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AMD Llano vs Intel Sandy Bridge notebook chips

Wanna boost app speed? Think of the server, and tune 'er to NUMA

HPC on Wall Street The HPC on Wall Street conference was hosted in the Big Apple on Monday, and while there was a lot–and we mean a lot–of talk about big data, one presentation stood out as being potentially much more useful in the long run than all of the big data bloviations. The talk was given by one of the founders of a financial services …
ARM versus Atom

Intel's Avoton Atoms give microservers muscle – and Xeon-class features

With the launch of the "Avoton" Atom C2000 server chips, Intel is putting its second-generation of 64-bit, server-class Atom processors into the field - and what is arguably the first such Atom that is truly designed for modern server workloads. The C2000 has enough computing oomph, enough memory capacity, and integrated memory …

Fujitsu to push 28 nanometer limits with Sparc64 X+

Hot Chips Fujitsu wants to squeeze more performance out of its homegrown Sparc64 X processor for commercial and supercomputing workloads, and it can't wait until Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp, its foundry partner, gets 20 nanometer processes into the field and ramped. So the engineers at Fujitsu have gone back over the design …

Intel bakes super-snooper to stop industrial espionage

Intel has created a Hadoop-based rig that analyses just about every network event in the company – four to six billion of them on business days - in close to real time so it can spot threats including industrial espionage. Intel officials declined to name the tool, saying it would not be "productive" to disclose its name, but …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2013
Hadoop Elephant

Intel adds Lustre support to Hadoop

World+dog agrees that Hadoop is a very fine tool with which to tackle map reduce chores, but the software has a couple of constraints, especially its reliance on the Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). There's nothing wrong with HDFS, but its integration with Hadoop means the software needs a dedicated cluster of computers on …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Aug 2013

VLSCI fires up 20 teraflop Barcoo

The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative – VLSCI – has gone live with its latest big iron, Barcoo, an x86 architecture machine with double the capacity of the facility's Merri x86 system. The 70-node Barcoo runs 1,120 Sandy Bridge cores (16 cores per node), with 20 Xeon Phi 5110P cards distributed across ten nodes. …

Cray posts modest loss, awaits Q4 revenue wave

Supercomputer maker Cray turned in a slightly better than expected second quarter, with a modest bump in revenues and a slight loss. This is a win in the ever-choppy supercomputer racket – and particularly for Cray in a second quarter. For the past three years, Cray has been cramming a large portion of its sales in the final …

Nvidia buys Portland Group for compiler smarts

Graphics chip maker Nvidia has big aspirations to get into computing proper with ARM processors and GPU coprocessors, and its odds in its battle against archrival Intel may have just gotten a lot better now that it has snapped up The Portland Group. The financial terms of the acquisition, which has been completed, were not …
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

Bugs in beta weather model used to trash climate science

Development work on a not-yet-prime-time weather forecasting model has been seized on as proof that climate models can't be trusted. The reason? Folks who aren't keen on climate change discovered this paper in the journal of the American Meteorological Society, in which Song-You Hong of South Korea's Yonsei University Department …
The XC30 supercomputer, formerly known as Cascade

Cray bags $30m to upgrade Edinburgh super to petaflops-class

It is not much of a surprise, seeing as how the UK's national supercomputing service at the University of Edinburgh is a long-time Cray customer, that they would return to Cray to replace its existing XE6 system and replace it with a petaflops-class machine based on the latest Cray interconnect and Intel processor technology. …
a 42-node cluster of Parallella-16 boards from Adapteva

Adapteva ships Kickstarted baby supercomputer boards

Upstart RISC processor and coprocessor designer Adapteva is shipping the first of its Parallella system boards, which its Epiphany multicore processors with ARM processors to create a spunky and reasonably peppy hybrid compute engine that doesn't cost much and is very energy efficient for certain kinds of processing. It is not …
SKA artists impression

Square kilometre array data heading for AWS cloud

Whether it's weather or Earth or whether an object exists in extra-galactic space, cloud computing disciplines are changing the face of research at facilities such as the National Computing Infrastructure (NCI) and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICAR). The National Computing Infrastructure, which during …
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

German students get hot 'n' heavy on Coffee Table of Doom

HPC blog My first look at the Chemnitz University of Technology's “Coffee Table of Doom” entry into the recently concluded ISC’13 student cluster-building challenge really gave me pause for thought. Four very large workstations crammed to the brim with 16 accelerators (eight Intel Phi plus eight NVIDIA K20) was something to behold. Two …

Will Jocks strap on beefy ARMs to grapple rival racks next year?

