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Jack Dongarra on the Pending Disruptive Changes of the X-stack

This week, Scientific Computing is featuring an interview with Jack Dongarra from the University of Tennessee. Dongarra discusses the origin of the LINPACK benchmark and why multidimensional barriers to Exascale computing will force a disruptive change in the form, function and interoperability of future software infrastructure components. As a number of recent studies make clear, technology trends over the next decade...

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Avere Rolls Out First-of-its-Kind Hybrid Storage Appliance

Hierarchical storage management is not new to the HPC crowd, but the idea of optimizing NAS may just be a new concept to many. This week Avere Systems announced that the company’s new FXT 3800 hybrid storage appliance can now automatically tier data across four media types: RAM, SSD, SAS and SATA HDDs, delivering maximum performance for the hottest files. At the same time, the device moves...

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Speeding Up Computing Grids in the Financial Industry

Over at the Xcelerit Blog, Jörg Lotze writes that a recent case study shows how financial services firms can improve the efficiency of their existing compute grids with multithreading. It becomes clear that a multi-threaded parallel application is far superior to the grid approach traditionally used in banks. The multi-threaded application...

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RCE Podcast Looks at Chapel, an Emerging Parallel Programming Language

In this RCE Podcast, hosts Brock Palen and Jeff Squyres discuss the Chapel parallel programming language with Brad Chamberlain and Sung-Eun Choi from Cray. Chapel strives to vastly improve the programmability of large-scale parallel computers while matching or beating the performance and portability of current programming models like MPI. Download...

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IDC Lists Top 10 HPC Market Predictions for 2013

IDC has released its Top 10 HPC Market Predictions for 2013. The big takeaways? While the outlook is good for business, the industry goal of reaching Exascale by 2018 looks to be slipping by at least two years. 1. The Worldwide HPC Market Will Leave the Global Economic Recession Behind and Will Be in a Healthy Growth Mode. In 2009, the low point of the global economic downturn, worldwide HPC server...

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