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NAG Boosts KAUST Petascale Project

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At SC14, the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) and Red Oak Consulting announced a large supercomputer project with King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia.

Free eBook: Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools

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“Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools takes the reader on a tour of the fast-growing area of high performance computing and the optimization of hybrid programs. These programs typically combine distributed memory and shared memory programming models and use the Message Passing Interface (MPI) and OpenMP for multi-threading to achieve the ultimate goal of high performance at low power consumption on enterprise-class workstations and compute clusters. The book focuses on optimization for clusters consisting of the Intel Xeon processor, but the optimization methodologies also apply to the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor and heterogeneous clusters mixing both architectures.”

Slidecast: Cycle Computing Powers 70,000-core AWS Cluster for HGST

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Has Cloud HPC finally made it’s way to the Missing Middle? In this slidecast, Jason Stowe from Cycle Computing describes how the company enabled HGST to spin up a 70,000-core cluster from AWS and then return it 8 hours later. “One of HGST’s engineering workloads seeks to find an optimal advanced drive head design, taking 30 days to complete on an in-house cluster. In layman terms, this workload runs 1 million simulations for designs based upon 22 different design parameters running on 3 drive media Running these simulations using an in-house, specially built simulator, the workload takes approximately 30 days to complete on an internal cluster.”

PGI Steps up with Support for Jetson TK1 and Power8

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At SC14, Nvidia announced that it is developing an enhanced version of the widely used PGI optimizing compilers which will allow developers to quickly develop new applications or run Linux x86-based GPU-accelerated applications on IBM POWER CPU systems with minimal effort.

Altair Architects for Exascale with PBS Professional 13.0

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At Supercomputing 2014 in New Orleans, Altair announced key features for PBS Professional 13.0, scheduled to launch in Q1 2015. The new version will take scalability to the next level, with massive jumps in supported system size, job dispatch speed and throughput; users will also benefit from key resilience, flexibility and scheduling improvements.

Pros and Cons of HPC Virtualization

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In this special guest feature from Scientific Computing World, X-ISS President Deepak Khosla argues that while enterprise computing makes extensive use of virtualization, it could make a big difference in HPC as well if it is introduced properly.

How Allinea Performance Reports Helps Jülich Scale their Applications

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“I have a few people helping out and tuning user applications, but we cannot serve all of our 500 users– we don’t have enough people. But if I have such a tool like Allinea Performance Reports, we tell them to try that out first and then if they have a problem, then they can do the first assessment themselves. Then we can use this tool to find the hard cases when my guys need to get involved. This is great.”

AMD & Pathscale Join OpenACC While Nvidia Readies Compilers for IBM Power

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At SC14 last week, AMD and Pathscale announced that they have joined the OpenACC standards group. Meanwhile, Nvidia announced that high-performance computing compilers are coming to IBM Power Systems.

Allinea Boosts ARMv8-A Architecture With DDT Debugging Tools

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Today Allinea the arrival of the new 64-bit ARM processor architecture in high performance computing received a significant boost today with the announcement of availability for a key development tool from Allinea Software.

New Allinea Forge Fills Key HPC Productivity Gap

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Today Allinea Software announced an expansion of its tool suite that is set to boost developer productivity and the launch of support for hybrid OpenMP codes and energy measurement in its performance profiling tool, Allinea MAP.