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A supercomputer that can do 551 trillion calculations per second is housed at Clemson’s Information Technology Center.

Data-enabled Science: Top500 Supercomputers Provide Universities with Competitive Edge

April 7, 2015 5:02 pm | by Paul Alongi, Clemson University | News | Comments

Researchers have long believed that supercomputers give universities a competitive edge in scientific research, but now they have some hard data showing it’s true. A Clemson University team found that universities with locally available supercomputers were more efficient in producing research in critical fields than universities that lacked supercomputers.

Tianhe-2 Remains World's Top Computer

November 19, 2014 3:34 pm | by Top500 | News | Comments

For the fourth consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National...

Intersect360 Becomes Market Research Partner for New TOP500 Portal

November 11, 2014 2:48 pm | by Intersect360 Research | News | Comments

Intersect360 Research, an industry analyst firm providing market forecasting, research and...

High Performance Parallelism Pearls: A Teaching Juggernaut

October 13, 2014 9:52 am | by Rob Farber | Blogs | Comments

High Performance Parallelism Pearls, the latest book by James Reinders and Jim Jeffers...

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The Ranger supercomputer, 2008-2013. Courtesy of TACC

Ranger Supercomputer Begins New Life, Makes Global Journey to Africa

July 30, 2014 3:57 pm | by Jorge Salazar, TACC | News | Comments

For all the money and effort poured into supercomputers, their life spans can be brutally short – on average about four years. So, what happens to one of the world's greatest supercomputers when it reaches retirement age? If it's the Texas Advanced Computer Center's (TACC) Ranger supercomputer, it continues making an impact in the world. If the system could talk, it might proclaim, "There is life after retirement!"

Ethernet in the TOP500

July 11, 2014 8:16 am | by John D’Ambrosia | Blogs | Comments

For the past 21 years, the has been ranking supercomputers by their performance on the LINPACK Benchmark. Reported two times a year, the release of the list is anticipated by the industry. As with any such ranking, the top of the list often garners the most attention. However, such emphasis on the top of such a list, would limit one’s understanding of the different supercomputers in the TOP500...

For the third consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system

China's Tianhe-2 Supercomputer Retains Top Spot on 43rd Edition of the TOP500 List

June 23, 2014 9:51 am | by TOP500 | News | Comments

For the third consecutive time, Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, has retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 43rd edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Peter ffoulkes is Research Director, Server Infrastructure and Software, Cloud Computing at 451 Research

A Supercomputer with Warm Water. How Cool is That?

June 18, 2014 12:24 pm | by Peter ffoulkes, 451 Research | Blogs | Comments

An energy efficient supercomputer with warm water.  How cool is that? Enlightenment has long been the ultimate pursuit of artists, philosophers, scientists, theologians and other sentient minds. Whether it is delivering the proof to support their theses, or to investigate a perplexing problem before them, they have poured a vast amount of energy into the situation. Energy has now become the problem.

Gary M. Johnson, Computational Science Solutions

Who Are the Top500 List Countries?

June 16, 2014 10:01 am | by Gary M. Johnson, Computational Science Solutions | Blogs | Comments

Since June of 1993, the Top500 List has been presenting information on the world’s 500 most powerful computer systems.  The statistics about these systems have proven to be of substantial interest to computer manufacturers, users and funding authorities.  While interest in the list is focused on the computers, less attention is paid to the countries hosting them.  Let’s take a look at the Top500 List countries.  Who are they?

Deepthought2 will be a significant asset of the University of Maryland’s Cyberinfrastructure Center.

University of Maryland Unveils Deepthought2 Supercomputer

May 16, 2014 12:18 pm | by University of Maryland | News | Comments

The University of Maryland has unveiled Deepthought2, one of the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputers, to support advanced research activities ranging from studying the formation of the first galaxies to simulating fire and combustion for fire protection advancements. Developed with high-performance computing solutions from Dell, Deepthought2 has a processing speed of about 300 teraflops.

Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source

Introducing Our New International Supercomputing Conference Resource Page

May 1, 2014 9:39 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | Blogs | Comments

I’m excited to announce that Scientific Computing has created an International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) resource site, in cooperation with ISC Events. The ISC Conference page is a one-stop destination that offers comprehensive information on all things ISC, collected together in one place where it’s easy to locate. This valuable resource is specifically designed to help you quickly find everything you need ...

John D’Ambrosia is chairman of the Ethernet Alliance and chief Ethernet evangelist, CTO office at Dell.

400GbE and High Performance Computing

April 18, 2014 1:54 pm | by John D’Ambrosia | Blogs | Comments

The last time the IEEE 802.3 Working Group addressed the “Next Rate” of Ethernet was when 10 GbE was Ethernet’s fastest rate. That effort resulted in the development of two new rates — 40 GbE and 100 GbE. The justification for two rates was that 40 GbE was intended to provide the upgrade path for servers, while 100 GbE would target network aggregation applications.

Erich Strohmaier, Head of Future Technology Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Erich Strohmaier

April 16, 2014 3:46 pm | Biographies

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Erich Strohmaier is an internationally known expert in assessing and improving the performance of high performance computing systems. How the system performs over the long haul, rather than its short-term potential, is what matters. And as one of the co-founders of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers, Strohmaier has found that the most important information comes from looking at the changes in the list over time

Jack Dongarra, University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, University of Tennessee

Jack Dongarra

April 15, 2014 4:09 pm | Biographies

Jack Dongarra specializes in numerical algorithms in linear algebra, parallel computing, use of advanced-computer architectures, programming methodology, and tools for parallel computers. He was awarded the IEEE Sid Fernbach Award in 2004 and in 2008 he was the recipient of the first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing

Horst D. Simon, Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA & Adjunct Professor in the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Horst D. Simon

April 15, 2014 4:02 pm | Biographies

Dr. Horst Simon is the Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Simon’s research interests are in the development of sparse matrix algorithms, algorithms for large-scale eigenvalue problems, and domain decomposition algorithms for unstructured domains for parallel processing.

