OpenMP 4.0 Specifications Released

The OpenMP 4.0 API Specification is released with Significant New Standard Features

The OpenMP 4.0 API supports the programming of accelerators, SIMD programming, and better optimization using thread affinity

The OpenMP Consortium has released OpenMP API 4.0, a major upgrade of the OpenMP API standard language specifications. Besides several major enhancements, this release provides a new mechanism to describe regions of code where data and/or computation should be moved to another computing device.

Bronis R. de Supinski, Chair of the OpenMP Language Committee, stated that “OpenMP 4.0 API is a major advance that adds two new forms of parallelism in the form of device constructs and SIMD constructs. It also includes several significant extensions for the loop-based and task-based forms of parallelism already supported in the OpenMP 3.1 API.

The 4.0 specification is now available on the 

Standard for parallel programming extends its reach

With this release, the OpenMP API specifications, the de-facto standard for parallel programming on shared memory systems, continues to extend its reach beyond pure HPC to include DSPs, real time systems, and accelerators. The OpenMP API aims to provide high-level parallel language support for a wide range of applications, from automotive and aeronautics to biotech, automation, robotics and financial analysis.

New features in the OpenMP 4.0 API include:

· Support for accelerators. The OpenMP 4.0 API specification effort included significant participation by all the major vendors in order to support a wide variety of compute devices. OpenMP API provides mechanisms to describe regions of code where data and/or computation should be moved to another computing device. Several prototypes for the accelerator proposal have already been implemented.

· SIMD constructs to vectorize both serial as well as parallelized loops. With the advent of SIMD units in all major processor chips, portable support for accessing them is essential. OpenMP 4.0 API provides mechanisms to describe when multiple iterations of the loop can be executed concurrently using SIMD instructions and to describe how to create versions of functions that can be invoked across SIMD lanes.

· Error handling. OpenMP 4.0 API defines error handling capabilities to improve the resiliency and stability of OpenMP applications in the presence of system-level, runtime-level, and user-defined errors. Features to abort parallel OpenMP execution cleanly have been defined, based on conditional cancellation and user-defined cancellation points.

· Thread affinity. OpenMP 4.0 API provides mechanisms to define where to execute OpenMP threads. Platform-specific data and algorithm-specific properties are separated, offering a deterministic behavior and simplicity in use. The advantages for the user are better locality, less false sharing and more memory bandwidth.

· Tasking extensions. OpenMP 4.0 API provides several extensions to its task-based parallelism support. Tasks can be grouped to support deep task synchronization and task groups can be aborted to reflect completion of cooperative tasking activities such as search. Task-to-task synchronization is now supported through the specification of task dependency.

· Support for Fortran 2003. The Fortran 2003 standard adds many modern computer language features. Having these features in the specification allows users to parallelize Fortran 2003 compliant programs. This includes interoperability of Fortran and C, which is one of the most popular features in Fortran 2003.

· User-defined reductions. Previously, OpenMP API only supported reductions with base language operators and intrinsic procedures. With OpenMP 4.0 API, user-defined reductions are now also supported.

· Sequentially consistent atomics. A clause has been added to allow a programmer to enforce sequential consistency when a specific storage

Surge Software Announces General Availability of SurgeHub – Full Suite of Mobile Tools for the Entire Sales Lifecycle

Surge Software, Inc. announced today the general availability of their new mobile sales enablement platform, SurgeHub. SurgeHub is a mobile content management (CMS), customer relationship management (CRM), and order entry application that provides a true mobile sales enablement solution to sales teams large and small.

The tablet, mobile, and web-based application allows sales teams to upload, organize, and share sales material, queue up content for upcoming presentations, show PowerPoint presentations in slideshow mode, fill out and digitally sign forms, and track and monitor content usage and sessions with clients. SurgeHub also allows sales teams to easily manage their accounts and contacts, setup customized deal flows, collaborate with other team members, and manage tasks across the organization. In addition, SurgeHub includes a mobile order entry tool, is branded and customized to fit the needs of each unique business, and works both online and offline.

SurgeHub is the first product of its kind to support the entire sales cycle on a mobile device, from giving the initial presentation, to managing content and customers, to taking and tracking orders. SurgeHub is unique in the sense that it allows companies choose to use the full suite of sales enablement features or a subset of features depending on their company needs, giving businesses both large and small the option of tailoring the application to their specific needs.

