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Interview: Nvidia Looks to the Future of GPU Computing

Mary Branscombe over at ZDNet interviews Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang about how the company’s its Tesla and Fermi-based GPUs are making parallel computing mainstream. According to Huang, the challenge of realizing parallel performance is data movement: In computer graphics, the traditional APIs of the past, the ones that all failed are the ones that moved data back and forth. They’re all dead. We want the parallel computing environment that streams the data to the right place so that the...

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Cray Beagle Super to Power Biomed Research at University of Chicago

Cray is starting to get traction with their “Project Baker” XE6 systems. This week, the University of Chicago Computation Institute and the National Institutes of Health announced the introduction of Beagle, a 150 teraflop Cray XE6 supercomputer that will support computation, simulation and data analysis for the biomedical research community. Housed at Argonne...

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Report: Increased HPC Investment Will Lead Europe to Industrial Leadership

IDC has published a new report for the European Commission that recommends an unprecidented supercomputing strategy for Europe. To help Europe advance to achieve worldwide scientific and industrial leadership, the report recommends that the EC step up investments in HPC resources between now and the year 2020. Looking ahead to what will be needed for success in 2020, Earl Joseph, IDC program vice president for HPC, noted that: “The cost and...

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OpenMP and MPI Duke it Out in Benchmarks

Douglas Eadlne over at Linux Magazine writes that benchmarking OpenMP vs. MPI is a recipe for surprise: In a previous column, I had an opportunity to test OpenMP and MPI on a brand new 8-core SMP machine. My interest was to see how well MPI codes worked on an SMP platform.

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Development Release: Astaro Security Gateway 8.1 Beta

Angelo Comazzetto has announced the availability of a public beta release of Astaro Security Gateway (ASG) 8.1, a specialist Linux distribution for firewalls and gateways: "With the success of the ASG 8.0 launch, we will begin today the open beta program for users which want to test the....

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