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Intel Reveals Details of Next-Gen Xeon Phis, Unveils Fast Fabric

Intel announces plans for the 10nm “Knights Hill” version of Xeon Phi and details the 2015 “Knights Landing” edition at the Supercomputing ’14 conference. Intel has announced a new version of its Xeon Phi co-processor codenamed “Knights Hill” that will be built using Intel’s 10nm process and will have the …

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Supercomputer Helps ID Cancerous Gene Mutations Within Hours

Researchers at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) have developed a computational method that can quickly analyze cancerous tumors and detect genetic changes in a few hours. The discovery can one day lead to personalized medicine, where genome analysis will allow doctors to better diagnose and determine the most effective and …

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Supermassive Black Hole Ready for Its Close-up

University of Arizona (UA) researchers have used their new El Gato supercomputer to generate visualizations of what space travelers may see if they approached Sagittarius A* (pronounced “Sagittarius A-star”), a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Three UA astrophysicists developed the computer simulations as part …

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SGI Ice X Enlisted to Boost Military’s Supercomputing Power

The Department of Defense (DoD) is bolstering its high-performance computing capabilities again with a new 4.6-petaflop supercomputer for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). The supercomputer — an SGI Ice X system using the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors — will become the military’s fastest unclassified …

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Cray Rolls Out More Flexible Big-Data Supercomputer

Two years after shipping a system focused on graph analysis, Cray builds a general-purpose supercomputer aimed at Big Data. Two years after shipping a supercomputer designed for Big Data rather than big science, Cray has done it again with a more general-purpose Big Data supercomputer. The new Urika-XA was designed …

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Supercomputer Can Forecast Weather in Your Backyard

The Met Office, which is the United Kingdom’s national weather service, is building a new supercomputer that can predict weather in neighborhoods, airports and even people’s backyards with a high degree of accuracy, Met Office leaders say. The new $128 million supercomputer — a Cray XC40 with current and future …

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NASA Pumps Up Supercomputing Might for Space Research

NASA has recently upgraded its flagship supercomputer Pleiades with the latest Intel Xeon processors, boosting performance by nearly one petaflop to 4.5 petaflops per second. Pleiades, housed at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Facility at Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., now features an additional 15 SGI racks, totaling 1,080 …

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Supercomputer Could Usher In New HIV-Drug Breakthrough

University of Southern Denmark researchers have deployed high-performance computing (HPC) systems to identify more than a dozen potential new drug compounds that may inhibit HIV from reproducing. Researchers Vasantanathan Poongavanam and Jacob Kongsted used an Intel-based supercomputing cluster on campus to screen half a million compounds and found 25 that …

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Deadly Drug Side Effects Targeted by Supercomputers

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers say they’ve discovered a way to use supercomputers to boost drug safety by identifying potentially adverse side effects early on in the drug development process. Medications alleviate pain and suffering, but the drug creation process misses side effects that kill at least 100,000 people …

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Faster FFTs: Accelerating Benefits of Fast Fourier Transforms

With a broad variety of applications from digital signal processing to earthquake research to speeding the multiplication of large integers, the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) has become a staple of mathematicians and physicists for over half a century. However, parallelism of large one-dimensional Discrete Fast Fourier Transforms (DFFTs) has been …

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