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A3Cube turns RAM up to 11 with FORTISSIMO kit

A3Cube has fleshed out another part of its plans for high performance interconnect, adding an I/O access system to the RONNIE data plane technology it launched in February 2014. As explained to El Reg when it hit, RONNIE provides direct, switchless connection between nodes using PCIe NICs, claiming around 900 nanosecond latency …

Sweden orders TWO PETAFLOP supercomputer

Sweden's KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) is continuing its Cray fandom, placing a US$13 million order for an XC super and taking the institute into the petascale era. Cray first got its foot in the door at KTH in 2010, with a 93 teraflop-rated XT6m midrange system. The XT6m was replaced with a 305 TF XE6, which went in …
Seagate hybrid drives

Seagate's BUMPER State of the Storage Nation announcement

Analysis Positioning itself as a data steward, Seagate has presented its storage state of the nation pitch, announcing: three new disk drives; LaCie Thunderbolt external storage; two server flash cards and a controller; an HPC array; a new backup appliance; and a bright and shiny cloud and enterprise business unit. Seagate is continuing …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2014

eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

eBay went titsup earlier today, and the company is now attempting to bring its site back to life. The online tat bazaar coughed to an unexplained technical blunder preventing an unknown number of its subscribers from accessing the site, which many buyers and sellers of used goods enjoy using in their spare time on the weekends …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2014
Intel Xeon E5-2600 package

Intel's DDR4-friendly Xeon workhorses bolt for workstations, servers

Intel's latest-generation Xeon E5 v3 processors first showed up in systems from the likes of Dell last month, but Chipzilla made them generally available on Monday – with all of 32 different parts heading for OEMs and the channel. The new Xeon E5-2600 v3 and E5-1600 v3 chips are all based on Intel's x86-64 Haswell …

Nvidia builds CUDA GPU programming library for machine learning – so you don't have to

Nvidia has released a set of software routines for accelerating machine-learning algorithms on its parallelized graphics processors. Over the weekend, the GPU maker uploaded cuDNN – CUDA Deep Neural Networks – which is a library of primitives for building software that trains neural networks. The component is optimized for …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Sep 2014

HAMR time for Google's MapReduce, says not-so-startup

Like the idea of chewing on terabytes data using Google’s MapReduce but think it's too slow, too hardware-hungry and too complicated? A fledgling big-data analytics venture reckons it’s got the answer - a Hadoop programming framework built using Java it claims is 20 times faster than using ordinary Hadoop and that it claims uses …
Gavin Clarke, 8 Sep 2014
ASKAP from the air

Square Kilometre Array reveals its 1.6TB-a-day storage and network rigs

Australia's first pass at the Square Kilometre Array – the Boolardy Engineering Test Array – is about to get commissioned into a fully-live system. The test array, known naturally enough as BETA, is part of the science-before-the-science: a proving ground for some of the new technologies being used for the SKA project, in …
Team Boston at the ISC student cluster competition

American HPC cluster kids feed data-nomming beast with fat nodes

HPC Blog Two student teams from the United States travelled to the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition in Leipzig, Germany to defend the red, white and blue – and, perhaps, to bring the ISC cluster Chalice of Victory* to the US for the first time. University of Colorado: ISC’14 marks the record-breaking eighth time Colorado has competed …

China sends THREE teams to HPC whizzkid shindig in Germany

HPC Blog China was solidly represented at the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition in Leipzig, sending three teams to compete for the legendary "Cluster Cup". Two of the teams fought their way through the Asian Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC14), topping 10 other Chinese university teams to get their ticket punched for the Leipzig …
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Wonderful wizard of WOS daddy DDN moves into big data

Comment HPC and supercomputer storage company Data Direct Networks (DDN) says its move into enterprise big data is providing a bridge to profits, with 100 per cent revenue growth. The stats it quotes are these: Better than 100 per cent business increase in first half of 2014 compared to first half of 2013 for its enterprise big data …
Chris Mellor, 1 Sep 2014

