Today Cray announced two supercomputing contract awards totaling more than $40 million to provide the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) with three Cray XC30 supercomputers and two Cray Sonexion storage systems.
Bill Boas from Cray presented this talk at the Stanford HPC & Exascale Conference. “The SKA Telescope project entered its pre-construction design and engineering planning phase on December 1, 2013. Once fully constructed a decade from now, there will be 2500 dish antennae in South Africa and 100s of thousands of di-pole antennae in Western Australia, combining to create the world’s largest radio telescope and requiring the most data ever captured, processed, and archived that man has ever conceived.”
Paul Messina from Argonne presented this talk at the Stanford HPC Conference. “ALCF’s most powerful computer — Mira, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system has nearly one million cores. The good news is that many scientific and engineering applications are able to utilize such levels of parallelism, as will be shown by presenting a sampling of projects from varied scientific and engineering domains that are using ALCF systems.”
Edison can execute nearly 2.4 quadrillion floating-point operations per second (petaflop/s) at peak theoretical speeds. While theoretical speeds are impressive, “NERSC’s longstanding approach is to evaluate proposed systems by how well they meet the needs of our diverse community of researchers, so we focus on sustained performance on real applications,” said NERSC Division Deputy for Operations Jeff Broughton.
Over at The Register, Dan Olds writes that, with the acquisition of the x86 servers business from IBM, Lenovo is buying a spot on the Top500 list and a sizeable place in the HPC market. Using the November 2013 list, Lenovo would hold onto second place in terms of systems – 25 per cent of the total (127 boxes). This puts it ahead of everyone except HP. IBM without x86 boxes would place fourth on the system count list, behind HP, Lenovo and Cray.
The National HPCC Conference in Newport has posted their Agenda for their upcoming meeting.