MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Supercomputing 2011 (SC11) held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle was the 24th conference of its kind devoted to high performance computing, networking, storage and analysis.
Attendance at this year’s show exceeded 11,500 people, more than the 10,500 people who made it to last year’s conference in New Orleans.
The exhibition boasted a budget of some $6 million dollars, but managed to generate nearly $23 million for the local economy.
The exhibit area measured some 266 thousand square feet to accommodate 336 exhibitors from both the industry and academia.
The following picture slideshow aims to show you the best of what SC11 had to offer.
Page 6 says: "AMD took the first three places, powering the world's three largest supercomputers – “K”, Tianhe-1A and Jaguar." However, the Fujitsu "K" (Kei) supercomputer is powered by 88,128 2.0-GHz 8-core SPARC64 VIIIfx processors, making it the first SPARC computer to top the LINPACK list.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.