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This Week in HPC: Major IT Players Explore Alternate Architectures and Interest Accelerates for FPGAs and Quantum Computing

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research look at FPGAs for high performance computing. After that, they discuss the latest news on quantum computing.

IBM Looks to Synaptic Computing with TrueNorth Chip

The TrueNorth chip redefines what is possible in the field of brain-inspired computers, in terms of size, architecture, efficiency, scalability, and design techniques.

“We have designed an end-to-end ecosystem complete with a new simulator, a new programming language, an integrated programming environment, new libraries, new (and old) algorithms as well as applications, and a new teaching curriculum. The goal of the ecosystem is to dramatically increase programmer productivity. Metaphorically, if TrueNorth is “ENIAC”, then our ecosystem is the corresponding “FORTRAN.”

Intel Adds Vector Instructions for Knights Landing


James Reinders writes that additional vector instructions have now been documented for Intel AVX-512, which will be first implemented in the future Intel Xeon Phi processor and coprocessor known by the code name Knights Landing.

ARM as an Enabler for HPC Co-Design


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

Greece to Deploy IBM Supercomputer

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The Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET) is deploying its first supercomputer system in support of large-scale scientific applications.

Video: PRACE Award Winners – Sustained Petascale Seismic Simulations


In this video from ISC’14, Alex Heinecke from Intel and Sebastian Rettenberger from the Technical University of Munich describe their award-winning paper on volcano simulation. “Seismic simulations in realistic 3D Earth models require peta- or even exascale compute power to capture small-scale features of high relevance for scientific and industrial applications. In this paper, we present optimizations of SeisSol — a seismic wave propagation solver based on the Arbitrary high-order accurate DERivative (ADER) Discontinuous Galerkin method on fully adaptive, unstructured tetrahedral meshes — to run simulations under production conditions at petascale performance.”

Video: Intel Unveils Knights Landing Details at ISC’14


In the course of this talk, Intel’s Raj Hazra unveils details of the Knights Landing architecture including the new Omni Scale Fabric, an integrated, high performance interconnect designed for CPU to CPU communications. “The industry ecosystem needs to work together to tackle challenges in system architecture, programming models, and energy efficiency – all while lowering the thresholds for broader user access and usability.”

Benefits of Liquid Cooling for HPC

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In this Sponsored Post from CoolIT we explore the many benefits liquid cooling offers to HPC and data center operators. For starters liquid cooling is about 3,500 times better at storing and transferring heat than air. Direct contact liquid cooling (DCLC) uses the exceptional thermal conductivity of liquid to provide dense, concentrated cooling to targeted areas. The many benefits of liquid cooling may surprise you.

AMD Plans to Deliver 25x Efficiency Gains by 2020

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This week AMD announced its goal to deliver a 25x improvement in the energy efficiency of its Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) by 2020.

DEEP Project Testing Smart Acceleration for Clusters


Thomas Lippert from the Jülich Supercomputing Centre writes that the DEEP project for exascale research is pushing the limits when it comes to programming models. “In the last couple of weeks DEEP has gone through a very exciting phase – basically the ultimate baptism of fire for our concept: The new hardware has first come to life.”