Hot students, 'liquid coolant', bagpipes and Brazilians: It's a cluster compo, folks

HPC Blog Both the UK and South America were ably represented at the recent 2014 International Supercomputing Conference Student Cluster Competition, held in Leipzig, Germany. For some reason, I want to Google up trendy cuisine to see if Scottish-Brazilian fusion restaurants actually exist. But I'm afraid of the possible results – so let' …

They're not a travelling polka band, they're German HPC kids packing Big Iron

HPC blog Home country Germany was well represented at the recent Student Cluster Competition at the 2014 International Supercomputer Show in Leipzig, Germany. Part of the task for students is to find a vendor partner and work with them to put together the best cluster for the event. Of course, the next difficult bit is making sure the …
IBM Watson QA Power7 cluster

IBM: OK, Watson, you've won Jeopardy. Now, CURE CANCER

IBM has found yet another use for its Jeopardy-winning Watson supercomputer, launching a new system called Watson Discovery Advisor to analyse scientific and medical research. The new cloud-based system can figure out scientific language well enough to know how chemical compounds interact and can also understand the nuances of …
Star Trek Into Darkness

Next blockbuster you watch could be rendered on Google: Star Trek fx biz Zync gobbled

Google has confirmed its gobble of Zync, a cloud-based special effects rendering service. "Creating amazing special effects requires a skilled team of visual artists and designers, backed by a highly powerful infrastructure to render scenes. Many studios, however, don’t have the resources or desire to create an in-house …
Iain Thomson, 26 Aug 2014

AMD's first 64-bit ARM cores star in ... Heatless in Seattle*

Hot Chips 26 AMD today sheds more light on its "Seattle" 64-bit ARM architecture processor at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, California. Take one glance at this new Opteron A1100-series system-on-chip, and you'll realize it's aimed squarely at servers rather than the traditional ARM scene of handheld gadgets and embedded computing – …
Chris Williams, 11 Aug 2014
Fujitsu's Xlfx

Fujitsu takes next-gen HPC chip on the road

Fujitsu is getting ready to tout its next supercomputer silicon at the upcoming Hot Chips conference, a follow-up to the first peek given in June. The silicon the outfit plans for next-generation big iron, the SPARC64 Xlfx, is Fujitsu's hope for exascale computing: a 32-core, 1 Tflop (double precision) / 2 Tflop (single …
AMD FirePro S9150

High five from AMD: New supercomputer GPU maxes out at 5.07 TFLOPS

AMD has upped the ante in its battle with Nvidia for the data center and high-performance computing (HPC) markets, with the launch of two new GPU cards for servers. The company's new big gun is the FirePro S9150 card, which maxes out at a blistering 5.07 TFLOPS peak single-precision floating-point performance and 2.53 TFLOPS …

HGST brings PCM to flash show, STUNS world+dog with 3 MILLION IOPS

In a terrific demo of the wrong technology for the Flash Memory Summit, HGST is showing a PCIe-connected Phase Change Memory device running at three million IOPS with a 1.5 microsecs read latency. Phase Change Memory (PCM) stores binary digits as differing resistance levels by changing the state, or phase, of the chalcogenide …
Chris Mellor, 5 Aug 2014
cloud

UTAS 13,000 Gflop NECTAR node live

The University of Tasmania has flicked the switch on its new node of the national NECTAR research cloud, under an $8.75 million collaboration with the CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division. Its node, which has been progressively rolled out since May 2014, has 21 Dell AMD Opteron-based C6145 machines with a total 2,668 …

No need to worry: US blows $174m on new Cray to simulate nukes

Cray is going to help the US watch over its arsenal of nukes, having won a US$174 million contract to supply a new supercomputer to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The Cray XC super to be provided under the contract will be hooked up to the company's Sonexion storage. Dubbed “Trinity”, the system is …
Airbus A380 lift-off. Picture courtesy of Airbus

