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Who Will Write Next-generation Software?

In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe writes that software scalability and portability may be more important even than energy efficiency to the future of HPC. “As the HPC market searches for the optimal strategy to reach exascale, it is clear that the major roadblock to improving the performance of applications will be the scalability of software, rather than the hardware configuration – or even the energy costs associated with running the system.”

Benchmarks, Schmenchmarks: Big Iron Data and the November 2015 TOP500

In this special guest feature, Peter ffoulkes from OrionX offers his insights on the latest TOP500 listing of the world’s fastest supercomputers. “Most importantly increasing the number of petascale-capable resources available to scientists, researchers, and other users up to 20% of the entire list will be a significant milestone. From a useful outcome and transformational perspective it is much more important to support advances in science, research and analysis than to ring the bell with the world’s first exascale system on the TOP500 in 2018, 2023 or 2025.”

Atos Launches Bull sequana X1000 Supercomputer

Today Atos launched the Bull sequana X1000, its new family of supercomputers on the company’s road to exascale. “The new Bull sequana system, powered by future Intel Xeon processors and the Intel Xeon Phi processor, code-named “Knights Landing”, is designed to address the performance, reliability and energy-efficiency requirements of exascale-class supercomputers,” said Raj Hazra, vice president and general manager, Enterprise and HPC Platforms Group, Intel Corporation. “We’re excited to be collaborating with Bull to bring to market this new generation of supercomputers on the path to exascale.”

Slidecast: Mellanox Announces Switch IB2 on the Road to Exascale

“Today Mellanox announced Switch-IB 2, the new generation of its InfiniBand switch optimized for High-Performance Computing, Web 2.0, database and cloud data centers, capable of 100Gb/s per port speeds. Switch-IB 2 is the world’s first smart network switch that offloads MPI operations from the CPU to the network to deliver 10X performance improvements. Switch-IB 2 will enables a performance breakthrough in building the next generation scalable and data intensive data centers, enabling users to gain a competitive advantage.”

Paving the Road to Exascale with Co-Design Architecture

In this special guest feature from the Print’n Fly Guide to SC15 in Austin, Scot Schultz from Mellanox writes that a new era of Co-Design will pave the way to Exascale. “Exascale computing will undoubtedly include three primary concepts: heterogeneous systems, direct communication through a more sophisticated intelligent network, and backward/forward compatibility. Co-Design includes these concepts in order to create an evolutionary architectural approach that will enable Exascale-class systems.”

SC15 HPC Transforms – but how, what, where, when, why and for whom?

In this special guest feature from the Print’nFly Guide to SC15 in Austin, Peter ffoulkes from OrionX looks at how HPC Transforms. “If we thought the last five years were disruptive, we may not have seen anything yet, and in many ways the HPC community will continue to lead that transformation, even if it does not always receive recognition for that leadership. The general enterprise market shift towards a data-centric focus, based upon “big-data”, the impending deluge of sensor data from “The Internet of Things”, and real-time analytics using in-memory databases could be the best thing that has happened to the HPC community in decades.”

Halloween Podcast: Radio Free HPC Shares their Biggest Fears for High Performance Computing

In this special Halloween podcast, the Radio Free HPC team shares their biggest fears for HPC. From cybersecurity to a lack of funding for important research, what’s the worst that could possibly happen?

European Commission Steps Up Funding of HPC

In this special guest feature, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World reports that the European Commission is funding research projects and centers of excellence as part of its strategy to coordinate European HPC efforts. In October, the EC made a series of announcements on how it is going to invest some of the €700 million allocated to its Public-Private Partnership on high performance computing.

ExaHyPE Project to Develop Exascale Software for Geophysics and Astrophysics

A new EU research project called “ExaHyPE” is developing open-source software for exascale-class supercomputers. As an international project coordinated at TUM in Munich, ExaHyPE (“An Exascale Hyperbolic PDE Engine”) seeks to develop novel software, initially for simulations in geophysics and astrophysics.

EoCoE Center of Excellence Using HPC to Accelerate Transition to Low Carbon Energy

In HPC news from CEA in France, the EoCoE (Oriented Energy Center of Excellence) project officially launched earlier this month. Pronounced “Echo,” the EoCoE has a mission to create a new, long lasting and sustainable community around computational energy science.