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RAMCloud: When Disks and Flash Memory are Just Too Slow
Research project uses DRAM as the basis of datacenter storage..

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Another Computer Legend Passes Into the History Books
Dennis Ritchie, designer of the C language and co-developer of UNIX, dies at the age of 70.

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Steve Jobs: The Seymour Cray of Personal Computing
As these two computing pioneers demonstrated, one person can shape an entire industry.

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Flash Forward
Solid state storage vendors are making a frontal assault on the hard disk establishment in the datacenter.

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Intel Takes a Bite Out of NVIDIA's HPC Business
Manycore MIC coprocessors beat out GPUs in future NSF-funded supercomputer.

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Can Supercomputing Help Cure Health Care?
IBM Watson to start new job as WellPoint analyst.

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Newest Opteron CPU Headed for Big Supers
AMD starts shipping Interlagos chips in volume.

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Powering Up Exascale
It's not just about the megawatts.

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The Rise of the Thinking Machine
Brain-centric computing is having a pretty good year.

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IBM Reveals Cognitive Computing Chips
Researchers build circuitry based on workings of human brain.

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Raining on the Innovation Parade
The "dismal science" tells us innovation is on the wane.

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Debt Deal Casts Shadow on US Research Funding
Federal R&D money could be an easy target for cost-cutting with latest legislation.

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Life After TeraGrid
XSEDE takes up NSF's cyberinfrastructure mission with a broader mandate.

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IBM Demos Record-Breaking Parallel File System Performance
GPFS gobbles 10 billion files in less than an hour using Violin Memory's solid-state storage.

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GPU Computing Wades Into the Mainstream
No longer the "Next Big Thing" in HPC, GPUs are becoming conventional.

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Researchers Spin Up Supercomputer for Brain Simulation
SpiNNaker project will employ ARM processors to map virtual brain.

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Supercomputer Defend Thyself
HPC takes a hit from latest spate of natural disasters.

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What I Learned at the International Supercomputing Conference
HPC accelerator competition is heating up and Japanese supers are scrambling for watts.

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IDC Shares HPC Market Figures, Trends, Predictions at ISC
IDC presented its overview of the market for high performance computing at the International Supercomputing Conference in Germany this week. Tom Tabor reflects on these trends and predictions in this post from Hamburg.

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Supercomputing in Transition
ISC to shine spotlight on heterogeneous computing.

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Chinese Super Breaks World Record in Application Performance
Science code hits 1.87 petaflops on top-ranked Tianhe-1A.

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A Healthy Dose of Analytics: From IBM Watson to Tricorders
Advanced analytics sets its sights on health care.

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A Tale of Two GPU Computing Models
CUDA versus OpenMP for GPUs. What's a developer to do?

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Dual-Use GPUs for Servers -- AMD and NVIDIA Mind Their P's and Q's
AMD pitches FirePro V7800P against NVIDIA's Tesla M2070Q.

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The Prisoner's Dilemma
The challenge of climate change brings out the worst in us.

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Intel Adds New Dimension to Transistor Making
Chipmaker to use 3D transistors in next-generation 22nm processors.

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Will AMD ARM Itself?
Adopting the ARM architecture would be a leap of faith for the x86 chip vendor, but perhaps a necessary one.

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TACC Steps Up to the MIC
Supercomputing center starts coding to Intel's Many Integrated Core (MIC) chip.

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Diversifying the Tech Workforce
White men's guilt or a cause with a purpose?

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Watson Takes a Turn on Wall Street
IBM takes its Jeopardy-winning supercomputing technology on the road.

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Preoccupied with Exascale
Is the HPC community too focused on the 10-year milestone?

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Minding the Missing Middle
HPCC Conference speakers talk up HPC democratization.

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Oracle Forsakes Itanium Support
Database maker says chip is "nearing the end of its life;" sets off war of words with HP, Intel.

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Intel Charts Path to Microserver Business
Chipmaker unveils roadmap with Atom server chip.

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NetApp Moves Into HPC Storage with Engenio Acquisition
Shake-up for HPC OEMs or business as usual?

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Attack of the Killer Micros Redux
Will ARM's ubiquity in the consumer market doom the x86 in HPC?

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China Preps Godson Chip for Supercomputing Duty
Impressive processor could find its way into places where US chips cannot follow.

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Watson Goes Undefeated in Three-Night Jeopardy Series
IBM super beats humans at their own game. Next up: calling Doctor Watson.

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Supercomputer Pummels Jeopardy Champs
Watson humbles humans on match's second night.

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The Curse of Smarter Machines
The displacement of jobs by computers is just getting started.

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Carbon Sequestration Gets Supercomputing Boost
Berkeley Lab models underground CO2 storage.

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AMD's Next GPU Computing Move
Chipmaker's Cayman GPU architecture adds more general-purpose capabilities.

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Algorithms Engulf Wall Street
Automated trading software runs amok.

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Chipmakers Churn
Intel settles with NVIDIA; AMD jettisons CEO.

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NVIDIA ARMs Itself for Heterogeneous Computing Future
The days of PCI-attached discrete GPUs are numbered.

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