Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2015-12-30

Hardware

According to Yu-Tzu Chiu Taiwan neglects supercomputing. He writes this in an article published in IEEE Spectrum. He says that a quick glance at the new ranking of top supercomputers reveals Taiwan does not possess a single machine powerful enough to make the TOP500 list. It has been a long decline, he notes. Taiwan's most powerful supercomputer, the Advanced Large-scale Parallel Super­cluster, also known as ALPS or Windrider, ranked 42nd in June 2011, shortly after its launch. Read further...

Focus on Europe

Cynthia McIntyre blogs on the TOP500 site about "HPC for Economic Growth and Development" reporting about the sub-Saharan Africa. The South African Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) hosted a workshop on December 1, 2015 for the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states with focus on High Performance Computing. She concludes that clearly, sub-Saharan Africa is investing in advanced computing to enhance their economies and to strengthen the path from knowledge to value creation. South Africa is in the vanguard of African countries to engage the corporate community in HPC for economic competitiveness. Read further...
Olli-Pekka Lehto, Sebastian von Alfthan, and Pekka Manninen from CSC looked into their crystal ball and made some predictions for the upcoming year. Sebastian von Alfthan expects many-core processors will be making an impact. Pekka Manninen sees first steps towards practical quantum computing, and Olli-Pekka Lehto thinks the interconnect wars heat up. Read further...
Olli-Pekka Lehto is pretty busy with writing about HPC these days. Apart from his predictions for 2016 he also wrote a blog "Containers, meet HPC" on Medium giving a nice overview of what containers could do and cannot do for HPC. His conclusion: "Containers offer a lot of potential in complementing bare metal computing environments and Virtual Machines and will almost certainly establish a strong standing in HPC in the next couple of years. However, there is still a lot of work to do and potential caveats." Read further...