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Video: Parallella – The Most Energy Efficient Supercomputer on the Planet

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“Supercomputing should be available for everyone who wants it. With that mission in mind, a team of engineers created Parallella, an 18-core supercomputer that’s a little bigger than a credit card. Parallella is open source hardware; the circuit diagrams are on GitHub and the machine runs Linux. Icing on the cake: Parallella is the most energy efficient computer on the planet, and you can buy one for a hundred bucks. Why does parallel computing matter? How can developers use parallel computing to deliver better results for clients? Let’s explore these questions together.”

Phytium Shows off Mars ARMv8 Processor at Hot Chips

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In the first of what will likely be a series of announcements from the Hot Chips conference this week, Phytium Technologies revealed details of its Mars 64-core ARMv8 processors.

SUPER Project Aims at Efficient Supercomputing for Scientists

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“SUPER builds on past successes and now includes research into performance auto-tuning, energy efficiency, resilience, multi-objective optimization, and end-to-end tool integration. Leading the project dovetails neatly with Oliker’s research interests, which include optimization of scientific methods on emerging multi-core systems, ultra-efficient designs of domain-optimized computational platforms and performance evaluation of extreme-scale applications on leading supercomputers.”

Innovation Keeps Supercomputers Cool

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“The range of cooling options now available is testimony to engineering ingenuity. HPC centers can choose between air, oil, dielectric fluid, or water as the heat-transfer medium. Opting for something other than air means that single or two-phase flow could be available, opening up the possibilities of convective or evaporative cooling and thus saving the cost of pumping the fluid round the system.”

Call for Submissions: Workshop on Heterogeneous High-performance Reconfigurable Computing

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The First International Workshop on Heterogeneous High-performance Reconfigurable Computing (H2RC’15) has issued its Call for Submissions. Held in conjunction with SC15, the event will take place Nov. 15 in Austin, Texas.

Adept Project Looks at Using Software to Conserve Energy

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In this special guest feature, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing World writes that software approaches to energy efficiency in HPC may yield unexpected improvements in the hardware of next-generation mobile phone networks. “Adept, a European research project addressing the energy-efficient use of parallel technologies, is expected to release a set of benchmarks that it has developed to characterize the energy consumption of programming models on different architectures.”

Interview: Asetek Rides Rapid Adoption of Liquid Cooling for HPC

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The HPC industry’s expanded use of liquid cooling was evident at the recent ISC 2015 conference in Frankfurt. To learn more, we caught up with Steve Branton from Asetek.

Chips Evolve for Data Intensive Niches

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“Data centric workloads are growing in importance in high-performance computing and, in an industry that has been dominated by a handful of technologies for several years, this has led users to look for new technologies which better suit such jobs. The demand now is for low power, high memory, and I/O-intensive solutions, so there is a growing niche which can be addressed by solutions which are less focused on Flops performance.”

Video: Team Spain Brings ARM to the Student Cluster Competition

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In this video from ISC 2015, Dan Olds from Gabriel Consulting interviews Team Spain, the first team ever to use ARM processors in the Student Cluster Competition.

Video: Penguin Computing Brings ThunderX to OCP Servers

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“By introducing Cavium’s 64-bit ARMv8 CPUs in our Penguin Tundra family of Open Compute servers we again step up our leadership position. Our customers get outstanding value from the efficiency and flexibility enabled by OCP infrastructure combined with workload-optimized performance of Cavium’s ThunderX architecture.”