Features about 'HPC'

HPC 2013-14

The market at a glance

John Barr explores the biggest trending topics in HPC through 2013 and 2014

HPC 2013-14

Staying ahead of the curve

With hardware developments continuing apace, industry experts discuss how to meet the challenge of tuning software

HPC 2013-14

Achieving HPC leadership in Europe

Jean-François Lavignon and Jean-Philippe Nominé discuss the role of ETP4HPC

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 power behind pharmaceuticals

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

August/September 2012

Accelerating the search for oil

Oil companies are turning to acclerators, such as GPUs and FPGAs, to process data and speed up simulations. Tom Wilkie reports

June/July 2012

Bath your computer in baby oil

Tom Wilkie weighs up some of the options for improving energy-efficiency in high-performance computing

April/May 2012

Accelerating drug discovery

High-performance computers are opening up new ways of developing new drugs, as Beth Sharp finds out

February/March 2012

HPC in 2012

What does the year ahead hold for the HPC market? Industry experts share their predictions

December 2011/January 2012

Cloud in HPC

Gillian Law explores how the HPC industry has taken up the benefits of cloud computing

October/November 2011

A virtual solution

Virtualisation in HPC may not always be the answer, as Gillian Law discovers

August/September 2011

Only qualified applicants need apply

Recruiting the right person for a job is never easy, but finding the skills necessary for the HPC sector can be a particularly challenging task. Industry professionals offer their thoughts

June/July 2011

Innovation centre opens

The world’s first Microsoft Innovation Center for Technical Computing has been established in Switzerland. Paul Schreier reports

April/May 2011

HPCAC workshop: High info bandwidth, low cost

Paul Schreier reports back from the HPC Advisory Council's Switzerland workshop 2011

February/March 2011

In the fast lane

When speed and reliability are of the essence, professional racing teams need a computing system they can rely on, as Jody Egginton, chief engineer at Team Lotus, explains

December 2010/January 2011

Britain's big iron

This issue, HPC Projects departs from the usual format of the HPC Director column in favour of a round-up of the UK's most prominent HPC facilities. Stephen Mounsey asked the directors of these facilities to describe their roles, and to give us an insight into the current state of UK HPC

December 2010/January 2011

Supersonic scientific software

Not long ago we reported on the latest GPU architecture and predicted that soon the dam would burst with software supporting it. Well, the first wave from developers dominant in their branches is starting to arrive - and given the enormous productivity boosts possible with GPUs, many others are certainly soon to follow. Paul Schreier tries to keep up with this fast-paced sector

October/November 2010

Simulating biology

Greg Blackman looks at some of the applications using HPC in the field of biomedicine

October/November 2010

Converging on reality

Multiphysics software can account for multiple interacting effects at the same time and lead to more accurate models, but this approach increases the computational demands. Thus there's a strong effort to adapt such software to HPC systems. Paul Schreier investigates progress towards this goal

October/November 2010

Economies of scale

Stephen Mounsey examines the role of deskside supercomputers, and looks at some of the different ways of bridging the gap between a $200 workstation and a $200m data centre

October/November 2010

At the centre of CERN

Helge Meinhard, group leader, platform and engineering services, IT Department, CERN

August/September 2010

Onwards to exascale

Dona Crawford, associate director for computation at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is responsible for the laboratory's computing infrastructure and the HPC systems that serve research programmes from national security to materials science, energy, and climate change

August/September 2010

The universe in a C Shell

What simulation could be more impressive than that of the entire universe? With only four per cent of the cosmos even visible to observers, and 13.7 billion years of history behind us, there is much for these simulations to show, as Stephen Mounsey discovers

August/September 2010

Feeds and speeds

The potential bottleneck in many HPC systems is moving data between disks and memory. Great progress in hardware and parallel file systems has been made, and Paul Schreier takes a look at what we can expect before long

June/July 2010

Super seismic

GPUs are established in both the visualisation and the processing of seismic data. Stephen Mounsey looks at how the technology is used, and at alternative hardware types available to geophysical analysts in the oil and gas industry

June/July 2010

Multiple cores multiply programming

The transition from applications written for sequential execution to those that can take advantage of multicore architectures has taken on enormous importance and brought with it some challenging problems. Paul Schreier examines some of the tools that are available to help programmers parallelise their code

June/July 2010

Looking for the silver lining

If you believe the hype, then 'The Cloud' will be the next big thing across all strata of computing. Stephen Mounsey asks what it can bring to the HPC party

June/July 2010

The next generation

Dr Oz Parchment, IT infrastructure services manager, University of Southampton, describes his role and discusses the university's latest supercomputer, Iridis 3

June/July 2014

Exascale Challenges

The current buzz in the world of high-performance computing is exascale systems. The next major milestone is HPC systems that will be capable of executing an exaflop – a billion billion floating point operations per second, writes John Barr

June/July 2010

Super seismic

GPUs are established in both the visualisation and the processing of seismic data. Stephen Mounsey looks at how the technology is used, and at alternative hardware types available to geophysical analysts in the oil and gas industry

