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JURECA! Germany flips big red switch on 2.2 petaflop supercomputer

Germany has officially powered up its new 2.2 petaflop JURECA supercomputer. Based at the Forschungszentrum Jülich research facility, the JURECA (pronounced "Eureka" and short for Juelich Research on Exascale Cluster Architectures) system runs on Intel's 12-core Xeon E5-2680 Haswell CPUs, employing a total of 1,900 nodes (each …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Nov 2015

IBM bets POWER8 processor farm on hardware acceleration

SC15 For 50 years, Moore’s Law held good. The axiom, formulated by Intel founder Gordon Moore in 1965, stated that overall processor power would double every year. In 1975 this was revised to every two years. But in July this year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed in an earnings call that in the wake of the introduction of 14nm …
Drew Cullen, 16 Nov 2015

Next-gen killer hurricane hunter to be armed with Nvidia graphics chips

SC15 Uncle Sam's weather forecasters are going to use graphics processors to hopefully better predict the course of catastrophic storms. The US government's NOAA agency will build a new computer system boosted by 760 Nvidia Pascal GPUs, according to Ian Buck, the chip company's veep of accelerated computing and CUDA inventor. When …
Chris Williams, 16 Nov 2015

Here are the graphics processors cloud giants will use to crunch your voices, videos and data

If you think you can build the next Youtube, Facebook or Google, you'll need to invest heavily in artificial intelligence and GPU-accelerated engineering to get any kind of edge over rivals. And Nvidia just so happens to have some hardware for you, or so it says. The graphics chip giant has revealed a Tesla M40 GPU …
Chris Williams, 10 Nov 2015
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Teradata’s troubles cause the restructuring knives to slip out

Teradata revenues dropped again in its third quarter and the company has decided to get serious abut the situation and walk away from the marketing applications business. Revenues of $606m for the data and analytics company were nine per cent lower than a year ago and three per cent less than the previous quarter. There was a …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2015

US nuke boffinry to be powered by Facebook-inspired Linux servers

Linux clusters built from Facebook's blueprints will help crunch numbers for the US government's hydrogen bomb scientists. The computer system, dubbed the Tundra Extreme Scale series, will cost $39m, and at its peak perform between seven and nine thousand trillion math calculations per second – that's seven to nine petaflops …
Chris Williams, 22 Oct 2015
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Lotus F1: 38°C? Sand in your Vblocks? Must be building a data center in Bahrain again

If you think your IT role is demanding, imagine needing to do a major install every couple of weeks. You only have a day to do it, you can't visit the site before, and it may be in incredibly hot, wet or dusty conditions. What you install has to deal with huge quantities of data and be 100 per cent reliable. Nine nines is not …
Simon Rockman, 20 Oct 2015

Hortonworks dismisses reports of Hadoop droop

Hadoop-pusher Hortonworks has dismissed reports by analyst house Gartner that the big data market is "yet to take off". Earlier this year Gartner reported that the market will remain sluggish for the next few years, with fewer businesses planning to begin Hadoop deployments in the next two years than the entire number of those …
Kat Hall, 09 Oct 2015
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HPC cluster-wrestling challenge: Come on students, light my PyFR

Reconfigure This! Here’s some more content from last summer’s blockbuster International Super computing Conference (ISC) 2015 student cluster competition, which has the youngsters battling to build a small cluster of their own design on the exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and …
Dan Olds, 05 Oct 2015
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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

Before Steve Jobs, there was Seymour Cray – father of the supercomputer and regarded as something close to a God in the circles he moved in. Jobs’ Apple Computer is reputed to have bought one of Seymour’s massive machines back in the day: a Cray, to design the brand-new Macintosh personal computer. This would have been a …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015
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MemSQL makes it easier to hook up to Apache Spark

Apache Spark may be the fastest data processing engine around for big data, but unless you are conversant in Scala or Java, this cluster computing framework can be a pain to set up and manage. So here is some help from MemSQL, the in-memory database start-up: a way of letting organisations use Spark without writing code, the …
Drew Cullen, 24 Sep 2015
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Let’s hear it for data scientists! Making our lives more and more frictionless

There’s a lot of hype around data scientists. You can blame big data and the cloud. Data scientists are lauded, hunted and positively desired by those wanting to squeeze the most from their information. In accordance with such demand come large salaries – the average is $123,000 in the US. Like the Yanks of WWII, data …
Stuart Burns, 24 Sep 2015

Grounded: Can big data do for agri-business what it's not doing for retail?