Airbus to send 1,200 TFlops of HPC goodness down the runway

Airbus is going to expand the modular data centre strategy it initiated with HP in 2011, with a 1,200 TFlop target capacity. The HP PODs will be added in Toulouse, France, and Hamburg, Germany. Airbus first started parking HP PODs – Performance Optimsed Datacenters – in a contract announced in September 2011. However, HP says …

HPC kids: Give us your power-sipping, your data-nomming, your core laden clusters

HPC blog Let’s look at what the teams were running at the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition. This year, we had perhaps the widest variety of systems in terms of size, and also an entirely new configuration that we hadn’t seen in any competition to date. The Mass Green team, with students from MIT, Bentley University, and Northeastern …

ISC’14: Ever wanted to build data-crunching beast to beat them all?

HPC blog The ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition closed out last week in Leipzig. What a ride... It was an outstanding competition, with story lines straight from Hollywood. If John Hughes were still making movies, he’d be writing the script and shopping it around the big studios right now. (For those of you who don’t know what a Student …
Scality Use Cases

Los Alamos National Laboratory likes it, puts Scality's RING on it

Scality has upgrade its RING object storage software to v4.3. RING software distributes object storage across multiple server nodes and uses erasure coding to ensure its integrity. Scality claims v4.3 "improves overall performance across a broad range of applications and workloads and enhances enterprise file operations by as …
Chris Mellor, 1 Jul 2014
China's Tianahe-1A Supercomputer

China's world-beating Tianhe-2 super has brawn, not brains

China has put a lot of iron into its 2.5 billion yuan (roughly $US400 million) world-beating home-grown supercomputer, but concerns are now emerging that too much attention on the hardware has come at the expense of giving the system usable software. The latest TOP500 report reconfirmed the position of China's 3-million-core, …
Silent Brick

Rare HPC beauties unveiled: Quivering racks, Lustre clusters and the tiers of a Cray

ISC Leipzig The International Supercomputer Show in Leipzig, Germany, was full of fascinating things at the high-end grunt front of the computing business. Here's what attracted this roving hack's eye. Bull has started a world-wide reseller agreement with Seagate’s Xyratex ClusterStor business for supercomputer storage. The ClusterStor …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2014

Supercomputing speed growth hits 'historical low' in new TOP500 list

There be merriment in the Middle Kingdom: the Tianhe-2 supercomputer at China's National University of Defense Technology is the most powerful datacruncher on the planet (that we know about) for the third time in a row. The TOP500 list, published every six months, noted that the Chinese system hit 33.86 petaflops on the Linpack …
Iain Thomson, 25 Jun 2014
Nvidia

GAME ON: NVIDIA brings GPUs to 64-bit ARM servers

ARM's march into data centres and the world's most demanding applications has taken a major stride forward with GPU king NVIDIA throwing its weight behind ARM server-makers by releasing a version of its CUDA parallel programming platform that works with the architecture. HPC types have, in recent years, increasingly turned to …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jun 2014
Bus jam

MIT boffins build 36 core processor with data-traffic smarts

Researchers at MIT say they have successfully built a 36-core processor that uses an internal networking system to get maximum data throughput from all the processing cores. MIT's new multicore, multi-bus, chip MIT's new multicore, multi-bus chip The design, unveiled at the International Symposium on Computer Architecture, …
Iain Thomson, 23 Jun 2014

Intel teams with Micron on next-gen many-core Xeon Phi with 3D DRAM

Intel has released more details about its future "Knights Landing" Xeon Phi many-core processor, including a new high-speed interconnect tech called Intel Omni Scale Fabric, as well as on-package Micron Gen2 Hybrid Memory Cube (HMC) DRAM of up to 16GB. Intel presentation slide: what's new in Knights Landing Intel's Silvermont …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jun 2014

