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SC15 Chair on HPC Transforms, Diversity Outreach, and Austin

Mar 3, 2015 |

SC15 General Chair Jackie Kern is hardly new to the HPC community. A member of the SC planning committee since 2003, Kern led the building of SCINET in 2007. The largest network in the world for a week, it delivered multicast video conferencing, among other things, onsite and around the world. As general chair this Read more…

A Comparison of Heterogeneous and Manycore Programming Models

Mar 2, 2015 |

The high performance computing (HPC) community is heading toward the era of exascale machines, expected to exhibit an unprecedented level of complexity and size. The community agrees that the biggest challenges to future application performance lie with efficient node-level execution that can use all the resources in the node. These nodes might be comprised of Read more…

Tyrone Brings HPC and Big Data Solutions to India and the World

Mar 2, 2015 |

India’s appetite for high performance computing – ranging from powerful HPC clusters to advanced workstations – continues to grow as an increasing number of companies not only address opportunities within the country, but world wide as well. Indian enterprises are making their mark in such fields as seismic engineering for oil and gas, aeronautics and Read more…

Paving the Way for Accelerated Data Sharing: An Interview with Francine Berman

Feb 27, 2015 |

How can we create more effective treatments for Alzheimer’s? Can we increase food security across the globe? Is there a way to more accurately predict natural disasters? Solutions to these and other critical challenges are being advanced through the sharing and exchange of research data, and the efforts of the Research Data Alliance (RDA). In this Read more…

Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Taps DDN Storage to Combat Ebola Outbreak

Feb 25, 2015 |

When it comes to mitigating infectious disease outbreaks, like Ebola, time is of the essence. Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) rely on rapid-response agent modeling to help public health organizations determine what steps to take in the face of deadly outbreaks. Based on factors such as demographics, family structures, travel patterns and other activities, Read more…

Care and Feeding of Your Cluster

Feb 23, 2015 |

In the previous Cluster Lifecycle Management column, I described the crucial steps that should be taken to deploy and validate your new cluster. In this column, I discuss how best to move the system into production, configure, and maintain it so that operations run smoothly and efficiently for the long term. Once the deployment and Read more…

Army Research Lab Lays Out HPC Strategy

Feb 19, 2015 |

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is counting on supercomputing and large-scale analytics to provide the competitive edge it needs to maintain its position as the nation’s premier laboratory for land forces. As laid out in the recently-released Technical Implementation Plan for 2015-2019, the ARL sees advanced computing as fundamental to its mission to “discover, Read more…

BSC, Intel Extend Exascale Research Effort

Feb 17, 2015 |

Intel’s efforts to advance exascale computing concepts received a boost with the extension of the company’s research collaboration with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) – one of four Intel exascale labs in Europe. Begun in 2011 and now extended to September 2017, the Intel-BSC work focuses on scalability issues with parallel applications. “[A major goal] Read more…

Horst Simon on the HPC Slowdown

Feb 13, 2015 |

At an HPC meetup event in San Francisco on Feb 10, Berkeley Lab Deputy Director Horst Simon makes the case that Moore’s law and parallelism can no longer be counted on to provide the exponential growth that has been driving high-performance computing for six decades. If indeed Moore’s law is coming to an end, there Read more…

Co-designing for Big Data in Barcelona

Feb 12, 2015 |

The third annual Big Data and Extreme Computing conference gathered in Barcelona last month, bringing more than 100 experts from around the world together to report on ground-breaking research at the intersection of big compute and big data. As with last year, the event played host to a wide-range of relevant and timely presentations, including Read more…