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Nuclear Fusion Research Gets Supercomputer Boost

International researchers, who want to harness nuclear fusion to develop sustainable, clean energy, now have a much more powerful supercomputer to facilitate their work.  The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is increasing the power of the Helios supercomputer in Rokkasho, Japan, from 1.5 Petaflops to nearly 2 …

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Ice X: Redefining Supercomputer Cool

A new immersion cooling system from 3M cuts power use and raises performance of a proof-of-concept supercomputer from Intel and SGI.

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Genome Supercomputer Helps Trace Decline of North Atlantic Fish

Researchers have used a high-performance computing cluster at Indiana University’s National Center for Genome Analysis Support (NCGAS) to make inroads into understanding why the population of zooplankton and cod fisheries in the North Atlantic have declined — and whether global climate change is the reason. Scientists from the University of …

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Xeon Phi Coprocessor Memory Matters

In order to get the most out of the many cores of the Xeon Phi coprocessor, each of which supports four physical threads, the right kind of memory and an operating system—either Linux or Windows—are required. In this blog, Jeff Cogswell explains how the memory and operating system are architected. …

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Supercomputers: The Good, the Bad and the Moldy

Pushing super-powered computers out to more scientists is a good thing, but we need to proceed with caution lest we end up with a slimy, moldy mess.

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Using Windows Instead of Linux as a Host for Xeon Phi Coprocessor

Although much of the documentation for the Xeon Phi Coprocessor mentions Linux as the host computer, Intel also includes drivers for Windows. Jeff Cogswell explains how this works, and how the coprocessor itself still uses Linux in such cases. A reader recently asked about whether you can use a Xeon …

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Inside Intel Software Tools 2015 Beta Releases

Get the details on new features in the Intel Software Tools 2015 Beta releases that access the newest Intel multicore processors, manycore coprocessors, and Intel Graphics Technology. Attend the technical presentation that will cover new Beta features for the most recent standards: OpenMP4.0, MPI-3, Fortran 2003 and 2008, and C++ …

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Cilk Plus: Vectorized or Multicore or Both?

A common focus for Cilk Plus is the multicore aspect. But Cilk Plus loops can also be vectorized. Jeff Cogswell explores how these fit together. Over the past couple of years, I’ve covered a lot about vectorization, and Cilk Plus programming. If you’ve turned on the diagnostics for the compiler, …

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Supercomputer Aids in Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

Researchers using the Gordon supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have reportedly made gains in elucidating the creation of toxic oligomers that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease–a finding that could lead to new drug designs. The research “focused on the …

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Harvard Supercomputer Abused for Dogecoin Mining

Harvard University recently discovered that its 14,000-core Odyssey supercomputer cluster was being used to mine for the virtual currency “Dogecoin,” and stripped the unidentified individual involved from all access to the university’s research and computing labs. The incident was first reported by The Harvard Crimson was quickly picked up by several …

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