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ARL Researchers Win Software Design Contest

Oct 16, 2014 |

Researchers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s Computational and Information Sciences Directorate (CISD) – David Richie and James Ross – won first place in an international software contest for their work on emulators. Their submission, Cycle-Accurate 8080 Emulation Using an ARM11 Processor with Dynamic Binary Translation, addresses some of the programming challenges of next generation Read more…

Better Taxation Through Supercomputing

Oct 15, 2014 |

Should the US raise taxes on the top 1 percent of earners? One of the country’s top supercomputers has been tasked with answering this question. Early findings are sparking debate about effective taxation strategies and the role of quantitative modeling in guiding economic policy. The top one percent of households, those that make $365,000 per year or Read more…

HPC Greases Exploration Efforts

Oct 15, 2014 |

HPC continues to make inroads into the oil and gas industry, now one of the main commercial users of supercomputing, along with financial services. In the past year, energy giants BP, Total and Eni have rolled out mega supercomputing centers and smaller players are eager to follow suit. According to the industry-focused publication PennEnergy, it is no Read more…

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…