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Free eBook Shows You How to Get More From Your HPC Apps

Whether you’re a parallel computing and HPC pro or just starting out, there is something for you in the book “Optimizing HPC Applications with Intel Cluster Tools,” just published by Apress. The book’s easy, readable style belies the wealth of information in its pages, in particular a focus on how …

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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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Xeon Phi Gives Huge Boost to Big Data Research

A Purdue University doctoral student is taking advantage of Intel Xeon Phi co-processors to develop algorithms that can solve complex graph problems much faster than before. His efforts can aid future researchers who need to analyze Big Data. Arif Khan, a Ph.D. student in computer science, has focused his research …

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NOAA Supercharges Supercomputer Power Tenfold

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is investing $44.5 million to upgrade two supercomputers to provide more accurate, timely and detailed weather forecasts. The upgrade, which will feature Intel Xeon processors, will increase the computing capacity of each supercomputer to 2.5 petaflops for a total of 5 petaflops — …

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Future Arrives with Robots, Spider Dresses, Intelligence Everywhere

Ultra-small cameras, microcontrollers, processors add robot-like abilities to everyday objects, Pong-like interactivity to real robots are all included in Intel’s vision of the future. And the future has arrived. It’s probably safe to say that very few people see the future arrive wrapped in a chitinous, 3D-printed skeleton dress topped …

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Tropical Forests, CO2 and the Climate Connection

A new study shows that tropical forests absorb far more carbon dioxide than scientists previously thought. Researchers at NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) estimate that tropical forests absorb 1.4 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide — more than half the 2.5 billion metric tons that are …

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Xeon Phi Powerful Ally to Flu Virus Researchers

Researchers from the Amaro Lab at UC San Diego are modeling the Influenza virus using the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). By using Stampede, Amaro Lab’s principal investigator Rommie Amaro and post doctorate Jacob Durrant recently told the TACC Web site that they hope to better …

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2014: The Year Supercomputers Got Faster and Cooler

More efficient cooling, faster interconnects, a new generation of Xeon Phi and one system after another designed to cool processors by drowning them marked the year in supercomputing. It was a really big year for really big computers. The supercomputing breakthroughs, changes and advancements in 2014 included Intel photonics in …

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