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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.”

Interview: Behind the Scenes at the DEEP Project

Estela Suarez, Project Manager of DEEP & DEEP-ER at Jülich

“In terms of the hardware, one of the biggest successes surely was to make the Intel Xeon Phi boot via the Extoll network. This might not sound so special, but for the DEEP project it is – because this basically is the essential milestone for proving our architectural concept: The Cluster-Booster approach. In traditional heterogeneous architectures the accelerators cannot boot without a host CPU. Our aim was to develop a cluster – made up of usual CPUs – and a booster – made up of accelerators – that can both act autonomously while being interconnected via two networks.”

Penguin Open Compute Tundra Platform now Available with Haswell V3

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Today Penguin Computing announced immediate availability of the Penguin Tundra cluster platform powered by the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 product family.

Move Over Jaguar, Titan Supercomputer Tops in Energy Efficiency

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When the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) replaced its Jaguar supercomputer with Titan, not only did it expand its computing speed tenfold, it also saved on the electric bill.

Nvidia Reveals Details on 64-Bit Project Denver Chip

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Nvidia revealed new architectural details of the 64-bit version of Project Denver at the HOT CHIPS conference this week. “While Denver is described as a Mobile chip, Stam claims that its performance will rival some mainstream PC-class CPUs at significantly reduced power consumption. That sounds to me like an interesting building block for HPC clusters.”

CoolIT Systems Partners with CES Group

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Today CoolIT Systems and CES Group announced that the two companies have entered a global OEM and Distribution Agreement.

Tackling Power Grid Challenges with the Peregrine Supercomputer

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, right, joins NREL Director Dan Arvizu, center, and NREL Computational Science Center Director Steve Hammond, left, at the unveiling of Peregrine.

Peregrine provides much-needed computational capability to model complex systems such as the grid, to allow us to ask ‘what if’ questions, and to optimize how these systems are designed and deployed with much higher confidence in their efficiency and robustness.”

2112 Cores at Just 200 Watts: Introducing the Adapteva A-1

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In this video from Primeur Magazine, Andreas Olofsson from Adapteva unveils the Adapteva A-1 prototype supercomputer at ISC’14. Based on the company’s 64-core Epiphany chip, the system sports a total 2112 RISC cores in a very small space while consuming only 200 Watts.

Radio Free HPC does the ISC’14 Wrapup Show

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the highlights from ISC’14 including Intel’s new Omni Scale Fabric and the World’s First 100Gb/s EDR InfiniBand Switch from Mellanox.

ARM as an Enabler for HPC Co-Design

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In this video from ISC’14, Dr. James Ang of Sandia National Laboratories presents: ARM as an Enabler for HPC Co-Design.