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Final Obama Budget Lauds Innovation, Unlocks NSCI Funding

Feb 10, 2016 | On Tuesday, President Obama released his fiscal year 2017 budget, the final budget of his administration. Broadly focused on America's economic prosperity and national security goals, the $4.1 trillion spending plan for fiscal year 2017 emphasizes a great number of grand challenges that require robust investments in research and development (R&D); innovation; and STEM education. The science, technology, innovation, and STEM education components of the President's FY 2017 Budget are Read more…

Biomedical Simulation at PSC Gets Major Performance Boost with Anton 2

Feb 5, 2016 | Simulating even small biological systems has long proven computationally difficult. Practically speaking, data-driven bioinformatics such as DNA sequence analysis has progressed more rapidly. Development of Anton 1, the ASIC-based supercomputer specifically designed for simulating molecular dynamics by D. E. Shaw Research (DESRES) in 2008, was a major advance. In 2010 DESRES provided an Anton machine at no charge to the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center (PSC), which in turn provided access to Read more…

James Reinders: Parallelism Has Crossed a Threshold

Feb 4, 2016 | Is the parallel everything era here? What happens when you can assume parallel cores? In the second half of our in-depth interview, Intel's James Reinders discusses the eclipsing of single-core machines by their multi- and manycore counterparts and the ramifications of the democratization of parallel computing, remarking "we don’t need to worry about single-core processors anymore and that’s pretty significant in the world of programming for this next decade." Other topics covered include Read more…

Create Mixed HPC/Big Data Clusters Today Says Bright Computing

Feb 3, 2016 | The latest version of convergence – blending traditional HPC and big data computing into a ‘single’ environment – dominates much of the conversation in the HPC today, including within HPCwire. Elegant unified solutions, certainly at the very high end, are still in the making. That said, Bright Computing is in the thick of efforts to transform clusters and clouds into ‘unified’ platforms comprised of hybrid resources that support both traditional HPC and big data today. In mid Read more…

Deep Learning Becomes ASC16 “e Prize” Challenge

Jan 29, 2016 | As the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) enters competition, on January 26, ASC announced that the "e Prize " this year would set on a deep learning algorithm DNN (Deep Neural Network). All teams are to develop DNN on a MIC (Many-Integrated-Core) platform and optimize the application on a provided MIC supercomputer cluster. DNN is one of the most important deep learning algorithms at present. It aims to construct a set of autonomous learning neural network that simulates the Read more…

Toward a Converged Exascale-Big Data Software Stack

Jan 28, 2016 | Within the HPC vendor and science community, the groundswell of support for HPC and big data convergence is undeniable with sentiments running the gamut from the pragmatic to the enthusiastic. For Argonne computer scientist and HPC veteran Pete Beckman, the writing is on the wall. As the leader of the Argo exascale software project and one of the principal organizers of the workshop series on Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (Read more…

Largest Supercomputing Hackathon to Be Held at Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Jan 28, 2016 | The world’s largest supercomputing hackathon, ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC), was launched in Beijing on January 26. The final round of 2016 will be held in Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) on April 18-22 in Wuhan, China. Over a thousand students have signed up for the competition, including teams from Tsinghua University (China), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US), and Imperial College London Read more…

Next Steps for NSCI: Seeking to Ensure a Long and Lively Lifespan

Jan 27, 2016 | It has been six months since the White House released the executive order establishing the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI), the broad interagency research effort seeking to maximize the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development and deployment across the U.S. public and private sectors. Since then, each of the participating U.S. agencies has prepared and submitted to the President's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) their specific plan for Read more…

Students Lined Up for ASC16 Challenge Training

Jan 27, 2016 | The ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) Training started in Beijing on January 26. Nearly 200 students and their advisors flew in for this two-day program. A total of 175 teams from six continents registered for ASC16, the world’s largest supercomputing hackathon. Read more…

175 Teams Worldwide Compete for ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Jan 26, 2016 | The ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) Training kicked off in Beijing on January 26. To this date, 175 teams from 148 universities around the world have signed up for the competition. On the list, there are teams from well-known universities like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US), Imperial College London (UK), the University of Hamburg (Germany), Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), the Australian National University, and Tsinghua University, which is the Read more…