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High Speed Networks Bumping into Speed of Light

Joab Jackson from IDG writes that with global networks carrying complex time-sensitive data, the speed of light is actually becoming a significant source of latency.

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Podcast: ORNL to Bolster Lustre Performance, Reliability with Help from Whamcloud

In this podcast, Galen Shipmen, Technical Integration Group Leader at ORNL and Brent Gorda, Whamcloud CEO discuss their recent partnership announcement. Technical activities spelled out under the contract aim to support the Scalable File System Center (SFSC) and include engineering efforts to enhance Lustre on petascale systems. We also discuss...

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GPUs Could Speed Scientific Discovery

Scientific Computing reports that the advent of GPU parallel processing and heterogeneous systems like Tianhe-1A could speed the advance of science. Such hybrids will probably take over in the future. “If we want bigger or faster machines, this is what the future looks like: undoubtedly multicore and almost undoubtedly heterogeneous...

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IBM Blue Waters to Help California Prepare for Earthquakes

In California, you often hear talk about “the Big One,” the inevitable earthquake on the San Andreas Fault that could lead to widespread devastation in the state. In his presentation at SC10 last week, Thomas Jordan, Director of the Southern California Earthquake Center, gave the supercomputing community a sneak preview. Jordan showed a simulation video of a magnitude 8 earthquake being distributed around Southern California. With scenes of buildings shaking and roadways cracking, the video depicted...

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CUDA in the Cloud

Are GPUs going to become a common utility? NVIDIA’s Steve Wildstrom blogs that CUDA is coming to the Cloud: For the most part, cloud service focus on plain-vanilla Linux or Windows servers. Since they are generally run as headless servers accessed only through a remote desktop, they featured little if anything in the way of GPU capabilities. But add a high-end GPU—or several– and drive that hardware with general purpose programming on GPU techniques such as CUDA and...

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