Supercomputer

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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Chinese Sunway BlueLight MPP supercomputer hits world’s most powerful list

Chinese Sunway BlueLight MPP supercomputer hits world’s most powerful list

Supercomputers are insanely powerful machines that have performance that makes your desktop look like a calculator watch from the 80's. These machines can do more calculations in a second that most machines can do in many times that span. China lags behind the world in supercomputer performance but a new supercomputer has come from China called the Sunway BlueLight MPP and it is fast enough to grab a spot on the list of the most powerful in the world.

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IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

Both the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and IBM have cited unforeseen costs and greater than expected complexities amongst reasons for abandoning plans to create a petaflop-speed supercomputer this Monday. A petaflop, for those wondering, is a measure of the processing speed of a computer, that being a thousand trillion floating point operations per second - a computer with such speed capabilities being news in and of itself. Having started the project back in 2008, IBM reports today that it has terminated its four-year "Blue Waters" contract estimated at about $208 million USD, previously expected to have been delivered inside 2011.

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