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HPC at Paypal: Leveraging DSPs for Systems Intelligence

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“PayPal’s novel approach is to convert events represented in a plain text format into a numeric format which can be analyzed in real-time using mathematical techniques with hardware specifically designed to operate on such numeric data. The first instantiation of this approach uses ProLiant m800 cartridges powered by TI’s 66AK2Hx DSP processor.”

Can IBM Succeed with Neurosynaptic Computing?

Robert Roe

In this Industry Perspective from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe considers the human challenges that must be overcome if IBM’s new neurosynaptic computing paradigm is to be successful. “IBM’s move reflects a growing understanding by hardware manufacturers that software is critical to the uptake of new chips and new architectures. Creating a new architecture, drastically different from those that preceded it, inexorably creates challenges and increases the complexity of generating code that will work for the new system.”

DOE Task Force Releases Recommendations for Exascale Investment

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A new report on the problems and opportunities that will drive the need for next generation HPC has been released by the Task Force on High Performance Computing of Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Commissioned by Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, the report includes recommendations as to where the DOE and the NNSA should invest to deliver the next class of leading edge machines by the middle of the next decade.

IBM Looks to Synaptic Computing with TrueNorth Chip

The TrueNorth chip redefines what is possible in the field of brain-inspired computers, in terms of size, architecture, efficiency, scalability, and design techniques.

“We have designed an end-to-end ecosystem complete with a new simulator, a new programming language, an integrated programming environment, new libraries, new (and old) algorithms as well as applications, and a new teaching curriculum. The goal of the ecosystem is to dramatically increase programmer productivity. Metaphorically, if TrueNorth is “ENIAC”, then our ecosystem is the corresponding “FORTRAN.”

Danish Researchers Archieve World Record 43 Tbps Data Transfer

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The High-Speed Optical Communications team at DTU Fotonik have a world record data transfer rate of 43 Terabits per second.

Is Light-speed Computing Only Months Away?

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In this video, Professor Heinz Wolff explains the Optalysys Optical Processor. The Cambridge UK based startup announced today that the company is only months away from launching a prototype optical processor with “the potential to deliver Exascale levels of processing power on a standard-sized desktop computer.”

Station Q Tackles Quantum Computing at Microsoft

Peter Lee, Head of Microsoft Research

“Our belief is that trying to build a quantum machine by controlling electron spin and using surface codes is like trying to build a computer using vacuum tubes. Labs all over the world can do that, but you’ll never be able to scale up.”

IBM Announces $3 Billion Research Initiative to Create Post-silicon Future

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Today IBM announced a new $3 billion dollar R&D investment to create the next generation of chip technologies for the post-silicon era.

Interview: Designing DNA Sequences in Synthetic Biology with HPC

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In a quest to design synthetic microorganisms for alternate fuel sources, Howard Salis from Penn State leveraged AWS to bring supercomputing resources to scientists. “The DNA Compiler has fundamentally changed the way that genetic engineering takes place by providing a way to quantitatively control and optimize the expression of many proteins working together, instead of performing trial-and-error DNA mutagenesis.”

Video: Intel Unveils Knights Landing Details at ISC’14

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In the course of this talk, Intel’s Raj Hazra unveils details of the Knights Landing architecture including the new Omni Scale Fabric, an integrated, high performance interconnect designed for CPU to CPU communications. “The industry ecosystem needs to work together to tackle challenges in system architecture, programming models, and energy efficiency – all while lowering the thresholds for broader user access and usability.”