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Video: APU Clusters and “Watts” Powering the Future of HPC

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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.

Video: Announcing the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2015

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In this video, Hussein Harake (CSCS) and Brian Sparks (HPC Advisory Council) announce the HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2015. The event will take place March 23-26, 2015 in Lugano, Switzeralnd.

SDSC Gaming Display Encourages HPC for Young Minds at SC14

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In this video, Rick Wagner and Erik Parreira from the San Diego Supercomputing Center describe a gaming competition they ran on a multi-panel display at the SDSC booth at SC14.

Rex Computing Startup to Open Source Parallel CPU

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Over at EE Times, Rick Merritt writes that a startup founded by two teenagers is designing a parallel processor that it hopes delivers a 10x leap in performance per watt for high-end systems.

Slidecast: Energy-efficient Computation

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“A crazy idea was born at ISC14 while answering questions about the new energy metrics in Allinea Performance Reports and Allinea MAP – could the information in these reports show us an easy way to increase energy efficiency without having to change the program? The idea was to use CPU frequency scaling to run memory-bound jobs at a lower clock frequency. In Lazy Energy Efficiency Challenge One, I found that on a synthetic benchmark I could increase the iterations per watt by 19% on a memory-bound code.”

NREL Named 2014 Laboratory of the Year with Liquid-Cooled Supercomputer

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GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini (left), NREL Associate Lab Director Bryan Hannegan, and NREL Director Dan Arvizu discuss the high performance computer Peregrine during a tour of the ESIF.

This week R&D Magazine honored the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and their Peregrine supercomputer as one of the top technological innovations of the year.

Bits, Bytes and BTUs: Warm Water Liquid Cooling at NREL

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“NREL’s HPC center is home to the largest HPC system in the world dedicated to advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. In addition, the HPC data center is one of the most energy efficient data centers in the world, featuring warm-water liquid cooling, and waste heat capture and re-use to reduce energy use and lower costs.”

Open Compute Project Spurs HPC Innovation for Large and Small Organizations

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In this special guest feature, Penguin Computing Chief Technology Officer Phil Pokorny writes that Open Compute Project has great potential to spark HPC innovation. In just three and a half years since Facebook announced the Open Compute Project (OCP), the cooperative industry effort is showing exceptional progress toward delivering significantly more efficient hardware into the […]

Radio Free HPC Looks at How Paypal is Using DSPs for Systems Intelligence

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team discusses a new Paypal project that is leveraging TI Keystone DSP processors for systems intelligence. “Paypal has developed a novel approach to systems intelligence. By analyzing their chaotic real-time server data, they can produce organized, intelligent results using HP’s Moonshot server powered by TI DSP processors.”

CoolIT System Chills UNLV Cherry Creek Supercomputer

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Today CoolIT Systems announced that a partnership of industry leaders have delivered one of the world’s most powerful liquid-cooled supercomputers to the University Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).