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Diary Dates 13-15 March

HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2013 Lugano, Switzerland

18-21 March GPU Technology Conference 2013 San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California

9-11 April

EASC2013: Solving Software Challenges for Exascale Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

23-24 April

Gompute User Meeting 2013 Scandic Crown Hotel, Gothenburg, Sweden

25 April

6th Megware HPC User Meeting Megware headquarters in Chemnitz, Germany

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IBM lighting up silicon chips I

BM has announced an advance in the ability to use light instead of electrical signals to transmit information for future computing. The breakthrough technology – silicon nanophotonics – allows the integration of different optical components side-by-side with electrical circuits on a single silicon chip – using, for the first time,

sub-100nm semiconductor technology.

Silicon nanophotonics takes advantage of pulses of light for communication and provides a super highway for large volumes of data to move at rapid speeds between computer chips in servers, large data centres, and supercomputers, thus alleviating the limitations of

Sandia leading exascale push

A team led by Sandia National Laboratories is designing an operating system to handle the million trillion mathematical operations per second of future exascale computers, and then create prototypes of several programming components. The XPRESS project (eXascale

Programming Environment and System Software), an initiative dedicated to million-trillion-operations- per-second supercomputing, is funded to the tune of $2.3 million a year by

New products

AMD Opteron 4300 and 3300 Series Nine new mid-range and entry-level AMD Opteron 4300 Series and 3300 Series server processors have been released by AMD, increasing performance per watt versus the previous generation. The AMD Opteron 3300 Series processors provide enterprise-class features in a low-power envelope at a desktop processor price, making it suited to small- and medium-sized businesses.

The AMD Opteron 4300 Series

processors offer up to 15 per cent better performance versus the prior generation based on SPECint benchmark results, while SPECpower results show up to a 24 per cent improvement in performance per watt. As with the AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors, these are socket compatible with the previous generation processor, providing an upgrade path for customers.


the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The team includes Indiana University and Louisiana University; the universities of North Carolina, Oregon and Houston; and Oak Ridge and Lawrence Berkeley national laboratories. Scientists believe that exascale computing speeds will more accurately simulate the most complex reactions in such fields as nuclear weapons, atmospheric science and chemistry and biology.

congested data traffic and high-cost traditional interconnects. Amounts of data being created and transmitted over enterprise networks continues to grow due to new applications and services. Silicon nanophotonics can enable the industry to keep pace with increasing demands in chip performance and computing power.

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Bull signs strategic alliance deal valued at £800,000 with the UK’s University of Liverpool Silicon Mechanics launches its 2nd Annual Research Cluster Grant competition

Adaptive Computing and Cray are to manage computing workloads for the North- German Supercomputing Alliance (HLRN)

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Intel Atom S1200

Intel has introduced the Atom S1200 product family, delivering what it says is the world’s first low-power, 64-bit server-class system-on-chip for high-density microservers, as well as a new class of storage and networking systems. The company says it features capabilities to achieve server-class reliability, manageability and cost-effectiveness.

‘The data centre continues to evolve into unique segments and Intel continues to be a leader,’ said Diane Bryant, vice president and general manager of the datacenter and connected systems group. ‘We are delivering the industry’s only six- watt SoC that has key data centre features, continuing our commitment to help lead these segments.’

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