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  • Linux dominates supercomputers as never before

    06/25/2014 10:20:01 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 107 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 24 June 2014 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    For years, Linux has ruled supercomputing. So, it came as no surprise to anyone at the Linux Enterprise End-User Summit near Wall Street that once again the Top500 group found in its latest supercomputer ranking that Linux was the fastest of the fast operating systems. With 97 percent of the world's fastest supercomputers running Linux,the open-source operating system has eliminated almost all its rivals. As one Red Hat representative said, "The only thing that would be surprising about Linux being the top dog would be if anything else even came close." He doesn't have any reason to worry.In the latest contest, not only...
  • US takes back supercomputing crown with world's fastest computer

    06/18/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies ^ | 6/18/12 | FoxNews
    A U.S. supercomputer has won back the crown in the never-ending battle for the world's most powerful supercomputer. Its victory is the latest milestone marking the steady climb of computing power all across the globe. The Top500 industry list gave its No. 1 ranking to the Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California — a spot earned by Sequoia's ability to crunch 16.32 quadrillion calculations per second (16.32 petaflops/s). Such supercomputing power is used by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration to simulate nuclear weapons tests for older weapons that have been sitting in the U.S. arsenal....
  • Why Supercomputing Matters

    11/30/2011 5:40:32 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    ServerWatch ^ | 28 November 2011 | Amy Newman
    To your typical IT organization, the Top500 Supercomputing list released twice a year -- while interesting -- has little bearing on today's operations. Grand proclamations and goals, such as reaching Exaflop performance by 2018, also have little impact on the day-to-day goings-on in most data centers. (As quick background info: A FLOP is the number of FLoating Point Operations performed Per Second; an Exaflop is 1018 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 FLOPs.) While they may not affect you today, such developments are important, because progress at the high-end impacts the low-end and midrange. It wasn't that long ago that the capabilities of today's...
  • Fujitsu busts K super through 10 petaflops

    11/02/2011 11:04:00 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | 2 November 2011 | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    The massive Sparc64-based K supercomputer built by Fujitsu for the Japanese government has been fully deployed and has, as hoped, broken through 10 petaflops of sustained performance, the first such machine to do so. Fujitsu's time at the top of the HPC charts may be short-lived, however, with IBM and Cray firing up 20 petafloppers for the US government's Department of Energy labs next year. IBM is building the "Sequoia" BlueGene/Q massively parallel Power A2 machine for Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and Argonne National Lab has picked up a 10 petaflops version of the BlueGene/Q machine. And Cray has just...
  • IBM Brings Supercomputing Muscle to U.S. Lab

    02/08/2011 12:52:15 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    All Things Digital ^ | February 8, 2011 at 7:06 AM PT | Arik Hesseldahl
    It was just a few weeks ago that President Obama was kvetching in his State of the Union address that China “has the fastest computer.” He was referring to the Tianhe-1A system at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin. With a peak performance of 2.57 petaflops, it muscled out the U.S. Department of Energy’s Cray XT5 Jaguar system for the No. 1 spot on the Top 500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.Worry no more, Mr. President. Your government is on the case. The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it has cut a deal with IBM to...
  • China grabs major crown with supercomputer -Feat should drive U.S. innovation - not sabre rattling

    11/16/2010 11:30:31 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Nov. 16, 2010, 12:00 a.m. EST | Therese Poletti, MarketWatch
    By Therese Poletti, MarketWatch SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — The big news is now official. A Chinese scientific research center has developed the world’s fastest supercomputer, a title it wrestled from the United States using a combination of Silicon Valley technology and some major innovations by their own engineers. China first heralded the performance of the system, the Tianhe-1A, in late October. But Sunday’s list of the 500 fastest machines in the world at the supercomputer industry’s annual conference in New Orleans confirmed that bragging rights have shifted from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee to Tianjin, China. In...
  • China, NVIDIA Create World's Most Powerful Supercomputer

    10/28/2010 9:12:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | October 28, 2010 10:00 AM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    System has 2.507 petaflops of computer power, draws 4 MW NVIDIA has plenty to worry about in the consumer segment as it find itself yet again a generation behind AMD's latest graphics cards.  However, the company may simply be quietly divesting itself of its consumer market share by instead focusing on commercial GPU computing sales. The graphics processor maker revealed today at HPC 2010 China an incredible new supercomputer, built using NVIDIA's GPUs which support CUDA, a C-driven technology that allows for the implementation of parallel computing code on the GPU.  The new supercomputer is named Tianhe-1a.  It is located at the National University of Defense Technology...
  • China's Great Leap Forward in Computers(better nuclear warheads espionage warfare capabilities)

