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Preparing for Manycore

Oct 13, 2014 |

One of several insightful presentations to come out of the DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship was delivered by Katie Antypas, Services Department Head, National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In “Preparing Your Application for Advanced Manycore Architectures,” Antypas gives a humorous and on-point overview of major architectural trends in HPC and Read more…

Boosting Competitiveness in the Americas

Oct 13, 2014 |

The eighth Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF 2014) was held last week in Port-of-Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. The annual event brings together leaders from government, academia and business to share best practices for enhancing competitiveness, innovation and prosperity in the Caribbean and the Americas. The forum arose from the recognition of the need Read more…

HPC Speeds HIV Drug Discovery

Oct 9, 2014 |

As with a number of potentially deadly diseases, time is of the essence when it comes to fighting HIV, a virus that affects an estimated 35 million people worldwide. Finding new drugs to treat HIV can take many years, but a new computer model is reducing the time it takes to find promising drug compounds down to Read more…

Supercomputing Drives Wind Power Efficiency

Oct 9, 2014 |

Wind power is is on track to achieve cost parity with fossil fuels thanks in part to the open-source software tool Simulator for Wind Farm Applications (SOWFA) being developed at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. “Wind energy is blowing away skeptics,” according to a recent NREL article. “It’s so close to achieving Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Oct 9, 2014 |

Here at HPCwire, we want to help keep the HPC community as up-to-date as possible on some of the most captivating news items that were tweeted throughout the week. The tweets that caught our eye this past week are listed below. Check back in next Thursday for an entirely updated list. Click here to view the top tweets Read more…

KAUST Tackles Extreme Event Prediction

Oct 8, 2014 |

Five years ago, shortly after the founding of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, on the cost of the Red Sea, over 140 millimeters of rain fell over the region in just eight hours, causing over 100 fatalities and $100 million in damages. “All this rain coming at the Read more…

Air Force Stocks Its Supercomputing Arsenal

Oct 8, 2014 |

The Air Force Research Laboratory recently welcomed its newest supercomputer, a 1.28 petaflops Cray XC30 machine dubbed “Lightning,” nearly doubling its supercomputing power. Funded through the Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), the $20.8 million supercomputer will push the boundaries on hypersonic flight, rocket propulsion and space situational awareness. Lightning joins “Spirit,” a Read more…

Smart Grid Sets HPC Course

Oct 7, 2014 |

When the power goes out, customers aren’t the only ones kept in the dark. The outage can come as a surprise to electricity providers too, which helps explain why electric companies are moving to more transparent reporting systems. Taking a page from supercomputing, scientists at GE Global Research are developing new software using the power Read more…

NOAA Refines Forecasting Ability

Oct 6, 2014 |

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently deployed a next-generation model for hyper-local forecasting as part of a wider effort to boost the accuracy of US weather prediction. Developed over the last five years by researchers at NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory, the High-Resolution Rapid Refresh (HRRR) model is helping meteorologists with NOAA’s National Weather Read more…

India to Launch $730M National Supercomputing Mission

Oct 6, 2014 |

India’s plans to be a world-class computing power are taking shape as the nation’s government lays out its strategy to build a vast supercomputing grid, comprised of more than 70 high-performance computing facilities. The project is expected to take seven years and comes with a price tag of $730 million (Rs. 4,500-crore). It calls for at least Read more…