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Archives for March 2013

Jeff Squyres on Latency Analogies

Over at the MPI Blog, Jeff Squyres writes that the distance-from-home analogy is good way to help explain application latency. So when you send a message to a peer (e.g,. MPI_SEND to another MPI process), consider with whom your communicating: are they next door, in the next subdivision, or in the next city? That gives […]

Video: Blue Waters Time-lapse Construction Plus Launch Ceremony

Our Video Sunday feature continues with this time-lapse movie of the construction of NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer and the National Petascale Computing Facility. NCSA launched Blue Waters this week in an official dedication ceremony. The 683,000-pound computer has a sustained speed of more than 1 petaflop and is capable of performing more than 1 quadrillion […]

Roadrunner Retires – World's First Petascale System Helped Steward Nuclear Stockpile

There are now something like 30 petascale supercomputers in the world that we know about, but the one that started it all has now retired. Used to help steward the U.S. nuclear stockpile, the Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos was shut down this week after six years of service. Roadrunner exemplified stockpile stewardship: an excellent […]

Thomas Sterling Presents: Towards the Exascale Target – the Arrow in Flight

In this video from the 2013 National HPCC Conference, Dr. Thomas Sterling from Indiana University presents: Towards the Exascale Target – the Arrow in Flight. The preceding year has witnessed a strong impetus towards the ultimate US achievement of practical exascale computing through the initiation of research and development programs. There are two trajectories in […]

Job of the Week: HPC Performance Engineer at NERSC

NERSC is seeking a talented HPC Performance Engineer in our Job of the Week. NERSC is a world leader in accelerating scientific discovery through computation, providing high performance computing, data storage and analysis tools and expertise to researchers. As a member of the Advanced Technology Group you will contribute to an on-going team effort to […]

SGI's Eng Lim Goh Presents: From Extreme Scale Computing to Big Data

In this video from the 2013 National HPCC Conference, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from SGI presents: From Extreme Scale Computing to Big Data. The internet, sensors and high performance computing are some of the top Big Data producers. Recently, there has been increased focus on extracting more value out of these generated data. Analysis of […]

New Book Offers Insight into Coding for Intel Xeon Phi

This week Elsevier announced the release of Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor High Performance Programming, by Intel evangelists Jim Jeffers and James Reinders. The book benefits software engineers, scientific researchers, and high performance and supercomputing developers in need of high-performance computing resources, by: Providing a guide to exploiting the parallel power of the Intel Xeon Phi […]

Video: SC13 Seeks Your Ground-Breaking Innovations in the Emerging Technologies Track

In this video, Torsten Hoefler from ETH Zurich describes the new SC13 Emerging Technologies Track. The SC13 Emerging Technologies Track is a new element of the Technical Program at SC13. It is aimed at providing a showcase on the SC13 show floor for novel projects at a national or international scale. It is different from […]

IDC Lists Top 10 HPC Market Predictions for 2013

IDC has released its Top 10 HPC Market Predictions for 2013. The big takeaways? While the outlook is good for business, the industry goal of reaching Exascale by 2018 looks to be slipping by at least two years. 1. The Worldwide HPC Market Will Leave the Global Economic Recession Behind and Will Be in a […]

Univa Grid Engine Steps Up to Intel Xeon Phi with Version 8.1.4

Today Univa released the latest version of Univa Grid Engine. With cross-platform support, Release 8.1.4. of Univa Grid Engine includes a number of customer-driven enhancements: Improved Load collection tool for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors Extended memory usage metrics for Multi-Threaded applications Scheduler performance enhancements ensuring maximum number of jobs running in the cluster while improving […]