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  • Installation of Blue Waters Petaflop Supercomputer Begins
    By on January 30, 2012 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois is finally getting the troubled Blue Waters supercomputer installed. After IBM walked away from the project after 3 years of planning, Cray stepped in to pick up the $188 million contract. Now, in around 9 months time, Blue Waters should be fully operational and achieve performance of 1 petaflop or more. As for the hardware… (more…)

  • JPMorgan Rolls Out (Another) FPGA Supercomputer
    By on December 16, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “JP Morgan is expanding its use of dataflow supercomputers to speed up more of its fixed income trading operations. Earlier this year, the bank revealed how it reduced the time it took to run an end-of-day risk calculation from eight hours down to just 238 seconds. The new dataflow supercomputer, where the computer chips are tailored to perform specific, bespoke tasks (as explained in this Wall Street Journal (more…)

  • Supercomputer Sets Protein-Folding Record
    By on October 18, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Nicros writes with this snippet from Nature News: “A specially designed supercomputer named Anton has simulated changes in a protein’s three-dimensional structure over a period of a millisecond — a time-scale more than a hundred-fold greater than the previous record. … The simulations revealed how the proteins changed as they folded, unfolded and folded again. ‘The agreement with experimental data is amazing,’ says Chandra Verma, a computational (more…)

  • Slimming Down a Supercomputer
    By on March 28, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    1sockchuck writes “Happy Feet animator Dr. D Studios has packed a large amount of supercomputing power into a smaller package in its new render farm in Sydney, Australia. The digital production shop has consolidated the 150 blade chassis used in the 2007 dancing penguin feature into just 24 chassis, entirely housed in a hot-aisle containment pod. The Dr. D render farm has moved from its previous home at Equinix to the E3 Pegasus data center in Sydney. (more…)

  • US Supercomputer Uses Flash Storage Drives
    By on September 6, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    angry tapir writes “The San Diego Supercomputer Center has built a high-performance computer with solid-state drives, which the center says could help solve science problems faster than systems with traditional hard drives. The flash drives will provide faster data throughput, which should help the supercomputer analyze data an ‘order of magnitude faster’ than hard drive-based supercomputers, according to Allan Snavely, associate director at SDSC. (more…)