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DoD Enlists Cray to Build New ‘Haswell’-Powered Military Supercomputer

The Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) is purchasing a new $26 million supercomputer and storage system for the DoD Supercomputing Resource Center at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. The next-generation Cray supercomputer will feature the new Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 v3 processor, formerly code-named “Haswell,” according …

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Code Teams Selected to Prep for Next-Gen DoE Supercomputer

The Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is collaborating with an initial group of research teams to prepare them for its forthcoming $70 million, next-generation supercomputer. NERSC, located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has chosen 20 research projects for a code optimization effort, where research teams …

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‘High Performance Parallelism Pearls’: Lessons from the Field

The latest book from James Reinders and Jim Jeffers packs the real-world parallel programming experiences of 69 experts into 28 chapters. “High Performance Parallelism Pearls: Multicore and Many-core Programming Approaches” aims to show readers how to “leverage parallelism on processors and coprocessors with the same programming – illustrating the most …

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Is Next-Gen Xeon Phi a Supercomputer-GPU Killer?

Nvidia GPUs held their own against Xeon Phi in 2013; today the Xeon E5/Phi combo smokes everything in its path and may end the need for supercomputing GPUs altogether. Benchmarks praising the power of the latest version of Intel’s Xeon E5 chips did more than just prove new silicon is …

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Paired With Xeon Phi, ‘Haswell’ Shatters Speed Records

A benchmark using intense risk calculator simulating the toughest challenge of finance-market analysis shows the new Xeon E5 leaping across long list of compute-intensive challenges. The recently released third edition of Intel’s “Haswell EP” Xeon E5 chalked up marks 30 percent faster than an identical system running the earlier “Ivy …

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Supercomputer Center Builds Way to Share Data on Any Device, Any Time

The San Diego Supercomputer Center is building a Web-based resource to make it much simpler for researchers to share their research across multiple computing platforms, including mobile devices. Current ways for researchers to share research data are cumbersome and labor intensive. Research teams have historically had to build their own …

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Innovative Computing Laboratory Joins IPCC Ranks

The Innovative Computing Laboratory (ICL) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville has become the latest Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC). The ICL, part of the university’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, is a research laboratory that develops numerical libraries that encode the use of linear algebra in software, tools …

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Major Universities’ Powerful New Supercomputers Make the Grade

Universities in Virginia, Delaware and St. Petersburg are providing their professors and students with faster, more powerful supercomputers to conduct their research. The University of Virginia has built a new $2.4 million Cray computing cluster, named “Rivanna.” It features 4,800 physical cores spread across 240 compute nodes and uses Intel …

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Air Force Fires Up New Supercomputer to Build Next-Gen War Machines

The Air Force Research laboratory (AFRL) has launched a new $20.8 million supercomputer to research, develop and test new warfighting systems and capabilities, including hypersonics and rocket propulsion. The new Cray XC-30 supercomputer, named “Lightning,” reaches 1.28 petaflops per second speeds and runs on Intel Xeon E-52697 v2 processors. It …

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Supercomputer Advances Potential Drug Treatments for Brain Diseases

Researchers using a supercomputer have discovered that Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia are associated with malfunctions of a brain receptor. Neuroscientists at Stony Brook University partnered with computational biophysicists to make the discovery using a combination of lab experiments and computer models and simulations. More specifically, they learned “that …

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