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Germany goes Petaflops

Forschungszentrum Juelich (FZJ) has a press release (in German) announcing that the Gauss Center for Supercomputing (GCS) (a co-orperation between the German national HPC centers – FZJ, HLRS at Stuttgart, LRZ at Garching) will install a Petaflops supercomputer later this year. The super will be an IBM BlueGene/P system, similar to the existing 222TF “JUGENE” […]

Many-Core and Reconfigurable Supercomputing Conference 2009, Berlin

The Many-Core and Reconfigurable Supercomputing Conference (MRSC) has evolved over the last few years to become the primary European conference addressing the use of accelerators in HPC (with a special focus on FPGA’s and many-core processors). The 2009 event will be held March 25-26 in Berlin, Germany at the ZIB. The call for papers has […]

Edge HPC survey – HPC in non-technical areas

From Tabor Research: Does your organization use a scalable, high performance IT infrastructure? Then we need to hear from you! Tabor Research is conducting an exciting research project on the use of Edge HPC in non-technical areas and we’re looking for case study participants. To see if you qualify, please tell us a little bit […]

PRACE reveals Europe’s HPC training and education needs

The PRACE consortium (Europe’s main Petascale project) has conducted a comprehensive survey of HPC training and education needs amongst the top-tier computational users across all partner sites. The mission of the survey was to evaluate the current educational needs of PRACE HPC users by assessing existing proficiency and satisfaction in traditional HPC techniques as well […]

Details on IBM/NCSA BlueWaters

The first details in public of the $208M NSF Track 1 Petascale supercomputer “BlueWaters” to be installed at NCSA in 2011 seem to have been uncovered by Ashlee Vance at The Register. I’ll skip the wordage and list the specs: Processors: 38,900 Power7 @ 4.0GHz, 45nm Cores: 311,200 (8 cores per processor) Peak: 10 PFLOPS […]

Careful with that measurement

Patrick Madden has a great post on his Amdahl’s Law blog about the be careful when measuring performance (or believing someone else’s measurement). He uses the example of matrix multiplication on the Cell processor, to show linear performance scaling to 4 SPE’s with a moderately big matrix. Patrick then goes on to show us all […]

Tom’s Trends and Highlights

Always a popular slot at the ISC event is Tom Sterling’s “A year in review” talk, where he covers the highlights and key trends of the last year. Some InsideHPC highlights of this year’s highlights: This year, the obvious first highlight was ‘Petaflops: IBM and LANL make it happen’, i.e. that after all the anticipation, […]

Rattner talks Exascale at ISC in Dresden

Intel’s Justin Rattner, speaking as one of the keynotes at the ISC event in Dresden, presented Intel’s vision for Exascale computing and their work towards production class Petascale computing. Rattner started by highlighting the real world applications that represent the market for exascale beyond just scientific computing. Then, building from Intel’s Terascale research program, he […]

Initiative for open standards for programming compute accelerators

The Khronos(tm) Group has announced the formation of a new Compute Working Group to create royalty-free, open standards for programming heterogeneous data and task parallel computing across GPUs and CPUs. The creation of this open standard is intended to enable and encourage diverse applications to leverage all available platform compute resources on a wide range […]

PRACE consortium grows

The project to establish a European petascale supercomputer service has gained more momentum as two new members (Ireland and Turkey) join. The press release notes that there are now 16 partners in the initiative with several additional countries also having expressed their interest in the initiative. PRACE is also moving ahead with community activities, such […]