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Moore’s Law Versus the Laws of Physics

Apr 18, 2014 |

If you’re looking for a great video describing the essentials of Moore’s law in under 10 minutes, perhaps for your non-HPC friends and family, look no further. With a direct, easy-to-follow delivery, Professor Derek McAuley with the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham lays out the elements of chip design and manufacturing Read more…

Boosting HPC Access in SME Community

Apr 18, 2014 |

If you don’t reside within France or European borders you may not have heard of HPC-SME (or HPC-PME in French), yet this initiative – supported by GENCI, INRIA and French bank BPIFrance – has made significant inroads to increasing access to high-performance computing among French small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs). While the project is centered on Read more…

Mining for Efficiencies Post Moore’s Law

Apr 17, 2014 |

Computers are so much more than the interface most Web-connected humans interact with on a daily basis. While many of us take for granted the thousands of instructions that must be communicated across a vast array of hardware and software, this is not the case for the computer scientists and engineers working to shave nanoseconds Read more…

3D Tsunami Simulator Boosts Japan’s Emergency Preparedness

Apr 17, 2014 |

A partnership between Fujitsu and Tohoku University has paid off in the form of a precise tsunami forecasting system that will help make Japan more resilient to disasters, such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the resulting tsunami that devastated the island nation. A collaboration between Fujitsu Limited and Tohoku Read more…

Want to Snapshot Your Supercomputer?

Apr 16, 2014 |

Nimbix, Inc., one of the original HPC cloud vendors, sought to usher in a new era of heterogeneous cloud computing with the unveiling of its JARVICE platform in November. The platform-as-a-service offering uses high performance cloud hardware to create Nimbix Application Environments (NAEs) for high throughput batch processing. Once the environments are created and deployed Read more…

Supercomputers Help Capture Rare Black Hole Events

Apr 16, 2014 |

When an orbiting star gets too close to a galaxy’s central supermassive black hole, it eventually gets torn apart by the immense gravitational forces, a phenomenon known as a “tidal disruption.” Although black holes cannot be seen directly, since their dense mass means that not even light can escape, the inhaled star produces a brief Read more…

Prioritizing Data in the Age of Exascale

Apr 14, 2014 |

By now, most HPCers and the surrounding community are aware that data movement poses one of the most fundamental challenges to post-petascale computing. Around the world exascale-directed projects are attempting to maximize system speeds while minimizing energy costs. In the US, for example, exascale targets have peak performance increasing by three orders of magnitude while Read more…

Titan Captures Liquid-Crystal Film Complexity

Apr 14, 2014 |

Liquid-crystal displays (familiar to most as LCDs) rely on the light modulating properties of liquid crystals to bring images to life on a wide variety of screens. From computer monitors to televisions to instrumental panels and signage, LCDs are a pervasive element of modern life. LCDs employ high-tech films, which must be both thin and Read more…

Research Advances on Key Quantum Computing Elements

Apr 11, 2014 |

Equal parts fascinating and confounding, the field of quantum computing keeps making headway. Two exciting developments are described in the current issue of Nature, one from a collaboration between Harvard University and MIT researchers and the other from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Germany. Their work concerns the fundamental building blocks that Read more…

Russian-Bred Supercomputer in the Works

Apr 11, 2014 |

Russia is said to be developing a home-grown supercomputer for military-industrial applications, according to a report in Prensa Latina. Ruselectronics CEO Andrei Zverev revealed that the state-sponsored electronics holdings company is coordinating with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce to create a 1.2 petaflop computer to serve the needs of the Russian defense industry. “All of Read more…