Intel, Cray to collaborate on $200M supercomputer deal

Cray has announced it’s entered a massive deal with Intel to build a new machine capable of reaching up to 180 petaflops. Current peak performance of the Tianhe-2, the most powerful supercomputer on the planet as of last November’s Top500 list, is just 54.9 petaflops. The massive new system will be built at the Argonne National Laboratory and are part of a joint collaboration between that facility, Oak Ridge, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The deal in question is actually for a pair of systems. The flagship supercomputer, Aurora, will be based on Cray’s “Shasta” architecture and will integrate Intel’s HPC framework. In practice, this means Xeon processors as CPUs and the successor to Knights Landing, Knights Hill. Little is known about Knights Hill — it isn’t expected until 2017 at the earliest, with a 10nm process, likely a modified Atom core (the upcoming Knights Landing will use a tweaked version of Intel’s 14nm Airmont).

The second system, Theta, appears to be more of a testbed and early prototype system, inasmuch as a 6 PFLOP system can be rightly called a testbed. Such performance would still be in the top 10 of supercomputers today. But Cray’s PR calls Theta “an early production system” and notes that Cray will have the option to deliver next-generation parallel storage systems for the supercomputer. This second system will be delivered in 2016.

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Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware


PALO ALTO, Calif. — In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button. Cameras showed that the piles of money had been swept up by customers who appeared lucky to be there at the right moment.

But when a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, was called to Ukraine to investigate, it discovered that the errant machine was the least of the bank’s problems.

Creating an SSH Proxy

Recently I was away from my "Freedom of Internet" and by that I mean.  I was in a hotel.  And they censored their internet.  Not to mention certain places filter their port access.  Like my new work.  So I can't just get to ANYTHING.

So I figured if I was ever in this situation again.  I should make sure I can get around this issue.

So here's a quick Putty explanation.  Of course you'll need SSH port forwarded to your choice.  In my example I am using 8081 because it's a common usable port.  So my 8081 goes to port 22 on my inside.