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Fourth Annual Asian Supercomputing Challenge Winners Revealed

The fourth annual Asian Student Supercomputing Challenge concluded last Friday evening with a grand celebration dinner for all the finalists, their advisers, and invited guests at the old Taiyuan University of Technology campus in Taiyuan, China. All 16 teams, nearly 100 students total, were being honored not only for their efforts over a grueling five-day Read more…
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Jetstream: Targeting the Long Tail of Science

Improving HPC access to the so-called long tail of science is an ongoing NSF priority. Several initiatives, funded at least in part by NSF, are underway and one – Jetstream – is the first NSF-funded HPC Cloud targeted directly at domain scientists and engineers who typically have limited access to HPC resources and limited expertise. “This is the first cloud for Read more…
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25 Percent of Life Scientists Will Require HPC in 2015

Life science research has long been compute-intensive but requirements have largely been satisfied with traditional workstations and simple clusters. That’s changing: “Roughly 25 percent of life scientists, and this includes bench-level scientists, will require HPC capabilities in 2015, few of whom have ever used a command line,” said Ari Berman, GM of Government Read more…
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ISC Keynote Preview: Why Mercedes-Benz Uses HPC

World-renowned for automotive quality and safety, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz cars are also highly innovative. To share the inside story, Dr. Jürgen Kohler, the head of NVH CAE and Vehicle Concepts at Daimler AG, will talk about “High-Performance Computing – Highly Efficient Development – Mercedes-Benz Cars” at the opening keynote at this year’s ISC High Performance conference.

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Tech Giants Battle for Image Recognition Supremacy

The race to exascale isn’t the only rivalry stirring up the advanced computing space. Artificial intelligence sub-fields, like deep learning, are also inspiring heated competition from tech conglomerates around the globe. When it comes to image recognition, computers have already passed the threshold of average human competency, leaving tech titans, like Baidu, Read more…
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Purdue Lights Up Eighth Cluster in Eight Years

At Purdue, installing cluster computers is a tradition that inspires teamwork. The university’s central computing organization, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP),  just built its eighth cluster in as many years - seven of these are TOP500-level machines - with help from more than 100 staff and volunteers. On Friday morning, the crew got to work unboxing and Read more…
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Cluster Lifecycle Management: Capacity Planning and Reporting

In the previous Cluster Lifecycle Management column, I discussed the best practices for proper care and feeding of your cluster to keep it running smoothly on a daily basis. In this column, we will look into the future and consider options for making sure your HPC Read more…

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Weekly Twitter Roundup

5/28/15 |  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 our eye Read more…
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Silicon Mechanics Announces Recipients of 4th Annual Research Cluster Grant

5/28/15 |  Silicon Mechanics today announced the recipients of its fourth annual Research Cluster Grant (RCG); Dordt College, of Sioux Center, Iowa and The Read more…
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Survey Highlights HPC Pain Points

5/20/15 |  HPC consulting company X-ISS has released the results of a survey conducted at SC14 about the challenges of operating and managing HPC systems. Participants were asked to rank ten questions on a Read more…
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SGI ERI Installation Illustrates Multi-use HPC

5/20/15 |  Traditional research and Big Data apps are increasingly run on the same HPC system as lines between their computational requirements blur and demand for dual-use capability grows, said Bob Read more…
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Sumit Gupta Leaves NVIDIA to Join IBM

5/19/15 |  Long-time industry executive Sumit Gupta has left GPU-pioneer NVIDIA, were he was GM, GPU Accelerated Data Center Computing, to join IBM as VP, HPC & OpenPOWER Operations. Executive changes Read more…
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Weekly Twitter Roundup

5/14/15 |  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 our eye Read more…
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IBM Advances Silicon Photonics, Quantum Computing

5/14/15 |  Engineers at IBM have developed a fully integrated wavelength multiplexed silicon photonics chip, which the company says will soon enable manufacturing of 100 Gb/s optical transceivers. The Read more…
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Weekly Twitter Roundup

5/7/15 |  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 our eye Read more…
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Glacier Researchers Apply 3D Models to Helping Nepal

5/5/15 |  US-based glacier researchers are redirecting their usual activities toward the Nepali earthquake relief effort. The research teams – one at The Ohio State University and another at the University Read more…
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HPC for Advanced Analytics at the USPS

5/5/15 |  Today, the United States Postal Service is on its third generation of supercomputers, with each generation more capable than its predecessor. IDC believes the USPS embrace of HPC exemplifies an Read more…

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Disruptive Technologies in Energy & Life Sciences

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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Extending the Data Center to the Cloud

Join NetApp and Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) to learn how your enterprise can start building a solid foundation for hybrid cloud. NetApp’s proven cloud solutions and partnerships Read more…

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…