Like fusion energy, big data has consistently promised amazing results – always at some indeterminate point in the future. We know grocers track every purchase, index them against our loyalty cards (translation: database index keys), and develop rich models of consumer behaviour that have, despite all of the millions of …
Mark Pesce, 24 Sep 2015
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More email misery and pillory for Hillary as FBI starts quizzery

The FBI has managed to recover "deleted" emails from presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private server, which she used for official business while presiding over the State Department. Bloomberg has reported that a person "familiar with the investigation" has said the Feds have recovered "personal and work-related emails …
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Nine of the world’s fastest GPU supercomputers

When it comes to groundbreaking innovations in supercomputing over the last decade, there are few shifts that made bigger waves than the introduction of heterogeneous computing. Coupling high-performance host processors with a graphic-processing boost has helped several top-ranked supercomputers achieve performance and energy …
Team Register, 23 Sep 2015
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D-Wave: 'Whether or not it's quantum, it's faster'

D-Wave is getting ready to drop a new benchmark on Arxiv, which the company says demonstrates its latest 1000-qubit processor outperforming classical machines. And it's bound to provoke the “other side” of the “is it quantum and is it faster?” debate, because the latest paper – the company has posted it here – describes “a …
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China's Tianhe-1 supercomputer back online after Tianjin blast

The Tianhe-1 supercomputer in the Chinese city of Tianjin is back online. State organs China Youth Daily and People.com.cn are both reporting, with more than a little tinge of pride, that the supercomputer survived the blast thanks to the resilience of the data centre in which it was housed. The data centre is a couple of …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2015
Smoke and fire are seen after an explosion in the Binhai New Area in north China's Tianjin Municipality on Aug. 13, 2015. An explosion rocked the Binhai New Area in north China's Tianjin Municipality at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The cause and casualties are not immediately known. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

Huge explosion kills 44+ in China, blasts nearby supercomputer offline

Vid China is today trying to determine the cause of extensive explosions in the port city of Tianjin that have left at least 44 dead and hundreds injured. State news organ Xinhua reports that a warehouse operated by a company that specialises in dangerous goods, such as chemicals and explosives, blew up on Wednesday night. The …
Team Register, 13 Aug 2015

ISC ’15 Student Cluster Comp: Asian kids gear up to grab the crown

HPC blog Four teams from Asian universities entered the ISC’15 Student Cluster Competition arena in a bid to do glorious cluster combat and chisel their names into HPC history. Who are these brave students? Where do they come from? What do they want? Team India: Liquid cooled screamer The kids from Jamia Millia Islama brought some …
Dan Olds, 11 Aug 2015
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Internet, schminternet: Boffins propose private 100Gbps HYPERNET

A "hypernet" to be known as the Pacific Research Platform, shuffling data at up to 100Gb/s, will be established between US West Coast laboratories and several supercomputers thanks to a $5m grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will span five years, reports the New York Times, and will connect the NSF's …
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Q2 wins drag Cray back into profit territory

Cray Computer's commanding footprint in the high-performance computing (HPC) market has pitched the venerable vendor back into profitability. In its Q2 2015 results announced Thursday, the company reported US$186.2 million in revenue and $5.8 million in profit, both well above what was reported for the same period in 2014, …

China bans HPC and UAV exports, citing national security

China has banned the unlicensed export of supercomputers and certain types of unmanned aerial vehicles. The bans, announced here and since shoved through internet translat-o-trons by El Reg, targets machines of eight petaflops or more with 2 Gbps of networking capacity. The June 2015 top 500 supercomputer list records only …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2015
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Obama endorses 3D TLC flash. How else can you do exaflop computing?

