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Video: GPUs and HPC: A Match Made in Heaven or is the Devil in the Details?


NVIDIA president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang describes the promise and power of new NVIDIA Maximus technology, which was announced on November 14th, in his keynote address to Supercomputing 2011 attendees on Tuesday, November 15th, in Seattle, Wash.

As the inventor of GPUs and the creator of the CUDA developer toolkit, NVIDIA's enthusiasm is understandable. But others we talked to on the SC11 exhibit floor wondered how large companies that have invested heavily in non-GPU HPC hardware and are running either internally developed code or commercial solvers that have been developed without GPUs in mind will deal with the technology. Ditto for the ISVs who may have problems running their code on the new hybrid systems. A work in progress.

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Titan Puts a New Spin on GE’s Wind Turbine Research

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Lighting a Fire Under Combustion Simulation

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D-Wave Sells First Quantum Computer

On Wednesday, D-Wave Systems made history by announcing the sale of the world's first commercial quantum computer. The buyer was Lockheed Martin Corporation, who will use the machine to help solve some of their "most challenging computation problems." D-Wave co-founder and CTO Geordie Rose talks about the new system and the underlying technology.
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Local Motors and ORNL Partner for Automotive Manufacturing

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Robots Showcase Skills at DRC

Jan 22, 2014 | A month ago, the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials (DRC) commenced. The main goal of the event was to aid in the development of robots that will someday respond to natural or even man-made disasters. At this year’s DRC, prototype robots from 16 teams were put through a series of trials in which they were to showcase their skills.
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Advanced Modeling Benefits Wind Farms

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Not Your Parents' CFD

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Manufacturers Turn to HPC to Cut Testing Costs

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