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US Weather Forecasting Finally Gets Its FLOPS

Jan 6, 2015 |

The US National Weather Service will be getting a 10X boost in supercomputing power, thanks to $44.5 million contract with IBM for two new Cray systems. The upgrade will increase the throughput of the agency’s combined supercomputing resources from about .5 petaflops to five petaflops when the project is completed later this year, enabling it to provide Read more…

SpaceX Leverages HPC to Reach Orbit

Jan 2, 2015 |

The commercial revolution in spaceflight is predicated on bringing computing power and Web 2.0 practices to bear in the quest to reduce the cost of lofting payloads to space. All this must be accomplished while demonstrating safety and reliability for the day when commercial space companies begin carrying crews to Earth’s orbit and beyond. Among Read more…

Helping Experimental Scientists Take Supercomputers to the Max

Dec 30, 2014 |

Doug Baxter is a capability lead for the Molecular Science Computing Facility in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. He and his team are responsible for the software side of the operation, and they help experimental scientists get the most out of EMSL’s supercomputing resources. The facility is the home Read more…

Pushing Broader Skills: HPC and Beyond

Dec 19, 2014 |

The old adage “knowledge is power” rings true in the technology sector, where both broad and deep knowledge within any given company translates into the power to most effectively support customers, from design through implementation. Not every employee has all of the knowledge necessary to most effectively serve customers, however, technology companies are faced with Read more…

Workstations, Servers, Clouds: Making the Call for HPC

Dec 17, 2014 |

A recent survey in 25 HPC and CAE LinkedIn groups regarding engineers’ concerns about cloud computing was conducted by UberCloud and revealed that many engineers tend to compare the benefits of workstations versus servers versus clouds in a somewhat misinformed way. In fact, most of them compare the positive aspects of their workstation with the (apparent) roadblocks of Read more…

Study Points to Big Bang of Bird Evolution

Dec 15, 2014 |

An international consortium comprised of hundreds of scientists from around the world has successfully decoded the avian genome. The multi-year project harnessed the power of nine supercomputers and 400 years of computing time to sequence, assemble and compare the full genomes of 48 bird species, shedding light on a wide range of avian evolutionary diversity. The Read more…

Integrating Coprocessors Into Univa Grid Engine

Dec 10, 2014 |

Univa, which became the sole purveyor of commercially supported Grid Engine a little over a year ago when the middleware vendor acquired the source code, copyrights, and trademarks associated with the software from Oracle, recently held a webinar to address how coprocessors like NVIDIA GPUs and Intel Xeon Phis are being integrated and used in a Univa Read more…

How the US Could Achieve Superconducting Supercomputing in Five Years

Dec 9, 2014 |

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has officially commenced a multi-year research effort to develop a superconducting computer as a long-term solution to the power, cooling and space constraints that afflict modern high-performance computing. First revealed in February 2013, when the agency put out a call for proposals, the Cryogenic Computer Complexity (C3) program Read more…

Jysoo Lee Rates Progress on Korea’s National Supercomputing Plan

Dec 8, 2014 |

Korea plans to be in the top seven nations of supercomputing by 2017, and Dr. Jysoo Lee, as director general of the recently established National Institute of Supercomputing and Networking (NISN) within KISTI (the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information), is one of the key figures advancing this goal. Dr. Lee also serves as chief Read more…

Roll Your Own Lustre — Are You On Your Own?

Dec 4, 2014 |

Lustre is a popular open source parallel file system with many years of development behind it. People trying to roll their own HPC scratch storage with Lustre may find a number of inherent problems. If there isn’t in-house Lustre expertise to deploy and keep it optimally running, the work may need to be outsourced. But Read more…