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Video: DownUnder Geosolutions Speeds Seismic Processing with Intel Xeon Phi

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In this video, Dr. Norm Uren and Dr. Matt Lamont describe how seismic processing with HPC is used to find new oil and gas resources. As reported here on insideHPC, DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) is making great leaps in performance using the Intel Xeon Phi.

SGI and Xeon Phi Power Oil & Gas Discovery Down Under

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Today global geosciences company DownUnder GeoSolutions (DUG) announced the purchase of HPC hardware from SGI. Powered by Intel Xeon Phi, the new systems are expected to significantly improve the rate of discovery and analysis for oil and gas exploration.

GPUdb: A Distributed Database for Many-Core Devices

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GPUdb is a scalable, distributed database with SQL-style query capability, capable of storing Big Data. Developers using the GPUdb API add data, and query the data with operations like select, group by, and join. GPUdb includes many operations not available in other “cloud database” offerings. GPUdb applies a new (patented) concept in database design that puts emphasis on leveraging the growing trend of many-core devices. By building GPUdb from the ground up around this new concept we are able to provide a system that merges the query needs of the traditional relational database developer with the scalability demands of the modern cloud-centric enterprise.

Free Training Materials: Parallel Programming and Optimization with Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors

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If you’re looking for information on how program Intel coprocessors, Colfax Research has just posted the 280-slide deck from their “Parallel Programming and Optimization with Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors” developer training program.

Video: Development of Intel MIC Codes in NWChem

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In this video from the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Edoardo Apra from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory presents: Development of Intel MIC Codes in NWChem.

ICL in Knoxville is the Newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC)

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The Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has been named the newest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC).

Record STAC Performance with Haswell EP and Xeon Phi

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The STAC Securities Technology Analysis Center has published new STAC-2 benchmarks showing record performance on the Intel Haswell EP processors coupled with the Intel Xeon Phi.

Announcing the Cray XC40 Supercomputer with DataWarp Technology

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Burst Buffers are here! Today Cray announced the launch of the Cray XC40 supercomputer and the Cray CS 400 cluster supercomputer – the next-generation models of the Company’s high-end supercomputing systems and cluster solutions. Based on the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family, formerly code named “Haswell,” the new systems deliver a 2x improvement in performance over previous Cray XC and Cray CS systems.

Podcast: The Return of the Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge

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In this Chip Chat podcast, Mike Bernhardt, Community Evangelist for HPC and Technical Computing at Intel, discusses the importance of code modernization as we move into multi- and many-core systems in the HPC field. According Bernhardt, markets as diverse as oil and gas, financial services, and health and life sciences can see a dramatic performance improvement in their code through parallelization.

Benchmarking Intel Haswell vs. Xeon Phi on the Libor Finance Code

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Over at the Xcelerit Blog, Jörg Lotze benchmarks Intel’s new Haswell (Xeon E5 v3 series) against the company’s flagship Xeon Phi coprocessor using a popular computational finance code. As the test application, he use a Monte-Carlo simulation used to price a portfolio of LIBOR swaptions. “The Xeon Phi accelerator wins the race clearly for double precision, reaching around 1.8x speedup vs. the Haswell CPU. However, this drops to 1.2x in single precision. The main reason is that the single precision version requires only half the memory and hence makes better use of the cache.”