Year: 2022

Archer 2 now fastest computer in Europe at EPCC

EPCC have announced the commissioning into production of Archer-2 with a visit form the prime minister. UK’s most powerful supercomputer on show for Prime Minister 14 February 2022 Prime Minister Boris Johnson has visited the UK’s newest and most powerful supercomputer ARCHER2 during a tour of the University’s world-class data centre facilities. The cutting-edge system …

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ORNL Run Frontier at an Exascale with 52 GFlops a watt.

  From The Register article …. Frontier marks the first publicly benchmarked exascale computer by quite a margin. The ORNL system is well ahead of Fugaku’s 442 petaflops of performance, which was a strong enough showing to keep Fugaku in the top spot for two years. Reaching exascale status is one thing, but many expected …

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Fifty years of Cray supercomputers April 2022

Fifty years of Cray supercomputers was celebrated with a virtual tour hosted by TNMOC in UK on 6th April 2022 This virtual talk will explored the physical and logical structure of Cray-1  SN34, peaking ‘under the covers’ of this remarkable machine. The talk also illuminates how these machines evolved and sample some of what was …

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Past, Present, Parallel : A survey of Available Parallel computing systems

Discovered this very interesting read published in 1991 by Arthur Trew and Greg Wilson at EPCC. Full Index pages and sample sections over on Google Books here.  Or just the header information and index in this document ppp_bookpdf Link to the publishers page for the book where samples and a full .PDF download version is …

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Supercomputers going cheep ( too cheep ? ) 1997

The end of the ’90s was tough few years for supercomputers. This article described the spat that broke out between Cray and NEC a Japanese firms that was accused of selling supercomputers at less than cost price. After the spat was settled Cray entered an agreement to resell NEC supers SX-5 & SX-6 into the …

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NCAR / UCAR a research site with a long association with Cray supercomputers.

The National Centre for Atmospheric Research NCAR/UCAR in Colorado has a long association with Cray supercomputers. Starting in 1977 with the Cray-1 SN3 the site invested in some the best supercomputers available.  More recently a Cray Petaflop class machines will be used to explore climate research. In 2021 the site awaits the delivery of Derecho …

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