IBM, NVDIA, Oak Ridge Labs and the Summit of Supercomputing

Supercomputers and other top-end high performance computing (HPC) installations have long defined and delivered the bleeding edge of compute performance. However, the underlying systems in those projects often reflect and portend broader changes in the commercial IT marketplace. That was certainly the case during the steady move away from the proprietary technologies and highly customized systems that once ruled supercomputing toward...

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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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Intel and the Era of HPC Everywhere

Anyone who follows the supercomputing/high performance computing (HPC) space knows that for all of their jaw-dropping capabilities these systems follow the same populist path familiar to every other technology. That is, thanks to ongoing technological innovation everything that was once exceptional and usually unaffordable becomes commonplace and available to increasing numbers of users and organizations. But a big question to...

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NVIDIA GTC 2015: Why GPUs Matter to Business

As noted in last week’s Pund-IT Review, I attended NVIDIA’s recent GPU Technology Conference (GTC) 2015 in San Jose mainly for the OpenPOWER Foundation sessions. But a visit to the conference’s exhibit hall and discussions with other attendees got me thinking about just how far graphics processing technologies have progressed over the past decade. In fact, the news out of GTC 2015 suggests that businesses that ignore developments in...

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