Mellanox gives InfiniBand a 5 BILLION PACKET/sec cloud dose

Networking tech firm Mellanox is broadening its 100Gbps InfiniBand portfolio – and is hoping that the new products and capabilities will help it expand its footprint outside its supercomputer home territory. Following on from its demo of 100 Gbps cables last March, the company is using ISC 2014 in Germany to launch the Switch-IB …

D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

Quantum computing device manufacturer D-Wave is disputing a recently published study that claims the Canadian firm's systems aren't reliably faster than more-conventional computing systems. On Thursday an international team of computer scientists published a widely previewed paper in Science detailing a series of benchmark tests …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2014
hitahi t7k500 hard disk drive

High-end storage tanked, but 'HDPA' storage about to soar says IDC

Box-counter IDC recently decreed that 2014's first quarter was a shocker for high-end storage sales, but also predicts things are looking up in storage used for what it now calls “high performance data analysis” (HPDA). IDC's veep for HPC and data analysis Steve Conway puts HDPA in a little perspective with a canned quote …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2014

India throws switch on new 282.6 Tflop super

Earlier this month, Indian university IIT Kanpur threw the switch on a new HP-built supercomputer that puts the facility at position 130 on the TOP500 supercomputer list. The 282.6 Tflop, 98,304 GB of memory, 15,360-core HP machine went live this week after being ordered in November. It's run by the university's chemistry …
PAS16 enclosure

Panasas: Avoid lengthy RAID re-builds - use our dodgy-file tart-up tech

Storage biz Panasas has unveiled boosted hardware and software – and attacked the RAID rebuild problem by rebuilding damaged files instead of complete disks. The company is an HPC storage system supplier which is moving into technical computing/big data use cases in enterprises. It has more than 450 customers in 50+ countries …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2014

Gung-ho Guangzhou college kids smash LINPACK cluster record

HPC blog It was the plucky home team from the capital of Guangdong which grabbed the crown and cash at this year's Asian Supercomputer Conference (ASC) Student Challenge. The students from Guangzhou’s Sun Yat-sen University screamed happily when they saw the results from the LINPACK portion of the ASC’14 Student Supercomputer Challenge …
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HP targets supercomputers with Project Apollo

HP is imprisoning powerful Intel Xeons inside water-cooled cages ... for science! The company announced on Monday that it has developed two new classes of server for high-performance computing workloads as it prepares to go against traditional supercomputer makers like Cray, Fujitsu, IBM, SGI, and others for the lucrative high- …
Jack Clark, 10 Jun 2014
In China, presumably they call cables noodles, not spaghetti

High power computing and awesome Chinese food? Sign me up!

HPC blog Have a look at the last of the 16 teams that competed at the ASC14 Student Cluster Competition in Guangzhou, China. Team Korea (Ulan Institute of Science & Technology) is a second time competitor at ASC. As you’d expect, the first student I talk to from the team is, of course, Spanish. I was wondering if he was actually with …

Young cluster wrestlers find 'hidden' sweet spot

HPC Blog Cluster-wrestling kids are still battling it out at the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC) and Team Shanghai (from Shanghai Jiao Tong University) is hoping to get lucky their second time around. In their first outing, the team did OK, but wasn’t a big winner. However, that same team has travelled to Guangzhou and they …

Video: Whatever you do, DON'T BREAK Tianhe-2

HPC Blog It's mostly cluster-building, processor-fumbling fun, but there will also be a few tenser moments for the teams of students attending the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge. First, there's the competitive aspect... and then there's the fact that they'll be expected to run code on the 33,862.7 TFlop/s Tianhe-2 supercomputer: …

Brazilian whacks fast pipes on racks – and more in our student video special

HPC Blog ASC14 logo Welcome to the second batch of video profiles of the sixteen university teams competing for supercomputing glory at the ASC14 student cluster-building competition. China’s NUDT (National University of Defense Technology) is another team that could take home the ASC14 cluster crown and cash. (There’s no real crown, …