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2013 Annual HPCwire Readers Choice Awards

The HPCwire awards were announced and presented during the 2013 Supercomputing Conference, held in Denver, Colorado. The annual awards are highly coveted as prestigious recognition of achievement by the HPC community. HPCwire extends its congratulations to this year’s winners.

Best use of HPC application in manufacturing

Readers’ Choice:
HLRS Stuttgart and DataDirect Networks ASCS for Large Scale Problem Resolution

HLRS
HLRS Stuttgart's HPC Center Head of Applications and Visualization  Bastian Koller accepting the award from TCI CEO Tom Tabor
DataDirect Networks
Jean-Luc Chatelain, EVP and CTO of DataDirect Networks shown accepting the award with Bastian Koller, HLRS Stuttgart Head of HPC Applications and Visualization from CEO Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
GE Research using Oak Ridge National Laboratory Cray “Titan” for Industrial Cold Temperature Research Projects

GE
Tom Tabor presenting the award to GE Global Research PI Sr. Scientist Masako Yamada and ORNL Ass. Lab Dir. Comp. Sciences Jeff Nichols
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
ECA Auto Tom Tabor presenting the awards to ORNL Director of Ind. Partnerships Suzy Tichenor and Assoc. Lab. Director Jeff Nichols
Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis

Best use of HPC in life sciences

Readers’ Choice:
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and SGI “Blacklight” for Next Generation Sequencing Assembly

PSC
Tom Tabor presenting the awards to PSC Founder and Co-Scientific Director Michael Levine, Nathan Stone, Sr. Research Analyst, and Director Ralph Roskies
SGI
Jeff Hyman joins SGI CMO Bob Braham and CEO Luis Titinger as they accept SGI's awards from CEO Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
NCSA “Blue Waters” with Cray technologies and NVIDIA GPUs to achieve breakthroughs in HIV CAPSID Research

NCSA
Tom Tabor with NCSA PI Bill Kramer, Prof-Directors Klaus Schulten aand Sanjay Kale accepting their award
Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis
NVIDIA
Accepting the award on behalf of NVIDIA from left to right- Micah Guimarin, Cliff Woolley, Liza Gabrielson,  Jeff Larkin, Robert Sherbin, and Geetika Gupta

Best use of HPC in automotive

Readers’ Choice:
Infiniti Red Bull Racing using IBM Platform Computing GPFS Systems for Formula One Racing Design

Infiniti RedBull
IBM's Jay Muelhoefer accepting the Red Bull Formula One Racing award from CEO Tom Tabor
IBM
Jay Muelhoefer, Technical Marketing Mgr, IBM Platform accepting the award from CEO Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
Ford Motor Company and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility Cray “Jaguar” for automotive research to boost airflow and increase fuel efficiency

Ford
Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility
Tom Tabor presenting the awards to ORNL Director of Ind. Partnerships Suzy Tichenor and Assoc. Lab Director Jeff Nichols
Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis

Best use of HPC in financial services

Readers’ Choice:
PayPal and SGI, Mellanox, and DataDirect Networks technologies for fraud detection and prevention during PayPal transactions

DDN
DataDirect Networks CEO Alex Bousari (center) accepting the award from TCI President-Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman and CEO Tom Tabor
SGIJeff Hyman joins SGI CMO Bob Braham and CEO Luis Titinger as they accept SGI's awards from CEO Tom Tabor
Mellanox
Sr. Director Marketing Brian Sparks and VP of Marketing Gilad Shanier display their awards with TCI CEO Tom Tabor
PayPal

Editor’s Choice: (2 winners)
* XSEDE PSC SGI “Blacklight” and SDSC Cray “Gordon” Research enables faster market analysis and imposes stricter regulation of stock market trading
* Xcelerit SDK and NVIDIA Tesla GPUs power accelerated risk analysis for HSBC

