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DOE Seeks to Mend HPC Talent Gap

Jan 27, 2015 |

Get a group of HPC stakeholders in a room and it won’t be long before they are bemoaning the talent shortage, the gap between the demand for a well-trained HPC workforce versus the number of qualified candidates available to fulfill these positions. Despite the attention paid to this topic, the HPC talent gap has been Read more…

88:21, New Ratio for Supercomputer Contest

Jan 26, 2015 |

As the arriving of 2015, we welcome many things, including the 2015 ASC Supercomputer Challenge (ASC15), which have enrolled 150+ teams (new record). The teams come from over 135 universities covering 6 continents, among which the United States shares 21 universities, only after China’s 88. As one of the largest supercomputing challenges in the world, Read more…

IARPA Seeks Partners in Brain-Inspired AI Initiative

Jan 22, 2015 |

US intelligence officials have set in motion a five-year project to spark progress in machine learning by reverse-engineering the algorithms of the human brain. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA) recently put out a call for innovative solutions with the greatest potential to advance theories of neural computation as part of the Machine Intelligence Read more…

Compilers and More: Is Amdahl’s Law Still Relevant?

Jan 22, 2015 |

From time to time, you will read an article or hear a presentation that states that some new architectural feature or some new programming strategy will let you work around the limits imposed by Amdahl’s Law. I think it’s time to finally shut down the discussion of Amdahl’s Law. Here I argue that the premise Read more…

Pathogens Can’t Hide from Novel HPC Approach

Jan 21, 2015 |

In the realm of pathogenic threats, there are the usual suspects – anthrax, botulism, tuberculosis – but in reality there are a whole host of bacterial and viral pathogenic microbes that can be problematic to human and animal health. Protecting the public against these threats falls under the domain of biosecurity. While staying ahead of Read more…

Europe Approves Path to Open Science Commons

Jan 15, 2015 |

A new European-based project seeks to facilitate open access to research infrastructures across borders. On January 15, the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) announced that the EGI-Engage project (full name: Engaging the Research Community towards an Open Science Commons) underwent a successful review by the European Commission with a score of 15/15, giving the project the Read more…

Spain Grabs Bull by the Horns

Jan 15, 2015 |

Whether you’re involved in the high performance computing or not, almost every one of your days is likely planned around the findings of HPC-enabled advanced modeling and simulations for weather forecasting that tell us whether to carry an umbrella, wear extra sunscreen, or if the roads will be safe to drive on. But as more Read more…

How to Deploy and Validate Your Cluster

Jan 13, 2015 |

In the previous Cluster Lifecycle Management column, I discussed best practices for choosing the right vendor to build the cluster that meets your needs. Once your team has selected a vendor and finalized the purchase of your new system, the next crucial step is deploying and validating the HPC cluster. As part of the vendor Read more…

Reaping the Benefits of HPC-Driven Product Development

Jan 8, 2015 |

The high-stakes global market place with its razor-thin margins has been a boon for innovative solutions and technologies, like high-performance computing, which has been shown to confer a significant competitive advantage. Many manufacturers, especially the larger companies, are already familiar with the benefits that accrue from HPC modeling, simulation and analysis. Yet others remain reluctant or unsure how to Read more…

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…