AMD Refreshes Vision for HPC Future

Feb. 17, 2014, 1:57 p.m.

Although they’ve been rather quiet compared to their competitors in the general server, GPU and of course, overall HPC market, it might be too early to write off AMD just yet. If we’re to look at their silence as the “calm before the storm” consider it typhoon season, at least according Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of the AMD server business unit, whom we spoke with this week.

NERSC Flips Switch on New Flagship Supercomputer, Edison

Feb. 3, 2014, 4:24 p.m.

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing (NERSC) Center recently accepted “Edison,” a new flagship supercomputer designed for scientific productivity. Named in honor of American inventor Thomas Alva Edison, the Cray XC30 will be dedicated in a ceremony held at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) on February 5, 2014, and scientists are already reporting results.

How Can Supercomputers Survive a Drought?

Jan. 29, 2014, 9:45 a.m.

Water scarcity has been surfacing as an extremely critical issue worth addressing in the U.S. as well as around the globe nowadays. A McKinsey-led report shows that, by 2030, the global water demand is expected to exceed the supply by 40%. According to another recent report by The Congressional Research Service (CRS), more than 70% of the land area in the U.S. underwent drought condition during August, 2012.

Japan’s Manufacturers Cozy Up to Supercomputing

Jan. 28, 2014, 10:33 a.m.

Beyond a pure passion for technology and the thrill of turning ideas into reality, there is a hugely practical basis for investment in advanced computing. Supercomputers and other computational technologies bolster economic competitiveness, a notion that nearly all academic, industry and government leaders have embraced. As supercomputers become more powerful, manufacturers can run bigger and more complex models, saving time and money in the process.

Remembering Hans Meuer

Jan. 23, 2014, 12:53 p.m.

In the early years of the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), when the event was topping out at 150 attendees, the beginning of each session commenced with Dr. Hans Meuer ringing a Salvation Army bell that was meant to bring us all together. The memory is a sweet one, but it is with great sadness that I’ve learned after a battle with cancer, my friend and colleague has left his community behind.

Adieu Hans Meuer

Jan. 21, 2014, 8:03 p.m.

We sadly announce that the TOP500 Co-Founder and ISC General Chair, Prof. Dr. Hans Werner Meuer passed away at the age of 77 at his home in Daisbach, Southern Germany, on January 20, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer.

Slides from the TOP500 BOF session during SC13 in Denver

Nov. 23, 2013, 3:59 p.m.

The slides of the 42nd TOP500 list are now available. The 42nd TOP500 list was announced during the SC13 conference in Denver, CO.

China’s Tianhe-2 Supercomputer Maintains Top Spot on 42nd TOP500 List

Nov. 18, 2013, 8:29 a.m.

MANNHEIM, Germany; BERKELEY, Calif.; and KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 42nd edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The list was announced Nov. 18 at the SC13 conference in Denver, Colo.

Dongarra to Receive Ken Kennedy Award for Software Technologies that Power Supercomputers

Oct. 11, 2013, 3:07 p.m.

Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee will receive the ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for his leadership in designing and promoting standards for mathematical software used to solve numerical problems common to high performance computing (HPC). His work has led to the development of major software libraries of algorithms and methods that boost performance and portability in HPC environments, which rely on supercomputers and parallel processing techniques for solving complex computational problems. Dongarra, the Distinguished University Professor at the University of Tennessee, is the founder and director of the Innovative Computing Laboratory at the University, and holds positions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Manchester. He will receive the Kennedy Award on November 19, 2013, in Denver at SC13, the International Conference on High Performance Computing.

TOP500 Founder Erich Strohmaier on the List's Evolution

Oct. 4, 2013, 4:21 p.m.

The TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers first debuted more than two decades ago, in June 1993, the brainchild of Berkeley Lab scientist Erich Strohmaier and Professor Hans Meuer. The much-celebrated list is compiled using the Linpack benchmark, which was developed by Jack Dongarra. Although the continued relevance of the Linpack benchmark as a sole measure of big iron performance has been called into question, the impact of this twice-yearly list as a widely recognized metric and a valuable historical record cannot be denied.