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Future Trends in HPC, part 2 Future Trends in HPC, part 1

As we near the end of 2011, we take a moment to reflect on the past year. It’s been a busy year for IT across virtually all verticals, from mobile and search to enterprise servers and cloud computing. When we attended HPC360 a few weeks ago, we had the pleasure to attend a keynote presentation by Addison Snell, CEO ofRead More

HPC360 Conference Recap

We just returned from R Systems HPC360, a conference on high performance computing down in Champaign, Illinois which brought together leading industry professionals, academics, scientists, and enthusiasts. The conference was titled HPC360 “Innovation through Modeling and Simulation”. The event took place at the i Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, hosted by R Systems and sponsored by a number ofRead More

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to spur innovation

On June 24, President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) between the federal government, academia, and businesses to help stimulate the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy. We have been following the so-called “Missing Middle” of small- to medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) on this blog, and I’d like to describe some of the recent initiatives to engage this high-potential segment ofRead More

ICC Builds Solution for NCSA "Dark Energy Survey"

International Computer Concepts, with partner LSI, has developed a supercomputing solution for one of the most challenging astronomy projects ever conceived. The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is an organization that develops and deploys national-scale cyberinfrastructure that advances science and engineering, providing high performance computing (HPC) resources to researchers across the country. Leading-edge computing, data storage, and visualization resourcesRead More

The Six Million Dollar Human (adjusted for inflation)

“Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology…Better, stronger, faster.” –from The Six Million Dollar Man Memresistors and human engineering. Artificial intelligence and supercomputers. Biosynthetic corneal implants and facebook updates. What do these things have in common? The reliance on microprocessors? Hardly. This technology might soon be packaged into a portable, rugged, ergonomically correct platform. The human skin. From anRead More

GPUs in the news: medical imaging

Next time you feel like bemoaning the state of today’s big thumbed, small minded, video-game generation, think about the social benefit all those gaming man-hours are contributing to medical research. A team from UC San Diego created an algorithm for CT scan image reconstruction using an NVIDIA GPU, discovering, in the process, the superior effectiveness in creating  targeted images ofRead More

Platform Computing – innovator in cloud computing software

When Platform Computing began as a company in 1992, computers were used by large organizations much like they had been for several previous decades. If a complex computing job needed to be run, it would be run on one machine, often only during certain times in the day. There was no widespread use of clusters or computing clouds. Computational researchRead More

AMD Fusion processors – from GPU to APU

GPUs (graphics processing units) are a favorite topic on this blog. It is an innovative and powerful computing idea with an almost awkward origin: the graphics card, which has in the past been used to perform calculations necessary for visual rendering, is now used in GPU applications to help the processor perform millions of general computations. In effect, the GPURead More

BP oil spill elicits emergency response from HPC

Supercomputers have become an extension of the human mind, “thinking” for us in a short amount of time when our own brains would take countless hours to do the same calculations. In one of the most recent applications of HPC (high-performance computing), scientists have received an emergency grant from the National Science Foundation to model in 3D the future spreadRead More

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