In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, John Barr surveys the technologies that will underpin the next generation of HPC processors and finds that software, not hardware, holds the key.
“By providing a fundamentally new and powerful technology, plus the tools to operate and program it, Micron is providing developers and customers an entirely new way to power their innovation,” said Paul Dlugosch from Micron. “The Automata Processor and SDK will provide a new alternative for implementing very high levels of hardware parallelism without the complexities associated with von Neumann-style architectures.”
Penguin Computing just announced the Altus Altus 2a30, a building block for the first application optimized accelerated processing unit (APU) clusters, making seamless GPU and CPU memory sharing on clusters a reality based on heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) from AMD. The shared memory capability involves very lightweight context switches to switch instantaneously between the GPU and CPU, whichever code runs best at a given moment.
Today One Stop Systems, Inc. (OSS) announced a demonstration of the first optical PCIe interface board with MXC connectors at SC14. Now x8 PCIe 3.0, operating at 64Gb/s, can be transmitted over state-of-the-art MXC passive optical cables, offering data centers a huge advantage in cost and performance.
In this video, the Radio Free HPC team meets at SC14 in New Orleans to discuss the recent news that Nvidia & IBM will build two Coral 150+ Petaflop Supercomputers in 2017 for Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The two machines will feature IBM POWER9 processors coupled with Nvidia’s future Volta GPU technology. NVLink will be a critical piece of the architecture as well, along with a system interconnect powered by Mellanox.
With ever-increasing parallelism in today’s processors, the need for code modernization is becoming more and more evident to organizations that need to compute to compete. Intel has responded to this dilemma by sponsoring Intel Parallel Computing Centers (Intel PCCs) around the globe. With an emphasis on doing modernization in an open, standard fashion that enables the best ROI, the Intel PCC program has shown remarkable progress in its first year. To learn more, we caught up Bob Burroughs, Director of Technical Computing Ecosystem Enabling at Intel.
The Gordon Bell Prize is one of the highest honors in high performance computing. For 2014, a collaborative research project co-led by Michael Bader from Technische Universität München (TUM) and Christian Pelties from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), both from Germany, and Alexander Heinecke of Intel, has been nominated for their groundbreaking code modernization work with SeisSol, a scientific software package that provides numerical simulation of seismic wave phenomena.