Submissions Open: SC11 Student Cluster Competition

SC11 is now accepting proposals for the 2011 Student Cluster Competition. In a real-time challenge, teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students will build a small cluster of their own design on the SC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest sustained performance across a series of applications. We are excited that the Student Cluster Competition has taken on...

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Russians Enter Petaflop Era with Rosatom Super

According to this story from the Russian ITAR-TASS new agency, a 1 Petaflop (peak) supercomputer has been deployed at the Rosatom Nuclear Energy State Corporation in Sarov, Russa.

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When Better Code Beats Moore’s Law

Steve Lohr over at the New York Times writes that performance gains from algorithm improvements often far outpace application speedups from faster processors attributable to Moore’s Law. There are no such laws in software. But the White House advisory report cited research, including a study of progress over a 15-year span on a benchmark production-planning...

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Why Parallel Matters

As the move to multi-core accelerates so does the need for parallel programming, but first let's look at what is causing this trend.

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SeaMicro Drops 64-bit Atom Bomb Server

If SeaMicro has been “awash in business” as company founder, Andrew Feldman, tells El Reg it has been in the wake of last June’s launch of the 512-core, 10U Atom-based SM10000 server, then the company had better batten down the hatches and prepare for the deluge.

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