What is a FLOP?


Ever wonder about the meaning of a FLOP? This video from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, explores what FLOP means for computing, and more specifically, supercomputing. It also gives an overview of trends in supercomputing and how they impact this measure of computing speed. Read More

NREL To Use Hot Water Cooling From Asetek

A server tray using Asetek's Rack CDU Liquid Cooling system, which was announced this week. The piping system connects to a cooling distribution unit. (Source: Asetek)

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab will be installing Asetek RackCDU (Rack Coolant Distribution Unit) direct-to-chip liquid cooling system in its new data center at the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) in Golden, Colorado. Read More

Blue Waters Supercomputer Debuts At 11.6 Petaflops


Pushing into a new frontier in the field of U.S. supercomputing with 11.6 petaflops of power, the $350 million Blue Waters supercomputer was dedicated last week at the University of Illinois’ National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The Cray supercomputer is made up of over 300 cabinets, with 25,000 nodes, over 380,000 cores, aided by more than 3,000 NVIDIA GPU’s, and has over 25 Petabytes of usable storage. Read More

In Texas, A Stampede of Petaflops


In its first days of operation, the new Stampede system at the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) debuted as the world’s seventh-fastest supercomputer. But there’s plenty more power in the pipeline. Read More

European Supercomputer to Map Human Brain


This video gives an overview of JuQueen, a new supercomputer recently unveiled at a research center in Juelich, Germany, which is the fastest supercomputer in Europe, capable of performing quadrillions of calculations per second. Read More

Eurora Sets Supercomputing Energy Efficiency Record


The new Eurora system has set a new record for supercomputing energy efficiency, reaching 3,150 megaflops per watt of sustained performance – a mark 26 percent higher than the top system on the most recent Green500 list of the world’s most efficient supercomputers. Read More

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