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A heterogeneous approach to solving big data analytics graph problems

Sponsored Content by Convey Computer

Today’s commodity servers, as well as systems designed specifically for numerically intensive algorithms (“supercomputers”), are ill suited for many applications in the world of big data analytics. Such applications often use graph manipulation algorithms and data structures, and are best addressed by architectural extensions not found in commodity systems. Convey Computer Corporation’s hybrid-core system takes a heterogeneous approach to solving graph-type problems, and the resulting performance is characterized by results on the Graph500 Benchmark (www.graph500.org). Let’s take a look at architectural features that accelerate graph problems, and how Convey has implemented these features in its reconfigurable computing system.

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April 9, 2012 at 5:49 am Leave a comment

From Mobile Phones to Supercomputers

By Robert Gelber

While almost every system on the Top500 list makes use of multicore CPUs, one supercomputing research team looks to buck that trend. Next month, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) will begin building the second prototype of their Mont-Blanc supercomputer, using NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 processors, the same chips found on mobile devices.  In a Wired article published this week, Mont-Blanc project-lead Alex Ramirez talks about the work and what to expect from the from the new prototype system

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April 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm Leave a comment

$10 million NSF Grant for Code Automation by nine universities and institutions

I found this news at HPC Wire. It sounds like an ambitious project but why don’t ? Really curious about how smart the developed tools will be. If it is successful, $10 million is quite cheap.

HOUSTON, TX, April 3 — Computer scientists from Rice University, the University of Pennsylvania and seven other institutions are teaming up to address one of the greatest ironies of the information age: While computers and robots have automated the manufacture of thousands of products, the software that allows them to do this is still written mostly by hand.

Armed with a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the researchers hope to create intelligent software agents — smart programs that can first observe and learn from human programmers and then help humans write code faster and with fewer errors. Based at Penn, the five-year effort is dubbed Expeditions in Computer Augmented Program Engineering, or ExCAPE. It is funded by the NSF’s Expeditions in Computing program, which supports ambitious research agendas that will define the future of computing.

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April 4, 2012 at 2:19 am Leave a comment

OpenMP Announces Improvements for Multicore and Accelerators

CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Mar 27 — OpenMP, the de-facto standard for parallel programming on shared memory systems, continues to extend its reach beyond pure HPC to include embedded systems, multicore and real time systems. A new version is being developed that will include support for accelerators, error handling, thread affinity, tasking extensions and Fortran 2003. The OpenMP consortium welcomes feedback from all interested parties and will use this feedback to improve the next version of OpenMP.

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April 1, 2012 at 10:29 am Leave a comment

AMD Opens Up Heterogeneous Computing

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HSA, which until recently was know as the Fusion architecture, is AMD’s platform design for integrating CPU and GPU cores onto the same chip. But HSA is more than AMD’s attempt to define an architecture for internal use, as was the case for Fusion. Rather HSA is an open specification that AMD wants the industry to adopt as the de facto platform for heterogenous computing…”

For full article, visit this link: http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-02-09/amd_opens_up_heterogeneous_computing.html

March 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

DDN solutions now available through Penguin Computing

DataDirect Networks (DDN) has announced that Penguin Computing has signed an agreement to offer DDN’s award-winning suite of HPC and Big Data storage solutions to its global customer base. Effective immediately, customers will be able to source DDN products from Penguin Computing, including the SFA storage platforms, the GRIDScaler and EXAScaler parallel file storage systems, NAS Scaler, DDN’s enterprise scale-out NAS platform, and WOS, the company’s hyperscale object storage system.

For full article, visit here: http://www.scientific-computing.com/news/news_story.php?news_id=1651

March 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

OpenCL Gains Ground On CUDA

As the two major programming frameworks for GPU computing, OpenCL and CUDA have been competing for mindshare in the developer community for the past few years. Until recently, CUDA has attracted most of the attention from developers, especially in the high performance computing realm. But OpenCL software has now matured to the point where HPC practitioners are taking a second look.

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http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-02-28/opencl_gains_ground_on_cuda.html

March 1, 2012 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

The Portland Group Ships OpenCL Compiler for Multi-core ARM

PORTLAND, Feb. 28 — The Portland Group (PGI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics and the leading independent supplier of compilers and tools for high-performance computing, today announced the general availability of the PGI OpenCL framework for ARM-based ST-Ericsson NovaThor platforms. The framework includes a PGI OpenCL compiler for multi-core ARM CPUs as a compute device and complements OpenCL for GPUs. NovaThor is a highly integrated complete mobile product platform with performance and power optimized multi-core ARM Cortex™ A-series CPUs, advanced graphics processors, powerful multimedia engines, and the latest mobile broadband and connectivity technologies. With this announcement, The Portland Group extends its product line to encompass both OpenCL and multi-core ARM-based microprocessors.

For full article, please visit:

http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-02-28/the_portland_group_ships_opencl_compiler_for_multi-core_arm.html

March 1, 2012 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Facebook Shakes Hardware World With Own Storage Gear

Just read the article “Facebook Shakes Hardware World With Own Storage Gear” at www.wired.com. As a fast growing company as Facebook, such hardware requirements are obviously. However, reading through the commends of this article is kind of fun.

“Facebook already built its own data center and its own servers. And now the social-networking giant is building its own storage hardware — hardware for housing all the digital stuff uploaded by its more than 845 million users.

Like the web’s other leading players — including Google and Amazon — Facebook runs an online operation that’s well beyond the scope of the average business, and that translates to unprecedented hardware costs — and hardware complications. If you’re housing 140 billion digital photos, you need a new breed of hardware.

In building its own data center on the Oregon high desert, Facebook did away with electric chillers, uninterruptible power supplies, and other terribly inefficient gear. And in working with various hardware manufacturers to build its own servers, the company not only reduced power consumption, it stripped thee systems down to the bare essentials, making them easier to repair and less expensive. Frankovsky and his team call this “vanity free” engineering, and now, they’ve extended the philosophy to storage hardware….”

For full article, visit this link  http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/02/facebook-builds-storage-gear

February 26, 2012 at 12:29 am Leave a comment


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