-standing employees. Reinders describes how he joined Intel in 1989 to work on a VLIW (Very Long Instruction Word) processor called iWarp, designed to be …
Tim Anderson, 07 Jun 2016
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Hadoop rigs are really supercomputers waiting for the right discipline

IBM reckons the rigs assembled to run the likes of Hadoop and Apache Spark are really just supercomputers in disguise, so has tweaked some of its supercomputer management code to handle applications that sprawl across x86 fleets. As explained to The Register by IBM's veep for software-defined infrastructure Bernie Sprang, apps …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jun 2016
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Urika-ka-ka-ka! Cray unveils open source big data box

Supercomputer shop Cray is branching into analytics with tailored high-end systems packing open-source number-crunching software. Cray Tuesday unveiled the Urika-GX ticking some of the best-known technology boxes and due in the second-half of 2016. The Urika-GX is preinstalled with OpenStack and Apache Mesos for cloud and …
Gavin Clarke, 24 May 2016
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If you know what's good for you, your health data belongs in the cloud

An average-looking chap in a suit in hotel lobby takes out his phone and makes a call. “Hi. You ok?" he asks. “ I got a notification that you’re at 60." Something that might sound vague or bizarre to many - what does "at 60" mean? - had a profound and immediate meaning to me. Many of my relatives are diabetic - it seems to be …
Mark Pesce, 20 May 2016

Home team wins Asia student cluster competition

HPC Blog For the first time in student cluster competition history, a hometown team has won the Overall Championship award. The team, from China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology, captured the crown at the recently concluded Asia Supercomputer Community 2016 Student Cluster Competition. This win earns them a berth in the …

Nvidia Pascal GTX launch

Unless Nvidia has a massive last-minute change of heart, it will tonight unveil a couple of Pascal-powered GTX cards for gamers. Pascal is Nv's latest GPU design: word of it emerged in 2014, it finally arrived last month, and you can find deep dives into how it works and why here, and over here. So far Pascal has emerged in …
Chris Williams, 07 May 2016
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Old fashioned engineering: HPC cluster kids would like to thank their fans. No really

HPC Blog Excitement reigned at the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge Cluster Competition as Zhejiang University set a new student LINPACK record with 12.03 Tflop/s. With this result, they eclipsed the previous record of 10.78 Tflop/s set by Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI) at last year’s ISC15 competition. Here's a historical …
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Lost: One Scality CMO

Syed Hoda is Chief Marketing Officer at Sight Machine. No surprise there, except that he was CMO at object storage software startup Scality, joining in December last year, and leaving in April this year. That's a CMO stint of just three months, signalling a sudden and deep misfit between person and post. Hoda was recruited to …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2016
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Student cluster warriors build out 'roomy sedan' clusters

HPC Blog Four teams in the ASC16 Asian Student Cluster Competition decided to stake out the middle ground in the competition with clusters that aren't too small and aren't too big. Is their "just right" approach going to get them into the winners' circle at ASC16? Let's meet the teams and see what they're packing... Dalian University …

I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

"If you are going through hell, keep going." – Albert Einstein, 1991. I remember reading that quote on a motivational poster somewhere or other many years ago. I have carried it with me uncomfortably ever since. There's no easy way to fold a poster into your pocket. I think I am now finally at peace with what old Bertie meant …
Craig Wright, 03 May 2016
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Food for Deep Thought: 42 is IBM's answer to Life, the Universe and Everything...

Analysis Deep Thought calculated the number 42 to be the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything. Over at IBM it was the frequency the word "transform" was used to explain another dire quarter. The supercomputer in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy took 7.5 million years to determine the importance of …
Paul Kunert, 29 Apr 2016
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Sweaty students prep their hot HPC clusters for Wuhun tussle

HPC blog The Asian Student Supercomputer Competition (ASC) is the closest thing to true stock car racing that you’ll find on the Student Cluster Competition international circuit. At the ASC, you drive nodes that are supplied by major sponsor Inspur, with only limited configurability. Each of the teams below are using nearly identical …

175 teams, 4 continents, $36,000: It's the Amazing HPC Cluster Race

HPC Blog The largest student cluster competition in the known world kicked off last Monday in Wuhan, China. Sixteen teams representing universities from China, South America, the US, and Europe are participating in the fifth annual Asian Student Supercomputer Challenge. The competition just gets bigger and bigger. This year, it started …
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Cambridge Uni spins up green and beefy supercomputer project

Cambridge University is leading a £2.7m project building energy efficient, high-performance supercomputers. Called Project Superspin, the project will attempt to marry research into electron spin with research on super conductive materials. The goal is to produce prototype logic and memory devices by 2021 for use in a …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Apr 2016
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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

HPC blog I jumped at the chance to interview supercomputing pioneer Bo Ewald and quantum computing whiz kid Murray Thom a few months ago. Although it's been in my “vault of lost content” for a while, the video serves as a good primer for quantum computing and its promise. It turns out that there are three broad categories of problem …
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Scality is the bomb, says Los Alamos

Scality's object storage is helping keep US nukes safe by providing back-end storage for Los Alamos Nuclear Lab's Trinity supercomputer. The RING is Scality's object storage software with erasure coding, data resiliency, and enormous scale-out capability. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) recently invested in Scality and is …
Chris Mellor, 15 Apr 2016
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Russian boffins want to nuke asteroids

Russian space scientists want to deploy nukes against killer asteroids. Russia and India Report quotes Tomsk State University scientist Tatyana Galushina explaining modelling led by the university to find out how best to blow up a dangerous asteroid. Galushina reckons a near-Earth rock that poses a future threat could be …
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Bibliotheca Alexandrina buys a Huawei superdupercomputer

