High-Performance Computing - Infoworld http://podcasts.infoworld.com/t/2036 en Quantum rewrites the rules of computing http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/data-center/quantum-rewrites-the-rules-of-computing-238576?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>The CEO of a quantum computing company walked onto a stage at MIT and stood in front of an audience of professors, engineers and computer scientists. Vern Brownell, CEO of D-Wave Systems, looked out at the crowd and said, "I cannot explain how quantum computing works."</p><p>Was he heckled? Did attendees get up and leave? No. No one in the audience stirred. There was no murmuring. Nobody laughed. No sidelong glances. Nothing. Quantum computing is just that confusing. Some of the world's best physicists don't understand how it works.</p> Data Center High-Performance Computing Tue, 18 Mar 2014 12:08:26 +0000 admin 238576 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com IBM wants to see your Watson mobile apps http://podcasts.infoworld.com/t/cloud-computing/ibm-wants-see-your-watson-mobile-apps-237230?source=rss_high-performance_computing <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 223px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/30NNibm_hp 1.jpg" alt="IBM wants to see your Watson mobile apps" width="223" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Big Blue has announced a new contest to get mobile developers -- and most everyone else who can use an API -- serious about Watson, its cognitive computing platform.</p> Big Data Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Mobile Technology IBM High-Performance Computing Mobile Apps Mobile Development Business Intelligence Cloud Computing Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:30:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237230 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Big data demands more than commodity hardware http://podcasts.infoworld.com/t/big-data/big-data-demands-more-commodity-hardware-236185?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p><em>In the era of cheap and powerful commodity servers, it may seem odd that some believe the era of big data may require moving on from the PC world -- and into new computing platforms that are better suited to deal with big data's specific needs.</em></p> <p><em>Dexter Henderson is Vice President and Business Line Executive for Power Systems at IBM. His essay in this week's New Tech Forum explains why he believes that commodity servers aren't up to snuff for big data, and enterprise-grade servers are the way forward. -- Paul Venezia</em></p> Big Data High-Performance Computing Servers Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 New Tech Forum 236185 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Cognitive computing can take the semantic Web to the next level http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/big-data/cognitive-computing-can-take-the-semantic-web-the-next-level-235308?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>The IT industry is approaching a point where we'll soon need to distinguish between "cognitive" and "semantic" computing. The terms are blurring into each other. Actually, the distinctions among them have never been clear. Sometimes it's even easier to refer to them both by the even vaguer "smart computing" to allude to the practical magic they enable.</p> Big Data Cloud Computing Data Center Big Data High-Performance Computing Cloud Computing Thu, 30 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 James Kobielus 235308 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com IBM launches business unit to make Watson a moneymaker http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/ibm-launches-business-unit-make-watson-moneymaker-233841?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>IBM continues to commercialize its Watson-branded <a href="http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/522302/watson_future_cognitive_computing/" target="_blank">cognitive computing technology</a>, setting up a new Watson business unit and unveiling two new Watson-derived services.</p> Cloud Computing Data Center IBM High-Performance Computing Managed Services Web Services Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:16:36 +0000 admin 233841 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Welcome to the era of radical innovation http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/welcome-the-era-of-radical-innovation-233591?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law" target="_blank">Moore's Law</a> created a stable era for technology, and now that era is nearing its end. But it may be a blessing to say goodbye to a rule that's driven the semiconductor industry since the 1960s.</p> <p>Imagine if farmers could go year to year knowing in advance the amount of rainfall for their area. They could plant their crops based on expected water availability.</p> Computer Hardware High-Performance Computing Processors Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:12:34 +0000 admin 233591 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com China passes Japan to become world's 2nd largest IT market http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/china-passes-japan-become-worlds-2nd-largest-it-market-232058?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>China overtook Japan in IT spending this year to become the world's second largest IT market, according to market research firm IDC.</p> <p>The U.S. remains the largest IT market the world, still more than three times the size of China. But China's IT spending is increasing by double digits, and technology industry investment is a high priority thre.</p> Computer Hardware IT Management Desktop PCs High-Performance Computing Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:17:53 +0000 admin 232058 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Here comes a supercomputing app store http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/here-comes-supercomputing-app-store-231822?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>The big problem facing supercomputing is that the firms that could benefit most from the technology, aren't using it. It is a dilemma.</p> <p>Supercomputer-based visualization and simulation tools could allow a company to create, test and prototype products in virtual environments. Couple this virtualization capability with a 3-D printer, and a company would revolutionize its manufacturing.</p> Applications Data Center The Industry Standard app stores Application Testing High-Performance Computing Mon, 02 Dec 2013 13:44:06 +0000 admin 231822 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Why the U.S. may lose the race to exascale http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/why-the-us-may-lose-the-race-exascale-231530?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers -- exascale -- there is no guarantee the United States will finish first. But the stakes are high for the U.S. tech industry.</p> <p>Today, U.S. firms -- Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel, in particular -- dominate the global high-performance computing (HPC) market. On the Top 500 list, the worldwide ranking of the most powerful supercomputers, HP now has 39 percent of the systems, IBM 33 percent, and Cray nearly 10 percent.</p> Computer Hardware Data Center High-Performance Computing Computer Hardware Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:58:12 +0000 admin 231530 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Elevation plays a role in memory error rates http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/elevation-plays-role-in-memory-error-rates-231460?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>With memory, as with real estate, location matters. A group of researchers from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory have found that the altitude at which SRAM (static random access memory) resides can influence how many random errors the memory produces.