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Archives for March 2010

HPC 2010 Advanced Workshop

Registration is now open for the High Performance Computing, Grids, and Clouds Workshop, which will take place 21-25 June in Cetraro, Italy. “…the aim of the workshop is to discuss future developments in HPC technologies, and to assess grid and cloud computing technology, with special emphasis on solutions to deployment.” Registration is free, but spaces […]

Julich BlueGene Simulates Quantum Computer

The folks at Jülich released an interested press statement this afternoon.  Quantum computing research has been all the rage as of late.  Unfortunately, its very difficult to simulate such environments in the lab.  We simply don’t have the technology and computational capacity to simulate the next-gen computing technology.  However, the IBM BlueGene machine called JUGENE […]

AMD's performance comparisons for the new Opteron 6100

I’ve had several requests for links to benchmark data on the new AMD and Intel processors that have launched over the past couple weeks. We added a little bit of information with our posting of SGI’s SPEC results for its forthcoming UV line running the Xeon 7500s. Yesterday one of AMD’s marketing drones pointed to […]

Dell launches HPC building block, but don't worry: it's not new

Dell clearly knows how to build and market computers; it is one of the largest PC manufacturers in the world, and enjoys a strong presence in the enterprise. Over the past several years the company has had some significant wins with large systems in HPC, and its CEO Michael Dell even keynoted SC08 in Austin, TX. But the company’s wins to date seem to have been mostly based around either highly specialized marquee custom builds, or on jamming its enterprise class systems in an HPC envelope and shipping them out to low end customers. There is evidence that Dell is maturing its approach to HPC however. Over the past two years the company has been on a hiring spree, hiring some of the top systems engineers and architects in the business from other companies in the HPC space. Even better, with the launch of the C6100, it looks like Dell is actually listening to the people it hired as it builds a product portfolio specifically for us.

Skoda Selects SGI ICE for CAE

SGI announced today that Skoda Automotive a.s. has selected their Altix ICE platform to augment its computer-aided engineering [CAE] system.  The Altix ICE 8200EX machine has 1,024 cores and over 20 TB of storage. The target workloads are computational fluid dynamics analysis using ANSYS FLUENT and OpenFOAM, and for crash analysis using ESI Group PAM-CRASH […]

ScaleMP Announces Java Performance Record

ScaleMP, today, announced that they have released a new record-breaking benchmark result for Java applications.  Their SPEC benchmark [SPECjbb2005] result claimed the second highest recorded result. ScaleMP is a leader in the high-performance computing space and will now, with this latest SPECjbb result, further raise the bar for commercial application performance and innovation,” said Shai […]

Mass Governor Pledges $25 Million For Holyoke HPC

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced that the state will pledge up to $25 million in support of the new high performance computing center development project in Holyoke.  He also named the Holyoke Innovation District, as its called, as the 20th Growth District in the state.  The addition of state funding as announced on Monday brings […]

Xeon launch spawns baby UV at SGI, plus SPEC numbers on the big boys

Today’s launch of Intel’s new 7500 series (“Beckton”) processor with its eight cores and 16 standard DDR3 DIMMS per CPU socket has spurred the launch of a new product in the yet-to-ship Altix UV line at SGI. The UV 10 SGI is adding a 4U rackmount 7500 series based product labeled at the UV 10 […]

Intel Xeon 7500 (Beckton) roundup [UPDATED]

As we did with Westmere and Magny Cours, we’ll update this post with pointers to the scads of companies announcing support for the new 8-core Xeon 7500, Intel’s brand new processor being launched later today. Although Intel isn’t scheduled to announced until around noon pacific time, some partners have jumped the embargo so we have […]

NASA Extends CSC Operations Contract

Computer Sciences Corporation today announced that their operations and support contract at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Center at the Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California has been extended by a one year option period.  The extension is valued at roughly $57 million. The option exercised on the cost-plus-award-fee contract begins April 1, 2010, and […]