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Ray Tracing with Embree Kernels using Intel Xeon Phi

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The Embree kernel approach, using the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor is applicable to many situations. The implementation can be tuned to the hardware available, using different vector widths and workloads per ray. With a flexible toolkit for rendering, applications can take advantage of the latest hardware acceleration to achieve maximum performance.

NEDO in Japan Funds Solar Research at TACC

At the signing ceremony, partners on the next-generation energy efficient data center give the "Hook 'em, Horns" hand sign. From left to right: NTTF Senior Executive Vice President Atsushi Ichihoshi, UT Austin President Gregory L. Fenves, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Casco, NEDO Executive Director Fumio Ueda. Photo by Marsha Miller.

Thanks to $13 Million in research funding from NEDO in Japan, the University of Texas at Austin will begin using alternative energy sources to power some of its HPC Clusters.

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.”

Supermicro Deploys Sango Supercomputer at OIST in Japan

Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology Graduate University Sango Supercomputer (PRNewsFoto/Super Micro Computer, Inc.)

Today Super Micro announced the deployment of a new supercomputer in Japan at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) supporting scientists and researchers focused on discovery and innovation in the life, physical and environmental sciences.

Slidecast: Seagate’s New Nytro Flash Products

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“These new flash products greatly expand the range of our total product portfolio and demonstrate how Seagate’s acquisition of the LSI flash technologies is paying off. The Nytro XF1440/XM1440 SSDs deliver the highest performance in the smallest power envelope. The XP6500 flash accelerator card provides ultra-low latency capability for applications that require fast logging and produce significantly higher transactions per second,–something today’s applications demand.”

Transtec to Build Petaflop Cluster for KIT in Germany

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Today transtec in the UK announced that it will build a 1 Petaflop supercomputer for the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT). With more than 1,100 compute nodes, the solution is worth 6.9 million Euro and is the largest deal in the company’s history.

Lead Agencies for President’s NSCI Initiative to Gather at HPC User Forum

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As reported here, President Obama established the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) in July to ensure the United States continues leading high performance computing over the coming decades. Today, IDC announced what promises to be the first NSCI discussion involving the lead agencies at their next HPC User Forum.

Interview: Erich Strohmaier & Jack Dongarra on Latest TOP500

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In this video from the ISC 2015 conference, Erich Strohmaier from NERSC and Jack Dongarra from University of Tennessee discuss the latest HPC trends reflected in the 45th TOP500 list. “Nine systems in the top 10 were installed in 2011 or 2012, and this low level of turnover among the top supercomputers reflects a slowing trend that began in 2008.”

Training the Next Generation of Code Developers for HPC

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This is the first article in a two-part series by Rob Farber about the challenges facing the HPC community in training people to write code and develop algorithms for current and future, massively-parallel, massive-scale HPC systems.

Intel Profiles Supercomputer Architect Alan Gara

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The Intel Blog is featuring profile of Alan Gara, who has designed and built dozens of world-beating supercomputers. “There’s a lot of fun and hard work ahead, but we’re looking forward to it, and it’s a very exciting time here at Intel.”