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Xcelerit SDK 2.0 Adds Kepler Support

Getting your algorithm to take advantage of multicore processors and GPUs can be difficult. Enter the Xcelerit SDK 2.0 toolkit, which is designed to make light work of exploiting the parallelism existing in today’s HPC hardware. Using the Xcelerit SDK, companies only need to make quite minor changes to their...

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Cray to Plug Kepler GPUs into Future Cascade Supers

Cray’s next-generation “Cascade” supercomputer is based on a future Intel “Ivy Bridge” Xeon processors, and the company has just taken $140m from Chipzilla in exchange for the intellectual property and people associated with its “Gemini” and “Aries” supercomputer interconnects. So it was no surprise that Cray talked about using Intel’s Xeon Phi x86 coprocessors in the future Cascade machines, which lash tens of thousands of those future Xeons together using the Aries interconnect. 

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A Second Look Needed for HPC as a Service

Over at, Joe Landman writes that “As-A-Service” (AAS) models do a good job of lowering up-front costs, there is are a number of other factors to consider when looking at Cloud HPC. One of the more painful aspects to the AAS models are customer experiences. We’ve got lots of customers whom are interested in high performance on their systems (or they wouldn’t be talking to us). Many...

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Oracle Halts Open-Source HPC Project

Oracle researchers are winding down development of the Fortress programming language for high-performance computing, an effort started nearly 10 years ago by Sun Microsystems.

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Gibson: Lustre Development for Exascale Could Leave Enterprise Out in the Cold

Panasas Co-Founder and Chief Scientist Garth Gibson writes that Intel’s acquisition of Whamcloud casts doubt on Lustre’s potential future as an enterprise file system. The Whamcloud acquisition highlights one of the major challenges with the open source Lustre file system. Without sufficient contributors to the Lustre code base – such...

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