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Run Anywhere Big Data and HPC Workloads

Feb 9, 2015 |

A classical problem in software development is how you manage your software applications dependencies. This extends all the way from the time you program your application to the time you run or deploy it. The typical application is almost always dependent on specific versions of libraries, compilers or the OS level package management system. Organizations Read more…

Practical Advice for Knights Landing Coders

Feb 5, 2015 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) is on track to get its next supercomputer system, Cori, by mid-2016. While that’s more than a year away, it’s not too soon to start preparing for the new 30+ petaflops Cray machine, which will feature Intel’s next-generation Knights Landing architecture. So says Richard Gerber, Senior Science Read more…

Obama’s 2016 Budget Boosts R&D, Exascale Funding

Feb 4, 2015 |

On Monday, the Obama administration sent its FY 2016 budget request to Congress for the new fiscal year starting October 1. A chapter on Research and Development prepared by the Office of Management and Budget states that the Administration is seeking an increase of 5.5 percent for all federal R&D over current levels for a total Read more…

Trans-Continental InfiniBand Charts Exascale Course

Feb 3, 2015 |

Many nations are racing to cross the exascale computing finish line by roughly 2020. Yet the challenges are such that establishing useful exascale computers some 50-100 times faster than today’s leadership machines requires the coordinated efforts of a vast array of stakeholders. At Supercomputing 2014 (SC14), an industry collaboration called InfiniCortex launched with the goal Read more…

ASC and Prime Minister of Singapore

Jan 30, 2015 |

The launching ceremony of 2015 ASC Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15) was held in Beijing on January 27th. At the after ceremony interview, Dr. Qing (Kitty) Ji, the executive director of ASC, mentioned that Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Hsien Loong, has ever showed attention to ASC14, and highly praised the Nanyang Technological University, who won Read more…

Is U.S. Falling Behind in Supercomputing and Exascale?

Jan 29, 2015 |

Few dispute the importance of supercomputing to U.S. competitiveness. The argument is around whether current government efforts – primarily through the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – are effective and sufficient or wasteful and excessive. Yesterday, a panel of HPC experts testifying at a U.S. House of Read more…

Team Wits-A reigned over 2014 CHPC Student Cluster Competition

Jan 28, 2015 |

At the Dec. 1-5, 2014, South African Center for High Performance Computing’s (CHPC) Ninth National Meeting, student-participants of their third annual student cluster challenge worked diligently under the leadership of CHPC Supervisors David Macleod and Nicholas Thorne. South Africa hopes for a three-peat victory in July at the HPC Advisory Council’s International Supercomputing Conference (HPCAC-ISC) Read more…

ASC15 Grandly Launch with Spreading Coverage

Jan 28, 2015 |

ASC15 (2015 ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge) launching ceremony was held on Jan. 27th. Important information was shared for the first time by ASC15 committee and initiator Inspur, including participating teams, contest arrangement, contest questions etc. There are 152 teams from 135 universities registered for ASC15, with an increase of 85% and 62% to those of Read more…

Molecule to Universe, What are the Challenges of ASC15

Jan 27, 2015 |

The notifications of ASC15 preliminary round has been just posted up. In the notifications, three brand new questions were shared with 152 teams from 135 universities. ASC is one of the largest supercomputing challenges in the world, not only per its great popularity. It is also a challenge for teamwork and hands-on abilities. Even though Read more…

The Best of HPC in 2014

Jan 27, 2015 |

As we turn the page to 2015, we’re taking a look back at the top stories from 2014 to reflect on just how far the fastest machines in the world (and the people who run them) have come within only 12 months. From the blending of big data and HPC to hardware breakthroughs, 2014 points Read more…