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Cost: The Biggest Pothole on the Exascale Road

Recently, industry analyst John Barr wrote at the ISC blog about “Potholes on the Road to Exascale”. John speaks about a unified programming environment that should be able to support all sorts of computing devices of the future. That’s right: … Continue reading

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Exascale Supercomputers: Anything but Cheap

Science and engineering both rely on the continuous increase in supercomputing performance. Back in 2009, it was believed that exascale machines will become available by 2018 — nine years ahead seemed like a lot of time. No one knew how … Continue reading

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Using Eight Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors for Asteroid Simulation

Colfax International is a US-based IT equipment and solution provider. What’s so special about them is that their web-based retail shop, Colfax Direct, lists thousands of items ready to be shipped, and all prices are available online, with no dumb … Continue reading

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Many-core and InfiniBand: Making Your Own CPUs Gives You Independence

The headline sounds like the obvious thing: of course, if you can make your own CPUs for your projects, then you don’t have to rely on CPU manufacturers. “But wait”, you would ask, “Aren’t CPU design and manufacture very expensive?” … Continue reading

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AMD Promises Hybrid CPU+GPU Device with Uniform Memory Access

The idea of using graphics hardware to perform computations dates back to 1978. However, AMD claims that it was them who “kicked off the GPGPU revolution” in November 2006. What is really important is that it was standardisation that allowed … Continue reading

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How To Size Your UPS System: More Power, Igor!

We now have a tool to size UPS systems! Find it in the menu above, or use this link. (As for the headline, Igor is a character of Tom Holt’s novel, “Igor”)

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System-on-Wafer: Integrated Circuit Packaging Considered Harmful

Silicon wafers contain enormous numbers of microprocessors. For example, a typical 300 mm wafer, as used by Intel, can contain about 130 dies of Intel Core i7 “Sandy Bridge-E” CPUs (use the formula, Luke, and substitute S=435 mm² for a … Continue reading

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Open Hardware Paves the Way to Commodity Water Cooled Servers

Google is making its own custom servers, but they don’t disclose many important details. On the contrary, Facebook is trying to provide as much information as possible about their own custom servers — in the hope it will benefit the … Continue reading

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