Comment New storage technologies are needed for exabyte-munching exaflop supercomputers. The same-old-same-old disk tech used for supercomputers won’t do for the exaflop generation promised by President Obama’s US leadership supercomputing order. This is Obama’s moonshot, the equivalent of President Kennedy’s man on the moon vision …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jul 2015

IARPA: Come, quantum computing boffins. We've got cash for you

Nay-sayers may nay-say, but America's Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) reckons research into quantum computing is advanced enough to warrant a five-year program to kick things along. It's kicked off what it the Logical Qubits (LogiQ) program here, and it's looking to fund work building current science …
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China announces petascale super for FAST radiotelescope

China is planning another petaflop supercomputer, this time to support what will by next year become the world's largest radiotelescope. The telescope itself, a 500 metre monster that's scooped into a hilltop in Guizhou, has been under construction since 2011. This week, engineers began installing the 4,450 panels that will …

Start learning parallel programming and make these supercomputers sing, Prez Obama orders

President Obama has signed an executive order that will pump US government money into American supercomputers just like before but in a more coherent fashion. The order, signed Wednesday, kickstarts a new "National Strategic Computing Initiative" [PDF] that will, through a single vision and investment strategy, try to keep …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Jul 2015
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Oi, supercomputer folk. This is where the brains of the future come from

HPC blog Purdue University has participated in more Student Cluster Competitions than any other institutions - nine of 'em in less than 10 years. They must be getting something out of it, right? To answer that question, plus many others, we talked to Dr Gerry McCartney, who is the VP of IT at Purdue. He is also a professor of IT, along …
Dan Olds, 21 Jul 2015

Bureau of Meteorology picks Cray-zy fast 1.6 petaflop supercomputer

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology's (BOM's) plan to buy what will be, at least for a while, Australia's biggest iron has taken a big step forward, with Cray named as the lucky vendor. The BoM's tender originally went out in 2013, and in 2014 the federal government allocated around AU$50m to the project. Another $27m will …
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HP recruits Intel for Top 100 supercomputer push

Interview To the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, where we caught up with Bill Mannel, general manager of HP’s freshly minted HPC and Big Data group, a business unit within the server division. HP’s HPC and big data hardware revenues include blade servers and some Superdomes in the mix. But the company is …
Drew Cullen, 17 Jul 2015
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HP tops HPC charts, former Big Blue biz not so super

HP has consolidated its position at the top of the HPC tree this year, after IBM’s protracted offloading of its x86 server business to Lenovo spooked customers and stalled purchases. IDC said the market was flat in 2014 at $10.2bn compared to $10.3bn the previous year, with the IBM/Lenovo transition delaying purchases and …
Joe Fay, 16 Jul 2015

China reveals home-grown supercomputer chips after Intel x86 ban

ISC 2015 Computer design guru Yutong Lu has outlined her blueprints for China's homegrown supercomputer chips following a US ban on Intel processor exports to the Middle Kingdom. In April it emerged that Uncle Sam had forbidden Intel from shipping high-end Xeon and Xeon Phi parts to China's defense labs and other areas of its …
Chris Williams, 15 Jul 2015
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Clever cluster-wrangling proto-boffins told to set their LAMMPS on PyFR

HPC Blog As the kickoff for the ISC’15 student cluster-building competition approaches, it’s a good time to take a look at what the undergrads will actually be doing. But first, let’s talk a little bit about the format of this specific competition, in which students are challenged to build and benchmark HPC systems from scratch against …
Dan Olds, 09 Jul 2015
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NASA invents super-SMACK, hallucinates WHOLE STAR SYSTEMS

video Beta Pictoris, a research favourite among astro-boffins since the discovery of its bright debris-and-dust disk in 1984, has yielded new wonders in a NASA supercomputer simulation. The debris disk, Goddard astrophysicist Marc Kuchner explains, has what looks to be a warp in long wavelengths, but looks like an X in shorter …
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Micron fires off some in-memory flash data rockets

Comment Micron’s Storage Business Unit (SBU) wants to shake up the server status quo with a dynamic upstart duo: in-memory app accelerating data processing rockets and instant access, cold data flash vaults. How it’s going to do that begins with its NAND chip development plans, which we learned about at a Silicon Valley briefing. It …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2015
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Dell lobs more irons into the hyperconverged market fire

Dell's fired its next hyperconverged gun, announcing the PowerEdge C6320 - which it says targets big data and heavy workload applications. Based on Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, the C6320 offers up to 18 cores per socket – or 144 cores per 2 rack unit chassis. There's support for 512GB of DDR4 memory and as much as 72TB of …
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Mellanox wants to prise OEMs loose from Broadcom

Mellanox is putting itself forward at the heart of faster Ethernet data centre networks, with both chips and switches pitched at 25 Gbps, 50 Gbps and 100 Gbps deployments. Speaking to The Register ahead of the launch, the company's VP of marketing Gilad Shainer said the silicon provides “the only non-blocking 100 Gbps switch …

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