Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-11-02

Industry news

At the ISC Cloud and Big Data Conference in Frankfurt, Michael Feldman, Intersect360 Research, chaired the vendor showdown. Participants were Stephan Gillich, Intel; Rolf Kersten, AWS; Auke Kuiper, DDN; Stefan Lautenschläger, Fujitsu; Alison B. Lowndes, NVIDIA; Barbara Murphy, HGST; and Hans Then, ClusterVision. The topics discussed included Cloud, Big Data, HPC and GPU computing, middleware and storage. Read further...
The SC15 blog presents details on the invited presentation by Laura Grigori. This talk will address one of the main challenges in high performance computing which is the increased cost of communication with respect to computation, where communication refers to data transferred either between processors or between different levels of memory hierarchy, including possibly NVMs. Laura Grigori leads a joint research group between INRIA, University of Pierre and Marie Curie, and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), called Alpines. Read further...
John Fowler, Oracle Executive Vice President, Systems, introduces the new family of M7 Systems built on the new 32-core, 256-thread SPARC M7 microprocessor with built-in security in a 20 minute explanation. Read further...
In ScienceMag, Daniel Clery authored an interesting article on a new fusion reactor. The Wenelstein W7-X reactor is the first large-scale example of a new breed of supercomputer-designed stellarator fusion reactors that have had most of their containment problems computed out. Read further...
The European Exascale project READEX kicked off in Dresden last month. READEX - short for Runtime Exploitation of Application Dynamism for Energy-efficient eXascale computing - will develop a tools-aided methodology to exploit the dynamic behaviour of applications to achieve improved energy-efficiency and performance. The developed tool-suite will be efficient and scalable to support current and future extreme scale systems. The project will run for three years. Read further...