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Archives for August 2009

Multi-PFLOPS supercomputer roadmap

A post at Next Big Future got me to thinking about the shape of the known roadmap for the multi-PFLOPS (and larger) machines. I think it would be a fun insideHPC reader project to collectively document all of the extreme scale machines that are on the horizon right now. I’m specifically not including SETI@home kinds […]

PGI tutorial on GPU programming coming this November

Concurrent with SC09, PGI is offering the tutorial “GPU Programming with the PGI Accelerator Programming Model and PGI CUDA Fortran”. The tutorial is Monday, 16 November, 2009 in Portland, a few blocks from the Oregon Convention Center. The full day course starts with an overview of GPU programming including helpful tips for those just getting […]

Mellanox Announces ConnectX-2

Mellanox, today, announced the availability of its ConnectX-2 line of I/O adapter products.  The new series of adapters support advanced 40Gb/s Infiniband, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel over Ethernet [FCoE] and Fibre Channel over Infiniband [FCoIB].  ConnectX-2 delivers performance with up to 30% less power consumption than its predecessor. Mellanox end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet-based connectivity […]

Checking in on Sun's intro to parallel programming series

It’s been a while since we checked in on Sun’s parallel programming video series, hosted at Sun’s HPC development focused website. The seventh and final episode of that series is now up. Here’s a list Module 1: Performance Tuning Module 2: Multicore Processor Architectures Module 3: Parallel Architectures Module 4: Parallel Programming Basics Module 5: […]

Hot Chips wrap up

Michael over at HPCwire has a nice blog post recapping the Hot Chips conference that ended last week The star of the show this year was the upcoming Power7 processor being developed by IBM. This is the chip that will be powering NCSA’s “Blue Water” supercomputer, a 10-petaflop machine slated for deployment in 2011. Blue […]

ANSYS Launches Immersed Boundary Module

ANSYS has announced the availability of the Immersed Boundary module for ANSYS FLUENT 12.0.  The new module was jointly developed with Cascade Technologies, Inc.  The first release, which is fully parallelized, supports the physical models and boundary conditions needed for modeling low-speed external aerodynamics and automotive front-end airflows. This is an ideal tool for reducing […]

Student research that changed computing

The Computing Consortium Community’s blog writes about a recently compiled list of students who, as part of their work as students, changed the direction of computing. It is a remarkable list, meant to provide ammo for those arguing for more funding of education. I recommend you don’t read it if you haven’t already finished your […]

Wright-Patterson/AFRL Dedicates New Super

The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, today, will dedicate the latest addition to their supercomputing center.  “Desch”, as its called, is an SGI Altix ICE8200 machine specially designed to exclusively support the translation of synthetic aperture radar data into high resolution three dimensional video images from the Gotcha radar system.  The […]

New Zealand buys big IBM super

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand has purchased what will be the largest supercomputer in the southern hemisphere.  The IBM Power 575 and its support infrastructure ran the lab $12.7million.  NIWA hopes to lower insurance costs in New Zealand and improve early warning systems for severe weather.  In July and […]

New framework for sharing data and compute resources

GridwiseTech announced late last week the release of their newest product, AdHoc, for sharing geographically distributed data and compute resources. From the PR The premise of AdHoc is to enable each member of the associated institution to control access to his or her resources without an IT administrator’s help, and with high security level of […]