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High Power Computing and the Effects on Bandwidth Usage


“Regardless of the application, it is important to have adequate bandwidth to support your network. With so many carriers out there, it can be difficult to choose the right one. Fortunately, there are bandwidth brokers with industry expertise that can help any company make the right decision based on size, location, bandwidth requirements and budget.”

x86 Says Goodbye to IBM. Hello Inspur?

Tom Wilkie, Scientific Computing World

In this special report from Scientific Computing World, Tom Wilkie reports on Chinese technology ambitions on display at ISC’14. “Inspur used the event to launch an ambitious expansion program that it is calling ‘I2I’. The acronym stands for ‘IBM to Inspur’, and it encapsulates the company’s aim to replace IBM as the reliable provider of servers and supercomputers based on the standard x86 processor chip architecture.”

Why We Need Chapel for Large-scale Parallel Computing


“I believe programmers have never had a decent programming language for large-scale parallel computing. By “decent,” I mean one that contains sufficient concepts for expressing the parallelism and locality control required to leverage supercomputers, while also being as general, effective, and feature-rich as languages like Fortran, C, C++, or Java. Ideally, such a language would strive to be more than simply “decent” and feel as attractive and productive to programmers as Python or MATLAB are.”

This Week in HPC: ISC’14 Wrap-up with Trends, Topics, Winners, and Losers

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research wrap up the ISC’14 conference with a look at the trends, topics, winners, and losers.

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.

Caching, Flash, Disk, and the Future of Storage


“All of this is very interesting given the latest release on the drop in revenue for flash storage of 6.6%, which means that there is not likely going to be the hundreds of billions of dollars in investment to replace disk drives.”

European HPC Strategy Gathers Funding and Momentum

Tom Wilkie, Scientific Computing World

“The workshop to be held at the ISC’14 starts from the position that the solutions to the challenges of many-core and accelerator technologies will require international cooperation and hopes to extend the range of cooperation as well as providing a detailed vision of the worldwide directions towards extreme-scale computing systems, software support, and perhaps most important strategic applications as they relate to national needs.”

A Look at the Top500 List Countries


Over at, Gary M. Johnson writes that a total of 58 countries have posted at least one flag in the past 42 editions of the Top500 List. And with the latest TOP500 list coming out on June 23, the race for the world’s fastest supercomputers has never been more diverse.

PCIe 4.0 Specification Delay is Bad News for HPC


Over at InfoStor, Henry Newman from Instrumental writes that another delay of the PCIe 4.0 specification is very bad news for HPC users.

Global HPC Market to Reach 38.1 Billion by 2018


“The continuous demands of competition help maintain strong markets for high performance computing systems, even amidst apparent paradoxes. Our surveys show that HPC users are bucking the trend of reducing spending on servers, and research indicates modest growth for HPC in all economic sectors (industrial, academic, and government) over the next four years.”