IEEE Recognizes HPC Innovators

The IEEE Computer Society and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) will honor a number of innovative supercomputer users at the upcoming SC12 event in Salt Lake City on Nov. 13. Among the honorees this year: the inventor of the first multicore processor, a biomolecular modeling researcher, and an expert in managing software security flaws. Continue reading

Oak Ridge Receives First Kepler GPUs for Titan Supercomputer

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is on its way to hosting what could be the world’s fastest supercomputer. The lab received the first of the next-generation NVIDIA Kepler GPUs that will be used to transform its Cray Jaguar supercomputer into the 20-petaflop Titan. Continue reading

Lego Supercomputer

How’s this for a father-son project: A University of Southampton professor and his six-year-old son (along with a team of computational engineers) have built a “supercomputer” using 64 kid-friendly Raspberry Pi computers on rack mounting made of Lego.

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UK’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Debuts

The University of Oxford and a consortium of UK-based academic institutions have deployed that country’s most powerful GPU-accelerated supercomputer. Named Emerald, the system was unveiled at the new Center for Innovation in High Performance Computing at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Didcot. Continue reading

U.S. Supercomputer Snags Top Spot

A U.S.-based supercomputer has reached the top of the TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful systems for the first time since 2009. The Sequoia system (an IBM BlueGene/Q unit) at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reached 16.32 petalfop/s on the Linpack benchmark using 1,572,864 cores. That bumped Japan’s K Computer, which had held the number one spot for the past two lists, down one slot to number two.

Another U.S. system, the Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois (again, an IBM BlueGene/Q system) debuted at number three on the list at 8.15 petaflop/s using 786,432 cores. The only other U.S. system in the top 10 is the upgraded Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, now at number six on the list. Continue reading


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