Xsede
Tom Tabor presenting the award to the NSF XSEDE's PI John Towns
PSC
Tom Tabor presenting the awards to PSC Founder and Co-Scientific Director Michael Levine, Nathan Stone, Sr. Research Analyst, and Director Ralph Roskies
SGI
Jeff Hyman joins SGI CMO Bob Braham and CEO Luis Titinger as they accept SGI's awards from CEO Tom Tabor
SDSC
PSC's Ralph Roskies, SDSC Media Relations Jan Zverina, Tom Tabor, and NSF XSEDE PI John Towns
Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis
Xcelerit
NVIDIA

Micah Guimarin accepting the award on behalf of NVIDIA

Best use of HPC in the oil and gas industry

Readers’ Choice:
TOTAL using SGI “Pangea” for oil and gas exploration

TOTAL
Head of HPC for Total Diego Klahr accepting the award with SGI CEO Jorge Tittinger from Tom Tabor
SGISGI CEO Jorge Titinger accepting the award from CEO Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
British Petroleum’s CHPC Petascale system using HP, Intel, and DataDirect Networks technologies to solve the world’s biggest energy challenges

BP
DDN EVP and CTO Jean-Luc Chatelain looks on as CEO Tom Tabor presents British Petroleum's Manager for HPC Keith Gray with the award
HP
CEO Tom Tabor presents the award to BP’s Keith Gray, HP WW HPC Manager, Ed Turkel
Intel
Tom Tabor reviews Intel's awards with director of marketing Joe Curley (left) and GM Stephen Wheat
DDN

DataDirect Networks EVP Jean-Luc Chatelain accepting the award with HP WW HPC Manager Ed Turkel, and Intel Director of Technical Marketing Joe Curley

Best use of HPC in the entertainment industry

Readers’ Choice:
Pixar Animation Studio’s Lighting Tool with NVIDIA OptiX Ray Tracing Engine

Pixar
NVIDIA

HPCwire Editor in Chief Nicole Hemsoth presenting the award to the NVIDIA team

Editor’s Choice:
Pixar Animation Studio’s Lighting Tool with NVIDIA OptiX Ray Tracing Engine

Pixar
NVIDIA

HPCwire Editor in Chief Nicole Hemsoth presenting the award to the NVIDIA team

Best use of HPC “in edge” HPC application

Readers’ Choice:
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, University of Notre Dame, and VecNet CI for cutting edge, complex disease modeling

PSC

Tom Tabor presenting the awards to PSC Founder and Co-Scientific Director Michael Levine, Nathan Stone, Sr. Research Analyst, and Director Ralph Roskies

Notre Dame

Tom Tabor joins the University of Notre Dame team following their award presentation

VecNet

Editor’s Choice:
Dwave for Commercial Quantum Computing

D-Wave

Best use of HPC in the cloud

Readers’ Choice:
The UberCloud HPC Project and the Compendium of Case Studies

UberCloud
Tom Tabor presenting the award to UberCloud HPC co-founders Burak Yenier and Wolfgang Gentzsch
UberCloud
CEO Tom Tabor presenting the award to UberCloud HPC Co-Founders Burak Yenier and Wolfgang Gentzsch

Editor’s Choice:
Cycle Computing “CycleCloud”, Amazon EC2 and Opscode Chef 11 Server for breakthroughs in cancer research

Cycle Computing

TCI CEO Tom Tabor presenting the award to Cycle Computing's CEO Jason Stowe

Amazon
Opscode

Best application of “green computing” in HPC

Readers’ Choice:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM “Sequoia” the world’s most energy efficient supercomputer

LLNL

Anna M. Bailey, LLNL HPC facilities mgr., TCI CEO Tom Tabor, HPCIC director Fred Streitz, and Becky Springmeyer, ASC prog. mgr., LLNL display their awards

IBM

IBM's Brian Connors and IBM Blue Gene's Paul Coteus accept the awards from Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
DOE National Renewable Energy Laboratory Asetek RackCDU and Aspen Systems for retrofitting its Skynet HPC cluster

NREL
Steve Hammond, Director, Computational Science Center NREL accepting the award from Tom Tabor
AsetekECA Green Aspen System's CEO Steven Spring, Steve Hammond, Director, Computational Science Center NREL and David Garcia, VP & GM of Asetek accepting their awards from CEO Tom Tabor
Aspen Systems
CEO Steve Spring of Aspen Systems accepting the award from TCI CEO Tom Tabor

