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Intel R&D Pact Aims to Speed Up Supercomputer Code

Intel extends its collaboration deal with Barcelona Supercomputing Center aimed at designing software able to run efficiently on tens of thousands of processor cores. Intel has extended its R&D effort with the Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC) to fund research into ways hardware and software of supercomputers can be tweaked to …

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Xeon Phi Pumps Up University’s Parallel Processing Prowess

The University of Cambridge plans to upgrade its high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure to support Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, a move that is designed to meet its research community’s growing parallel computing needs. In a partnership announced in late January, Dell and Intel are upgrading the university’s HPC infrastructure to serve …

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Terror-Proofing Buildings with Supercomputers

A new UC San Diego engineering center will use supercomputer simulations to develop new ways to protect buildings and infrastructure from extreme events, such as terrorist attacks or hurricane-force winds. Faculty at the new Center for Extreme Events Research (CEER) at UC San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering will take …

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MIT Boosts Massive Multicore Processor Power with Chaotic Code

A relaxed, semi-random approach to connecting a task and a processor core keeps contention for resources from bogging down performance for systems with more than 8 cores. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have come up with a way to get more speed from the many-cored processors driving …

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Image Search Supercomputer Aims to Beat Google

Chinese search engine company Baidu says it has built a supercomputer to bolster its image recognition technology and provide more accurate results for image-based searches, according to two published reports. In fact, the company says it has created the world’s most accurate computer vision system, called Deep Image, according to …

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How Quasars Spit Gas at 1,242 Miles Per Second to Form Stars

Researchers have used a combination of powerful radio telescopes and supercomputer simulations to determine how quasars provide the raw material to form stars and create galaxies. Two teams of University of Cambridge astronomers have found that quasars spew cold gas at speeds of up to 2,000 kilometers per second, or …

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8 New Earth-Like Planets Discovered

Astronomers have discovered eight new planets that could support life, including two that are the most Earth-like planets found to date, according to a new study. The eight planets are orbiting stars at a distance where liquid water could exist on their surfaces. “Most of these planets have a good …

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Supercharging Simulation Speeds

Chances are, if you’re using parallel computing workloads, you are driven by performance. So, it should be no surprise that a tool that more than doubles performance of complicated structural engineering simulations would turn heads. That is just the type of performance gain reported by ANSYS Mechanical by optimizing the …

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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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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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