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Henry Newman’s 2011 Storage Predictions

Henry Newman is out with his Top Ten Storage Predictions for 2011: There will not be huge changes next year because there has not been a great deal of investment in technology over the last two to three years. Some of the predictions below are things I expected to happen much sooner when the economy was better, and with a slight glimmer of economic improvement I am hoping these technologies will finally make it into the mainstream. Henry’s predictions of particular interest to the HPC crowd include: PCIe 3.0 hits the market, but no 16-lane slots or cards. PCIe 3.0 doubles performance over PCIe...

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Supercomputing Set to Bolster China’s Industrial Power

In this translated article from Japan’s Sentaku magazine, China’s role as a miltary-industrial power is examined in light of the nation’s recent rise to the highest rankings on the TOP500. Washington now faces a new and serious challenge from Beijing, which, because of its advancement in supercomputer technology, is trying to catch up with the U.S. in such...

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High Speed Networks Bumping into Speed of Light

Joab Jackson from IDG writes that with global networks carrying complex time-sensitive data, the speed of light is actually becoming a significant source of latency.

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Podcast: ORNL to Bolster Lustre Performance, Reliability with Help from Whamcloud

In this podcast, Galen Shipmen, Technical Integration Group Leader at ORNL and Brent Gorda, Whamcloud CEO discuss their recent partnership announcement. Technical activities spelled out under the contract aim to support the Scalable File System Center (SFSC) and include engineering efforts to enhance Lustre on petascale systems. We also discuss...

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GPUs Could Speed Scientific Discovery

Scientific Computing reports that the advent of GPU parallel processing and heterogeneous systems like Tianhe-1A could speed the advance of science. Such hybrids will probably take over in the future. “If we want bigger or faster machines, this is what the future looks like: undoubtedly multicore and almost undoubtedly heterogeneous...

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