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ALCF Optimizes I/O with Innovative ‘Cache’

Aug 19, 2014 |

The Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science user facility, is on-track to hosting the fastest GPFS file system in the world. The innovative storage upgrade project is mainly concerned with reducing the amount of time users have to spend managing the massive amounts of data generated by the organization’s supercomputers. Ask Read more…

Supercomputing Makes for Smarter Chinese Cities

Aug 19, 2014 |

Home to some of the world’s fastest supercomputers, China is looking to apply that computing power to solve issues that are important to its populace. On Monday, a Chinese researcher revealed a plan to use China’s Tianhe-1A system toward the construction of new “smart cities.” Taking an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of urban planning, Read more…

Free Market HPC Cloud In Development

Aug 18, 2014 |

Distributed computing has undergone many permutations, from its roots in grid computing to support large scientific endeavors to Sun-style utility computing, to the kind of public cloud computing popularized by Amazon Web Services. One of the newest projects of this type combines cycle sharing, think SETI@home, with cryptocurrency principles. Xennet, as it’s called, is being presented Read more…

Deconstructing Moore’s Law’s Limits

Aug 18, 2014 |

For the past five decades, computers have progressed on a predictable trajectory, doubling in speed roughly every two years in tune with Gordon Moore’s oft-cited observation-turned-prophecy. Although semiconductor scaling continues to yield performance gains, many perceive a tipping point is nigh, where the cost-benefit analysis of further miniaturization breaks down. The latest researcher to weigh Read more…

Earthquake Simulation Scales to 8.6 Petaflops

Aug 14, 2014 |

Intel Labs Vision Stategist Divya Kolar explores how supercomputing is helping society prepare for earthquakes. Current earthquake early warning systems are very limited, and basically only sound the alarm after the earthquake has begun. In a typical scenario, the affected population may have tens of seconds of lead time up to a minute or so depending on Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 14, 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…

Jellyfish Use Novel Search Strategy

Aug 14, 2014 |

As computers become more human-like, researchers are finding evidence of computing-like behavior in the animal kingdom. A UK scientist discovered that certain species of jellyfish employ a supercomputing algorithm to locate food. According to the new study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, the barrel jellyfish demonstrates movement patterns that are consistent with a type of supercomputing Read more…

DOE Highlights Exascale-Focused Research

Aug 7, 2014 |

Every year the Department of Energy Early Career Award provides outstanding scientists who are early in their careers with funding of at least $150,000 per annum over a five-year span. The 2014 funding round, the program’s fifth, awarded research grants to 35 scientists – including 17 from DOE’s national laboratories and 18 from US universities. The program is designed Read more…

Brainy IBM Chip Packs One Million Neuron Punch

Aug 7, 2014 |

IBM researchers have developed a super-efficient chip inspired by the functioning of the human brain. Named TrueNorth, the chip features 5.4 billion transistors arranged in a network of 4,096 neurosynaptic cores, yielding the equivalent of one million neurons and 256 million synapses. Despite being one of the largest CMOS chips ever built, TrueNorth consumes just 70mW during Read more…

Weekly Twitter Roundup

Aug 7, 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 check out the top Read more…