Best HPC server product or technology

Readers’ Choice:
Intel Xeon Processor

Intel

Tom Tabor presents the awards to Intel's Director of Tech. Marketing Joe Curley and HPC GM Stephen Wheat

Editor’s Choice:
Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessor

Intel

Joe Curley, Director of Tech. Marketing and HPC GM Stephen Wheat of Intel accept the awards from Tom Tabor

Best HPC storage product or technology

Readers’ Choice:
DataDirect Network SFA7700 Hybrid Flash Storage Appliance

DDN

DataDirect Networks CEO Alex Bousari (center) accepting the award from TCI President-Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman and CEO Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
SGI InfiniteStorage Gateway

SGI

President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman presents the award to SGI CMO Bob Braham and CEO Luis Titinger joined by TCI CEO Tom Tabor

Best HPC software product or technology

Readers’ Choice:
NVIDIA CUDA Parallel Computing Platform and Programming Model

NVIDIA

HPCwire Editor in Chief Nicole Hemsoth presenting the award to the NVIDIA team

Editor’s Choice:
OpenACC Specification 2.0

OpenACC

Best HPC visualization product or technology

Readers’ Choice:
Bull ExtremeFactory Remote Visualizer 3D Streaming Technology

Bull

Bull EVP Michel Guillemet and Extreme Factory Architect & Technical Mgr Marc Levrier accepting their awards from CEO Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
Bull ExtremeFactory Remote Visualizer 3D Streaming Technology

Bull

Bull EVP Michel Guillemet and Extreme Factory Architect & Technical Mgr Marc Levrier accepting their awards from CEO Tom Tabor

Best application of Big Data in HPC

Readers’ Choice:
GENCI CURIE for DEUS
(Dark Energy Universe Simulation) project

GENCI

GENCI CTO Stephane Requena accepting the award from Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and Cray YarcData Urika “Sherlock” to unlock the secrets of Big Data

PSC
Tom Tabor presenting the awards to PSC Founder and Co-Scientific Director Michael Levine, Nathan Stone, Sr. Research Analyst, and Director Ralph Roskies
Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis
YarcDataFrom left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis

Best HPC interconnect product or technology

Readers’ Choice:
Mellanox InfiniScale IV is5030 36-Port QDR Infiniband Switch

Mellanox

Mellanox VP of Marketing is presented the awards by TCI CEO Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
Mellanox MetroX Technology

Mellanox

Sr. Director Marketing Brian Sparks and VP of Marketing Gilad Shanier display their awards with TCI CEO Tom Tabor

Best HPC cluster solution or technology

Readers’ Choice:
Cray CS300 Cluster Supercomputer

Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis

Editor’s Choice:
Cray CS300 Cluster Supercomputer

Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis

Best HPC collaboration between government and industry

Readers’ Choice:
Ford Motor Company and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Cray “Jaguar” with DataDirect Networks technology for CAE and CFD simulation

DDN
DataDirect Networks CEO Alex Bousari accepting the award from TCI CEO Tom Tabor
ORNL
Tom Tabor presenting the OLCF award to ORNL Director of Ind. Partnerships Suzy Tichenor and Assoc. Lab Director Jeff Nichols
Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis
Ford

Editor’s Choice:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and IBM “Vulcan” Deployment of HPC technologies to boost US economic competitiveness

LLNL

Anna M. Bailey, LLNL HPC facilities mgr., TCI CEO Tom Tabor, HPCIC director Fred Streitz, and Becky Springmeyer, ASC prog. mgr., LLNL display their awards

IBM

Pictured from left to right - IBM's Louise Westoby, Jay Muelhoefer, Jacqueline Woods, Brian Connors and Paul Coteus accepting thier awards from CEO Tom Tabor

Top supercomputing achievement

Readers’ Choice:
Total and SGI “Pangea” the World’s Largest Commercial HPC Deployment

Total
Total head of HPC Eng. Diego Klahr (bottom) is joined by (top L-R) SGI ICE Ch. Architect Steven Dean, Tom Tabor, SGI CEO Jorge Titinger and Dir. of Product Mktg. Paul Kinyon
SGI

