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IBM Blue Gene/P

Argonne National Laboratory's Blue Gene/P is the second Blue Gene supercomputer on the TOP500 list and the eighth most powerful supercomputer in the world.

Credit: InformationWeek

The annual SC11 supercomputing conference's agenda will be partly guided by federal agencies and U.S. national labs focusing on cloud computing, exascale computing, power management, and networking.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers will discuss more than 12 topics, including supercomputing for the future smart-power grid, optimizing power management in supercomputers, supercomputing with semantic databases, and new algorithms for understanding complex subatomic processes in solar energy systems.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory will demonstrate a wide-area 100 GB Ethernet network, and Brookhaven National Lab will detail a method to better accommodate multiple network reservation requests.

Meanwhile, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will demonstrate a new implementation of InfiniBand. "It used to be, 'Oh, this is the new technology,' but what's impressive to me today is about the breadth," says Sandia National Laboratories' Jim Costa, SC11's technical program co-chair. "There is no one way to build high performance computing, and you've got big integration problems. We're still trying to figure out how to put it all together."

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