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Station Q Tackles Quantum Computing at Microsoft

Peter Lee, Head of Microsoft Research

“Our belief is that trying to build a quantum machine by controlling electron spin and using surface codes is like trying to build a computer using vacuum tubes. Labs all over the world can do that, but you’ll never be able to scale up.”

Video: Founders Discuss the Latest TOP500 List

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In this video, Jack Dongarra, Erich Strohmaier, and Michael Resch discuss the current TOP500 list at ISC’14. “Although the United States remains the top country in terms of overall systems with 233, this is down from 265 on the November 2013 list. The number of Chinese systems on the list rose from 63 to 76, giving the Asian nation nearly as many supercomputers as the UK, with 30; France, with 27; and Germany, with 23; combined. Japan also increased its showing, up to 30 from 28 on the previous list.”

This Week in HPC: Intel Maps Omni Scale Future and IBM Moves InfiniBand to the Cloud

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss the new Intel Omni Scale Fabric as well as IBM’s plans plans to add an InfiniBand high-speed data transfer option to its SoftLayer cloud before the end of the third quarter of 2014.

Video: Pathways to Exascale N-body Simulations

In this video from the Exascale Computing in Astrophysics Conference, Tom Quinn from the University of Washington presents: Pathways to Exascale N-body Simulations.

Nvidia Salutes Women Who CUDA

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This week Nvidia salutes Women who use CUDA for incredible science and engineering. They’ve compiled 30 profiles so far, and the advice they share from their experiences is quite inspiring. “It’s a good way to remind people that women write code, participate in open-source projects, and invent things,” said Lorena Barba from George Washington University. “It’s important to make the technology world more attractive to female students and show them examples of women who are innovators.”

Porting to Accelerators with Hybrid Fortran

Hybrid Fortran unified code: Separate loop structures for CPU and GPU, automatic code conversion to higher dimensions when needed.

Over at Typhoon Computing, Michel Müller writes programmers looking to port their code to accelerators now have a new tool called Hybrid Fortran. “This python-based preprocessor parses annotations together with your Fortran code structure, declarations, accessors and procedure calls, and then writes separate versions of your code – once for CPU with OpenMP parallelization and once for GPU with CUDA Fortran.”

New Approaches to Energy Efficient Exascale

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“As displayed at ISC’14, DEEP combines a standard InfiniBand cluster of Intel Xeon nodes, with a new, highly scalable ‘booster’ consisting of Phi co-processors and a high-performance 3D torus network from Extoll, the German interconnect company spun out of the University of Heidelberg.”

Georg Hager Interview on the Parallel Universe Computing Challenge

Georg Hager, Erlangen Regional Computing Center

Over at the Data Stack, Mike Bernhardt has posted an interview with Georg Hager, who lead Team Germany to victory in the Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge at SC13. People are interested in performance, that’s why they attend SC (mostly). But there is such little competition outside the academic peer review that an idea such as […]

What Makes the SuperMUC so Super?

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Robert Roe from Scientific Computing World visited the LRZ facility to find out what makes SuperMUC ideal for academic research projects.

Building the knoSYS 100 Genome Supercomputer

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Over at Bio-IT World, Michael Fein from Silicon Mechanics describes how his company worked with Knome to design and build the first-of-its-kind knoSYS 100 Genome Supercomputer.