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Cray peddles more iron than expected in Q1

It is tough to find a choppier business than the supercomputer market, and Cray CEO Peter Ungaro had to remind Wall Street once again to not judge the company on a single quarter, and particularly on the first quarter that it has just turned in. While the company's top line was a little better than expected, issues with the …
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Cray readies XC30 supers for Ivy Bridge and coprocessors

Supercomputer maker Cray has trotted out its financial results for 2012, and used the occasion to talk about its plans for its current year after closing out one of the best four quarters it has put together in many seasons. On a conference call with Wall Street analysts, Cray CEO Peter Ungaro talked generally about Cray's …

Cray ends battle with Appro by ingesting it alive

Cray is going to top off a pretty good year financially if it can get the many-petaflopping Titan and Blue Waters supercomputers accepted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Illinois. There's a good chance those machines will be accepted, but it creates a problem: the $188m Blue Waters deal was an unexpected …
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Appro adds water-cooling to Xtreme supercomputers

It's time to install the hot tub, sauna, and heated swimming pool next to the supercomputer centers of the world and open them up to the public as modern-day baths. If you can think of a better use for waste heat generated by petafloppers, so be it. But clearly this is possible with a new line of supercomputers from Appro …

Japanese boffins fire up 802 teraflops ceepie-geepie

Upstart supercomputer maker Appro International has started up another Xeon E5-based supercomputer, this one a hybrid CPU-GPU Xtreme-X machine installed at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. The deal at Tsukuba was announced last September at about the same time that Intel was widely expected to launch the "Sandy Bridge-EP" …

Gordon the supercomputer is intense about data

SC11 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 …
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Appro goes to extremes with new Xtreme-X supers

Boutique supercomputer maker Appro International is previewing its third generation of Xtreme-X blade-based supercomputers – but "previewing" is just about all it can do without some help from Intel and AMD. The company has carved out some nice business from the major supercomputer labs in the United States as well as other …
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Appro notches up another Los Alamos super deal

Supercomputer maker Appro International has lassoed itself another supercomputer win at the US Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos would no doubt have preferred that Advanced Micro Devices had gotten more of its 16-core "Interlagos" Opteron 6200 processors out of its GlobalFoundries wafer-baking …
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Work begins on radical Gordon super flash-computer

Supercomputer maker Appro International has finally begun building the "Gordon" flash-heavy supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, which was funded by a $20m grant from the National Science Foundation nearly two years ago. The machine is a testbed to analyze what happens when you get the I/O and floating point …
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University of Tsukuba orders 800Tflop Xeon E5 hybrid

Supercomputer upstart Appro International has bagged a deal to supply Tsukuba University in Japan with an 800 teraflops machine based on Intel's impending "Sandy Bridge" Xeon E5 processors. The chip maker is hosting its Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week, but is not expected to divulge much about the server …

Appro wins 6 petaflops contract from DOE nuke labs

Niche supercomputer supplier Appro International has bagged the largest deal in its history, having won a massive contract from the US Department of Energy to supply up to 6 petaflops of raw computing power to three of its nuke labs for the next several years. Appro was not allowed to divulge the price tag on the clusters that …
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Appro plunks Opteron super into US fission lab

Supercomputing upstart Appro International has scored a relatively big win, getting a large cluster of its Xtreme-X parallel machines installed and running at the Idaho National Laboratory, one of the little known labs of the US Department of Energy. The INL is relatively unknown because nuclear fusion research gets all of the …
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US DoD plumps for Appro CPU-GPU hybrids

Supercomputer maker Appro International today announced that it has landed its first contract with the US Department of Defense and will build and install hybrid CPU-GPU machines that will be deployed in five supercomputer centers that have recently bought quite a lot of gear from Cray. Technically speaking, Appro is a …
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Appro overclocks HF1 server for hedge funds

Flash-crashing Wall Street is so much more fun now than in the old days, when you had to cause an actual panic over a number of days to cause a crash. And if you're a hedge fund that wants to do super-fast trades to get ahead of the about-to-crash competition, Appro International has just the server for you. It's called the …

Appro sells another flash-happy HPC cluster

Appro International, the upstart HPC cluster maker, has got another big order from its biggest customer, the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The new machine is called "Trestles" because it is a bridge system until the 245 teraflops "Gordon" super is installed next year. But the Trestles box will weigh in at 100 teraflops, have …
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Nuke lab tests flashy HPC server cluster

It's Flashturbation of a different kind. US nuke lab Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has tapped longtime HPC cluster partner Appro International to custom-build a 100 TB flash-based storage system for its Hyperion x64 testbed cluster. Project Hyperion was all the talk at the SC08 supercomputing show a year and a half …

Nvidia's Fermi hits flop-hungry challengers

Nvidia's Fermi graphics coprocessors have begun shipping through its OEM partner channel with a slew of tier-two players hoping the flop-happy GPUs give them a competitive edge against established players in the HPC server racket. The Fermi graphics cards and GPU coprocessors that are based on them were both previewed last …
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Appro bridges Tesla GPUs, Nehalems

Supercomputer cluster vendor Appro is a niche player in the cut-throat HPC market, and it's bringing the nVidia Tesla GPU and the CUDA programming environment to the knife fight with its new HyperPower clusters. The Tesla GPUs and their related CUDA tools went commercial last fall and they're been picked up by a number of …

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