Lenovo‘s Cool Fix for HPC Energy Consumption

High performance computing (HPC) and supercomputing haven’t always been closely associated with energy efficiency. In fact, for the first four decades (beginning in the early 1960s) of commercial supercomputing, owners were far more concerned with systems’ computational capabilities than the electrical energy they consumed. That was mainly because of the unique value of custom-built systems like the Cray CDC 6600 (delivered in 1964)...

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IBM Advances Cluster Virtualization…

On the classic Groucho Marx quiz show You Bet Your Life if a contestant accidently said the “secret word” of the day, he or she would win a prize. There’s no prize included in this commentary, but the secret word of the day is virtualization, especially as it relates to IBM’s new HPC and AI solutions. IBM defines virtualization as “A technology that makes a set of shared resources appear to each workload as if they were dedicated only...

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Lenovo at SC 16 – A Commitment to HPC Innovation

How companies evolve after major acquisitions is usually interesting and seldom predictable, as numerous examples can show. That’s especially true in the rare cases where one company acquires multiple properties from another, as Lenovo has from IBM. In 2005, Lenovo purchased IBM’s PC division and assets, then repeated the process in 2014 with IBM’s System x server organization and Intel-based products. In the former case, some...

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New IBM Software Toolkit Supercharges Deep Learning

A few weeks ago, IBM launched a new POWER-based data center solution for High Performance Computing (HPC) applications, including artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and advanced analytics. The Power System S822LC is a Linux-based offering that leverages a new POWER8 chip and NVIDIA’s NVLink interconnect technology optimized for the Power architecture. Via NVLink, IBM’s Power server architecture can be tightly integrated with...

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IBM, OpenPOWER and Gaining a Competitive Edge in HPC

High performance computing (HPC) represents a pinnacle of computational excellence that’s also amazingly cool for those of an IT bent. It isn’t just the systems themselves, though there’s much to consider there. What’s more remarkable and often more impressive is how HPC can enable flights of the imagination that find landing places in the real world. The effects of these excursions are often apparent to the narrowest of audiences....

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