Satoshi Matsuoka, Professor, Global Scientific Information and Computing Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology (GSIC)

Prof. Dr. Satoshi Matsuoka

April 15, 2014 3:40 pm | Biographies

Satoshi Matsuoka is a Professor at the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center of Tokyo Institute of Technology (GSIC). He is the leader of TSUBAME series of supercomputers, which became the 4th fastest in the world on the Top500 and awarded the "Greenest Production Supercomputer in the World" by the Green 500 in November, 2010 and June 2011.

What is the TOP500 Project?

April 15, 2014 9:26 am | by TOP500 | Blogs | Comments

The TOP500 project was launched in 1993 to improve and renew the Mannheim supercomputer statistics, which had been in use for seven years. Our simple TOP500 approach does not define “supercomputer” as such, but we use a benchmark to rank systems and to decide on whether or not they qualify for the TOP500 list.


Call for Participation in the Top500 List

April 14, 2014 5:02 pm | by TOP500 | News | Comments

The TOP500 project was started in 1993 to provide a reliable basis for tracking and detecting trends in high-performance computing. Twice a year, a list of the sites operating the 500 most powerful computer systems is assembled and released. The best performance on the Linpack benchmark is used as performance measure for ranking the computer systems. T

Early-Bird Registration Opens for International Supercomputing Conference

March 18, 2014 10:03 am | by ISC | News | Comments

Advance registration at reduced rates is now open for the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’14), which will be held June 22-26 in Leipzig, Germany. By registering now, ISC’14 attendees can save over 25 percent off the onsite registration rates at the Leipzig Congress Center.

ISC’14 Calls for Tutorial Proposals, Research Paper Submissions and More

December 11, 2013 9:37 am | by ISC'14 | News | Comments

The 2014 International Supercomputing Conference is now accepting submissions, ranging from tutorial and birds of a feather (BoF) session proposals, research paper and poster abstracts, as well as student volunteer program applications. The ISC’14 Call for Papers is supported by the IEEE Germany Section.

Teams Announced for HPCAC-ISC 2014 Student Cluster Challenge

December 4, 2013 4:29 pm | by HPC Advisory Council | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC), a leading organization for high-performance computing research, outreach and education, and the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC), have announced the 11 university teams from around the world for the HPCAC-ISC 2013 Student Cluster Competition during the ISC’14 program of events.

How Does your HPC Service Compare with the Industry’s Best?

November 27, 2013 11:44 am | by Andrew Jones | Articles | Comments

It is easy to cast jealous eyes towards the most powerful supercomputers in the world, e.g. Tianhe-2 with its three million cores of Xeon and Phi processors, or Titan with its 18,000 GPUs, and wish you had the budget to deploy such facilities. However, most HPC service managers and users must return from such whims, plummeting back to the much smaller-scale HPC that is their reality.

IBM Ranked No. 1 on the Graph500 Supercomputing List

November 20, 2013 4:13 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM supercomputers have taken the top three spots on the latest Graph500 list released during the Supercomputing Conference in Denver, Colo. The biannual list ranks high-performance computing systems on the basis of processing massive amounts of big data.

China’s Tianhe-2 Supercomputer Maintains Top Spot on 42nd TOP500 List

November 19, 2013 8:44 am | by TOP500 | News | Comments

Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, retained its position as the world’s No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 2nd edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The list was announced Nov. 18 at the SC13 conference in Denver, CO.

International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) '14

November 2, 2013 10:48 am | by ISC | Events

ISC is an IEEE-recognized key global conference and exhibition for high performance computing, networking and storage. It provides a platform for learning and networking for some 2,500 like-minded HPC researchers, technology leaders, scientists and IT-decision makers.

Dongarra to Receive Ken Kennedy Award for Software Technologies that Power Supercomputers

October 10, 2013 9:13 am | by Association for Computing Machinery | News | Comments

Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee will receive the ACM-IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award for his leadership in designing and promoting standards for mathematical software used to solve numerical problems common to high performance computing (HPC). His work has led to the development of major software libraries of algorithms and methods that boost performance and portability in HPC environments

Final Call for ISC 2014 Student Cluster Competition

October 8, 2013 12:26 pm | by ISC | News | Comments

The HPC Advisory Council (HPCAC) and the International Supercomputing Conference call on high school and undergraduate students from around the world to submit their application for the Student Cluster Competition. Submission Deadline: November 1, 2013

Big Data Requires Scalable Storage Bandwidth

August 15, 2013 9:00 am | by Rob Farber | Articles | Comments

The adage that a supercomputer is a complicated device that turns a compute bound problem into an IO bound problem is becoming ever more apparent in the age of big data. The trick to avoid the painful truth in this adage is to ensure that the application workload is dominated by streaming IO operations.

HPC Architectures Begin Long-Term Shift Away from Compute Centrism

August 15, 2013 8:43 am | by Steve Conway, IDC | Articles | Comments

The HPC market is entering a kind of perfect storm. For years, HPC architectures have tilted farther and farther away from optimal balance between processor speed, memory access and I/O speed. As successive generations of HPC systems have upped peak processor performance without corresponding advances in per-core memory capacity and speed, the systems have become increasingly compute centric

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