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A Big Week for Hybrid Supercomputing

Michael J. Miller at PC Magazine writes that it was a big week at SC11 for HPC, especially for hybrid supercomputing.

Last week, Intel, Nvidia, and AMD announced major strides in high-performance computing (HPC) at SC11. Intel’s Knights Corner CPU is the first processor capable of handling 1 tflops performance, and Nvidia introduced several new supercomputers that would be using its Tesla GPUs as part of a hybrid computing approach. Taken together, the announcements seem to be proof that the fastest computers of the future will use a combination of processors aimed at standard operations and will be optimized for single instruction-multiple data (SIMD) calculations.

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