“There are a number of products in the market that support part of the sales process, such as giving presentations or managing contacts. SurgeHub is the first application to support the entire sales process from giving an initial presentation to taking an order, and everything in-between,” said Matt MacKay, CEO of Surge Software, Inc. “Sales people don’t want to deal with multiple tools from multiple vendors, and the proliferation of mobile apps is just making things worse. We bring sanity to the market for sales teams by giving them an intuitive, easy-to-use sales enablement tool that works the same on any device, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and cell phones.”

“We chose SurgeHub as our mobile sales enablement tool because of the comprehensive feature set and the ease of use,” said Jason Abromaitis, CEO of Simple Serve.” The usage tracking features help us to understand what is going on in the field. SurgeHub is an essential tool for any mobile sales team.”

SurgeHub can be used stand-alone or it can be connected to 3rd party systems. A web version is included for desktop/browser-based access. SurgeHub can be used in a hosted “SaaS / Cloud” model or it can be installed on premise.

Laser App Software Announces Core Initiatives for 2013 Broker-Dealer Conference

Laser App Software, the leading provider of forms automation and management software for the securities and insurance industries, today announced the key initiatives planned for the 2013 Broker-Dealer Conference. The conference will take place from August 21 through August 23 and will be held at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. The conference brings 300 broker-dealer executives and software providers into a collaborative environment to focus on technology trends and integrations.

Laser App has geared the 2013 conference around the optimization of working in a mobile practice. This is in response to the overwhelming industry push toward mobility. Everything from the “Advisor adoption of technology” presentation by author and industry expert Joel Bruckenstein, to demonstrations on integrations with the major custodians, to the e-sign acceptance presentation, and the recently produced software integrations with our partners are all geared toward broker-dealers supporting their reps in a mobile environment.

At last year’s event, Laser App released the Anywhere Platform its pure HTML mobile solution. This year, Laser App is unveiling a myriad of enhancements and integrations to the platform designed to meet the needs of both broker-dealers and advisors.

As always, there will be a blend of work and play. The evening event will be a casino cruise around the San Diego harbor where attendees will be treated to dinner, drinks, and their favorite table games. The Thursday lunchtime keynote speaker is Reggie Brown, a comedian and impressionist, known for his impersonation of President Barack Obama.

“Over the last 7 years, the Laser App conference has evolved from a user group meeting to a place where hundreds of broker-dealers come to learn and interact with each other and solution providers. I want every broker-dealer to leave the conference knowing where they’re headed and which solution providers can solve their problems, and I want them to enjoy themselves,” said Robert Powell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Laser App Software.

“The Laser App Conference has been incredibly useful for broker-dealers to learn more about technology advancements in the financial services industry. The conference is consistently high-energy and covers important topics such as straight-through-processing, integration, and mobile business processing. We look forward to the conference every year as a way to learn more about where we can improve our operations, and how technology can benefit our practice,” said Chris Shaw of ProEquities.

About Laser App Software
Laser App Software is the premier e-forms provider in the financial services industry. Laser app creates highly integrated solutions that combine state‐of‐the‐art forms-filling technology with its massive library of industry related forms.

Supermicro® 12x GPU FatTwin™ and Scalable High-Performance Server, Blade, Workstation and Storage Solutions at Siggraph 2013

Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in high-performance, high-efficiency server, storage technology and green computing exhibits its lineup of systems optimized for computer graphics and interactive techniques at Siggraph 2013 in Anaheim, California this week. Server, blade, workstation and high-density storage solutions optimized for 3D, CG, VFX, render farm clusters, video wall control, VDI, CAD/CAM and advanced visualization applications will be highlighted at the show.

“Increased adoption of computer generated content and 3D visualization in media, entertainment and research fields is driving demand for higher performance computing and mass storage solutions,” said Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. “Our enterprise-class server, workstation and storage solutions support the widest range of graphics and simulation intensive applications with up to five GPUs in our SuperWorkstations, six GPUs in our 2U SuperServers, twelve GPUs in our FatTwin and twenty GPUs in our SuperBlade. With Supermicro’s 4U high-density, high-bandwidth 72 external hot-swap 3.5″ HDD storage server, instant access and high availability of even the largest files or data sets streamlines workflow and enhances productivity.”

Computing and Storage Solutions include:
SuperServers

  • SYS-F627G3-FT+ / G2-FT+ 4U FatTwin™ with 4x hot-plug nodes supporting 12x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors (3x per node). Available with front I/O and 2x 3.5″ or 6x 2.5″ hot-swap HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies.
  • SYS-2027GR-TRF 2U SuperServer® supporting 6x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 256GB memory and 10x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1800W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.
  • SYS-1027GR-TRT2+ 1U SuperServer® supporting 3x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 130W TDP), up to 512GB memory and 4x hot-swap 2.5″ SATA3 HDD bays. Features 1600W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and smart server management tools.

