Bill Dally from Nvidia presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “HPC and data analytics share challenges of power, programmability, and scalability to realize their potential. The end of Dennard scaling has made all computing power limited, so that performance is determined by energy efficiency. With improvements in process technology offering little increase in efficiency innovations in architecture and circuits are required to maintain the expected performance scaling.”
Over at Clabby Analytics, Joe Clabby writes that the OpenPOWER Consortium has made progress since it was announced last year. With founding members Google, IBM, Mellanox, and Nvidia, OpenPOWER intends to build advanced server, networking, storage and GPU-acceleration technology aimed at delivering more choice, control and flexibility to developers of next-generation, hyperscale and cloud data centers.
“TSUBAME 2.5 succeeded TSUBAME 2.0 by upgrading all 4224 Tesla M2050 GPUs to Kepler K20x GPUs, achieving 5.76 / 17.1 Petaflops peak in double / single point precision respectively, latter the fastest in Japan. By overcoming several technical challenges, TSUBAME 2.5 exhibits x2-3 speedup and multi-petaflops performance for many applications, leading to TSUBAME 3.0 in 2015-16.”
The European Commission has granted an additional €8 million Euros to extend the Mont-Blanc Project activities until September 2016. This funding comes on the heels of some significant milestones for the project, which endeavors to design a new type of energy-efficient computer architecture for Exascale systems.
Broadcom in Santa Clara is seeking an HPC Server and Processor Architect in our Job of the Week.
In this video, Rick Wagner from the San Diego Supercomputer Center describes the “Long-Tail Death Match,” a gaming competition running on a multipanel display at the SDSC booth at SC13. SDSC built the Meteor Cluster for the competition, a Beowulf cluster based on inexpensive Raspberry Pi computing devices.
In this video from SC13, Arnon Friedman from Texas Instruments describes how TI multicore DSP processors rule the roost for HPC computing at under 10 Watts. As an example of what’s possible, the company showcased the BrownDwarf DSP + ARM Supercomputer from nCore in the first public demonstration of an ARM Cortex-A15+Accelerator (DSP) high performance system.
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