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10/06/2009 Podcast: NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference Recap; Impact of "Fermi" on HPC Landscape
NVIDIA is doing everything right on a technology standpoint.

10/02/2009 NVIDIA and "Starting the Next Age of Personal Computing"
We are at the forefront of another massive change in the computer industry.

09/30/2009 NVIDIA's Next Generation GPU Architecture has a lot for HPC to Love
(Oakridge) That's a pretty awesome announcement for a design that isn't even a product yet.

09/30/2009 NVIDIA Fermi Next Generation GPU Architecture Overview
NVIDIA refers to Fermi as the most significant leap forward in GPU architecture since the original G80 and after reading through the documentation, it is hard to argue against their case.

09/30/2009 NVIDIA's 'Fermi' GPU Architecture Revealed
For many corners of the GPU computing world, though, Fermi may be well worth the wait, thanks to its likely superiority in terms of double-precision compute performance, memory bandwidth, caching, and ECC support along with a combination of hardware hooks and software tools that should give Fermi unprecedented programmability for a GPU.

09/30/2009 NVIDIA GT300's Fermi Architecture Unveiled: 512 Cores, Up To 6GB GDDR5
If you had any doubt that computational GPU movement is not real and that CPU is the only way to go for HPC, wake up and smell the coffee.

09/30/2009 NVIDIA Takes GPU Computing to the Next Level
GPU Computing 2.0 is upon us. At the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, Calif., company CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled a seriously revamped graphics processor architecture representing the biggest step forward for general-purpose GPU computing since the introduction of CUDA in 2006. The stated goal behind the new architecture is two-fold: to significantly boost GPU computing performance and to expand the application range of the graphics processor.

09/30/2009 Nvidia's 'Fermi' GPU Architecture Revealed
                  GPU computing grabs center stage
Graphics processors have been at the center of an ongoing conversation about the future of computing. Nvidia has chosen to reveal the first information about its next-generation GPU architecture at the opening of its GPU Technology Conference. That architecture, code-named Fermi, has a number of computing features never before seen in a GPU.

09/28/2009 NVIDIA Collaborates with Microsoft on GPU Computing
NVIDIA has announced recent work with Microsoft to promote NVIDIA Tesla GPU computing systems using the Windows HPC Server 2008 operating system.

09/28/2009 Nvidia Teams Up with Microsoft for HPC
Nvidia is to work with Microsoft to use its Tesla GPUs for high performance parallel computing using the Windows HPC Server 2008 operating system.

09/24/2009 Bloomberg Uses GPUs to Speed Up Bond Pricing
Two-factor model for calculating hard-to-price asset-backed securities now runs on graphics processing units paired with Linux servers.

09/23/2009 Bloomberg Begins Using Graphics Processors to Calculate Bond Prices
Bloomberg said it had become the first major supplier of market data to commit to and begin using graphical processing units, to speed up the calculation of security prices.

09/15/2009 Eight Ways GPUs Boost HPC
Graphic processing units are finding a greater mainstream computing role. GPUs are cropping up in coprocessing roles in workstations, as well as HPC (high-performance computing) offerings.

09/02/2009 Reliable Memory: Coming to a GPU Near You
GPUs are becoming more like CPUs. But in the critical area of error corrected memory, graphics hardware still lags. The lack of error correction is probably the single biggest factor that makes users of GPUs for high performance computing nervous. The good news is that graphics chip vendors are aware of the problem and it appears to be only a matter of time before GPUs get a memory makeover.

09/01/2009 Why Graphics Processors will Transform Database Processing
The history of technology is full of breakthroughs in one field that wound up working wonders in a related one. Now add another tech crossover: The graphics coprocessor, invented in the 1970s to churn through voluminous and repetitive calculations and render smooth and realistic-looking images on computer screens, can now chew on large-scale databases.

08/31/2009 Mission Possible -- Greening the HPC Data Center
With power bills at supercomputing centers around the world running into the tens of million dollars annually and planned upgrades moving these centers into the exascale range, potential spending on power is set to go off the chart. Greening the data center is a daunting challenge but GPUs could help solve the problem.

08/31/2009 Graphics Chips Speed Up Medical Imaging
One of the growing array of applications being found for the powerful graphics-oriented chips is in speeding up medical imaging.

08/29/2009 Velocity Micro and JRTI Released ProMagix VSC255, VSC250 and VSC135+ Visual Supercomputing Workstations with NVIDIA Tesla
It is not surprising that the producers of powerful computer systems tend to use NVIDIA Tesla GPUs in their products to increase their computing capacity.

08/25/2009 Multicore Designs Keep Up With Moore's Law
The transistor count keeps following Moore’s Law. But unless you’re at the low end of the 32-bit spectrum or below, multicore is the only alternative to more powerful platforms.

08/25/2009 Platform Buys HP’s Message Passing Interface
Platform Computing, which has carved out a niche for itself managing supercomputer clusters and dispatching applications on HPC gear, has been expanding up the stack.

08/17/2009 EM Photonics Releases CULA Linear Algebra Library
EM Photonics released a beta version of CULA, an implementation of the industry-standard LAPACK linear algebra library designed and optimized for NVIDIA's massively parallel CUDA-enabled graphics processing units (GPUs).

08/13/2009 LAPACK on CUDA Beta Available for Free, Takes Refreshing Approach to HPC Software
The team is working on developing a CUDA-based implementation of the popular LAPACK mathematical library, and the beta is available now for free download from their website.

08/11/2009 Penguin Puts Linux Supercomputer in Sky
Penguin announced on Demand - POD, for short - a service that offers remote access to high-performance computing (HPC) Linux clusters based on Intel's Xeon chip and Nvidia's Tesla supercomputing GPU. The idea is to provide researchers, engineers, and simulation scientists with the sort of number-crunching power they can't get from the typical so-called infrastructure cloud.

08/10/2009 Supermicro Announces 4TF GPU Computing System
Super Micro Computer, Inc. announced availability of its 7046GT-TRF SuperWorkstations, the first to support four NVIDIA Tesla C1060 GPUs as well as three additional PCI-e add-on cards for high-bandwidth I/O.

08/06/2009 SGI Chases Cray with Baby Cluster
Cray thinks there is a market for baby supercomputers that bridge the gap between fast two-socket workstations with peppy graphics cards and the rack-based parallel supercomputer clusters that run large-scale simulations. And the new Silicon Graphics agrees.