SuperBlade®

  • 7U SuperBlade® Solution – The all-in-one SuperBlade features redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%+) power supplies and high bandwidth connectivity through network switch modules, including 56Gb/s FDR IB (SBM-IBS-F3616M), FC/FCoE (SBM-XEM-F8X4SM), 10GbE (SBM-XEM-X10SM) and 1/10GbE (SBM-GEM-X3S+). SBI-7127RG-E Blade supports 2x GPUs or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 1x SSD or 1x SATA-DOM and onboard BMC for IPMI 2.0 support. 10x blades in 7U SuperBlade® chassis scale to best density (120x GPU or Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors and 120x CPUs) and performance (188 TFLOPS theoretical) per 42U SuperRack®.

SuperWorkstations

  • SYS-7047AX-TRF 4U/Tower Hyper-Speed workstation features hardware and airflow optimizations to enhance the performance of dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors (up to 150W TDP). BIOS customization provides auto-recovery failsafe operation, adjustable frequencies, voltages and memory latencies. Supports up to 512GB memory, 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays, remote server management tools and features 1280W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (95%) digital switching power supplies.
  • SYS-7047GR-TRF Ultimate performance and expandability with support for up to 5x GPU or 4x Intel® Xeon Phi™ Coprocessors, dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory and 8x hot-swap 3.5″ HDD bays. Features 1620W redundant Platinum Level high-efficiency (94%) power supplies.
  • SYS-7037A-i High-end, whisper-quiet (24db) workstation supports dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors, up to 512GB memory, 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and optional 4x 2.5″ internal HDD/SDD bays.
  • SYS-5037A-i Entry-level, single processor workstation supporting Intel® Xeon® E5-1600/2600 series processors, up to 256GB memory, 2x PCI-E 3.0 x16 expansion slots, 4x 3.5″ hot-swap HDD bays and

Axioo Neon BNE, Notebook Starter with Tempting Spec

Toshiba name may not be as famous as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Asus, or other branded PC vendors. But for business aggressiveness, this local brand PC vendors do not want to lose. Especially in the beginner class notebook segment.

One product is the hero Axioo Neon BNE with D423N series that hypnotize prospective buyers through the oblique and speksifikasi price that is not less slick.

Perception of most people is, affordable notebooks have not considered ‘offal’ special. But sometimes many are forgotten, if not all notebook users requiring a high specification and prefer products that match the contents of the notebook bag.

Moreover, even the entry-level segment has the largest share of the notebook product than fill up flagship high-end class, because it is dominated by high school students to college students.

Try their luck in the entry level segment, to bring that Axioo Neon BNE carrying D423N series and cost Rp 3 million.

But even so, the material used and the results are neat finishing successfully make the product look quite elegant.

Although the present with a fairly cheap price, only Rp 3 million, it did not make D423N BNE Neon comes with a quality pickup. Toshiba presents the product in his cultivated elegance through material with a unique texture.

Interestingly, the unique texture that is present in the form of vertical strokes in a timber like the successful combined by Toshiba with matte dark brown color, making it look elegant Neon BNE D423N and by itself to eliminate the impression that the entry level is identical to the cap ‘the cheap’.

One of the unique features possessed Neon BNE D423N which may rarely found on other products is the battery circuit breaker. Using these buttons the user can easily decide that the charge may remain there even when the notebook is off.

Surely the presence of the button on the bottom of the notebook, battery life is embedded in Neon BNE D423N expected to be more durable.

Given the manifold unibodi Diusungnya body so it does not allow the user to replace the battery or other hardware upgrade without jailbreak it first.

In order to provide competent performance, Toshiba pinned fairly decent specs for the price offered.

Armed by a dual core AMD E1-1200 1.4 GHz clock speed combined with the Radeon HD 7310 graphics processor, ensuring Neon D423N BNE will present satisfactory performance.

The combination is supported by the use of 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. While in the storage sector, Neon BNE D423N had pinned a HDD with a capacity of 320 GB.

Toshiba is also not immune to pin a drive type DVD-RW, HDMI connector, and a webcam on a notebook that carries the 14-inch screen size.

The following specifications D423N Axioo Neon BNE:

– Processor AMD E1-1200 1.4 GHz
– 2 GB DDR3 RAM
– Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
– HDD 320 GB
– 14 inch wide screen
– Connection LAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth
– HD Audio
– HDMI connector
– Webcam, Card Reader, and USB slot x3