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Chips Evolve for Data Intensive Niches


“Data centric workloads are growing in importance in high-performance computing and, in an industry that has been dominated by a handful of technologies for several years, this has led users to look for new technologies which better suit such jobs. The demand now is for low power, high memory, and I/O-intensive solutions, so there is a growing niche which can be addressed by solutions which are less focused on Flops performance.”

Video: Team Spain Brings ARM to the Student Cluster Competition


In this video from ISC 2015, Dan Olds from Gabriel Consulting interviews Team Spain, the first team ever to use ARM processors in the Student Cluster Competition.

Video: Pathscale Compilers Power Cavium ThunderX Processor


The EKOPath compiler for High Performance Computing supports advanced loop optimizations, SIMD vectorization and many-core support. This release of EKOPath includes optimizations specifically for the ThunderX microarchitecture as well as tuning tailored to typical HPC workloads, including computationally complex and data intensive applications as well as OpenMP.

Bringing ARM to the Student Cluster Competition


Over at the ISC Blog, Luna Backes writes that her Mont-Blanc Climbers Team is looking forward to building the first ARM-based cluster ever at the upcoming ISC Student Cluster Competition.

Video: Mont-Blanc Prototype One Step Closer to Exascale


“Early in February, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) successfully deployed the Mont-Blanc prototype. After three years of intensive research effort, the team installed a two-rack prototype which is now available to the Mont-Blanc consortium partners. This has been a formidable challenge as this is the first time that a large HPC system based on mobile embedded technology has been deployed and made fully operational to a scientific community composed of scientists of six of the most important research centers in Europe.”

E4-ARKA: ARM64+GPU+IB is Now Here


“E4 Computer Engineering has introduced ARKA, the first server solution based on ARM 64 bit SoC dedicated to HPC. The compute node is boosted by discrete GPU NVIDIA cards K20 with 10Gb ethernet and FDR InfiniBand networks implemented by default. In this presentation, the hardware configuration of the compute node is described in detail. The unique capabilities of the ARM+GPU+IB combination are described, including many synthetic benchmarks and application tests with particular attention to molecular dynamics software.”

Hartree Centre Collaborates with Lenovo on ARM-based HPC


Today Lenovo announced that the company is collaborating with the STFC Hartree Centre in the U.K. on improving the energy-efficiency of HPC systems.

This Week in HPC: DOE Labs Come Together on Climate and Latest Cuda Escalates ARMs Race

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In this episode of This Week in HPC, Michael Feldman and Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research discuss the ACME collaboration for climate research. In Part 2, they look at the latest Cuda release with with support for 64-bit ARM processors.

2112 Cores at Just 200 Watts: Introducing the Adapteva A-1


In this video from Primeur Magazine, Andreas Olofsson from Adapteva unveils the Adapteva A-1 prototype supercomputer at ISC’14. Based on the company’s 64-core Epiphany chip, the system sports a total 2112 RISC cores in a very small space while consuming only 200 Watts.

Radio Free HPC does the ISC’14 Wrapup Show


In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team reviews the highlights from ISC’14 including Intel’s new Omni Scale Fabric and the World’s First 100Gb/s EDR InfiniBand Switch from Mellanox.