Intel is targeting specialized "many-core" chips for supercomputers.
To simulate 205,000 molecules as quickly as possible for a USC simulation, Cycle Computing fired up a mammoth amount of Amazon servers around the globe.
The new Top500 list of the world's largest supercomputers suggests that "commodity clusters" for high-performance computing aren't so commodity after all.
The overall market for high-performance computers sunk, but shipments of supercomputers costing more than $3 million surged 65 percent, IDC says.
At the SC09 conference, Microsoft releases an updated version of Windows Server for high-performance computers as well as a compute cluster version of its Excel spreadsheet.
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Created to monitor the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, the IBM supercomputer was the first to break the petaflop barrier.
The software maker on Wednesday released the second beta for the compute cluster edition of Windows Server 2008 R2.
Redmond and the open-source firm show off their cluster software and hit the nickel slots at SC07 in Reno.
High-end computing specialist says it will use Windows HPC Server in a line of products aimed at departments and universities.