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BP Fires Up 2.2 Petaflops Cluster for Oil Exploration

There is an arms race in the oil and gas industry, and the weapon of choice is a server cluster. Energy industry giant BP has opened the doors on a new datacenter in Houston that it says houses the “world’s largest supercomputer for commercial research,” weighing in at more than 2.2 petaflops.


Intel Opens Parallel Computing Centers for Exascale Push

eWeek (10/22/13) Jeffrey Burt

Intel recently opened Parallel Computing Centers around the world and sent out requests for other companies to collaborate in trying to reach exascale levels of computing by the end of the decade. Intel’s Raj Hazra says reaching this goal will require new hardware and software that leverage the computing nodes and entire system and work at all levels, from workstations to high-end supercomputers. “Through these centers, Intel hopes to accelerate the creation of open standard, portable, scalable, parallel applications by combining computational science, hardware, programmer tools, compilers, and libraries, with domain knowledge and expertise,” Hazra says. The new Parallel Computing Centers also will help get workloads ready for parallel computing, says James Reinders, Intel’s director of parallel programming evangelism. “The need for neo-heterogeneous computing is enormous,” Reinders says. “It combines the promise of heterogeneous to deliver better compute density, compute performance, and lower power consumption, while including the benefits of neo-heterogeneous computing to maintain programming flexibility, performance, and efficiency for developers.” Hazra says the first five Parallel Computing Centers will be at Cineca in Italy, Purdue University, the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Tennessee, and Zuse Institut Berlin in Germany.