Viewing posts from July, 2016

What Brexit Means for High Performance Computing

Addison Snell discusses the potential ramifications of Brexit on the HPC industry with special guest Andrew Jones, HPC Consulting Team Leader at Numerical Algorithms Group.

VMware Readying HPC Cloud Offering

A report by CRN says that VMware is developing a high performance computing service using the company’s vCloud Air IaaS platform. According to the report, the new service  will be aimed at “large enterprise customers.” The story was based on three unnamed sources that had been briefed on the product.

Brazilian University Taps SGI for New Supercomputer

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) has deployed a 226-teraflop SGI ICE X supercomputer to support engineering and research projects aimed at the Brazil’s energy industry. The system will serve both commercial and academic interests from its new home in the university’s High Performance Computing Center at the Graduate School of Research and Engineering (COPPE).

Moore's Law Gets a Hearing and Petaflop Club Ups Its Membership

Addison Snell and Michael Feldman wrap up their thoughts about ISC16 with an analysis of the direction of HPC post Moore's Law, and consider the newest members of the Petaflop club.

With the Right Software, PCs Can Outdistance Supercomputers

In an industry as forward-leaning as high performance computing, the focus on exascale and buying machines with the maximum amount of FLOPS hardware can be a distraction. The average HPC user is just looking to find the best performance possible for their applications with the hardware at hand. And in more cases than we would like to think, sometimes that hardware is just a personal computer.

Using Intel’s Xeon Phi for Brain Research Visualization

The well-worn adage that “a picture is worth a thousand words” rings true when communicating the importance, content, and yes, the beauty that is uncovered as researchers explore how the brain works. Given that humans are wired to understand images faster and better than other forms of communication, brain research highlights the importance of scientific visualization

Startup Brews Beer Flavored by Artificial Intelligence

The UK and the rest of Europe may be parting ways, but at least the Brits can drown their sorrows in a rather unique way. A new company based in London is now selling beer designed by a machine learning algorithm. The company, IntelligentX, is promoting their new offering as “the world’s first beer brewed by AI.”

HPE Moves ‘The Machine’ into Enterprise Group

Changes are in store for “The Machine,” the R&D effort at Hewlett Package Enterprise that recasts the computer as a memory-centric system. According to a blog post by HPE CEO Meg Whitman, the project, along with HP Labs, the unit that manages the The Machine's development, will be placed under the Enterprise Group. The decision is related to the exit of HPE CTO Martin Fink, who will be retiring from the company at the end of the year.  

10th Anniversary of Intel Threaded Building Blocks with Special Guest James Reinders

Addison Snell welcomes HPC and parallel computing expert James Reinders to discuss Intel's Threaded Building Blocks on its tenth anniversary.

MIT Takes Multicore in a Different Direction

A team of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has devised a 64-core processor design that tackles the major impediment to utilizing multicore chips: programming them. The novel device, which is known as Swarm, incorporates extra circuitry that makes it much easier for programmers to parallelize their applications. At least that’s the claim of the research team.