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Pushing Back the Limits of Microminaturization

Mar 4, 2015 |

Over the last half a century, computers have transformed nearly every facet of society. The information age and its continuing evolution can be traced to the invention of the integrated circuit and the reliable progression of smaller feature sizes – enabling generation after generation of smaller, faster and cheaper microprocessors. But now that foundational trend of modern computing, Read more…

Growing HPC Beyond Moore’s Law

Mar 2, 2015 |

Rice University’s Dr. Jan E. Odegard recently added his voice to a growing chorus of HPC experts weighing in on the changing HPC landscape. As the featured speaker at the first Lunch’n Learn event put on by the Norwegian Consulate General in Houston, Odegard spoke about the inevitable death of Moore’s law and what it will Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Feb 26, 2015 |

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.   Team South Africa Preps for "Three-peat" Read more…

NERSC Realigns for Enhanced Data Focus

Feb 26, 2015 |

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), one of the nation’s primary HPC facilities for scientific research, has implemented several organizational changes, which it says will help its 6,000 users “more productively manage their data-intensive research.” NERSC’s Storage Systems Group will move under the Services Department, in order to foster greater synergy with the Read more…

Visualization Software Makes Leap from Science to Industry

Feb 24, 2015 |

For three years now, CFD software specialist Intelligent Light has been working to bring the open source visualization program VisIt into its family of industrial grade software products. Designed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists to visualize data coming off Department of Energy (DOE) supercomputers, VisIt scales well and is well-suited for in situ processing. Read more…

Researchers Devise Promising Spintronics Semiconductor

Feb 23, 2015 |

Spintronics — the practice of using electrons to read, write and manipulate data — has long been hailed as a promising avenue for post-CMOS exploration, but imbibing a substrate with the necessary levels of magnetism and conductivity has proved challenging. A cross-disciplinary team of researchers at the University of Michigan have created a semiconductor compound Read more…

Gordon Supercomputer Advances Fight Against Deadly Brain Cancer

Feb 23, 2015 |

A collaboration between San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), Moores Cancer Center, and Department of Neurosciences at the University of California, San Diego, is shedding light on the underlying genetic mechanisms responsible for glioblastomas (GBM), highly aggressive and infiltrative brain tumors. Using SDSC’s data-intensive Gordon supercomputer, the partners were able to identify a pyramid hierarchical network of “coherent Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Feb 19, 2015 |

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.   Quote of the day! "The general problem Read more…

Cultivating HPC in South Africa

Feb 19, 2015 |

When you think of high-performance computing on a global level, heavy hitters from the US, Europe and Asia may spring to mind. But the democratization of HPC has brought an array of new entrants eager to climb this latter. In South Africa, for example, an emphasis on research and development is helping the nation to not only improve the lives Read more…

Exploring Datacenter/HPC Energy Challenges

Feb 18, 2015 |

Writing for the Personal Views on Research eInfrastructures blog, Fabio Gallo of Eurotech calls attention to the energy challenges facing IT and HPC. He notes that despite IT being a heavy user of energy, the average person doesn’t think of this space in that way. In fact, IT’s carbon footprint sits at about 2 percent Read more…