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Linux Widens HPC Goalposts

It is well known that the term "high performance computing" (HPC) originally describes the use of parallel processing for running advanced application programs efficiently, reliably and quickly. The term applies especially to systems that function above a teraflop or 10^12 floating-point operations per second, and is also often used as a synonym for supercomputing. Read more…
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Why TACC’s New Data ‘Wrangler’ Is a Big Deal

While there's been a lot of activity around the coming crop of "exascale-relevant" supercomputers, the HPC landscape is also shifting to become more data-aware. Perhaps no system reflects this transition better than Wrangler, the I/O-optimized open science system from Dell and EMC that debuted earlier this month at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). In a Read more…
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First Use of HPC to Pick Vendors in Army Procurement Program

Over the next 25 to 40 years, the U.S. Army plans to replace its entire fleet of vertical lift helicopters, a project costing billions of taxpayer dollars. For the first time, HPC modeling was decisive in reducing the number of hopeful competing vendors – AVX Aircraft, Bell Helicopter, Karem Aircraft, and Sikorsky/Boeing – from four to two. All submitted designs. Read more…
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NASA’s Earth Science Supercomputer Balloons to 3.3 Petaflops

In what is being called an unprecedented upgrade, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is tripling the peak performance of its Discover supercomputer to more than 3.3 petaflops to power NASA’s Earth science modeling efforts. The open procurement process included the benchmarking of NCCS codes – notably the Goddard Earth Observing System Model, Version 5 Read more…
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New Models for Research, Part IV – Delivering Research as a Service

In the fourth of a four-part installation, Jay Etchings, director of operations for research computing and senior HPC architect at Arizona State University, traces the drivers that have led to the emergence of Research-as-a-Service as a viable model. As far back as the launch to the cloud with applications like Salesforce in 1999 and Amazon Web Read more…
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NERSC Invites Haswell-Based Cray XC40 Into Cori Fold

Nearly one year after the Department of Energy inked a $70 million contract for the exascale-relevant Cori system, news of a second, smaller system has come to light. In an interesting turn of events, the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) revealed today that it will be acquiring a "Cori Phase 1” system, a 10-cabinet Cray XC40 machine Read more…
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Application Readiness at the DOE, Part III: Argonne Ramps Up Early Science Program

In our third and final video from the HPC User Forum panel (The Who-What-When of Getting Applications Ready to Run On, And Across, Office of Science Next-Gen Leadership Computing Systems), Tim Williams dives into the Early Science Program (ESP) being ramped up at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). Williams, the Read more…

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CMU’s Claudico Goes All-In Against World-Class Poker Pros

5/1/15 |  Last Friday (April 24), the “Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence” competition kicked-off at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Today, exactly halfway through the event, computer Read more…
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Weekly Twitter Roundup

4/30/15 |  Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught Read more…
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Machine Learning Guru Sees Future in Multi-GPU Clusters

4/30/15 |  Machine learning has made enormous strides in the few years, owing in large part to powerful and efficient parallel processing provided by general-purpose GPUs. The latest example of this trend Read more…
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Poland Unveils 1.7 Petaflops Supercomputer

4/28/15 |  The AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow held a ceremony on April 27 to welcome its much-heralded Prometheus supercomputer, named after the Greek god who gave fire to humankind. Read more…
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Blacklisting Doesn’t Slow Intel Investment in China

4/28/15 |  Intel may be barred from selling leading edge technology to China’s top supercomputer sites but it is nonetheless ramping up its high-end collaboration with China. On April 21st, Intel Read more…
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Weekly Twitter Roundup

4/23/15 |  Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught Read more…
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25th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Winners Announced

4/23/15 |  This week more than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers gathered together at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the 25th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards Read more…
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Merle Giles’ Book Dives into Global Best Practices for Industrial HPC

4/20/15 |  Nothing teaches like experience. A new book from co-editors Merle Giles and Dr. Anwar Osseyran, Industrial Applications of High-Performance Computing: Best Global Practices, takes Read more…
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Weekly Twitter Roundup

4/16/15 |  Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught Read more…
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Summit Puts 13 Code Projects Into Readiness Program

4/15/15 |  When the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Summit supercomputer powers up in 2018, it will provide the Department of Energy (DOE) research community with 150 to 300 peak petaflops of computational Read more…

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3/24/15 |  Altiar, Bright Computing, EMC, Numascale, and Platfora |  This 49-page in-depth report takes a look at how two very different industries are scaling familiar advanced computing concepts to new heights, forcing major players to keep pace in order to Read more…

Women Technologists Count

3/3/15 |  Anita Borg Institute |  Download the new Anita Borg Institute paper highlighting recommendations to retain women in computing. The report examines peer-reviewed academic and industry studies, as well as information and Read more…

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Leveraging Flash Storage to Accelerate Oracle Real Application Clusters

Many IT organizations are looking to SSD technology to solve performance issues and improve efficiency for their business-critical applications. Watch this short webinar to gain an understanding Read more…

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