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Chameleon: Why Computer Scientists Need a Cloud of Their Own

May 5, 2016 |

Chameleon, the NSF-funded cloud testbed co-located at the University of Chicago and the Texas Advanced Computing Center, has been operating less than one year, but has already contributed to innovative research in the areas of HPC containerization, exascale operating systems and cybersecurity to name a few. To get perspective on this purpose-built testbed and the research it is enabling, we reached out to Principal Investigator Kate Keahey with the University of Chicago Computation Institute and Co-Principal Investigator Dan Stanzione, director of the University of Texas at Austin Texas Advanced Computing Center. Read more…

ACM Honors Ron Perrott with Distinguished Service Award

May 4, 2016 |

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) announced today that Ron Perrott, a long-time advocate of international HPC collaboration and an important figure in defining the United Kingdom’s and Europe’s HPC strategy was awarded the ACM Distinguished Service Award. While much of Perrott’s career was spent behind the scenes in coordinating roles, he was also present at the start of the ‘parallel’ computing era, working on languages and compilers for the ILLIAC IV machine, considered one of the earliest massively parallel computers. Read more…

China Sets Ambitious Goal to Reach Exascale by 2020

May 2, 2016 |

At the 12th HPC Connections Workshop in Wuhan, China, Beihang University Professor Depei Qian disclosed new information regarding HPC development in China and exascale plans that are shaping up under China’s 13th five-year plan (2016-2020). Since 1996 Professor Professor Qian has served on the expert committee for the National High-tech Research & Development Program (the 863 program). Currently, he is the chief scientist of the 863 key project on high productivity computer and application service environment. Read more…

ITIF Report Aims to Sway Congress, Promote National HPC Agenda

Apr 28, 2016 | The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a Washington D.C. think tank with close ties to the Office of Science and Technology Policy and government broadly, today released an expansive report – The Vital Importance of High- Performance Computing to U.S. Competitiveness – and also held a panel to discuss the report’s recommendation. Noteworthy, many of the panelists are familiar names in the HPC community. Read more…

Omni-Path Steadily Gaining Market Traction Says Intel

Apr 26, 2016 | Intel’s Omni-Path Architecture (OPA), a centerpiece of its Scalable System Framework (SSF), has been shipping for a full quarter now and according to Barry Davis, general manager, HPC Compute & Networks at Intel, OPA is doing well contrary to suggestions from a competitor. Read more…

Huazhong University of Science and Technology Crowned the ASC16 Champion

Apr 22, 2016 |

ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) concluded in Wuhan on April 22. The co-host Huazhong University of Science and Technology won the championship and the e Prize with its extraordinary performance. Shanghai Jiaotong University was runner-up, and Zhejiang University won the Highest Computing Award. In addition, Nanyang Technological University, Beihang University, National University of Defense Technology and Sun Yat-sen University won the Application Innovation Awards. Read more…

HPL Record of 12.03TFLOPS Created at ASC16

Apr 20, 2016 |

In the first day of HPL contest at the ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge (ASC16) on April 20, the team from Zhejiang University achieved a floating point computation performance of 12.03TFLOPS under 3000W power constraints. This rewrote the world record of 11.92TFLOPS held by Nanyang Technological University.

This record-breaking performance was achieved under a rule set by ASC. All teams are required to build a supercomputing system with computing nodes, high-speed interconnect, accelerators provided by Inspur, and the whole system must run under the power restraint of 3000W. Read more…

NSCI Discussion at HPC User Forum Shows Hunger for Details

Apr 20, 2016 |

Is the National Strategic Computing Initiative in trouble? Launched by Presidential Executive Order last July, there are still few public details of the draft implementation plan, which was delivered to the NSCI Executive Council back in October. Last week on the final day of the HPC User Forum being held in Tucson, Saul Gonzalez Martirena (OSTP, NSF) gave an NSCI update talk that contained, really, no new information from what was presented at SC15. Read more…

France to Boost Industrial Innovation with New Petascale Supercomputer

Apr 20, 2016 | This summer, the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and 13 leading French industrial companies will boost their research capabilities when they take possession of a new shared supercomputer called COBALT, designed... Read more…

Compilers and More: What Makes Performance Portable?

Apr 19, 2016 | The term performance portability has appeared many times in the past few years. What does it mean? When did we first start worrying about performance portability? Why is it more relevant now than before? Why are so many discussions about performance portability so depressing? Is there any hope? Michael Wolfe addresses these questions and more in this article. Read more…