Author Archives: Jan Smith

Introduction to RAID for HPC Customers

There is a lot of material available on RAID, describing the technologies, the options, and the pitfalls.  However, there isn’t a great deal on RAID from an HPC perspective.  We’d like to provide an introduction to RAID, clear up a … Continue reading

Introducing the NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU Accelerator (Kepler GK210)

NVIDIA has once again raised the bar on GPU computing with the release of the new Tesla K80 GPU accelerator.  With up to 8.74 TFLOPS of single-precision performance with GPU Boost, the Tesla K80 has massive capability and leading density. … Continue reading

How to Benchmark GROMACS GPU Acceleration on HPC Clusters

We know that many of our readers are interested in seeing how molecular dynamics applications perform with GPUs, so we are continuing to highlight various packages. This time we will be looking at GROMACS, a well-established and free-to-use (under GNU GPL) … Continue reading

Running AMBER on a GPU Cluster

Welcome to our tutorial on GPU-accelerated AMBER! We make it easy to benchmark your applications and problem sets on the latest hardware. Our GPU Test Drive Cluster provides developers, scientists, academics, and anyone else interested in GPU computing with the … Continue reading

Intel Xeon E5-4600 v2 “Ivy Bridge” Processor Review

Many within the HPC community have been eagerly awaiting the new Intel Xeon E5-4600 v2 CPUs. To those already familiar with the “Ivy Bridge” architecture in the Xeon E5-2600 v2 processors, many of the updated features of these 4-socket Xeon … Continue reading

Workstations, Servers and Clusters – What is HPC in 2014?

The phrase “High Performance Computing” gets thrown around a lot, but HPC means different things to different people. Every group with compute needs has its own requirements and workflow. There are many groups that would never need 100+ TFLOPS compute … Continue reading

SC13 Highlights

If you asked around at SC this year, some attendees might have told you there wasn’t much new going on. It’s true that not every company was launching new hardware with 2X performance, but there were significant announcements. Some are … Continue reading