Video When the University of Edinburgh decided to enter the gruelling cluster-building competition for students at this year's International Supercomputing Conference, they didn’t have to look far for hardware suppliers eager to feed their need for speed. The server-wrangling undergraduates turned to UK-based businesses Viglen and …
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

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

Pics 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 …

ISC Student Cluster Competition: The kids are alright

HPC Blog Yet another exciting ISC Student Cluster Competition has moved from the ISC'13 exhibit hall battlefield into the annals of history. Now that we've analyzed the results, let's take a look at the victors and their accomplishments. Highest LINPACK ISC Student Cluster Competition LINPACK test results ISC Student Cluster Competition …

Kluster Kamph results sliced, diced, pulverized

HPC Blog With the dust settling on the ISC'13 Student Cluster Challenge, it's a good time to look back, take stock, and see what we've learned. While traveling recently, I found myself unable to type on my laptop keyboard (after the idiot in front of me reclined into my lap), but I found I could still use the handy track point "nub". So …

South African kids win global cluster glory at HPC fest

HPC blog Our last day's talk with Team South Africa did nothing to tip us off that they were going to be the eventual winner of the entire ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge. But I wasn’t the only one in the dark – I don’t think they had any idea they had a chance to win it all. Team South Africa displayed their normal good-spirited, fun …
China HPC

Chinese students put feet up after intensive rack-thrashing session

HPC blog The last day of the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge found both of the Chinese teams feeling confident. We checked in with Team Huazhong and Team Tsinghua just a few hours before the awards ceremony to see how they felt about the competition and their prospects for victory. Team Tsinghua, winner of the Overall Champion trophy …

American kids leave HPC smackdown hungry for Phi

HPC blog Colorado and Purdue, the two American teams at the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge, had more in common than geography and a fondness for lots of ice in their drinks. (Or at least some ice, damn it. What’s wrong with Europe, anyway? Why can’t we have ice if we want it?) For one thing, each team has more cluster competition …
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, …

Sweaty European youngsters get to grips with ‘coffee table of doom’

HPC blog It was a hot week in Leipzig - "sweating through your shirt five minutes after you walk out of your hotel" hot. However, extreme heat and even the resulting prickly heat won’t keep us from checking in with all of the teams during the last day of the ISC’13 Student Cluster Challenge. First up are the teams from Europe:Team …

2 Chinese teams. 1 unbeaten. Cluster wrestlers, be warned

HPC blog China has sent two teams to the eight-university 2013 International Supercomputing Conference Student Cluster battle, but they had to earn their trip. As student cluster competition aficionados know, the Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge held their first regional cluster competition last April. In addition to the possibility …
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Rainforest Eagles 2.0 and African cluster boffins head to Europe for app WAR

HPC blog The cluster kids on eight international university teams have now deployed their clusters at the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany. The 2013 ISC Student Cluster Challenge entrants are now fighting each other to win a series of HPC benchmarks and scientific apps. The two teams below - Costa Rica's …

US cluster kids bring noisy gear, 'fun' toys to World War HPC

HPC blog Eight universities have travelled to the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, to participate in the 2013 ISC Student Cluster Challenge. They’ve hastily pulled together their data-nomming HPC beasts and are now busily working to to hit the jackpot on a series of HPC benchmarks and scientific …

Edinburgh students' heaving racks: UK's only hope for cluster-wrestling glory

HPC blog Eight universities have travelled to the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, to participate in the 2013 ISC Student Cluster Challenge. They’ve deployed their clusters and are busily working to turn in the best results on a series of HPC benchmarks and scientific apps. This year, the competition …

