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HPC News with Snark for the Week of Jan. 12, 2015

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The news has started to pile up this post-Holiday Season, so here is the HPC News with Snark for Friday, January 16, 2014. We’ve got podcasts on everything form self-driving cars to Data Breaches resulting from North Korean satire films. There’s even some big financial surprises from Intel.

A Look at 2014 as the Year in Parallel Computing

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Over at the Go Parallel Blog, John O’Donnell has posted highlights of the year 2014 in parallel computing.

Video: Penguin Computing Showcases OCP Hardware for HPC

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“Powered by Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor, Penguin Computing’s Tundra OpenHPC platform delivers density, performance and serviceability for demanding and extraordinary customers. Built to be compatible with Open Compute Open Rack specifications, the Tundra OpenHPC platform provides customers with a powerful and compact HPC server designed to reduce infrastructure costs when moving to the next generation of technology.”

Podcast: Coding Illini Wins Parallel Universe Computing Challenge

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In this Chip Chat podcast, Mike Bernhardt, the Community Evangelist for HPC and Technical Computing at Intel, discusses the importance of code modernization as we move into multi- and many-core systems. 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.

New IPCC at CERN Pushes Code Modernization

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“The work covered by this IPCC within the GeantV project aims at providing, in the first year, the first GEANT-V version that is vectorisable and thread wise scalable on Intel Architectures demonstrating a speedup of a factor between 5x and 10x over the scalar version on a simplified example.”

The Russians are Coming: RSC in TOP10 of TOP500 Vendors

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This week Russian supercomputing vendor RSC Group announced that the company is now a TOP10 supercomputing vendor according to the current edition of the Top500 list. In fact, RSC is the only Russian developer and manufacturer of HPC systems in the leading group of the rating by the number of deployed supercomputers.

DOD HPC Mod Program Beefs Up Supercomputing Capacity

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This week the Department of Defense High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) announced a new supercomputing investment for use by its engineering and research teams.

Interview: Advancing Computational Chemistry with NWChem

Karol Kowalski, Capability Lead for NWChem Development at PNNL

“The notion of High Performance Computing is evolving over time. So what was deemed a leadership class computer five years ago is a little bit obsolete. We are talking about the evolution not only in the hardware but also in the programming models because there are more and more cores available. Orchestrating the calculations in the way that can effectively take advantage of parallelism takes a lot of thinking and a lot of redesign of the algorithms behind the calculations.”

John Barr on the Power and the Processor

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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.

Video: Micron Showcases Automata Processor for Big Data

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“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.”