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Take the Guesswork Out of Parallelizing Your Code

It’s a given that faster, more efficient code is the goal of any programmer. And among the ways that you can reduce execution time is to add threading, but first you must know where to put it. If it’s your code then it may be obvious, but in my experience, …

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Intel, Cray to Build World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

The $200 million ‘Aurora’ is to be five to seven times more powerful than today’s top supercomputers and aims to push the U.S. to the edge of exascale-era computing.  The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the last of three new supercomputer deals with the biggest of the bunch: An …

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Unintended Consequences of Parallel Computing: How to Avoid Pitfalls

In this blog, we’ll take an in-depth look at parallel computing, and examine some of the pitfalls that can thwart efforts for great code to create applications that sing. Parallel Is Not Always Faster Than Sequential There are times when changing code from sequential to parallel will slow it down. …

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New Supercomputer Powers Earthquake, Volcano Research

Scientists seeking to reduce the amount of damage caused by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions now have a much faster supercomputer for their research. The Earthquake and Volcanic Information Center of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo has deployed a new SGI high-performance computing system that provides six …

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Will Moore’s Law Continue to Drive Supercomputing for Another Decade?

Moore’s Law predicts improvements in silicon, but is more important for the role it plays in pushing the entire computer industry ahead. Intel recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of Moore’s Law by predicting computer power would continue to grow and circuits would continue to shrink for at least another 10 …

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Engineered ‘Rocker’ Protein Could Shake Up Energy, Medicine

University of California San Francisco (UCSF) researchers have engineered a new protein that could one day improve batteries and allow physicians to better target cancer cells with medicine. The newly designed “transporter” protein can “transport ions across the membrane, a process crucial to cell and organismal survival in various functions, …

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Antarctic Ice Shelves in Danger of Collapse

Antarctica’s massive floating ice shelves have melted by as much as 18 percent over the past 18 years, a trend that could eventually lead to an increased rise in global sea levels, a new study shows. Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego studied satellite images …

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Intel’s James Reinders on Multicore, How to Future-Proof Your Code

Is your business getting the most out of all the cores in your processors? When you consider the rapid advances in today’s Xeon Phi coprocessors, the chances are much of your code would benefit from modernization. In this video, Intel Chief Evangelist James Reinders speaks to Colfax HPC research engineer …

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