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CSIRO Supercomputer to use Geothermal Cooling

Over at The Register, Richard Chirgwin writes Australia’s CSIRO plans to use Geothermal cooling for a new petascale supercomputer. Located in bone-dry Perth, the system will be used to process data from the Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope. The water to cool the Pawsey machine will be drawn from...

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Deploying Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors in Clusters

Over at the Phi Musings blog, Dr. Stuart Midgley from Downunder Geosolutions has been documenting the process of getting Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors working in a cluster. If you want to run native binaries on the Phi, their are a number of serious issues. launching your binary bandwidth to your application authentication onto the phi to list a few. I

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New Algorithm Could Lower HPC Energy Bills

Over at CIO Australia, Hamish Barwick writes that newly developed algorithms could lower energy bills in HPC datacenters. According to Professor Albert Zomaya at the University of Sydney, the University has patented a “very sophisticated” algorithm that deals with energy consumption by manipulating voltages at a processor level. We know that modern processors can operate at different voltage levels and...

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Ember Supercomputer Gets Second Life Aiding Genomics

NCSA has gifted the Institute for Genomic Biology a highly parallel, shared memory supercomputer. Named Ember, the SGI system has become part of the IGB biocluster, adding 1536 cores and eight terabytes of memory spread across four nodes. 

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Fujitsu Develops 32 Gbps Transceivers for Inter-Processor Communications

This week Fujitsu Laboratories announced the development of transceiver circuits capable of communicating at 32 Gbps, a world record. The company said the new technology will support inter-processor communications at roughly twice today’s rates, leading to improved performance in next-generation of servers and supercomputers. 

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