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ASC14 Finals Kick-off, 16 Finalists Ready to Go

21st April 8:00 A.M., with the staffs of the ASC14 Committee began to announce the competition rules, 2014 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC 14) Finals has officially started in the Sun Yat-Sen University. In the finals, 16 finalists will complete for the supercomputer system architecture under 3000W power budget, HPL, Quantum Espresso, LICOM, SU2, and a secret application optimization. The finalist also needs to explore the scalability of the specified application 3D_EW on the world fastest supercomputer, Tianhe-2. All teams will also present the all tasks. Finally, the results of ASC14 Finals will be released on the closing ceremony on April 25th. Read more...

Feature Articles

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge Emphasizes Applications, Scalability

This morning at 8am local time, the final round of the 2014 Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC14) commenced in Guangzhou, China. The setting for the challenge is the Guangzhou Supercomputer Center, part of the Sun Yat-sen University campus and home to the world's fastest supercomputer Tianhe-2. According to its backers, ASC14 aims to Read more…

This Week in HPC News

Somehow we’re already rounding the bend into mid-spring, just shy of the planting days for the newest Top 500 crop, which will sprout in June in Leipzig—and well before the seeds of the busiest news season of fall have been selected. Although you might not see it in the general news from the vendor side of the fence this week, there has Read more…

Earthquake Simulation Hits Petascale Milestone

German researchers are helping to push back the goalposts on large-scale simulation. Using the the IBM “SuperMUC” high performance computer at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center (LRZ), a cross-disciplinary team of computer scientists, mathematicians and geophysicists successfully scaled an earthquake simulation to more than one petaflop/s, Read more…

Why Iterative Innovation is the Only Path to Exascale

If we're out of "magic bullets" that can shoot across supercomputing space, shattering assumptions about how high performance computing operates efficiently at massive scale, we're left with one option...refine and tweak that which exists, while pushing as much funding as possible toward the blue sky above with the hopes that another Read more…

Big Science, Tiny Microservers: IBM Research Pushes 64-Bit Possibilities

Four years ago, a friend dropped a Sheeva Plug into the hands of Ronald Luijten, a system designer at IBM Research in Zurich. At the time, neither could have realized the development cycle this simple gift would spark. If you're not familiar, Sheeva Plugs are compact devices that look a lot like your laptop power adapter, except instead of Read more…

Short Takes

Animal Breeding Steers Toward HPC

4/22/14 |  A consortium of food industry animal researchers based in the Netherlands have invested more than €700,000 in a joint HPC resource that will enable members to perform calculations related to Read more…

Moore’s Law Versus the Laws of Physics

4/18/14 |  If you're looking for a great video describing the essentials of Moore's law in under 10 minutes, perhaps for your non-HPC friends and family, look no further. With a direct, easy-to-follow Read more…

Boosting HPC Access in SME Community

4/18/14 |  If you don't reside within France or European borders you may not have heard of HPC-SME (or HPC-PME in French), yet this initiative – supported by GENCI, INRIA and French bank BPIFrance – has Read more…

Mining for Efficiencies Post Moore’s Law

4/17/14 |  Computers are so much more than the interface most Web-connected humans interact with on a daily basis. While many of us take for granted the thousands of instructions that must be communicated Read more…

3D Tsunami Simulator Boosts Japan’s Emergency Preparedness

4/17/14 |  A partnership between Fujitsu and Tohoku University has paid off in the form of a precise tsunami forecasting system that will help make Japan more resilient to disasters, such as the Great East Read more…

Want to Snapshot Your Supercomputer?

4/16/14 |  Nimbix, Inc., one of the original HPC cloud vendors, sought to usher in a new era of heterogeneous cloud computing with the unveiling of its JARVICE platform in November. The Read more…

Supercomputers Help Capture Rare Black Hole Events

4/16/14 |  When an orbiting star gets too close to a galaxy's central supermassive black hole, it eventually gets torn apart by the immense gravitational forces, a phenomenon known as a "tidal disruption." Read more…

Prioritizing Data in the Age of Exascale

4/14/14 |  By now, most HPCers and the surrounding community are aware that data movement poses one of the most fundamental challenges to post-petascale computing. Around the world exascale-directed Read more…

Titan Captures Liquid-Crystal Film Complexity

4/14/14 |  Liquid-crystal displays (familiar to most as LCDs) rely on the light modulating properties of liquid crystals to bring images to life on a wide variety of screens. From computer monitors to Read more…

Research Advances on Key Quantum Computing Elements

4/11/14 |  Equal parts fascinating and confounding, the field of quantum computing keeps making headway. Two exciting developments are described in the current issue of Nature, one from a Read more…

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Spotlight ON: HPC in Commercial Applications

3/12/14 |  HPCwire, EnterpriseTech, ScaleMP |  In the first of our new Spotlight ON: series, we’re taking a look beyond the public sector to find out how end-users in markets from entertainment to manufacturing are leveraging HPC to gain the Read more…

PBS Professional Manages Workload for NCI Raijin, Largest Supercomputer in Southern Hemisphere

2/24/14 |  Altair |  Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) chose PBS Professional to manage workload for its ‘Raijin’ cluster from Fujitsu, the largest supercomputing system in Australia with over Read more…

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Watch this webinar and learn how to develop “future-proof”  advanced computing/storage technology solutions to easily manage large, shared compute resources and very large volumes of data. Focus Read more…

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