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Petroleum Geo-Services Purchases a Cray XC40 Supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 Storage System

Due to the enormous computational demands of image processing in the petroleum industry, it has become a significant market for supercomputer manufacturers (see “The Use of Supercomputers in the Oil and Gas Industry“). Petroleum Geo-Services announced that it is purchasing … Continue reading

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Building a ‘Rosetta Stone’ for supercomputing software by Nick Heath

Supercomputers use multiple processor types depending on specific computing tasks. This presents problems for writing software to run efficiently as allocating tasks to the appropriate type of processor is difficult. “Building a ‘Rosetta Stone’ for supercomputing software” is an article … Continue reading

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Business Idea: Supercomputers

Parallella is a company that manufactures and sells boards that can be combined to produce a supercomputer. From Parallella’s website: ‘Project Goals Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as “a problem as hard as any that computer … Continue reading

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Supercomputer Apps

“Here comes a supercomputing app store” is about an effort to make supercomputers available to medium and small businesses via apps. ‘The big problem facing supercomputing is that the firms that could benefit most from the technology, aren’t using it. … Continue reading

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Trends in Supercomputer Speed

Here is an interesting chart showing trends in supercomputing speed over the past couple of decades. Image from “Top500 supercomputer rankings await speed-test shakeup“. Click to enlarge.

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An Example of the Importance of Technological Innovation

All too often, many people equate technological innovation with consumer goods such as smart phones, tablets, gaming graphics, etc. While these are certainly important aspects of the impact of new technologies, the focus on consumer goods misses the real hot … Continue reading

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The Use of Supercomputers in the Oil and Gas Industry

BP just announced the opening of a new supercomputing center to aid in the discovery and extraction of petroleum. Here are some highlights from the press release. ‘The Center for High-Performance Computing, located at BP’s US headquarters in Houston, will … Continue reading

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