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This Week in HPC News

Apr 24, 2014 |

Last week, we noted the doubling in the number of research items coming from across the supercomputing spectrum and this week was no different. The uptick that we’ve seen this month in terms of new research and development efforts continues. The academic news was especially strong, with a number of Moore’s law themed items – Read more…

9.27TFlops@3Kw! New Linpack Record set in ASC14 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Apr 23, 2014 |

On April 23th, three ASC14 finalists: Sun Yat-sen University, Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Taiwan Tsinghua University rewrote the Linpack record in Student Supercomputer Challenges. Under the 3000W power budget, the ASC14 host, the Sun Yat-sen University reached 9.272 Tflops Linpack performance. ASC14 is organized by Asia Supercomputer Community, Sun Yat-sen University and Read more…

What Power8 and OpenPOWER Might Mean for HPC

Apr 23, 2014 |

IBM is making a big play in hybrid computing, seeking to marry its POWER8 processors with various kinds of accelerators and high-speed networking and opening up its chip and system software through the OpenPOWER Foundation. At the Open Innovation Summit in San Francisco today, IBM and its foundation partners talked about how their collaboration would deliver Read more…

Brain Cancer, Alzheimer’s Share Cellular Process

Apr 22, 2014 |

Using the advanced computational resources at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at The University of Texas at Austin, researchers uncovered a link between Alzheimer’s disease and cancer that may pave the way for better treatment options and new medicines. The two afflictions share a pathway in gene transcription, a process essential for cell reproduction Read more…

ASC14 Finals Kick-off, 16 Finalists Ready to Go

Apr 22, 2014 |

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 Read more…

Asia Student Supercomputer Challenge Emphasizes Applications, Scalability

Apr 21, 2014 |

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 “promote the fundamental and Read more…

Compete with Teams from Asia, Europe and America, Will Purdue University Crown the ASC14 Student Supercomputer Challenge?

Apr 21, 2014 |

Computer science major Matt Molo is considering a career in computer security, supercomputing or distributed computing over a large array of machines, or the giant data centers of companies like Amazon and Google function. “I was really interested in learning about supercomputers and running programs across multiple computers,” says Molo, a freshman from Joilet, Ill. Read more…

This Week in HPC News

Apr 17, 2014 |

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 Read more…

Earthquake Simulation Hits Petascale Milestone

Apr 15, 2014 |

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, i.e., one quadrillion floating point operations per second. The collaboration included participants Read more…

Why Iterative Innovation is the Only Path to Exascale

Apr 14, 2014 |

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 disruptive technology will emerge. Read more…