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IDF14: Tech Sessions with Parallel Programming Experts

The upcoming Intel Developers Forum (IDF) Sept 9-11 in San Francisco is chock-full of sessions that should whet the appetite for the parallel processing and HPC community. Below is a look at just a sample of what you can expect when you attend this year’s IDF. Technical sessions include: • …

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New Hope for Moore’s Law Lies in Smarter Plastic, Better Light

Intel and Berkeley Lab researchers design a new circuit-etching photoresist material that could keep chip power growing and extend Moore’s Law far beyond 2020. Researchers from Intel and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory may have developed a plastic so advanced it could help shrink microprocessor circuits 30 percent smaller than …

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Use New MPI-3 Standard to Master Performance Challenges

The latest MPI-3 standard, which is a widely used programming interface for distributed memory systems, contains new major features such as non-blocking and neighbor collective operations, extensions to the Remote Memory Access (RMA) interface, large count support, and new tool interfaces. Each of these new features may contribute to performance …

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Intel Aims to Get IoT Devices Speaking the Same Language

Open Interconnect Consortium launched to create communication, management standards for Internet of Things devices. Intel and a host of systems- and semiconductor manufacturers have launched a consortium to create a set of standards to provide universal interoperability to smart devices in the Internet of Things. The first goal of the …

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MPI Standard Gets Common Application Binary Interface

There are few interfaces that can compete with Message Passing Interface (MPI) on the critical performance required for high-performance computing (HPC)–which has made it the de facto industry standard for distributed memory computing. The latest major version of the 20-year-old standard–MPI-3–adds fast one-sided communication, non-blocking collective operations, and several other …

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Supercomputer Could Help Prevent Deadly Flu Outbreaks

Scientists have used supercomputers to better understand how the Influenza A virus works, providing new insight that may help drug designers develop more effective flu treatments to defend against potentially deadly flu pandemics in the future. Currently, influenza is treated with drugs, such as Amantadine–a bulky organic compound that binds …

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Build Android, Windows Apps with Intel’s New Dev Suite

Intel recently announced its Integrated Native Developer Experience, a new development suite for building cross-platform applications for both Android and Windows. This tool includes C++ native code and parallel coding with Threading Building Blocks. Jeff Cogswell shows you where you can download the tool and how to get going with …

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Make Sharing Memory a Snap with Xeon Phi

The Xeon Phi Coprocessor can run code that you’ve offloaded from your host computer. However, that introduces the potential problems of data sharing. But using various compiler keywords, you can easily copy data back and forth between the host and the Xeon Phi coprocessor while maintaining the same memory addresses. …

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Intel’s Blazingly Fast New Line of SSDs Ditches SATA for PCIe

The new NVMExpress spec paves the way for PCIe-based SSDs to reach their full performance potential. Intel is revving up the performance of its datacenter-focused solid-state drives (SSD) by getting rid of the layers of hard-drive-emulating interfaces that have throttled the performance of SSDs until now. On June 3, Intel …

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Intel Selects Site for Next Parallel Computing Center

Intel has selected Georgia Institute of Technology to become an Intel Parallel Computing Center (IPCC), which will provide the research university with funding and resources to better take advantage of Intel-based high-performance computing systems and speed scientific discovery. “This gives us formal access to their expertise on Intel hardware. We …

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