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Next-Gen Nuclear Agency Supercomputer to Launch

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has awarded Cray a $174 million contract to build a new supercomputer that is expected to become one of the fastest in the world. The new supercomputer — named “Trinity,” the code-name for the first nuclear weapon test in 1945 — will be housed …

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Most Powerful Supercomputer’s Big Weakness

China’s Tianhe-2 may be the world’s fastest supercomputer, but some researchers say its use is limited by its high cost and dearth of software, according to a recent article in the South China Morning Post. The Tianhe-2, which reaches 33.86 petaflops per second, was ranked No. 1 in the Top500 …

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Microsoft Doubles Datacenter Speeds with Programmable Chips

Field-programmable gate array daughter cards accelerate Bing datacenter servers 95 percent, adding less than 30 percent to total cost of ownership. Datacenter servers running chips from Intel are getting a performance boost thanks to the same coprocessing approach that made Xeon Phi a supercomputing staple. Many of the world’s fastest-performing …

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Supercomputers Recruited to Fight War Against HIV

Scientists have used supercomputers during the past decade to learn more about the deadly human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to try to find a cure. HIV has killed about 36 million worldwide, and today about 35 million people live with the virus–a million of who live in the United States, …

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Stephen Hawking’s Research Center Among New IPCCs

The Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology (CTC) at the University of Cambridge, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory were recently chosen to be part of the Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC) program. Their collaborations with Intel will allow the institutions to better take advantage of Intel-based …

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Los Alamos National Lab Unleashes Wolf Supercomputer

Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico has built a new high-performance computer system, called Wolf, which will be used for unclassified research. Wolf features 616 compute nodes, each with two eight-core 2.6 GHz Intel “Sandy Bridge” processors and 64 GB of memory. Combined, the HPC system houses 9,856 compute …

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Supercomputing Tool Hits Billion Inserts-Per-Second Data Milestone

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has developed data analysis software that reaches nearly 1.8 billion key/value inserts-per-second into a globally-ordered key space on its Moonlight supercomputer, an important milestone because it allows researchers to analyze data in more sophisticated ways than ever before, says Randal Rheinheimer, the lab’s HPC deputy …

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Fastest Supercomputer Race Slows Down

China’s Tianhe-2 continues its reign as the world’s fastest supercomputer, but overall, the performance gains of supercomputers have slowed down, according to the newest Top500 list released Monday. Twice a year, the Top500 list uses the Linpack benchmark application to rank the world’s most powerful supercomputers and to measure performance …

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Supercomputers Recreate Universe Formation in Remarkable Detail

Researchers have built a supercomputer simulation of the universe’s evolution in hopes of better understanding the universe’s beginning and where it will go moving forward.  Researchers from MIT, Harvard and other universities created a simulation that traces the universe’s development, from about 12 million years after the Big Bang to …

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HP Aims to Redefine Supercomputing Cool with Apollo Launch

Water-circulation lets HP build super-dense systems with super-efficient cooling power-usage numbers.  Hewlett-Packard has launched the Apollo 8000, a supercomputer and high-performance corporate server based on the design of the Peregrine supercomputer, which uses warm water to cool processors. Peregrine was called the world’s most efficient supercomputer when it was installed …

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