Executive and product teams from SGI and Total accepting their awards from Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
NSF Texas Advanced Computing Center “Stampede” Comprehensive Petascale Science Environment with technology partners Dell, Intel, DataDirect Networks, Mellanox, and NVIDIA

NSF
National Science Foundation and XSEDE Leader John Towns accepting the award from TCI CEO Tom Tabor
TACC
Tom Tabor presenting the Top Supercomputing Award to TACC Director Jay Boisseau and team
Dell
Tim Carroll, director, Dell HPC accepting the Top Supercomputing Acheivement Award from TCI CEO Tom Tabor
Intel

36 Intel Top SC Acheive CEO Tom Tabor presents the Top Supercomputing Acheivement Award to TACC Director Jay Boisseau and Intel Director of Technical Marketing Joe Curley

DDN

DataDirect Networks CEO Alex Bousari (center) accepting the award from TCI President-Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman and CEO Tom Tabor

Mellanox

Mellanox Sr. Director of Marketing Brian Sparks and VP of Marketing Gilad Shanier accepting the Top Supercomputing Acheivement Award from TCI CEO Tom Tabor

NVIDIA

HPCwire Editor in Chief Nicole Hemsoth presents the Top Supercomputing Acheivement Award to the NVIDIA team

Top 5 new products or technologies to watch (in order of ranking)

Readers’ Choice:
(1) Intel Xeon Phi Coprocessors; (2) NVIDIA GPUDirect RDMA; (3) OpenACC; (4) IBM FlashSystem; (5) Mellanox Connect-IB 56Gb/s FDR InfiniBand HC

Intel
Joe Curley, Director of Tech. Marketing and HPC GM Stephen Wheat of Intel accept the awards from Tom Tabor
NVIDIA
HPCwire Editor in Chief Nicole Hemsoth presenting the award to the NVIDIA team
OpenACC
IBM
Jacqueline Woods, Global VP STG at IBM accepting the award from CEO Tom Tabor
Mellanox
Sr. Director Marketing Brian Sparks and VP of Marketing Gilad Shanier display their awards with TCI CEO Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
(1) D-Wave Quantum Computing Technology; (2) NVIDIA and Mellanox for RDMA Developments; (3) OpenACC; (4) IBM NextScale; (5) Spectra Logic Black Pearl

D-Wave
NVIDIA
HPCwire Editor in Chief Nicole Hemsoth presenting the award to the NVIDIA team
Mellanox
Mellanox VP of Marketing is presented the awards by TCI CEO Tom Tabor
OpenACC
IBM
Tom Tabor presenting the award to the IBM NeXtScale team
Spectra Logic

Top 5 vendors to watch (in order of ranking)

Readers’ Choice:
(1) Intel; (2) NVIDIA; (3) Cray; (4) IBM; (5) Mellanox

Intel
Tom Tabor presents the awards to Intel's Director of Tech. Marketing Joe Curley and HPC GM Stephen Wheat
NVIDIA
HPCwire Editor in Chief Nicole Hemsoth presenting the award to the NVIDIA team
Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis
IBM
Jacqueline Woods, Global VP STG at IBM accepting the award from CEO Tom Tabor
Mellanox
Mellanox VP of Marketing is presented the awards by TCI CEO Tom Tabor

Editor’s Choice:
(1) SGI; (2) Calxeda; (3) Univa; (4) Xyratex; (5) Cray

SGI
The SGI Team proudly displays their awards presented to them by Tom Tabor
Calxeda
Univa
Tom Tabor presents Univa CEO Gary Tyreman and VP of Sales Rob Secontine with their award
Xyratex
Jeff Hyman, President and Gp Publisher presents the award to Xyrayex SVP & GM Ken Claffey and CEO Ernest Sampias
Cray
From left to right - Cray VP of WW Sales John Josephakis and TCI President and Gp Publisher Jeff Hyman join CEO Tom Tabor as they present Cray CEO Peter Ungaro with Cray's awards, supported by Media Relations Mgr Nick Davis

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