Primeur magazine

Edition: flash - Issue: 2016-03-20

Blog

Members of the U.S. Coalition for the Advancement of Supercomputing (USCAS), submitted a written statement to the U.S. Congress advocating for full funding of the Department of Energy's fiscal year 2017 budget request for supercomputing. The USCAS comprises organizations that, collectively, lead the world in supercomputing technology, including Seagate, Advanced Micro Devices, Battelle Memorial Institute, Cray Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Micron Technology, Inc., Nvidia, Reservoir Labs, SAIC, and the Semiconductor Industry Association. Read further...

Hardware

The Economist Technology Quarterly has an in-depth background on Moore's law in an article series called "After Moore's Law". It consists of five chapters: 1 Double, double, toil and trouble; 2 More Moore: The incredible shrinking transistor; 3 New designs: Taking it to another dimension OpenBrain Scan; 4 Quantum computing: Harnessing weirdness; 5 What comes next: Horses for courses. "The end of Moore's law will make the computer industry a much more complicated place", The Economist concludes. Read further...

Applications

The OpenMP board announced that the recently released Clang 3.8 fully supports OpenMP 3.1 and some features of OpenMP 4.0 and 4.5. Read further...

Exascale

Phys.org features an article about the Argo Project, a three-year collaborative effort, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, to develop a new approach for extreme-scale system software. The project involves the efforts of 40 researchers from three national laboratories in the country and four universities working to design and prototype an exascale operating system and the software to make it useful. "Argo was founded to design and prototype exascale operating systems and runtime software", Swann Perarnau, a postdoctoral researcher at Argonne National Laboratory, and collaborator on the Argo Project, told Phys.org. "We believe some of the new techniques and tools we have developed can be tested on petascale systems and refined for exascale platforms." Read further...