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Marc Hamilton on HPC Design Challenges

HP’s Marc Hamilton came away from a recent meeting on future HPC Design Challenges with some interesting thoughts on power, cooling, and IO. Flash roadmaps are well understood and seeing evolutionary improvements. However, the looming mainstream introduction of PCIeGen3 server interconnects and new PCIeGen3 flash controllers offers interesting possibilities.

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Fujitsu Launches Cloud Services as a Platform for Big Data

Today Fujitsu launched something called Data Utilization Platform Services, which use cloud services as a platform for leveraging big data. This is a cloud service for gathering, compiling, and integrating massive quantities of sensing data, processing it using realtime processing or batch processing, and using it for such purposes as...

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Cyprus Unveils Largest Supercomputer in Eastern Mediterranean

This week the largest supercomputer in the Eastern Mediterranean was unveiled at the Cyprus Institute’s Computation-based Science and Technology Research Centre (CaSToRC). The IBM system is a hybrid CPU/GPU cluster currently holding 1,392 processors, each with 48 GB memory in 116 nodes.

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Podcast: Interview with Dr. Bernd Mohr on the ISC’s Popular Crash Course on HPC

In this podcast, I interview Dr. Bernd Mohr from the Jülich Supercomputer Center. Every year at the ISC International Supercomputing Conference in Germany, Dr. Mohr conducts a popular half-day Crash Course on High Performance Computing to help familiarize conference attendees with all the terminology we bat around here in supercomputing circles.

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AMD’s OpenCL – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Matt Soos writes that the speed advantages that developers enjoy from AMD’s OpenCL comes at the expense of an implementation that is rather painful to deal with. The OpenCL architecture is clean, usable and user-friendly. Unfortunately, the current AMD OpenCL implementation is bad. I hope this will improve in the future, and as...

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