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Life Beyond Moore’s Law

Why does your two-year old smartphone feel like a 1975 Ford Pinto? The answer, of course, is Moore’s Law. Thanks to transistor shrinkage, the semiconductor components inside the latest handheld devices are twice as powerful as the ones in your now outdated (2013!) relic. Moore’s Law, of course, does more than drive smartphones sales. It has made the entire computer industry an economic juggernaut for the last 50 years.

Supercomputing Creates Competitive Advantages in U.S. Industrial R&D

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (NCSA) is enabling software heavily used in industry to run faster, and it’s creating competitive advantages for some of the nation’s largest companies. Industry is a heavy user of supercomputing.

New submission deadline for the 45th TOP500 list

In 2015, the ISC High Performance conference will be held from July 12 - July 16, which is later than its usual June date. Due to this change the publication of the TOP500 list will also move into July 2015.

The Human Brain Project Will Push the Boundaries of Supercomputing

When the general public hears about the Human Brain Project (HBP), they immediately think about the possible medical breakthroughs the project will enable, like accelerated development of diagnostic tools and treatments for brain diseases or personalized medicine.

Looking outside the box when it comes to density and efficiency

Walking around SC14 in New Orleans, one can’t help but notice the density claims. Figures range upwards from 20kW with a number of impressive sounding 100kW cabinets on display too. Density is important to the future of HPC in terms of reducing energy, cost and inefficiency in interconnect, not to mention ensuring that operators can install their growing HPC systems within their real estate constraints.

Will Tomorrow's Supercomputers Be Superconducting?

Today, the list of the 500 fastest supercomputers is dominated by computers based on semiconducting circuitry. Ten years from now, will superconducting computers start to take some of those slots?

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This Week in HPC

The Demise of Moore's Law — Life Beyond Shrinking Transistors

This Week In HPC500 Episode 53 featuring Addison Snell and Michael Feldman.