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Inside Australia’s Supercomputing Journey

ComputerWeekly.com’s Aaron Tan just published a good article on Australia’s Supercomputing Journey. It is well worth a read, particularly if you are intereseted in the efforts of the less prominent countries on the Top500. For reference, below is the number … Continue reading

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Irish researchers make quantum computing breakthrough

A researcher and his team at Tyndall National Institute in Cork have made a breakthrough that could enable the use of quantum computers sooner than expected. The result which could have a serious impact on the future of computing was achieved … Continue reading

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93 Petaflops for China, and 1 for Ireland too

The 47th Top500 supercomputer list was released on June 20 revealing a brand-new and 100% indigenous 93 petaflop Chinese number one. The Sunway TaihuLight is three times faster than the long-reigning but now number two Tianhe-2. It has a total of … Continue reading

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Google Opens Second Irish Data Centre

Google has officially opened its second Irish data centre, adjacent to its first in Dublin’s Grangecastle. The high security €150m facility houses servers which run many of Google’s main products in the region, including the search engine, Gmail and Maps. The … Continue reading

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US HPC and exascale strategies

It has been a busy summer for HPC in the US government. The Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration have moved forward with their plan to deploy an exascale system by 2023, and president Obama has signed … Continue reading

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Lifeline for Moore’s Law – Intel announces 7nm process

IBM, in partnership with GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung at SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY Poly CNSE) have announced the first functional 7nm chips. This required two firsts – using silicon germanium (SiGe) as the channel material … Continue reading

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India’s $730million supercomputing mission

The Indian government has approved a seven-year supercomputing program worth $730, to revitalize the nation’s status as a world-class computing power. India currently has nine systems on the Top500 list. Its current top system, a 719-teraflops IBM/Lenovo iDataPlex installed at the … Continue reading

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The Square Kilometer Array: Designing software for HPC that doesn’t exist yet

The Register just published a story on the Square Kilometer Array, which focuses on building a project for hardware that doesn’t exist yet, and designing software now for that hardware. The project estimates that they’ll need ~100PFlops/s of raw processing … Continue reading

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Horst Simon on the slowdown of HPC, Moore’s Law and Parallelism

On Feb 12, Horst Simon, Deputy Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a maintainer of the Top500 List gave a talk arguing that Moore’s law and parallelism can no longer be counted on to provide the exceptional growth that has … Continue reading

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Supercomputers make discoveries that scientists can’t

There are many articles out there on the applications of HPC. This one is different. Hal Hodson of the New Scientist takes a look at HPC making discoveries that “scientists can’t”. At this point I would like to make two … Continue reading

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