    10/18/2010 1:15:23 PM PDT · by goldendays · 3 replies ^ | 10/10/2010 | Victor Fic
    China's Great Leap Forward in Computers The Chinese dictator Chairman Mao Zedong launched China on a Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s, aiming to surpass Britain in steel production within a few years. Instead, his back yard furnaces produced brittle, useless iron. Now China is taking a real huge stride forward, but in the high tech realm of fast computers. Bloomberg Businessweek reported on October 5th that when the list of the world's 500 fastest computers is published on November 15th, it will stun many. While the mainland now has the second-fastest computer, it may grab the lead. Jack...
  • U.S. to use supercomputer for ocean data

    07/10/2008 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 29 replies · 153+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | July 10, 2008 12:07 a.m. EDT | UPI via COMTEX
    WASHINGTON, Jul 10, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) -- The IBM Corp. says the U.S. government has purchased a supercomputer to provide improved data for the nation's military and commercial ocean-going vessels. IBM said the U.S. Department of Defense will use the Power 575 Hydro-Cluster, water-cooled supercomputer to provide some of the most detailed models of ocean waves, currents and temperature ever constructed to help scientists predict the behavior of the oceans with incredible precision.
  • Roadrunner: 130,536 cores break the Petaflop barrier ( the world’s first hybrid supercomputer)

    06/09/2008 11:50:57 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 55 replies · 280+ views
    TgDaily ^ | Monday, June 09, 2008 12:13 | Wolfgang Gruener
    Armonk (NY) – IBM is prepared to deliver the Roadrunner supercomputer to the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). The system was development over the past 18 months and is not only the first hybrid supercomputer using Cell processors, but also the first commercial system to exceed a performance of 1 PFlops. Roadrunner is the NNSA’s third IBM-built supercomputer, adding to two IBM-built supercomputers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: BlueGene/L, completed in 2005, has 131,072 p5 processors and delivers a sustained performance of 280.6 TFlops. The 12,208 processor ASC Purple is estimated to provide a sustained performance...
  • Energy lab to run petascale computer ~ Oakridge to have Cray with 24,000 2.6 Ghz quad-core Opteron

    04/01/2006 8:41:43 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 148+ views
    GCN ^ | 03/29/06 -- 10:17 AM | Joab Jackson, GCN Staff
    NEWPORT, R.I.—The Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory will start to take delivery on a computer at least as three times more powerful than any now in operation. The system should be operational by 2008, according to Thomas Zacharia, ORNL associate lab director for computing and computational sciences. Zacharia spoke at the High Performance Computing and Communications Conference this week in Newport, R.I.
  • Writing the Fastest Code, by Hand, for Fun: A Human Computer Keeps Speeding Up Chips

    11/28/2005 12:18:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies · 355+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 28, 2005 | JOHN MARKOFF
    SEATTLE - There was a time long ago when the word "computer" was a job description referring to the humans who performed the tedious mathematical calculations for huge military and engineering projects. It is in the same sense that Kazushige Goto's business card says simply "high performance computing." Mr. Goto, who is 37, might even be called the John Henry of the information age.But instead of competing against a steam drill, Mr. Goto, a research associate at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin, has bested the work of a powerful automated system and entire...
  • IBM's full-court supercomputer press~pushing to be hardware supplier of the life sciences ..

    09/06/2005 3:04:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies · 102+ views
    Marketwatch-CNET ^ | September 6, 2005, 9:00 AM PDT | By Alex Lash The
    IBM's full-court supercomputer press By Alex Lash, Story last modified Tue Sep 06 09:00:00 PDT 2005 Engineers build bridges knowing exactly how every piece fits and how every physical force interacts, but that's often not the case with pharmaceuticals. Much of what happens on the molecular pathway to developing drugs remains murky. Bridges are obviously less complex than people, but there are ways to take some of the guesswork out of drug discovery. "People simulate spacecraft and bridges," said Stanford University professor Vijay Pande. "Why not simulate ourselves?" That's a tall order, of course, yet as computing...
  • UIUC's 640-node Xserve cluster wins on price, speed

    02/04/2005 8:33:26 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 20 replies · 412+ views
     Technology - MacCentral via Yahoo! ^ | Fri Feb 4,12:29 PM ET | By Peter Cohen
    The new Turing Xserve Cluster at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is the one of the latest large-scale high speed computing systems to use Apple's Xserve G5. The director in charge of the program said the decision to use Apple hardware and software made sense based on price, performance, compatibility, efficiency and support. The Turing Xserve Cluster -- named after Alan Turing, the famed British mathematician credited with founding the field of Computer Science -- is a 640-node system that uses 2GHz dual-processor Xserve G5s, Apple's rack-mounted server. Running Mac OS X v10.3 Server, the systems talk using...
  • Solaris Compute Grid Powers Next Generation Nuclear Reactor Design (Idaho National Lab )