June/July 2010

Multiple cores multiply programming

The transition from applications written for sequential execution to those that can take advantage of multicore architectures has taken on enormous importance and brought with it some challenging problems. Paul Schreier examines some of the tools that are available to help programmers parallelise their code

June/July 2010

Looking for the silver lining

If you believe the hype, then 'The Cloud' will be the next big thing across all strata of computing. Stephen Mounsey asks what it can bring to the HPC party

June/July 2010

The next generation

Dr Oz Parchment, IT infrastructure services manager, University of Southampton, describes his role and discusses the university's latest supercomputer, Iridis 3

April/May 2010

Unbounded clusters

Especially with the advent of cloud computing, virtualisation and the increasing popularity of GPUs, what a physical computing system looks like is very fluid. Paul Schreier looks into how vendors of cluster management software address the provisioning and workload management needs resulting from this major trend

April/May 2010

A picture says a thousand words

Visualisation is a vital component of many HPC applications, but rendering huge datasets is no easy task, as Stephen Mounsey discovers

April/May 2010

The ins and outs of HPC

Lee Ward, principal member of technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, tackles HPC-related IO improvements to multiple supercomputing projects

February/March 2010

The GPU jump

General-purpose graphical processing units (GPGPUs) have been making inroads into HPC applications, but with the release of chips optimised for scientific computations rather than just graphics processing, this branch is poised to make major market inroads. Paul Schreier examines what's behind this upcoming jump in performance, and its implications

February/March 2010

Let's talk about the weather

Stephen Mounsey discovers how high performance computing contributes to atmospheric science and improves the accuracy of weather forecasts

February/March 2010

Towards exascale

Arthur 'Buddy' Bland, project director for the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, describes the rise from terascale to petascale computing and the road to exascale

December 2009/January 2010

Facing the heat

In the design of their servers, computer manufacturers are combating the need for power at every level: from processors, to power supplies, to cooling methods and everything in between. Paul Schreier checked with some major suppliers to investigate what they've been up to

December 2009/January 2010

Driving change

Stephen Mounsey examines some of the applications of HPC within the automotive industry

December 2009/January 2010

HPC as a service

Xi Zili is director of Shanghai Supercomputer Center, providing services for both science and industry

October/November 2009

HPC colonises the desktop

Computers are continuing along their astounding path down the price/performance curve to the point where you can literally put the power of what we not long ago considered a supercomputer on or beside your desk in an office environment. Paul Schreier reviews some of these powerful systems

October/November 2009

Saving lives with supercomputers

Stephen Mounsey looks at how HPC is transforming biology and medicine

August/September 2009

Asking the big questions

Stephen Mounsey finds out about the computing power behind some of the world's most ambitious scientific projects

August/September 2009

Making the connection

HPC system architects are increasingly turning to alternative interconnects such as InfiniBand to replace Ethernet in many situations. Paul Schreier examines what is driving this trend

June/July 2009

Computer - reconfigure yourself!

Although they're not simple to program, field-programmable gate arrays can greatly accelerate frequently used functions, and you can reprogram them on the fly to tackle new tasks. Paul Schreier examines the impact they are starting to have on HPC

June/July 2009

Far more than petaflops

Thomas Lippert, director of the Jülich Supercomputing Centre at Forschungszentrum Jülich explains how supercomputers of highest scalability and scientific users can be brought closer together by means of a new support instrument: the simulation laboratory

April/May 2009

Crisis management?

With the world of finance in meltdown, relying on HPC solutions to predict the future is vital, as Stephen Mounsey discovers

April/May 2009

Dedicated to science

Dr Peter Beckman directs the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) in providing the computational science community with world-leading computing capability dedicated to breakthrough science and engineering

February/March 2009

Driven by science

Professor Marek Niezgódka, Director of the ICM Centre at the University of Warsaw, explains why the centre heads the Green Top500 list and concentrates on open systems

December 2008/January 2009

Racing ahead

Gemma Church takes a look at how HPC technology is assisting F1 teams at the cutting edge of the sport

December 2008/January 2009

Driving NASA missions

Rupak Biswas, chief of NASA's Advanced Supercomputing Division, explains the challenges he faces running one of the most high-profile establishments in the world

October/November 2008

When models outgrow hardware, turn to HPC

Computer-aided engineering (CAE) models are becoming too large to run on a single CPU. Paul Schreier looks at how affordable HPC changes all the rules

October/November 2008

Leading northern lights

Gemma Church looks at the range of HPC centres and projects undertaken in northern Europe, covering Scandinavia, Benelux and the Nordic Countries

October/November 2008

Responsibilities beyond technology

In the first of our new regular features on HPC directors, Stephen Winter, Dean of Informatics at the University of Westminster, explains how his role is as much about advocacy and marketing as it is about choosing and managing the technology.

August/September 2008

Stuck in the middle

Gemma Church assesses the HPC landscape in central and eastern Europe

August/September 2008

A universe of data

Paul Schreier visits CERN to learn about the computing resources needed for the world's largest ever scientific experiment

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