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D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer Goes GA with 1000+ Qubits

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Today D-Wave Systems announced the general availability of the D-Wave 2X quantum computing system. The D-Wave 2X features a 1000+ qubit quantum processor and numerous design improvements that result in larger problem sizes, faster performance and higher precision. At 1000+ qubits, the D-Wave 2X quantum processor evaluates all 21000 possible solutions simultaneously as it converges on optimal or near optimal solutions, more possibilities than there are particles in the observable universe. No conventional computer of any kind could represent this many possibilities simultaneously, further illustrating the powerful nature of quantum computation.

Video: High Performance Computing for the LHC

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In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln gives us a sense of just how much data is involved and the incredible computer resources that make the LHC possible. “The LHC is the world’s highest energy particle accelerator and scientists use it to record an unprecedented amount of data. This data is recorded in electronic format and it requires an enormous computational infrastructure to convert the raw data into conclusions about the fundamental rules that govern matter.”

OpenCL for Performance

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“OpenCL is a fairly new programming model that is designed to help programmers get the most out of a variety of processing elements in heterogeneous environments. Many benchmarks that are available have demonstrated that excellent performance can be obtained over a wide variety of devices. Rather than lock an application into one specific accelerator, by using OpenCL, applications can be run over on a number of different architectures with each showing excellent speedups over a native (host cpu) implementation.”

Research Demands More Compute Power and Faster Storage for Complex Computational Applications

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Many Universities, private research labs and government research agencies have begun using High Performance Computing (HPC) servers, compute accelerators and flash storage arrays to accelerate a wide array of research among disciplines in math, science and engineering. These labs utilize GPUs for parallel processing and flash memory for storing large datasets. Many universities have HPC labs that are available for students and researchers to share resources in order to analyze and store vast amounts of data more quickly.

Podcast: Supercomputing the Human Heart

Different views of the reconstructed finite element (FE) model for the ovine mitral valve apparatus with anatomically accurate leaflets represented by shell elements.

Over at TACC, Jorge Salazar writes that new supercomputer simulations are helping doctors improve the repair and replacement of heart valves. “New supercomputer models have come closer than ever to capturing the behavior of normal human heart valves and their replacements, according to recent studies by groups including scientists at the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at The University of Texas at Austin and the Department of Mechanical Engineering atIowa State University.”

Dolphin Demos 300ns Latency Across PCI Express at IDF

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Today Norway’s Dolphin Interconnect Solutions demonstrated record a low latency of 300 nanoseconds at IDF 2015. Dolphin achieved this record by adding Intel Xeon Non Transparent Bridging (NTB) support to its existing PCI Express network product. In addition, Dolphin announced a new PCIe 3.0 host adapter, the PXH810 Host Adapter, which achieves 540 nanoseconds of latency at 64Gbps wire speeds.

KAUST is the Latest Intel Parallel Computing Center

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KAUST in Saudi Arabia has been named as the latest Intel Parallel Computing Center. “The new PCC aims to provide scalable software kernels common to scientific simulation codes that will adapt well to future architectures, including a scheduled upgrade of KAUST’s globally Top10 Intel-based Cray XC40 system. In the spirit of co-design, Intel PCC at KAUST will also provide feedback that could influence architectural design trade-offs.”

Video: First Look at Intel Optane Non-volatile Memory

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“At IDF, Intel introduced Intel Optane technology, which is based on the revolutionary 3D XPoint non-volatile memory media and combined with the company’s advanced system memory controller, interface hardware and software IP, to unleash vast performance potential in a range of forthcoming products. Intel Optane technology will first come to market in a new line of high-endurance, high-performance Intel SSDs beginning in 2016. The new class of memory technology will also power a new line of Intel DIMMs designed for Intel’s next-generation data center platforms.”

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.”

Seagate Announces Plans to Buy Dot Hill Systems

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Today Seagate announced plans to buy data storage system maker Dot Hill Systems for approximately $645 million.