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Archives for February 2010

What to read at insideHPC this week

Wondering what to read at insideHPC? Some of the most popular posts this week are: Sustaining and disruptive paths to HPC: what it means for startups? Book Review: Programming Massively Parallel Processors by Kirk and Hwu CULA Tools adds functionality with version 1.2 SGI buys up storage maker COPAN Systems AMD outed as Magny-Cours show […]

DOE dedicates new top secret computing center

Yesterday the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a part of the US Department of Energy, dedicated its new National Security Computing Center (NSCC) at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M. The NSCC is a Department of Energy user facility for top-secret level applications that require high performance computing. Its unique capabilities will be applied to […]

Comparing 10GbE iWARP and InfiniBand

HPCwire ran an article this week comparing the feature sets, roadmaps, and performance (in general terms) of 10 Gb Ethernet with iWarp to InfiniBand and its DMA technology. 10GbE iWARP leverages its heritage to also support acceleration of emerging Ethernet-based storage protocols, including file storage (NFS-RDMA), which is fully supported by the Linux OFED stack. […]

CS enrollments and applications up, follow jobs

NetworkWorld ran a story this week on recent trends in computer science enrollments and applications. In a word: up. At Carnegie Mellon University, the number of applicants to the School of Computer Science’s Computer Science Department reached 3,000 this year, up 14% from last year and up 76% from 2005. The department caps enrollment at […]

NEC Reorgs To Achieve Biz Milestones

NEC has announced that it will begin a reorganization this April in order to achieve its long-term goals.  Their “V2012: Beyond boundaries, Toward our Vision” plan is the major driver for the changes.  They include: Expansion of the IT and Network solutions business – Establishment of a Platform Business Unit -In order to expand the […]

Andrew's Corner: HPC Event Guide

If you’ve followed insideHPC for any period of time, you’ll know that we love any reason to get us out of the office [in fact, our spouses usually encourage it].  You’ve also probably become accustomed to our annual Supercomputing conference.  But what else is there?  Our dear friend Andrew Jones wrote up a great overview […]

Cray updates investors on DARPA work; $60M reduction could boost balance sheet

Cray filed a form 8-K with the SEC today, updating investors on the status of work related to DARPA’s HPCS program. The 8-K is a general form and is used to notify investors or the SEC of significant, unscheduled events. Other reasons that a company might file an 8-K include the election or departure of […]

Pixar's cold aisle containment study, ROI in 3.7 months

My pal Randall, of fame, sent me a pointer to a YouTube video from a presentation filmed at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Data Center Energy Efficiency Summit. In the video the presenter walks us through a cold aisle containment experiment Pixar did when adding very dense compute racks to a room already maxed […]

2010 accelerators in HPC symposium announced

The 2010 Symposium on Application Accelerators in High Performance Computing (SAAHPC’10) has announced its call for participation. The symposium will be held July 13-15 in Knoxville, Tennessee Presentations are invited from technology developers and the academic user community on the following topics of interest: novel accelerator processors, systems, and architectures integration of accelerators with high-performance […]

House subcommittee hearing on university research infrastructure, advanced computing

On Tuesday the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building to gather information and perspectives on the research infrastructure needs of universities and colleges as part of the push to new the America COMPETES Act. From the committee press release “Our […]