SC12, Salt Lake City, USA – Six months passed since ISC12 in Hamburg and to keep up with traditions Rich Brueckner from insideHPC did not miss the chance to visit the Swiss hpc booth at SC12 in Salt Lake City to enjoy coffee and to have his chat with CSCS associate director Michele De Lorenzi about the latest news from the HPC world. According to Rich the horse racing between NVIDIA Kepler and Intel MIC Xeon Phi is exciting to follow, «the GPUs from NVIDIA, the Kepler, is out this week», says Rich, «at the same time Intel is out with the MIC architecture, the Xeon Phi, these are both accelerators, different approaches for the same problem. The number one supercomputer in the world happens to use the NVIDIA side of things but Xeon Phi came up with seven systems in the Top500 with a device that was just announced this week». The other hot topic of the SC12 seems to be Big Data, it is Rich’s opinion that «big data is going to be a 50 billion dollar industry in 5 year from now». Let’s follow up and perhaps meet Rich in six months time at ISC13 in Leipzig Germany!