</p> Computer Hardware Computer Memory High-Performance Computing Fri, 22 Nov 2013 13:25:58 +0000 admin 231460 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Top500 shows growing inequality in supercomputing power http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/data-center/top500-shows-growing-inequality-in-supercomputing-power-231344?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>Supercomputing power is being concentrated in a smaller number of machines, according to the latest Top500 list of high-performance computers. Keepers of the list are uncertain how to parse that trend.</p> Data Center High-Performance Computing Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:01:05 +0000 admin 231344 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Cray brings Hadoop to supercomputing http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/business-intelligence/cray-brings-hadoop-supercomputing-231202?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>Helping scientific supercomputing take advantage of emerging big-data technologies, high-performance computing manufacturer Cray is releasing a set of packages promising to optimize the process of running Hadoop on the company's XC30 machines.</p> <p>The Cray Framework for Hadoop, along with the Cray Performance Pack for Hadoop, provides a set of tools and best practices for configuring and optimizing an XC30 to run Hadoop for scientific big-data-style projects, according to the company.</p> Business Intelligence Big Data Hadoop High-Performance Computing Open Source Software Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:14:07 +0000 admin 231202 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Intel rushes to exascale with redesigned supercomputing chip http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/intel-rushes-exascale-redesigned-supercomputing-chip-231178?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>In the rush to exascale computing, Intel is making a small change that could have a big impact on system design with its upcoming Xeon Phi chip.</p> <p>Intel on Tuesday promised big performance and power improvements with the redesigned chip, code-named Knights Landing, which analysts said could ship next year or 2015. The chip will also have interconnect and memory advances, Intel has said, that could separate it from other co-processors like graphics processors, which are widely used to accelerate technical computing.</p> Computer Hardware Intel High-Performance Computing Processors Tue, 19 Nov 2013 18:19:46 +0000 admin 231178 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com IBM to offer Watson supercomputer as cloud development platform http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/data-center/ibm-offer-watson-supercomputer-cloud-development-platform-230855?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>IBM is preparing to give third parties access to its Watson supercomputer with the aim of spurring the growth of applications that take advantage of the system's artificial intelligence capabilities.</p><p>Watson, which is derived from IBM's DeepQA project, drew worldwide attention in 2011 after it <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/021711-ibm-watson-vanquishes-human-jeopardy.html" target="_blank">soundly defeated</a> human opponents on the Jeopardy game show.</p> Application Development Data Center IBM Application Development High-Performance Computing Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:29:50 +0000 ccraig 230855 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com New supercomputer uses SSDs as alternative to DRAM, hard drives http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/storage/new-supercomputer-uses-ssds-alternative-dram-hard-drives-230179?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>A new supercomputer being deployed this month in the U.S. is using solid-state drive storage as an alternative to DRAM and hard drives, which could help speed up internal data transfers.</p> <p>The supercomputer, called Catalyst, will be deployed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. Built by the U.S. Department of Energy, Cray and Intel, the supercomputer delivers a peak performance of 150 teraflops and will be available for use starting later this month.</p> Storage High-Performance Computing Solid State Drives Mon, 04 Nov 2013 23:06:57 +0000 admin 230179 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com IBM hopes to Power cloud, analytics with $1 billion Linux investment http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/ibm-hopes-power-cloud-analytics-1-billion-linux-investment-227005?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>IBM will invest $1 billion to promote Linux development over the next five years as it tries to adapt Power mainframes and servers to handle cloud and big data applications in distributed computing environments.</p> Big Data Cloud Computing Open Source Software IBM Big Data Linux High-Performance Computing Processors Cloud Computing Tue, 17 Sep 2013 14:50:45 +0000 admin 227005 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com IBM's new Power8 doubles performance of Watson chip http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/ibms-new-power8-doubles-performance-of-watson-chip-225664?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>IBM for the first time revealed details on Monday of its 12-core Power8 chip, which is twice as fast as the Power7 chip used in the Watson supercomputer.</p> <p>To make the chip faster, IBM has turned to a more advanced manufacturing process, increased the clock speed and added more cache memory, but perhaps the biggest change heralded by the Power8 cannot be found in the specifications.</p> Computer Hardware IBM High-Performance Computing Processors Servers Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:56:57 +0000 admin 225664 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com Move over, Linpack: Supercomputers get new performance test http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/move-over-linpack-supercomputers-get-new-performance-test-222489?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>The developer of the most widely used test for ranking the performance of supercomputers has said his metric is out of date and proposed a new test that will be introduced starting in November.</p> <p>Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor of computer science at the University of Tennessee, said the Linpack test he developed in the 1970s, which has been the basis for the <a href="http://www.top500.org/" target="_blank">Top500 list</a> of the world's fastest computers for the past 20 years, is no longer the most useful benchmark for how well a system can perform.</p> Computer Hardware High-Performance Computing Thu, 11 Jul 2013 11:42:53 +0000 admin 222489 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com China trounces U.S. in supercomputer race http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/china-trounces-us-in-supercomputer-race-220814?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>The supercomputing arms race is heating up again between the United States and China, as China retakes the Top spot in the 41st Top500 listing of the world's most powerful supercomputers with Tianhe-2, an updated system that was able to execute 33.86 petaflops, or 33.86 thousand trillion floating point operations per second.</p> Computer Hardware High-Performance Computing Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:48:53 +0000 admin 220814 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com What China's supercomputing push means for the U.S. http://podcasts.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/what-chinas-supercomputing-push-means-the-us-220417?source=rss_high-performance_computing <p>China isn't just building supercomputers, it's creating an infrastructure to create a tech industry, according to Peter Beckman, a top computer scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and head of the DOE's exascale initiative.</p> Computer Hardware High-Performance Computing Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:15:39 +0000 admin 220417 at http://podcasts.infoworld.com