February/March 2010

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Software signals the way

With wireless capabilities being built into an enormous variety of products and gadgets, the challenges facing antenna designers are greater than ever. Paul Schreier examines how modelling software has improved to aid them along every step of the development and implementation trail

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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

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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

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For functionality and security for externalised research, software providers have turned to the cloud, writes Sophia Ktori

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Robert Roe looks at the latest simulation techniques used in the design of industrial and commercial vehicles

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Robert Roe investigates the growth in cloud technology which is being driven by scientific, engineering and HPC workflows through application specific hardware

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Robert Roe learns that the NASA advanced supercomputing division (NAS) is optimising energy efficiency and water usage to maximise the facility’s potential to deliver computing services to its user community

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Robert Roe investigates the use of technologies in HPC that could help shape the design of future supercomputers