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Time to Retire the Turing Test?

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If you haven’t heard, there is a new film about Alan Turing, one of the original computer scientists to ponder the question: Can machines think? Over at Kill Screen, David Shimomura writes that it may be time to put the Turing Test to bed.

Video: Introducing the SGI ICE XA Supercomputer

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“The ICE X is in production now. It is a compute-focused platform. At this show, we’re introducing the ICE XA. It adds several degrees of flexibility. With the ICE XA, we’ll still maintain the compute-only-density that we have in our ICE. But we have another blade available for that, which will enable accelerators, both GPU and Xeon Phi cards. We have an even third blade, will allow people to add hard drives and other IO devices. So, the flexibility of the ICE XA is what we’re talking about today at the show.”

3M Twin Axial Cable Solution Increases Efficiency of Servers for HPC

3M’s Twin Axial Cable, with its ultra-flat, foldable ribbon design, is on display this week at SC14. The low-profile capabilities saves a substantial amount of internal space and helps alleviate congestion inside dense server systems. Design engineers have considerably more room for server architecture options. The silhouette  increases airflow for the cooling needed to maintain the high speeds and […]

Penguin Computing’s Cluster Collaboration with AMD Makes Heterogeneous System Architecture Clustering a Reality

Today at SC14,  Penguin Computing announced the first application optimized accelerated processing unit (APU) clusters, making seamless GPU and CPU memory sharing on clusters a reality based on heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) from Advanced Micro Devices. The shared memory capability involves very lightweight context switches that switch instantaneously between the GPU and CPU, whichever code […]

Lawrence Livermore Advances in Graph500 Rankings

Lawrence Livermore announced at SC14 that its Sequoia supercomputer, a 20-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q system, achieved the world’s best performance on the Graph500 data analytics benchmark The Graph500 offers performance metrics for data intensive computing. LLNL and IBM computer scientists attained the No. 1 ranking by completing the largest problem scale ever attempted  (scale 41) with […]

Final Hours for the 2014 Parallel Universe Computing Challenge at SC14

This morning at 11:00AM  the second semi-final match of the 2014 Parallel Universe Computing Challenge took place at the Intel Parallel Theater (Booth 1315) at SC14 as the Coding Illini team from NCSA and UIUC, faced off against the EXAMEN from Europe.  Coding Illini earned its spot in is semi-final match by beating the team from Latin […]

BSC Releases COMPSs Version 1.2 at SC14

The Grid Computing and Clusters team at Barcelona Supercomputing Center announced a new release, Version 1.2, of the programming environment COMPSs, already available in three main programming languages: Java, C/C++ and Python. This version of COMPSs provides a set of tools that helps developers program and execute their applications efficiently on distributed computational infrastructures such as clusters, grids and […]

Huawei Introduces New FusionServer Products at SC14

Huawei announced US availability of its FusionServer X6800 Data Center Server and a liquid cooled version of its FusionServer E9000 blade server at SC14. Historically, the main challenges of HPC have been computational performance, memory and storage improvement, simplified installation and deployment,” said Jun Xu, Vice President of Marketing for Huawei Enterprise USA. “At SC14 we […]

MetaFlows Deploys Network Defenses for the Entire Internet Community at SC14

MetaFlows announced the deployment of its 10 Gbps solution in support of  SC14. The SCinet Network Operation Center will use the MetaFlows security system (MSS) as one of the key operational components in securing the conference’s  network infrastructure. MetaFlows’ innovative network antivirus, sandboxing and real-time behavioral analysis is deployed as a 64-core 10 Gbps appliance capable of […]

Panasas Strengthens Executive Leadership With New Hires

Panasas announced today the addition of two new executives to the C-level leadership team. Joining the company are Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tom Shea, who leads all technical organizations at Panasas including engineering, operations, service and IT, and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Jim Donovan, who leads the global marketing organization with responsibility for product management, brand strategy, demand creation and sales enablement. I am thrilled that Tom and […]