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Archives for October 2008

Edge HPC survey – HPC in non-technical areas

From Tabor Research: Does your organization use a scalable, high performance IT infrastructure? Then we need to hear from you! Tabor Research is conducting an exciting research project on the use of Edge HPC in non-technical areas and we’re looking for case study participants. To see if you qualify, please tell us a little bit […]

Apple Blade-Server?

Chalk another one up for speculation.  Those of you intimately involved with the Apple and/or IBM server community have probably seen the dust IBM is kicking up over Mark Papermaster.  Uh, who?  Papermaster, until recently, was the head of IBM’s blade server division.  After 20 years of black coats and red ties, he opted for […]

My other shirt is multi-threaded

Congratulations to all those who voted for “My other shirt is multi-threaded.” That’s the winning slogan, by a freaking landslide, for this year’s “Cover Your Nakedness” t-shirt giveaway. It won with 44% of the popular vote, while the next closest finisher won only 15% of votes cast. Now I just have to get them […]

Wales Unveils Blue Ice Super

Swansea University in Wales has unveiled their new research supercomputer, deemed “Blue Ice.”  The machine, procured from IBM, will be tasked almost completely with climate change workloads.  According to researchers ar Swansea, the machine is capable of running 10,000 model years per week. Previously we had only worked on individual components of a climate change […]

SURA Grows Partnership with IBM

The Southeastern Universities Research Association [SURA] has announced a major milestone in cultivating the high performance computing and grid infrastructure for the southeastern US research and education community. Through their partnership with IBM, SURA executed a bulk purchase of IBM HPC gear and saved over $4million. “SURA is very pleased that we could broker the […]

20 years is a long time in HPC years

This is the 20th anniversary of the annual SC conference, and organizers are doing up the dog this year. Part of the celebration will be a recognition of companies and individuals who have been involved with all 20 conferences. It’s enough of an achievement for an individual to have been at each of the conferences, […]

What the earth's core and eggshells have in common

The answer? HECToR’s Cray XT4. Last week Cray announced …that researchers in the United Kingdom (UK) are already achieving breakthrough science in a number of key disciplines using the powerful and highly scalable Cray XT4 supercomputer that was unveiled in January 2008 as part of the UK’s High-End Computing Terascale Resource (HECToR) project. …These critical […] is looking for a home

Reader Katja Rauhansalo sent in this news a couple weeks ago, but it got buried in my inbox The EGI Design Study (EGI_DS) project aims at establishing a sustainable long-term grid infrastructure in Europe and at moving from the existing short term funded project structure to a sustainable service. The EGI_DS is financed by the […]

Oxford chooses 11.52 TF Streamline Computing super for genetics work

Earlier this week UK HPC provider Streamline Computing announced a big win at Oxford University for an 11.52 TFLOPS machine to be installed at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics. The new cluster is based on Dell M1000e enclosures which are fully populated with M600 Dell blade servers, 45 terabytes of direct attached storage […]

Wallach to receive Seymour Cray Award

Reader John Becker just sent in a bit of HPC news about computer pioneer Steve Wallach. Wallach is specifically named for his “contribution to high-performance computing through design of innovative vector and parallel computing systems, notably the Convex mini-supercomputer series, a distinguished industrial career and acts of public service.” “This is one of our industry’s […]