Egypt’s national library is buying a 118 teraflop supercomputer from Huawei capable of handling bioinformatics, data mining, physics simulation, weather forecast, drilling for oil and groundwater, and cloud computing – raising questions about what it will be used for. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a grandiose Egyptian state …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2016

Large Hadron Collider gets 4,500 more data-crunching GPUs

Swiss super Piz Daint is getting an upgrade with 4,500 Nvidia Pascal GPUs, replacing 5,200 existing K20x accelerators. The iron, operated by the Swiss National Supercomputer Centre CSCS in Lugano, will have its 7.8 petaflop current performance doubled to nearly 16 petaflops. Announced at GTC16, the upgrade will also include …
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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

OpenPower Summit IBM's Power9 processor, due to arrive in the second half of next year, will have 24 cores, double that of today's Power8 chips, it emerged today. Meanwhile, Google has gone public with its Power work – confirming it has ported many of its big-name web services to the architecture, and that rebuilding its stack for non-Intel …
Chris Williams, 07 Apr 2016
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Nvidia's supercomputer-in-a-box needs 3.2kW of juice

Nvidia is going to sell a $129,000 3200W supercomputer-in-a-box called the DGX-1 from June. It has eight 16GB Pascal P100 GPUs, two Intel Xeons, 10GbE, and NVLink interconnects. It can run at 170TFLOPS if you use 16-bit floating-point numbers, or 42TFLOPS if you use 64-bit floating point. It sits in a 3U box and is aimed at …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016

Nvidia's Tesla P100 has 15 billion transistors, 21TFLOPS

Nvidia has revealed its Pascal Tesla P100 GPU, described as the largest FinFET chip on the market. It is in volume production today. It features 16nm FinFETs and 15 billion transistors on a 600mm2 die, 16GB of HBM2 memory, and the NVLink interconnect. If you include the memories, the 15 billion figure balloons to 150 billion …
Chris Williams, 05 Apr 2016

Hey kids – want to be an HPC bigshot? Don't have a secret exascale supercomputer?

HPC blog Do you want to secure a place in HPC (high performance computing) history? One route would be to single-handedly design and implement an exascale supercomputer, which most would categorize as "hard". However, an easier route is to participate in the various Student Cluster Competitions (SCCs) that take place around the world. …
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Serious unboxing: 230 node research cluster down under

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has run up a 230-node cluster from Dell to support its data-intensive and computational modelling research activities. The core of the machine, dubbed "Pearcey", is a bunch of PowerEdge M630 blades with 128 GB RAM each, and four R930 PowerEdge …
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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

On-Call Welcome back to On-Call, our Friday glimpse at readers' tales of being asked to fix the ridiculous. This week, reader “Alien8” shared a story about “One of the worst jobs I ever had” doing “IT support at a fulfilment house.” The big problem here was his boss, the IT manager, who Alien8 says just made stuff up all the time. …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2016
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France's CEA wires up 6 PB of disks ahead of HPC upgrades

France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), is bulking up its high-performance computing (HPC) storage and I/O, and has anointed Seagate as the lucky vendor. The rollout, in which Seagate elbowed out DataDirect Networks, started with six petabytes of hard drives attached to a ClusterStor L300, with 200GB …
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Alibaba says 'open sesame' to AI, 1,000 new jobs in $1bn cash splash

Alibaba's cloud arm is planning a new billion-dollar partnership with Nvidia to expand its deep learning and big data systems over the next three years. The plan, announced on Tuesday at a press conference in Shanghai, will see AliCloud use Nvidia's silicon to run the new services, and will be offering them from data centers …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jan 2016
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NASA rockets datasets into Amazon’s cloud with Avere

NASA’s Ames Research Centre is moving many files into Amazon’s S3 cloud using Avere’s gateway tech. Ames wants to consolidate legacy storage and move many of its datasets to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud to save cash. It knows a teensy-weensy bit about IT, running NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing Division’s Pleiades …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2016
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The Infamous Eight: 2015's memes, themes and big pieces

Year in review So, was US Central Command (CENTCOM) hacked, were a LOT of Polish Airlines aircraft cyber breached, and did China block imports of products from Apple and others? The answer in all three cases was a simple “no”. So what of the multiple cloud outages, and Uber’s ongoing global legislative and driver woes? In a 140-character- …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Dec 2015
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Here at last: That big data benchmark from TPC

After steady pre-release publicity, the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has released new Big Data and virtualisation benchmarks. The TPC is a non-profit corporation founded to define transaction processing and database benchmarks and to disseminate objective, verifiable TPC performance data to the industry. It …
Chris Mellor, 18 Dec 2015
Knights Landing, the next generation of Intel's Many Integrated Core processor

Intel talks concurrency and Knights Landing

Interview The Intel Software Development Conference was on in London last week, and we took the opportunity to catch up with James Reinders, director and evangelist for parallel programming and HPC tools. Reinders is talking up Knights Landing, the next generation of Xeon Phi, Intel's MIC (many integrated core) processors, which are …
Tim Anderson, 16 Dec 2015
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This is how you count all the trees on Earth

The Earth has three trillion trees and this is seven times more than was thought, until very recently, to exist. It is also half the number that existed before humanity went to work on the environment. We can deduce this through algorithms used to crunch reams of photographic data captured by satellite. But the headline figure …
Drew Cullen, 09 Dec 2015
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Bitcoin inventor Satoshi 'outed' as Aussie, then raided by cops – but NOT over BTC

The home of a bloke fingered by WiReD and tech blog Gizmodo as a possible inventor of Bitcoin has been raided by the Australian Federal Police – just hours after their articles were published. The Register was happy to watch the house publication of deluded entrepreneurs and Giz slug it out over whose evidence is best and who …