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
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
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