Sign up for our newsletter and get the latest HPC news and analysis.

Interview: Designing DNA Sequences in Synthetic Biology with HPC

howard

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

Raj_Hazra

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.”

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

barry

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.”

Complete Archives of The Exascale Report Now Available

exascale

Welcome to the new home of The Exascale Report! Acquired by insideHPC Media in February, the complete archives of The Exascale Report are now available free of charge to anyone who registers for premium content.

Job of the Week: HPC Software Architect at the Blue Brain Project

brain

The Blue Brain Project, led by Prof. Henry Markram, is seeking an HPC Software Architect in our Job of the Week.

Fujitsu Labs Develops 56 Gbps CPU Communications Circuit

11-01d_tcm100-1025435

This week Fujitsu Laboratories announced a new receiver circuit capable of receiving communications at 56 Gbps, a world-record data rate between CPUs.

Video: HP Unveils “The Machine” Based on Memristors and Photonics

hp-the-machine

In this video, Meg Whitman and Martin Fink from discuss The Machine, a computing architecture vision of the future. Currently in development at HP Labs, The Machine uses clusters of special-purpose cores, photonics links, and memristors to implement a unified memory that’s as fast as RAM yet stores data permanently, like a flash drive.

Google Develops Quantum Computing Playground

< q | p >

Developed by Google engineers, the Quantum Computing Playground is a browser-based WebGL Chrome Experiment featuring a simple IDE interface and its own scripting language with debugging and 3D quantum state visualization features.

Intel’s True Scale Fabric Gains Momentum; Forty Percent Growth from Last Year

Joe Yaworski

“We really need to re-look at what the requirements are that will lead us all the way up to being able to support Exascale deployments. One of these absolute requirements is CPU fabric integration, because the performance that’s needed, the density, the power, are all areas that have to be vastly improved to support deployments of exascale.”

Human Brain Project Seeks HPC Proposals

The central element of the HPC Platform is the HBP Supercomputer, the project’s main production system located at Jülich Supercomputing Centre. Over the next decade, the HBP Supercomputer will be built in stages to arrive at the exascale capability needed for cellular simulations of the complete human brain.