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Slots Still Available in Blue Waters and XSEDE-sponsored HPC Programs

Jan 20, 2016 | The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program at the National Center For Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) and the International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences sponsored by Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) still have openings for their respective programs although the deadlines are approaching. The Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program lets graduate students from across the country immerse themselves in a year of focused Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 14, 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 Read more…

HPC Budgets: Where is the Money Going?

Jan 14, 2016 | Perhaps not surprisingly hardware still accounts for lion’s share (48%) of HPC budgets according to Intersect360 Research’s just released 2015 report - HPC Budget Allocation Map: HPC Budget Distribution. Server spending has been the top item the last five years, and edged up about two percent over 2014. Storage was second, again a repeat. More interesting is that while spending generally was up among site survey respondents cloud computing spending for HPC was not. Cloud computing spend Read more…

Deep Learning, Ocean Modeling, and HPCG Come to ASC16 Student Supercomputer Challenge

Jan 14, 2016 | ASC Student Supercomputer Challenge 2016 (ASC16) announced details of the Preliminary Contest last week. College students from around the world are being asked to design a high performance computer (HPC) system that optimizes with both HPCG and MASNUM_WAM applications under 3000W as well as to conduct a DNN performance optimization on a standalone hybrid CPU+MIC platform. All system design along with the result and the code of the optimization application must be submitted by March Read more…

SGI and DDN Notch Big Wins at National Center for Atmospheric Research

Jan 11, 2016 | The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will install a new 5.34 petaflops supercomputer – Cheyenne – from SGI and a 20PB high performance storage system from DataDirect Networks, both companies announced today. Cheyenne, an SGI ICE XA system, is expected to be operational in early 2017 and will be powered by more than 7000 ‘future generation’ Intel processors. Cheyenne will be roughly twice as powerful as NCAR’s existing system, Yellowstone, and is intended to perform some of Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Jan 7, 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 Read more…

Barbara Chapman Named Head of Brookhaven Lab’s Computer Science and Mathematics Group

Jan 7, 2016 | Barbara Chapman, a leading researcher in programming languages, programming models, and compilers, has been named head of the Computer Science and Mathematics Group (CSM) under the new Computational Science Initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory. Chapman is also a professor of Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science at Stony Brook University, where she serves as a joint appointee affiliated with the university's Institute for Advanced Read more…

NVIDIA Pascal GPUs Coming to Automotive ‘Supercomputer’

Jan 6, 2016 | It's no secret that NVIDIA is eager to take elements of its successful GPGPU ecosystem developed in partnership with the HPC community and transfer these to the much broader, and more lucrative, consumer space. At SC15, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang referred to machine learning as HPC's first consumer killer app. Google, Microsoft, and Facebook have all made major machine learning in-roads in recent months and GPUs are a key Read more…

Quantum Computing Collaboration Between Microsoft and Rambus

Jan 6, 2016 | Rambus Inc., the chip technology intellectual property vendor, is working with Microsoft Research on future memory requirements for quantum computing. Rambus (NASDAQ: RMBS), Sunnyvale, Calif., confirmed just before the holidays it is collaborating with the software giant (NASDAQ: MSFT) on memory systems for next-generation quantum computing. The promising but largely untested technology is slowly gaining traction as current computing architectures run out of steam. Rambus noted that Read more…

Fighting Fire With FireFOAM

Jan 5, 2016 | Roughly 40 percent of all industrial property loss in the United States comes from fire, and fire is the leading cause of commercial property damage. For insurance companies, understanding how fires spread can help save their industrial clients from massive property and business interruption losses, ultimately saving both insurer and insured millions of dollars. Businesses with large warehouses are at particular risk, because as storage warehouses get bigger, providing adequate protection Read more…