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Archives for July 2009

This Week in Viz – 7/31/2009

Randall Hand from, the web’s best site dedicated to computer graphics and scientific visualization, recap’s the week‘s best stories related to supercomputing in the visualization and graphics industries.  This week he talks about popular web services being used for geospatial reconstructions and flu trends, some of the big news at SIGGRAPH, and massively parallel […]

Tune up your skills with these cloud computing testbeds

Bob Grossman summarizes the major testbeds available for cloud computing work in the community today Currently, there are relatively few testbeds available to the research community for research in cloud computing and few resources available to developers for testing interoperability. I expect this will change over time, but below are the testbeds that I am […]

Next iteration of MPI standard set

Torsten Hoefler posts on his blog that the MPI standard is now fixed We just finished all voting on the last MPI-2.2 tickets! This means that MPI-2.2 is fixed now, no changes are possible. The remaining work is ismply to merge the accepted tickets into the final draft that will be voted on next time. […]

NVIDIA has a slate of 60 scheduled for emerging companies conference

I’ve remarked about the network effect that NVIDIA is enjoying with its GPU technologies before, and here’s more evidence. NVIDIA Corporation today announced that its second annual Emerging Companies Summit will feature presentations by 60 start-up companies from a dozen countries, discussing how they utilize graphics processing units (GPUs) to deliver innovative solutions in areas […]

PNNL's new 160TF super

This week the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced that it has flipped the switch on its newest super: a 4,620 quadcore processor, 160TF machine from HP The newest supercomputer in town is almost 15 times faster than its predecessor and ready to take on problems in areas such as climate science, hydrogen […]

Russian news agency reports US, Russia to cooperate in building supercomputers [UPDATED]

But I’ll warn you right now, the details are slim. ITAR-TASS, the official Russian government news agency, ran a story yesterday on a new cooperative effort between Russia and the US on the development of supercomputing technology Russia will cooperate with the United States in producing supercomputers, but will keep developing its own computers, Secretary […]

Honey bees and supercomputers

What do they have in common? Research by Saurabh Sinha, a University of Illinois assistant professor of computer science using NCSA’s supercomputers to understand the genetic roots of why honey bees — social insects — behave the way they do. In a typical honey bee colony, young worker bees are responsible for attending to the […]

Parallel programming video series

Sun is running a seven-part video series as an introduction to parallel programming on its HPC development-focused website. The video so far (two episodes up as of this writing) includes live action and slides, with hosting by Sun’s Ruud van der Pas. The first episode is on performance tuning, the second on the challenges that […]

Voltaire spearheads ecosystem for 10GbE in the datacenter

Today Voltaire announced that they’ve created a new partner organization to encourage the adoption of 10GbE in the datacenter “Voltaire’s approach to scale-out Ethernet fabrics is open and based on industry standards so customers can use best-of-breed solutions across their data centers,” said Asaf Somekh, vice president of marketing, Voltaire. “By building an ecosystem of […]

Convey Computer Closes $24 Million of Series B Funding

Convey Computer, proprietors of the hybrid core compute architecture, have announced that they have closed $24.15 million in Series B financing.  This latest round of funding was led by new investor, Braemer Energy Ventures.  Braemer was also joined by CenterPoint Ventures, Intel Capital, InterWest Partners, Rho Ventures and Xilinx, all Series A investors.  The total […]