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All Change!

John Barr
John Barr

One of the reasons that working with the high-performance computing (HPC) community is so interesting is that no sooner does it achieve one target than it turns to the next goal. In the November 2010 TOP500 list (the 'pop chart' for supercomputers), only 10 systems boasted a peak performance in excess of one petaflop/s (that's ten raised to the 15th power – or one thousand trillion – floating point operations per second).

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Accelerating Clean Energy Technologies through HPC

Dona Crawford
Dona Crawford

Global need for energy along with growing concern for the environment has been generating great clean energy ideas, from carbon sequestration and fusion, to flywheels, hydrogen powered vehicles and new ways to tap renewable sources such as wind and solar. The drawback is that it takes a long time to translate a good idea into a widely used technology.

 

The Worldwide Quest for Energy Efficient Supercomputing

Marc Hamilton
Marc Hamilton

Outside Boulder Colorado, construction is finishing up on a new 182,500-ft2 (16,954-m2)  building which this fall will open as the US Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Lab’s Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF). The ESIF will include a state-of-the-art, high-performance computing data center that will improve and expand capabilities in modeling and simulation of renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies.

 

How to reach Exascale today with 50 million or a few more laptops

Ad Emmen
Ad Emmen

Recently CNN published an article about the race to Exascale computing. To explain how fast an Exascale computer is, they state: "An exascale computer could perform approximately as many operations per second as 50 million laptops." 

 

Follow the green brick road to exascale

Beth Sharp
Beth Sharp

As we write this blog, drivers are queuing at petrol stations across Britain, panic-buying fuel for their cars and gripped by fear that supplies are about to run out. Ironically, if there is a shortage it will result from the actions of the panic-buyers themselves, triggered by a few ill-considered words from a senior Government minister about a strike by tanker-drivers – a strike which may not happen at all, as the unions and employers have restarted negotiations.

 

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