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Building the Universe Pixel by Pixel

Aug 20, 2014 |

Recently, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics unveiled an unprecedented simulation of the universe’s development. Called the Illustris project, the simulation depicts more than 13 billion years of cosmic evolution across a cube of the universe that’s 350-million-light-years on each side. The goal was to view the formation of galaxies and other large-scale structure we see Read more…

XSEDE14 Workshop Wrestles with Reproducibility

Aug 19, 2014 |

Imagine that you are trying to create a new sauce for a special dish, or the perfect adhesive for a new aircraft, or you’re flying a helicopter looking for victims of a natural disaster — and you succeed at each of these. This is wonderful news for your dinner guests, or the company that will Read more…

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women to Blaze Trails & Embrace STEM Careers

Aug 18, 2014 |

I recently returned from vacation in Orlando, Fla. where I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center for the first time. It was exciting to see our customers and partners’ logos lining the walls as reminders of what HPC has helped create. As I toured the launch sites and walked the halls of the Read more…

Adapting Algorithms to Modern Hybrid Architectures

Aug 13, 2014 |

Technology, like other facets of life, commonly experiences cycles of rapid change followed by periods of relative stability. Computing has entered a stage of increased architectural diversity, as evidenced by the rise of accelerators, coprocessors, and other alternatives, like ARM processors. An international team of researchers explores how these various supercomputing architectures perform on parallelized turbulent Read more…

Fujitsu Targets 100 Petaflops Supercomputing

Aug 12, 2014 |

On Monday at the Hot Chips 26 conference, Fujitsu revealed details about its upcoming SPARC64 XIfx chips, which the company is counting on to reach the 100-petaflops barrier and revitalize its HPC game. Of the top 10 fastest supercomputers on the current TOP500 list, only one is a Fujitsu system. But with the new 32-core Read more…

NERSC Launches Exascale Readiness Program with Intel, Cray

Aug 11, 2014 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is collaborating with supercomputing vendors Intel and Cray to prepare for Cori, the Cray XC supercomputer scheduled to be deployed at NERSC in 2016. Named in honor of American biochemist Gerty Cori, the next-generation supercomputer will have a sustained performance that is at least ten times that Read more…

Academic HPC and Cloud Services Start to Blur

Aug 6, 2014 |

Stuttgart HPC Center (HLRS) director Michael Resch will present the ISC Cloud keynote on “HPC & Simulation in the Cloud – How Academia & Industry Can Benefit,” at the conference this September. ISC Cloud, the fifth in the series, will take place September 29 and 30 in Heidelberg, Germany. As an HPC cloud skeptic in Read more…

Austrian HPC Consortium Meets Demanding Inter-node Communication Challenge with Intel True Scale Fabric

Aug 6, 2014 |

The Vienna Scientific Cluster (VSC) refers to a collaboration of high-performance computing resources designed to support a consortium of multiple institutions in Austria consisting of the University of Vienna (UNVIE), the Vienna University of Technology (TUVIE), the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), and Read more…

Cloud Gives DNA Compiler Wings

Aug 5, 2014 |

Imagine being able to turn bacteria into molecular factories, capable of producing everything from earth-friendly biofuels to personalized medicines? This is the promise of synthetic biology, which has made remarkable advances over the last decade, taking tools and concepts from physics, engineering and computer science to design new biological systems. One of the foremost researchers Read more…

Computer Science Education Act Hits Critical Milestone

Aug 4, 2014 |

As the saying goes, to outcompete, a nation or business must out-compute. An explosion in the number of computationally-driven disciplines has created a huge demand for highly-trained scientists and engineers. Congress is currently considering a bill that would help bridge the skills gap and bolster national competitiveness. The Computer Science Education Act (HR 2536) seeks Read more…