Euro students cluster fest: Configurations LAID BARE

HPC blog The configurations of the systems to be used by the young HPC warriors in the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference's Student Cluster Challenge were released last week, but they have now been verified to make sure that last-minute changes are accurately represented. Here’s the "big table" showing some of the details for …
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

HPC geeks ponder 100 petafloppers and quantum supercomputers

ISC 2013 The next big barrier for supercomputing is punching through 100 petaflops peak performance, which frankly could be done in a heartbeat if someone had a few hundred millions dollars lying around. And now that Google and NASA are monkeying around with a quantum computer, thoughts are turning to how a QC might be deployed to …
The Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge

What should replace Linpack for ranking supercomputers?

ISC 2013 The Linpack Fortran benchmark, which has been used to gauge the relative performance of workstations and supercomputers for many decades, is looking a little long in the tooth. So, some of the people who love Linpack and know it best are proposing a new benchmark - with the mind-numbing name of High Performance Conjugate …
Raijin at the NCI

New super maxed out on first day of operations

How long does it take to fill a supercomputer? A day, if you're the new Raijin machine at the National Computing Infrastructure (NCI) at the Australian National University. Formally opened to user traffic on Monday, Raijin is a Fujitsu Primergy system with 57,472 SandyBridge cores, 160 TB of main memory, 10 PB of usable high- …

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
ASKAP from the air

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 …
Die shot of the 62-core Xeon Phi coprocessor chip

Intel previews future 'Knights Landing' Xeon Phi x86 coprocessor with integrated memory

ISC 2013 X86 processor and now coprocessor maker Intel is determined make possible an exaflops of aggregate computing capacity within a 20-megawatt envelope. "We believe that we have the capability and the responsibility to drive innovation faster and faster," says Rajeeb Hazra, general manager of the Technical Computing Group, which is …
Die shot of the 62-core Xeon Phi coprocessor chip

Intel widens Xeon Phi HPC coprocessor lineup

ISC 2013 The pitch that Intel's salespeople have to make to push Xeon Phi x86-based coprocessors just got a little easier and more interesting. And in the same week that a hybrid Xeon-Xeon Phi machine - China's Tianhe-2 - took the title as the fastest supercomputer in the world. And that is going to make life a little bit harder for …

Supercomputer vid proves NASA black-hole ring sniffers were RIGHT

Video 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, …
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

Top500: Supercomputing sea change incomplete, unpredictable

ISC 2013 If you were thinking that coprocessors were going to take over the Top500 supercomputer rankings in one fell swoop, or even three or four, and knock CPU-only systems down to the bottom of the barrel – well, not so fast. While GPU and x86 coprocessors are certainly the main computation engines on some of the largest systems that …

Young cluster-trucker keen for MILCy treat? We've got just the app for you

HPC blog The Student Cluster Challenge at ISC’13 kicks off, well actually boots up, in just about a week from now. For some last-minute tips for the university competitors who are packing up their nodes for Leipzig, I interviewed a few folks who are experts on two of the applications they’ll be running. The tech talk gets deep in places …
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. …
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Speaking in Tech: Doc, I've got a cough. Here's my DNA, now find a cure

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, Speaking in Tech regular Greg Knieriemen has fled to Germany, leaving the ever-capable Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela to host a panel session at the Dell Enterprise Forum in San Jose, California. Today's special guests are Tim Carroll, a director at Dell Research …
Team Register, 12 Jun 2013
Screenshot from DARPA's ACTUV game. Credit: DARPA/Sonalysts

Cray cracks Oz military for super simulating silent subs

Cray has strolled off with a $AU2.27 million contract to provide a supercomputer to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). When installed, the machine will be used to run CFD (computation fluid dynamics) simulations for submarine design. The contract is solely for compute hardware – Cray will have to integrate …
What the Tianhe-2 super should look like in its final home

Enter the Dragon: The Chinese superputer set to win the Top500 crown

The Chinese government can keep a secret probably as well as any organisation on the planet, but pride will get the best of anyone - at least some of the time. And so it is that Xiangke Liao, the professor from the National University of Defense Technology has outed the details of the "Tianhe-2" massively parallel supercomputer …