Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-02-08

Hardware

Tod Gleason published some nice photos of visiting the NCSA's Blue Waters supercomputer. Read further...
The Open Source conference FOSDEM in Brussels had a number of HPC related presentations. The videos of the presentations are available. Audio and video quality are not very good, but OK if you put some effort in. The easiest way to get to the videos is through the programme pages of the session "HPC, Big Data and Data Science devroom". Read further...
GovDataDownload cites Gabriel Broner, vice president and general manager of High Performance Computing at SGI, about their partnership with NetApp and the support they provide to NASA's Pleiades suprcomputer. Read further...
MIT Technology Review reports on a presentation by William Holt, who leads the company's technology and manufacturing group at Intel. According to MIT Technology Review, Holt said that new technologies would not offer speed benefits over silicon transistors, suggesting that chips may stop getting faster at the pace that the technology industry has been used to. The new technologies would, however, improve the energy efficiency of chips, something important for many leading uses of computing today, such as cloud computing, mobile devices, and robotics. "Particularly as we look at the Internet of things, the focus will move from speed improvements to dramatic reductions in power", Holt said. Power is a problem across the computing spectrum. Read further...