HPC

The Data-Crunching Powerhouse Behind 'Avatar'

It takes a lot of rendering horsepower to create the stunning visual effects behind blockbuster movies like James Cameron’s new Avatar. Here’s a look at the high-density data center in New Zealand where Weta Digital brings the mythical worlds of Middle Earth and Pandora to life. Read More

Blue Waters and the Supercomputing Frontier

As petascale computing becomes a reality, the supercomputing community is already discussing exascale computing. The Blue Waters project is among the supercomputers pushing the boundaries in power and system design. Read More

What Happens to Verari’s Technology?

High performance computing specialist Verari Systems is restructuring and may be seeking buyers for its assets, according to numerous reports. What happens to the company’s technology, including its FOREST data center container.

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What Happens to Verari's Technology?

High performance computing specialist Verari Systems is restructuring and may be seeking buyers for its assets, according to numerous reports. What happens to the company’s technology, including its FOREST data center container. Read More

Wild New Design: Data Center in A Silo

The CLUMEQ supercomputing center in Quebec has transformed a 65-foot tall cement silo into a data center. Rings of cabinets within the silo (which previously housed a Van de Graaf particle accelerator) are cooled via an exterior cold air plenum, with a “hot core” in the center of the silo. Read More

Bull Debuts Mobull Container for HPC

There’s a new entry in the market for data center containers from Bull, the French IT conglomerate. The Mobull container is designed to house up to 1,620 servers and support power loads nearing 40kW per rack. Read More

SC09 Wrap: Aurora, Gore, Fusion i/o, Green 500

A roundup of headlines from last week’s SC09 conference, includins items on the Aurora supercomputer, NVIDIa’s Fermi GPU, Al Gore’s keynote speech, the Green 500 rankings, and federal agencies embracing SSD storage from Fusion-io. Read More

Upgrading A Supercomputer

In this video, Al Enger from Cray, Inc. walks through the upgrade process of the Kraken supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which holds the number three spot in the new Top 500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. Read More

Red Sky: Supercomputing and Efficiency Meet

Tne Red Sky supercomputer at Sandia National Labs is in the top 10 supercomputers in the world, but is also notable for its energy efficiency, including a claimed PUE of 1.035. The system usesd rear cooling doors from Sun and Emerson that eliminate the need for server fans. Read More

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