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AMD, Intel and Nvidia present new accelerators in SC12

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Intel and Nvidia have presented their new compute accelerators cards for high-performance computing (HPC) at the SuperComputing Conference & Exhibition (SC12), taking place in Salt Lake City (USA).

The new products deliver better theoretical performance compared to previous generation without increasing the energy consumption. To achieve this the level of parallelism (internal computing cores) is greatly increased.


Adapteva 4096-Core Processor

Adapteva has announced that is developing a new multicore architecture with up to 4,096 RISC processing cores on a single die.

The company claims that the chip will be achieving a performance efficiency of 70 GFlops per watt. The flagship processor would produce more than five TFlops in double precision at 700 Mhz.


Programming features for a parallel world

Programming models have evolved over decades to for single-core, single-processor machines. Support for distributed and even parallel execution of code is not an intrinsic feature to most current programming languages and instead have to be painstakingly added and handled by the developer.

Intel published a set of features that new programming models will need to address - find the full article on HPCWire.

Details on IBM's Blue Gene Q available

More and more information about the latest Blue Gene/Q(TM) (BGQ) series of supercomputers by IBM is becoming available. Capitalizing on the experience gained by building the two earlier generations of supercomputers (the Blue Gene/L(TM) and Blue Gene/P(TM) series), in the BlueGene/Q series IBM has put together a number of innovations that promise to realize unprecedented performance, scalability, reliability and at the same time energy efficiency.


Presentation of First 64-Bit ARM Processors

The first 64-bit ARM architecture compliant processor, named X-Gene, has been presented by Applied Micro Circuits Corp. X-Gene is a multi-core processors design based on high-performance ARMv8 compliant cores expected to operate at up to 3.0GHz and expected to be used in cloud computing, wireless infrastructure, enterprise networking, storage and security application markets.


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