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Intel Bets Big on Custom Xeon Chips for Cloud Companies

The company says it expects that custom designs will be on half of the chips it sells to public clouds in 2015. The addition of FPGA to Xeon is designed to make standard chips customizable, too. The record revenue Intel reported for 2014 was driven largely by its emphasis on …

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Solving the N-Body Problem in Parallelism

A common problem in physics and science, the n-body problem requires huge amounts of calculations to solve—making it an excellent application for parallel programming. Jeff Cogswell discusses how a new book that tackles big problems with parallel coding helps solve n-body models as well. If you’re interested in taking your …

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Unleashing Powerful Monte Carlo Parallel Methods

The Monte Carlo methods are used in scientific and engineering applications for modeling sophisticated systems. Although they can be complex, there are some easy examples that demonstrate their power. In this video, Jeff Cogswell looks at one such example.

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UH Rides Supercomputing Wave with New Cutting-Edge Cray

University of Hawaii (UH) researchers are saying Aloha to a new supercomputer that will power their research for years to come. The new Cray CS supercomputer cluster, which runs on Intel Xeon processors and reaches 72 teraflops per second, is operational, but it’s still in the early stages, a university …

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Manage Your Threads with Task Arenas in TBB

Threading Building Blocks (TBB) includes a default task scheduler that works well but is somewhat limited. If you need more control over your thread scheduling, you can use a task arena. Jeff Cogswell shows you how it works. One of the C++ and parallel programming experts at Intel named Anton …

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Future Arrives with Robots, Spider Dresses, Intelligence Everywhere

Ultra-small cameras, microcontrollers, processors add robot-like abilities to everyday objects, Pong-like interactivity to real robots are all included in Intel’s vision of the future. And the future has arrived. It’s probably safe to say that very few people see the future arrive wrapped in a chitinous, 3D-printed skeleton dress topped …

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Installing and Running Intel Software Development Emulator

The Intel Software Development Emulator lets you test out code for instruction sets that aren’t available on your own processor. Jeff Cogswell shows you how to install and get started with it.

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Tropical Forests, CO2 and the Climate Connection

A new study shows that tropical forests absorb far more carbon dioxide than scientists previously thought. Researchers at NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) estimate that tropical forests absorb 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide — more than half the 2.5 billion metric tons that are …

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Modernizing Software with Vectorization

Intel is working with high-performance computing facilities across the planet to establish Parallel Computing Centers. The goal is modernization. In this blog, Jeff Cogswell looks at what that means in terms of vectorization and multicore development, and considers how we can learn from the work of these centers. Over the …

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Xeon Phi Powerful Ally to Flu Virus Researchers

Researchers from the Amaro Lab at UC San Diego are modeling the Influenza virus using the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). By using Stampede, Amaro Lab’s principal investigator Rommie Amaro and post doctorate Jacob Durrant recently told the TACC Web site that they hope to better …

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