Features about 'HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING'

February/March 2015

Does HPC’s future lie in remote visualisation

At the intersection of big data, the cloud, and HPC, remote visualisation is anything but a remote prospect, as Tom Wilkie discovers

February/March 2015

Will OpenCL open the gates for FPGAs?

In the first article in a series on future hardware for HPC, Robert Roe explains how OpenCL may make FPGAs an attractive option

December 2014/January 2015

A strategy for HPC that goes beyond HPC

The implications of the recent announcements about Exascale technology go far beyond HPC. Tom Wilkie considers the implications

December 2014/January 2015

Future clears for HPC

Global investment in high-performance computing is being ramped up in the headlong march towards Exascale, writes Robert Roe

HPC 2014-15

Power and the processor

John Barr surveys the technologies that will underpin the next generation of HPC processors and finds that software, not hardware, holds the key.

HPC 2014-15

The future of HPC in Australia

Lindsay Botten and Neil Stringfellow explain how Australia has developed a national HPC strategy to address the country’s unique challenges in science, climate, and economic development

HPC 2014-15

Big Data needs networks

The way Europe has joined up its networks not only supports supercomputing on the continent, but also offers a model for international cooperation that might have lessons for the development of next-generation technology, as Tom Wilkie discovers

HPC 2014-15

Why storage is as important as computation

The era of data-centric HPC is upon us. Robert Roe investigates how data storage companies are rising to the challenge

HPC 2014-15

Tools for efficient computing

End-user scientists and engineers fear the complexity of running jobs in HPC. But there are software tool-kits available to help, as Tom Wilkie discovers

October/November 2014

The many shades of data intensive

William Payne looks at the issues faced by HPC as the volume and variety of data produced by science and engineering grow

October/November 2014

Does the future of HPC lie in the cloud?

Computing in the cloud could be seductive for scientists and engineers, but Tom Wilkie finds that there are still problems to be overcome

October/November 2014

Take HPC to the cloud – in a container

Engineers and industry will adopt HPC in the cloud, if it is packaged up for them in a simple container, argues UberCloud’s Wolfgang Gentzsch

October/November 2014

Why governments need HPC and HPC needs governments

HPC is important for economic development according to several recent reports and, Robert Roe reports, announcements about next-generation US HPC systems could be made at SC14

October/November 2014

Cooling becomes a hot topic

Concerns about energy-efficient computing are driving innovation in cooling technologies, as Robert Roe discovers

August/September 2014

Widening horizons for high-performance computing

Although the past decade has seen a huge growth in high-performance computing, Tom Wilkie believes there is a lot more still to come

August/September 2014

Key challenges of the post-petascale era

Scot Schultz,director of HPC and Technical Computing at Mellanox Technologies, believes that interconnects are critical to the demands of big data today and that they will play a still larger role in the next generation of high-performance computers

August/September 2014

Challenging, exciting, promising times

Giampietro Tecchiolli, CTO of Eurotech, expects the techniques of high-performance computing to become more pervasive but worries about shortage of skilled manpower

August/September 2014

The best is yet to come

Although advances in HPC have been stellar there is even more still to come, says Mark Seager, chief technology officer, technical computing ecosystem, at Intel

August/September 2014

New ways to see

Sam Mahalingam, chief technical officer, HPC/Cloud Solutions, at Altair, looks forward to a culture in which innovation flourishes as a result of human ingenuity and the creative application of technology

August/September 2014

When students compete, the community wins

HPC need people even more than it needs technology. John Bashor reviews one initiative to attract new people into HPC, the Student Cluster Competition

August/September 2014

Compilers keep up with HPC systems evolution

Doug Miles, director of PGI Compilers & Tools, considers the challenges compilers will face in the new world of high-performance computing

August/September 2014

HPC for the next generation of scientists – but not for beginners

Argonne has pioneered a course to equip researchers with the skills they need for computational science and engineering (CS&E). Its organiser, Paul Messina, calls on more institutions to offer such training

June/July 2014

Why supercomputers are becoming cool machines

Liquid cooling can take many forms but expertise from embedded systems can also point the way to a green future for HPC, as Tom Wilkie discovers

April/May 2014

A fair wind of change for integrators

More complex clusters mean more scope for integrators – provided they know what their customers need, as Tom Wilkie discovers

April/May 2014

Houston, 
we have 
a problem

John Barr looks at some of the issues surrounding the future of data centres

April/May 2014

Running a railway – lessons for supercomputing?

Tom Wilkie finds that this year’s ISC programme prompts thoughts about the relevance of railways and art 
to high-performance computing

February/March 2014

HPC: predictions for 2014

John Barr looks into his crystal ball to see what is in store for HPC in the course of this year

December 2013/January 2014

Only connect

How are high-performance interconnects managing to moving more data, faster, and over longer distances? Tom Wilkie reports

December 2013/January 2014

Prace: high-performance computing’s Cern?

Tom Wilkie reports on some surprising suggestions about the future shape of high-performance computing

October/November 2013

The long road

A level of debate surrounds the question of how and when we might reach exascale computing. Industry experts share their views on the subject

October/November 2013

HPC in the cloud – is it real?

John Barr offers his take on the future of cloud computing and HPC

August/September 2013

Meeting demand

Once the sole domain of researchers with access to large budgets, high-performance computing is coming to the masses. Beth Harlen reports

June/July 2013

The rise of Hadoop

Hadoop, an open source software project for distributed computing, is becoming synonymous with big data. Beth Harlen speaks to industry experts to find out why

June/July 2013

Keeping it cool

As data centres come under increasing economic and environmental pressures, Beth Harlen explores the impact of the latest cooling solutions

April/May 2013

Digging for black gold

The oil and gas industry pushes HPC capabilities to their limits, as Warren Clark discovers

February/March 2013

The processing challenge

In the battle for processor dominance, who will win out? John Barr weighs up the contenders

February/March 2013

The power behind pharmaceuticals

Is HPC becoming an integral part of drug discovery? Industry experts explore the trends

December 2012/January 2013

Connections changing in HPC

At first we connected our computers with Ethernet. Then InfiniBand started to dominate in HPC. Now, with RDMA over Ethernet readily available, we are starting to see a shift back to Ethernet for many systems. Paul Schreier looks at the prospects

December 2012/January 2013

Getting the science done, faster

Now that the adrenalin rush of SC12 is behind us, Tom Wilkie offers a personal view of the themes and emerging trends

October/November 2012

In the data centre

What is the current data centre landscape like? Industry experts share their experience

October/November 2012

Hunting for the rare beast

Recruiters at HPC facilities face a huge challenge due to the shortage of qualified applicants. They are turning to social media and increased support for academia, as Paul Schreier found out

June/July 2008

Scientific supercomputing in Germany

Gemma Simpson assesses the market for high-performance computing in Germany, with a look at HPC centres and the scientific projects placed there

February / March 2008

Sun, Spain and supercomputing

There’s more to this 19th century chapel than meets the eye, as David Robson discovers

October/November 2007

A new power base in Europe

David Robson explores the latest initiatives driving the development of high-performance computing in Europe

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