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A Tall Order for Sequoia IO: NetApp Delivers 1TB/s Performance

Dimitris Krekoukias writes that NetApp was able to deliver a 1 Petabyte/sec storage solution to LLNL for the pending Sequoia supercomputer by leveraging the Lustre file systems and Engenio disk technology acquired from LSI.   Clearly, if your requirements are big enough, you end up spending a lot less money and needing a lot less rack space, power and cooling by going with...

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ARINC Super Optimizes Complex Aviation Antennas

Last week the Advanced Systems Engineering and Integration Division of ARINC Engineering Services announced it had installed a new Linux cluster that will allow the company to offer an expanded supercomputing capability at its Annapolis, Maryland headquarters. The new supercomputer can now fully implement ARINC’s analytical toolset, including the Geometric...

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A Sneak Peak at MPI 3.0

Torsten Heofler has posted a preview of features coming in MPI 3.0, which is expected to release in the next 12 months. New features include: Nonblocking Collective Operations, Neighborhood Collectives, Matched probe, MPIT Tool Interface #266, C Const Correctness, and Updated One Sided Chapter. Updated One Sided Chapter #270.

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Intel’s Future Haswell Processor to Feature Transactional Synchronization

Intel’s James Reinders writes that the company will be introducing new Transactional Synchronization Extensions (TSX) for the future 22 nm multicore processor code-named “Haswell”. In a nutshell, Intel TSX provides a set of instruction set extensions that allow programmers to specify regions of code for transactional synchronization. With transactional synchronization,...

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Marc Hamilton on HPC Design Challenges

HP’s Marc Hamilton came away from a recent meeting on future HPC Design Challenges with some interesting thoughts on power, cooling, and IO. Flash roadmaps are well understood and seeing evolutionary improvements. However, the looming mainstream introduction of PCIeGen3 server interconnects and new PCIeGen3 flash controllers offers interesting possibilities.

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