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TITAN sees unprecedented demand for supercomputing science projects

TITAN sees unprecedented demand for supercomputing science projects

Today the folks at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NVIDIA, and Cray have brought on the next generation of accelerated computing with not just a re-naming of the Jaguar supercomputer, but integration with NVIDIA's solutions for GPU-powered greatness. This update turns the Titan (as it is now called) into the flagship accelerated computing system - the flagship for the whole world, that is. This is now a 200-cabinet Cray XK7 supercomputer working with 18,688 notes - AMD 16-core Opteron plus NVIDIA Tesla K20 GPUs - enough to change the way we work.

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Titan supercomputer goes live with potent CPU/GPU tag team

Titan supercomputer goes live with potent CPU/GPU tag team

The Titan supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been upgraded, tackling complex climate change calculations with 20 petaflops worth of new processors. Under the (considerable) hood its NVIDIA's "Kepler" GPUs and AMD Opetron 6274 processors doing the heavy lifting, though NVIDIA can't resist pointing out that its graphics chips are in fact carrying 90-percent of the overall load. The GPUs, more commonly found powering gaming rigs, help make Titan "the world's fastest supercomputer for open scientific research."

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Intel Xeon Phi: a Teraflop supercomputer in a PCIe card

Intel Xeon Phi: a Teraflop supercomputer in a PCIe card

Intel has launched its new brand for "Many Integrated Core Architecture" chips, Intel Xeon Phi, with the coprocessors headed to workstations, data centers and even supercomputers. The MIC chips, which are expected to go on sale by the end of the year and were developed under the "Knights Corner" codename, will build on Intel's existing Xeon E5-2600/4600 chip range but be designed to support highly-parallel processing.

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IBM Sequoia Supercomputer grabs World’s Fastest crown

IBM Sequoia Supercomputer grabs World’s Fastest crown

IBM has reclaimed the World's Fastest Supercomputer crown, with a 16.32 sustained petaflop monster called Sequoia installed at the  National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Based on a 96-rack IBM Blue Gene/Q system, NNSA's new toy will be used to model nuclear weapons management, including artificial testing so as to avoid the need for underground performance tests. The supercomputer record was previously held by Fujitsu with its K Computer, that came in at 10.51 petaflops.

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Exascale supercomputers expected by the decade’s end

Exascale supercomputers expected by the decade’s end

Most of us probably think of computer performance in terms of gigahertz and megahertz. In the world of supercomputers, performance is measured in flops, which is short for Floating Point Operations per Second. Today supercomputers are able to offer petaflops of performance, but by decades end supercomputers will be much faster aiming at the exaflop range.

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Intel grabs QLogic InfiniBand tech for 100x faster supercomputers

Intel grabs QLogic InfiniBand tech for 100x faster supercomputers

Intel has acquired QLogic's InfiniBand business, splashing $125m on the high-speed switch company in a move that will see future Intel-powered servers bust through existing speed barriers. The deal, expected to close by the end of Q1 2012, will "enhance Intel’s networking portfolio and provide scalable high- performance computing (HPC) fabric technology" the company says; however, in the longer-term it will also "support the company’s vision of innovating on fabric architectures to achieve ExaFLOP/s performance by 2018"

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Intel outs new single chip capable of teraflop performance

Intel outs new single chip capable of teraflop performance

I've been piddling with tech since I was in grade school. Thinking back to that old Tandy computer I had as a kid and comparing it to the 6-core beast we have on desktops today it's amazing how tech has changed over the decades. I often wonder what sort of tech my kids will be toting around 20 years from now. Intel has a new chip that hits at what the future will be like.

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Blue Waters project expands with NVIDIA GPU-laden Cray supercomputer

Blue Waters project expands with NVIDIA GPU-laden Cray supercomputer

This week NVIDIA is letting loose more than one story on how they'll be inside some of the world's most powerful computers coming up soon, the latest being an Cray supercomputer deployed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications to move forward the Blue Waters project. And what is the Blue Waters project, you might want to know? Blue Waters is a project which aims at creating one of the world's most powerful computer systems, to put it simply, and with NVIDIA Tesla GPUs under the hood, this new Cray supercomputer is set to do the job.

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NVIDIA to power world’s first ARM-Based Hybrid Supercomputer

NVIDIA to power world’s first ARM-Based Hybrid Supercomputer

The folks at NVIDIA have today announced that they'll be part of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center's next new hybrid supercomputer, complete with NVIDIA Tegra ARM CPUs and high-performance NVIDIA CUDA GPUs galore. Today's most efficient systems will be outdone in the energy efficiency department by the first large scale systems based on this technology, the first examples being shown off this week in Seattle Washington as the SC11 Conference (at book #235, if you'd like to know.) Fifteen to thirty times less power consumption than current supercomputer architectures on a exascale-level performance machine? Yes please.

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