    08/17/2004 9:41:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 36 replies · 747+ views
    Supercomputing online ^ | Monday, Aug 16 @ 08:25 PDT | DOE and Sun Press Release
    The Department of Energy and Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the development of a high performance computer cluster at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The solution includes more than 230 Sun Fire V20z servers powered by AMD Opteron processors, and more than 12 Terabytes of Sun StorEdge 6320 storage, the Solaris 9 Operating System, Sun Java Enterprise System and Java development software, Sun Grid Engine Enterprise Edition, Sun's StarOffice 7.0 office productivity platform, as well as advanced on-site training and support from Sun's Services division. The cluster's full-throttle computing power ranks the INEEL...
  • Microsoft confirms supercomputing plans

    06/24/2004 8:48:48 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 18 replies · 157+ views
    CNet ^ | 23 June 2004 | Stephen Shankland
    UPDATE-- Microsoft will sell a version of Windows for high-performance computing--a niche in which rival Linux is blossoming--with a first version planned for the second half of 2005. As first reported by CNET, the Windows Server 2003 HPC Editionwill include features for running windows on clusters of machines interconnected by a high-speed network to form a single computing resource, Microsoft said in a statement Wednesday.In the statement, Microsoft said it has enlisted support for the new version from several major companies, including IBM, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Micro Devices and Intel. Other partners include Verari Systems, one of whose specialties...
  • The God Particle and the Grid

    04/03/2004 9:56:45 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 11 replies · 300+ views
    Wired ^ | April 2004 | Richard Martin
    <p>The physics lab that brought you the Web is reinventing the Internet. Get ready for the atom-smashing, supercomputing, 5-gigabits-per-second Grid Economy.</p> <p>200 feet underground, a proton does 17-mile laps at nearly the speed of light. Guided by powerful magnets, it zooms through a narrow, circular tunnel that straddles the Switzerland-France border. Then a tiny adjustment in the magnetic field throws the proton into the path of another particle beam traveling just as fast in the opposite direction. Everything goes kerflooey.</p>
  • Cost-Conscious Supercomputing

    12/22/2003 12:15:15 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 45 replies · 264+ views
    Blacksburg, VA — Dr. Srinidhi Varadarajan knew that he wanted to build a world-class supercomputer. Also, he wanted to solidify the position of Virginia Tech’s world-class computer science program. But with only a fraction of most supercomputing budgets to spend, it seemed like a hopeless dream. He crunched numbers, solicited every likely vendor, examined and ultimately discarded all possible options using other platforms and chips. Then in June of 2003, news of Apple’s Power Mac G5 hit the airwaves. At last, Varadarajan realized, he’d have as much 64-bit processing as he needed to power his dream, without overtaxing his budget....
  • Big Mac does 80% of theoretical max (my title)

    10/16/2003 12:59:26 PM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 20 replies · 248+ views
    Wired News ^ | Oct. 15, 2003 | Leander Kahney
    <p>The brand new "Big Mac" supercomputer at Virginia Tech could be the second most powerful supercomputer on the planet, according to preliminary numbers.</p> <p>Early benchmarks of Virginia Tech's brand new supercomputer -- which is strung together from 1,100 dual-processor Power Mac G5s -- may vault the machine into second place in the rankings of the worlds' fastest supercomputers, second only to Japan's monstrously big and expensive Earth Simulator.</p>
  • New Supercomputer Due At The U of Utah : Computer 'Metacluster' To Tackle Tough Biomedical Problems

    08/19/2003 10:45:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies · 173+ views
    University of Utah News Release ^ | August 13, 2003 | Lee Siegel, science news specialist
    New Supercomputer Due At The U1,000-Computer 'Metacluster' To Tackle Tough Biomedical Problems Media Contacts   August 13, 2003 -- Construction of a $2 million supercomputer comprised of 1,000 smaller computers will begin in September at the University of Utah, where researchers will use the powerful machine to tackle complex problems in biomedical research. “This will be by far the largest computer in the state of Utah for scientific research,” says physicist Julio Facelli, director of the university’s Center for High Performance Computing. When the so-called “metacluster” supercomputer is assembled by the end of 2003 and tests are performed that...