Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-11-06

Applications

Using supercomputer simulations, scientists can recreate a rapid and short inhalation, a 'sniff'. Using pure data visualizations, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) created a video documentary that allows one to see the stunning beauty of this process. Read further...
Doug Burger, Director of Hardware, Devices, and Experiences at Microsoft Research made a number of observations on the White House Strategic Computing Initiative Workshop (NSCI) workshop on October 20-21 where he served as a panelist at the White House National on the CCC Blog. He sees that "There is going to be increasing complexity in systems as people specialize, move to heterogeneous systems, etc., in response to the slowing or end of Moore’s Law. The HPC community is really worried about the challenge of productivity in that environment." To him its is clear that CMOS is coming to an end and that there is not really a replacement within the next ten years. Read further...

Exascale

TOP500 Co-Author Horst Simon is interviewed by the TOP500 site. Horst Simon tells on the site: "The middle of next decade will be an important time for HPC. I do expect that we will have exascale systems by then, and that we will continue to rank them by HPL and the TOP500 list." But he sees performance slowing down, and it will be difficult to foresee what will happen by 2030. Simon expects that computing technology will become more diverse and we may use very different architectures, such as neuromorphic computers. At that point, the HPC community will need to rethink performance evaluation and how to compare such diverse systems, he says. Read further...