Short Takes

GLC Announces Awards for Time on Blue Waters Supercomputer

Jun 7, 2016 |

Eleven projects have been recently awarded time on the Blue Waters supercomputer through the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. Over a twelve-month period, research teams will have a combined total of more than 4.3 million node hours on Blue Waters.

The projects vary widely in scope and computational requirements. They tackle questions such as how the flu virus enters a cell in the body and improved understanding of the dynamics and physics of atomic matter during galaxy cluster formation. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jun 2, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list.

New HPC SaaS, Alces Flight, Offered on Amazon Web Services

Jun 2, 2016 |

Options for HPC use on Amazon Web Services continue to grow. An AWS post yesterday noted Alces Flight – an HPC cluster provisioning and Software as a Service company (SaaS) with a library of 750 scientific applications – is now available for AWS users.

Jeff Barr, AWS’s Chief Evangelist, noted in his related post, “Today we are making Alces Flight available in AWS Marketplace. Read more…

HPC and Big Data Convergence Takes Life at PSC’s Bridges

Jun 1, 2016 |

Roughly three months into early operations, the Bridges computing resources being deployed at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center is bearing fruit. Designed to accommodate traditional HPC and big data analytics, Bridges had supported 245 projects as of May 26. This ramping up of the NSF-funded ($9.6 M) Bridges project is an important step in delivering practical convergence.

Bridges is being launched in two phases through 2016 with the first phase – comprised of the computational, web server, database and data transfer nodes (details below) – accomplished this spring. Read more…

HPC Career Notes

May 31, 2016 |

In our new monthly feature, we’ll be keeping you up-to-date on the latest career developments for individuals in the high performance computing community. Whether it’s a promotion, new company hire, or even an accolade, we’ve got the details. Check in each month for an updated list and you may even come across someone you know, or better yet, yourself!

Diane Bryant

Intel-diane-bryant-headshotDiane Bryant has been promoted to executive vice president of Intel. Read more…

Secretive AI Startup Pioneers Artificial Imagination

May 26, 2016 |

In the influx of deep learning startups, one stealth mode venture, Vicarious, has already made something of a name for itself. As reported in MIT Technology Review, the Silicon Valley-area company is working to give computers the power of imagination, or something close to it.

The article reports that this innovative effort is going against the tide of deep learning front-runners like Google, Microsoft and Amazon, seeking a more evolved approach to deep learning that is closer to how the human brain works. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

May 26, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list.

India Readies First of 70-Plus Supercomputers for 2017

May 24, 2016 |

India is set to stand up an indigenously-built supercomputer next year, according to a Times of India report. The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) will be overseeing the construction of this “PARAM” series system, which will be the first of more than 70 systems slated to be built under India’s National Supercomputing Mission.

Development of the PARAM series of Indian-made supercomputers extends back to 1990, when the program was created in the face of a technology embargo enacted by the United States. Read more…

TACC Wrangler Supports Zika Hackathon

May 19, 2016 |

By now most people have heard of Zika, the mosquito-borne disease that can cause fever and birth defects and that threatens to spread to the United States from Latin and South America. Earlier this week more than 50 data scientists, engineers, and University of Texas students gathered for the “Austin Zika Hackathon” at big data specialist Cloudera offices in downtown Austin.

Hackathon participants investigated ways to pool together different sets of data, such as outbreak reports, stagnant water sources, empty swimming pools and ponds that are potential mosquito breeding grounds, and even Facebook and Twitter feeds. Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

May 19, 2016 |

Here at HPCwire, we aim to keep the HPC community apprised of the most relevant and interesting news items that get tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are presented below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list.