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Archives for February 2009

UAH Partnering with ORNL

The University of Alabama Huntsville has announced a new partnership with Oak Ridge National Lab.  UAH president Dr. David Williams made the announcement yesterday.  ORNL plans to use UAH facilities as a base for operations in Huntsville.  The lab has significant interests in the area with groups such as Marshall Space Flight Center and Redstone […]

OSC boosts bioscience with super expansion

OSC announced yesterday that they are expanding their IBM Cluster 1350 to add more capacity to the center’s support for state bioscience efforts The Ohio Supercomputer Center today announced the purchase of a $4 million expansion of its flagship supercomputing system, a strategic addition that will more than double the Center’s current computing power and […]

Express Parallelism, Don’t Manage It

Provocative title from an article at For example, it’s very tempting to use the operating system’s native threading library directly on a multicore platform, such as WinThreads on Windows or Posix Threads on Linux. But this choice is a mistake. You’ll see why in the rest of this article. Instead, an important key to […]

Comparing Cilk++ and OpenMP points us to an article at Cilk Arts comparing some of the differences between their parallel environment, Cilk++, and OpenMP If your code looks like a sequence of parallelizable Fortran-style loops, OpenMP will likely give good speedups. If your control structures are more involved, in particular, involving nested parallelism, you may find that OpenMP […]

The word of the day is "supercomputer"…but will we be using it in 10 years?

I freaking love this story, from the UK’s Webuser site. A supercomputer used to predict which words may soon fall out of common use in the English language. The words ‘squeeze’, ‘guts’, and ‘dirty’ could fall out of common usage in the not-too-distant future, according to researchers at Reading University. Using a specially-created computer program, […]

Asian Top500

The Top500 list started it all, and then came the Russian Top50. Now there is an Asian Top500. Why the new list? ince 1993, has taken the initiative to assemble and maintain the list of the 500 most powerful computer systems twice a year around the world. With time, however, this list has come […]

One million for the arts

CPU hours, that is. From a release posted at HPCwire earlier this week: The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) in collaboration with the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) will provide 1 million hours of time on NCSA’s supercomputers to researchers who are pushing the boundaries of humanities, arts and […]

Fusion-IO: a little bit of Woz and a lot of silicon

CNet News ran a feature yesterday about Fusion-IO, about whom we have previously written. Steve Wozniak joined Fusion-IO as its chief scientist recently, at least partly to create the kind of buzz that generates articles at CNet (Woz is a tech hero and a smart guy, and I’m not slighting him in the least). Fusion-IO […]

ISC'09 conference program announced

Found at HPCwire this am, news that the 2009 program for ISC (in Hamburg this time, a lovely city) is set: In addition to world-renowned keynote speakers, ISC’09 will feature four in-depth sessions examining some of the most exciting — and challenging — areas in high performance computing today. Here is a quick look at […]

Dan Reed on why he joined Microsoft

The day before yesterday the always interesting Dan Reed spent a few minutes writing on his blog about what motivated his most recent career choice What I have not done is write about why I came to Microsoft and what I am doing – until now. Yes, my team manages the UPCRCs in partnership with […]