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Powering Global Climate Science

Apr 10, 2014 |

With the much-talked-about upcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), titled “Working Group III: Mitigation of Climate Change,” scheduled to be released on Sunday, we thought it fitting to highlight the community that makes this large-scale climate research possible, the Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF). The ESGF is an international collaboration for Read more…

Leading Edge Versus Bleeding Edge

Apr 10, 2014 |

Enterprises are always looking for an edge to use against the competition, and information technology was created initially and specifically to be that edge. Decades later, computing in its various forms is the foundation of the modern corporation, and companies are still looking for new ways of gaining an advantage. More times than not, that Read more…

‘Edison’ Helps Reinvent the Light Bulb

Apr 9, 2014 |

Today’s consumers have an array of lighting options to select from, giving them the light they want while saving energy and money. In addition to the standard incandescent bulb that’s been around since Thomas Edison invented it about 130 years ago, there are energy-efficient halogen incandescents, compact florescent lamps (CFLs) and a new breed of Read more…

Russia, India Take Aim at China’s FLOPS Lead

Apr 9, 2014 |

The race to build the world’s fastest supercomputer – and possibly even the first exascale-class system – just got more interesting. Russia and India are considering an alliance that would enable them to more effectively compete with rival supercomputing powers, in particular China. Last month, Boris Shabanov of the Russian Academy of Sciences extended an Read more…

HPC ‘App’ for Industry Stresses Ease of Use

Apr 8, 2014 |

One of the main enterprise uses for high performance computing (HPC) is to bring product designs to market faster via a process known as rapid prototyping. This week three popular companies – Unilever, Syngenta and Infineum – have partnered with the HPC facilities at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC’s) Hartree Centre, drawn by Read more…

IBM Mainframe Celebrates 50 Years

Apr 8, 2014 |

Fifty years ago, IBM unveiled the first System/360 mainframe, considered to be “the most important product announcement in the company’s history.” Despite the rapid pace of advance in the computing field, not only are mainframes still very much in use today, the launch of the System/360 introduced technical concepts that would become part of the Read more…

How NASA Is Meeting the Big Data Challenge

Apr 7, 2014 |

As the scientific community pushes past petaflop into exascale territory, it is imperative that the tools to support ever-more data-intensive workloads keep pace. No where is this more true than at the storied NASA research complex. With 100 active missions supporting cutting-edge science, NASA knows more than most about compute- and data-driven challenges. A recent paper Read more…

Data Management in Times of Disaster

Apr 4, 2014 |

When natural disaster strikes – be it a flood, an earthquake or a tsunami – every second counts. Just as emergency teams must be ready to go in a moment’s notice so must critical data management systems. This important topic, an essential element of civil protection around the world, is the focus of a research paper, Read more…

This Week in HPC News

Apr 3, 2014 |

Welcome to April—as you may have noticed, we passed on playing any foul April Fool’s Day tricks on you, although there were a few suggestions from readers about likely topics. Our favorite among these ideas was, “U.S. Government Sees Exascale Light, Grants $1 Billion for Development”… it was funny, but only for a second. Actually Read more…

Big Data Reaches to the Stratosphere

Apr 3, 2014 |

Among the many compelling papers to come out of the Big Data and Extreme-scale Computing (BDEC) workshop, held in Fukuoka, Japan, in February, was a position paper from Dr. Volker Markl, full professor and chair of the Database Systems and Information Management (DIMA) group at the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) detailing the benefits of Read more…