HokieSpeed, the supercomputer for the masses
January 09, 2012 // EE Times
After the success in 2003 of its System X supercomputer, Virginia Tech is again pushing the supercomputing envelope, announcing its new HokieSpeed machine, said to be 22 times faster than its predecessor.
HokieSpeed is also energy efficient enough to place it at No. 11 in the world on the November 2011 Green500 List, making it the highest-ranked commodity supercomputer in the United States.
The $1.4 million supercomputer is made up of 209 separate computing nodes, interconnected across large metal racks, each roughly 6.5 feet tall. In all, the machine occupies half a row of racks, three times less rack space than the X.
Each HokieSpeed node consists of two 2.40-gigahertz Intel Xeon E5645 6-core CPUs and two Nvidia M2050/C2050 448-core GPUs on a Supermicro 2026GT0TRF motherboard. That gives HokieSpeed over 2,500 CPU cores and more than 185,000 GPU cores.
To complement HokieSpeeds sheer amount of computational ability, the supercomputer will also come with a visualization wall eight 46-inch, 3-D Samsung high-definition flat-screen televisions to provide researchers with a 14-foot wide by 4-foot tall display to render data on.
The display is still under construction but, once finished, will be hooked-up to special visualization nodes for researchers to see their computational experiments visualized in real-time. In the past, it was sometimes weeks before all the data from a computational experiment could be generated and then rendered as a video for viewing and analysis.
Wu Feng, associate professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Virginia Tech said the supercomputer would allow scientists to routinely conduct what-if scenarios. It will facilitate the discovery process or accelerate the time to discovery, he said.All news
Micrel's 10 criteria for choosing a MEMS foundry
April 18, 2014
Micrel Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has prepared an article that lays out the 10 criteria to help guide someone in the choice ...
Superconducting qbits made immune to quasiparticle energy loss
The Filter Wizard: Just add a transistor
Mobile display revenues soar, leaving TV behind
European organic PV project aims for material gains
Nanomaterial-packed cathode extends range of EV lithium-sulfur batteries
April 17, 2014
Researchers at the USA's Department of Energy Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a metal organic framework ...
Wearable computing market on 78% CAGR through 2018
OLED TV shipment delays stall OLED material growth
BMW updates navigation via mobile radio connection
- USB 5V 2.5A Output, 42V Input Synchronous Buck with Cable Drop Compensation
- Measurement applications across multiple test platforms
- Supplying DC input power to string inverters
- Supplying DC input power for HEV testing
InterviewHeartbleed challenges the Internet of Thing
The Heartbleed security bug is a key example of the fundamental security challenge for the Internet of Things says Green Hills Software as it launches a new security group.
Filter WizardCheck out the Filter Wizard Series of articles by Filter Guru Kendall Castor-Perry which provide invaluable practical Analog Design guidelines.
Linear video channel
READER OFFERRead more
This month, Arrow Electronics is giving away ten XMC1200 lighting application kits, worth 100 Euros each, for EETimes Europe's readers to win.
Each kit combines Infineon’s brightness and colour control XMC1200 CPU board to drive flicker free LED dimming and colour changing, together with a colour LED card and a white LED card.
December 15, 2011 | Texas instruments | 222901974
Unique Ser/Des technology supports encrypted video and audio content with full duplex bi-directional control channel over a single wire interface.