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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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Breaking Through Real World Storage Barriers in Next Generation Sequencing

The Life Sciences data explosion presents unique data management challenges for an NGS environment...

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Intel Advanced Vector Extensions to Debut in September

Intel announced a couple years ago that it was working on a new set of vector extensions as a superset of SSE, Advanced Vector Extensions or AVX. Now Paul Taylor is reporting...

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IBM Revs OpenCL for Linux on POWER

IBM recently made available an OpenCL 1.0 conformant SDK for Red Hat Enterprise Linux on the company’s POWER line of processors (though only for 32-bit operation). The release...

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