NERSC’s ‘Shifter’ Makes Container-based HPC a Breeze

Aug 7, 2015 |

The explosive growth in data coming out of experiments in cosmology, particle physics, bioinformatics and nuclear physics is pushing computational scientists to design novel software tools that will help users better access, manage and analyze that data on current and next-generation HPC architectures. One increasingly popular approach is container-based computing, designed to support flexible, scalable Read more…

The Importance of Team Science at XSEDE15

Aug 7, 2015 |

“I’m continuously inspired by her passion, her commitment and her innovative approaches for advancing research, education and the recruitment and retention for a larger and more diverse community of practitioners,” said Scott Lathrop, XSEDE director of Education and Outreach, as he introduced Dr. Ann Quiroz Gates to the podium at the 4th annual XSEDE15 conference. Read more…

New National HPC Strategy Is Bold, Important and More Daunting than US Moonshot

Aug 6, 2015 |

“In order to maximize the benefits of HPC for economic competitiveness and scientific discovery, the United States Government must create a coordinated Federal strategy in HPC research, development, and deployment.” With these words, the President of the United States established the National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) through Executive Order to implement this whole-of-government strategy in Read more…

Japan Takes Top Three Spots on Green500 List

Aug 4, 2015 |

Japan, the island nation renowned for its energy and space-saving design prowess, just nabbed the top three spots on the latest Green500 list and claimed eight of the 20 top spots. The Shoubu supercomputer from RIKEN took top honors on the 17th edition of the twice-yearly listing, becoming the first TOP500-level supercomputer to surpass the Read more…

Intel® Omni-Path Architecture and a Flat Universe

Aug 3, 2015 |

Our Earth may be round, but the universe appears to be relatively flat. At least that’s the word from the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge, home of the COSMOS supercomputer. As you might expect, arriving at these cosmic conclusions requires massive amounts of computing power. The COSMOS supercomputer was Read more…

XSEDE Panel Highlights Diversity of NSF Computing Resources

Jul 31, 2015 |

A plenary panel at the XSEDE15 conference, which took place this week in St. Louis, Mo., highlighted the broad spectrum of computing resources provided by the National Science Foundation, including several new and testbed projects and an effort to help more people use cyberinfrastructure to advance their research. “I don’t think there has been a Read more…

White House Launches National HPC Strategy

Jul 30, 2015 |

Yesterday’s executive order by President Barack Obama creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is not only powerful acknowledgment of the vital role HPC plays in modern society but is also indicative of government’s mounting worry that failure to coordinate and nourish HPC development on a broader scale would put the nation at risk. Not Read more…

AMD’s Exascale Strategy Hinges on Heterogeneity

Jul 29, 2015 |

In a recent IEEE Micro article, a team of engineers and computers scientists from chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) detail AMD’s vision for exascale computing, which in its most essential form combines CPU-GPU integration with hardware and software support to facilitate the running of scientific workloads on exascale-class systems.

Cray Details Its Cluster Supercomputing Strategy

Jul 28, 2015 |

When iconic American supercomputer maker Cray purchased 20-year-old HPC cluster vendor Appro in late 2012, Cray CEO Peter Ungaro referred to Appro’s principal IP as “one of the most advanced industry clusters in the world.” At the time HPCwire reported that Cray would benefit from the product line and a bigger sales team from Appro, Read more…

DOE Exascale Plan Gets Support with Caveats

Jul 28, 2015 |

The DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) plan to develop and deploy exascale technology by 2023 received strong backing yesterday from an Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) sub-committee but with caveats in the form of seven recommendations for strengthening management of the Exascale Computing Initiative (ECI). Subcommittee chair, Dan Reed, vice president Read more…

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