This Week in HPC: ISC’14 Wrap-up with Trends, Topics, Winners, and Losers

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research wrap up the ISC’14 conference with a look at the trends, topics, winners, and losers.

For the TOP500, the Milky Way Continues to Shine


China now has nearly as many top-ranking supercomputers as Britain, France and Germany combined, and its Tianhe-2 leads the TOP500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers — for the third consecutive time.

Student Team EPCC Sets Record with help from Boston & CoolIT


Today Boston Limited and CoolIT Systems sent out congratulations to the student team from EPCC at The University of Edinburgh for their 1st place ranking for the Highest LINPACK in the history of the ISC’14 Student Cluster Challenge.

Slidecast: Pre-Game Show for the ISC’14 Student Cluster Challenge

Team South Africa wins the ISC'14 Student Cluster Challenge

In this slidecast, Dan Olds from the Student Cluster Competition Blog and Brian Sparks from the HPC Advisory Council break down the field at the ISC’14 Student Cluster Competition. So how did it all turn out? Team South Africa won the overall competition for the second straight year and Team EPCC set a record with an amazing 10.14 Teraflops on LINPACK.

This Week in HPC: TOP500 Gets a Minor Makeover and Top Vendor News from ISC


In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research look at what’s new in the latest TOP500 list along with the top vendor news from ISC’14.

Korea Meteorological to Acquire Two Cray XC Supercomputers


Cray has been awarded a $54 million contract to provide the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) with two next-generation Cray XC supercomputers.

Video: Intel Omni Scale Fabric to Power Next-Generation HPC


In this video, Barry Davis from Intel describes the company’s new Omni Scale Fabric, an integrated, high performance interconnect designed for CPU to CPU communications. “”Intel is re-architecting the fundamental building block of HPC systems by integrating the Intel Omni Scale Fabric into Knights Landing, marking a significant inflection and milestone for the HPC industry,” said Charles Wuischpard, vice president and general manager of Workstations and HPC at Intel. “Knights Landing will be the first true many-core processor to address today’s memory and I/O performance challenges. It will allow programmers to leverage existing code and standard programming models to achieve significant performance gains on a wide set of applications. Its platform design, programming model and balanced performance makes it the first viable step towards exascale.”

Eurotech Combines 64-bit ARM CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs


Today Eurotech announced that the company has teamed up with AppliedMicro Circuits Corporation and NVIDIA to develop a unique HPC system architecture that combines extreme density and best-in-class energy efficiency.

June TOP500 List Shows it’s Lonely at the Top


This is getting to sound familiar. “For the third consecutive list, Tianhe-2 remains world’s No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 Petaflops on the Linpack benchmark. The US entries from Titan and Sequoia come in at number two and three, respectively, followed by the formidable K computer in Japan coming in at number four.”

Video: The SKA Project – The World’s Largest Streaming Data Processor

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The Square Kilometre Array Design Studies are an international effort to investigate and develop technologies which will enable us to build an enormous radio astronomy telescope with a million square meters of collecting area.